On behalf of the Project Comet team, I’m thrilled to let you know that Project Comet has become Adobe Experience Design CC (Preview), or Adobe XD as we refer to it. We’re making our first preview release for Mac OS available today, with a Windows version coming later this year. Everyone can use Adobe XD for free during the preview period – you can download it from Adobe.com or through the Creative Cloud desktop app.
While our team has been working to bring you Adobe XD for some time, this really represents the start of our journey to craft an end-to-end solution for experience design, one that Adobe is committed to undertaking in partnership with the UX design community. We’ve seen how designers think beyond just the visual design of a website or app, but also on optimizing and improving the overall user experience. You can read more about Adobe’s thoughts on Experience Design as a whole here.
For Adobe XD, we’ve received great input from over 5,000 designers as part of our pre-release program and are now excited to get your feedback on our public release as we continue working on Adobe XD.
Adobe XD makes it easy to undertake wire framing, visual design, interaction design, prototyping, previewing and sharing, by bringing together the tools you need for experience design into a single solution. We’re starting by delivering a basic set of tools in each of those areas, with the feedback we receive helping to determine the ultimate set of features that you need, while continuing to ensure we don’t compromise on delivering amazing performance and a comfortable design experience.
What’s in the public preview?
In this first preview release of Adobe XD you’ll find:
- Focused design tools – create wireframes, screen layouts and production-ready artwork
- Prototyping tools – define flows, triggers and transitions as part of your design
- Built in sharing – create a video recording of your prototype or share a link to an interactive prototype hosted on Creative Cloud
- Support for bringing in existing assets from Photoshop, Illustrator and Sketch
- Blisteringly fast performance – create projects that bring together complex designs for web, mobile, tablet, watches and more, without any slow down.
What’s still to come?
Being a preview release, we’re exposing a work-in-progress. This means you’re likely to find some gaps in the tools and likely wish for increased capabilities in a number of areas. We hope you’ll embrace the opportunity to join us on this exciting journey as we continue making progress on Adobe XD.
Based on the feedback we’ve already received, these are some of the areas that we’ve lined up to work on next:
- Enhanced design features, including support for gradients, richer text, effects and blend modes
- An improved color picker
- Support for working with layers
- More control over the sharing of prototype links
- Authoring of scrollable content
- Micro-interactions for prototyping
- Real-time design preview and prototype testing on mobile devices (iOS and Android)
- Reusability and sharing of design assets and styles, leveraging Creative Cloud libraries
- An extensibility/API layer for plug-ins
- Availability on Microsoft Windows 10 (preview release estimated for late 2016)
Our team will be delivering updates to Adobe XD every month, with a mix of new features, enhancements to existing features and bug fixes, so you’ll see us move fast to deliver these additional capabilities to you as part of Adobe XD.
Tell us what you think
Our team thrives on feedback and is passionate about our mission to deliver a product that experience designers want to use to design the next generation of digital experiences.
We spoke to a few designers in Asia Pacific on Adobe XD and this is what they had to say:
- “The Adobe XD integration with Creative Cloud enables designers to work smoothly with tools like Photoshop and Illustrator, share assets and seamlessly work to build a single UI.” – Myungsup Shin, co-founder & creative director, Plux X, Korea
- “Adobe XD begins to answer the challenges we’ve all faced when collaborating and prototyping at digital speed.” Chris Panzetta, MD, S1T2, Australia
- “In this fast-growing, high-demand digital transformation era, Adobe XD quickly outputs realistic prototypes from UX designs.” – Bryan Chiang, UserXper Digital Consulting Co. Taiwan
About the author: Andrew Shorten
Andrew Shorten is Director of Product Management for UX Design at Adobe. He is passionate about improving the quality, richness, and value of digital experiences. Andrew previously developed user interfaces for government and enterprise customers while working at Fujitsu. He has since worked for Macromedia, Microsoft, and Adobe, where he has engaged with designers, developers, digital agencies, and organizations to help them deliver engaging web, mobile and desktop experiences.