Adobe XD’s January 2022 update brought some much-needed new components for prototyping design. Read on to learn more about the update and decide if Adobe XD is worth your time.
What is Adobe XD?
AdobeXD is a cloud-based software for UX and UI design, mainly for designing web and app interfaces. While Adobe is usually the industry standard for general design software, XD struggles with Figma and Sketch as the best UX/UI design software.
The best new features in XD47
In January 2022, Adobe released XD47 and brought some new features to its users to work with. Let’s look at the best new features you can use now in Adobe XD to support your future UX/UI design.
1. New artboards for devices
First, Adobe XD47 introduced new artboards for devices. This is useful because new devices need to be developed all the time, and having a built-in canvas to replicate those devices saves time.
When you start a new project, you’ll get various device options for your artboard, including iPhone 13 and iPad dimensions, as well as the new Google Pixel 6 Pro. In addition to handheld device sizes, there are three web-based dimensions and one specific Instagram story dimension. If the pre-made artboards don’t suit your project, there’s always the trusty custom option.
If you have the device you are designing for handy, you can connect it to your computer to view your chosen design on the intended device as well. This is a great way to show your design not just through the prototype tab, but in the same way users will experience it.
2. Multiple time triggers
With XD47 you can now create designs with multiple time triggers. The Component Setup and Prototype tabs now allow you to set different components to move, fade, glow, etc. at different times. This allows your designs to have more complex triggers that can work independently of other components.
You can also play a video and a screen animation at the same time. You can even use the animation to trigger another trigger, for example. This goes hand in hand with Adobe XD45 – the October 2021 update – which introduces the use of video and animation playback.
Using plugins from Adobe and its partners brings your design to life. You can find animation plugins such as Lottie Filesto add your time triggers in your designs.
The third best XD47 feature is the introduction of hyperlinks into your designs. This add-on really makes your prototypes a reality by including real links to external websites instead of a fake placeholder link instead.
Although your designs will still need a developer to bring them to life, adding hyperlinks to your prototypes will really help engage your design team and allow for smoother UX/UI design. This is great even for the amateur UX/UI designers as it really helps to bring your designs into reality with a link that can lead to a real website.
How does Adobe XD compare to the competition?
Figma has already introduced several artboards. However, Adobe XD has more efficiently labeled the options with a longer list of device names for each dimension.
The plugin options for XD are largely the same as for Figma. And while Figma appears to have an even larger plugin library than XD, it doesn’t seem like there’s much lost for Adobe users. Figma has not released multiple time triggers yet, so Adobe users can benefit from animated plugins and videos that trigger design components.
Although Sketch has not published hyperlinks within themes, Figma has. The benefit of Adobe XD’s hyperlink integration is that you can add a hyperlink to an image or vector within the design, as well as to text, which is limited to text only in Figma.
Adobe XD still has a fighting chance
Adobe XD47 has brought XD even closer to the industry standards of Figma and Sketch. Using hyperlinks in both images and text brings something to XD that cannot be offered in any other UX/UI design software.
That alone isn’t enough to keep Adobe XD at the forefront, but the cloud integration and familiar interface of Adobe products is an advantage after working with Adobe for so long. We think this update is helpful, but overall you should use the theme software that suits your needs.
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