Adobe has announced the official 1.0 release of Adobe XD (Experience Design). Adobe has long been known for its desktop suite of software that includes Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. Their applications are notorious for having steep learning curves, but with the release of XD, Adobe focused on simplicity and ease of use.
The program is a prototyping tool and lightweight vector graphics editor targeted toward UX designers. User Experience (UX) designers are responsible for enriching customer satisfaction and loyalty by improving the simplicity, usability, and pleasure provided in a customer's interaction with a particular product.
From the release of the first beta, the company has been laser-focused on creating a solution that allows for fast-paced, iterative design—but one that eliminates having to swap between multiple tools and services. In XD, quality and speed take priority over the number of features. Over one million downloads of the XD beta allowed Adobe to fine tune and shape the application based on valuable user feedback. As a result, modern workflows have been re-imagined and users will notice that features, like masking images, managing colors and staying organized with layers, is a more intuitive and efficient process.
Adobe touts speed and consistency as XD's top two features with a near-instantaneous launch time and stability across multiple platforms. XD will compete with another popular vector design tool called Sketch, which is only available on Windows. XD will be available on both macOS and Windows operating systems.
Pricing for Adobe XD is $9.99 per month or as part of the Creative Cloud All apps plan which runs $49.99 per month if purchased annually. Current Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers will have access to XD at no additional charge.
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