Adobe posts preview release of new Experience Design tool

Adobe yesterday announced the immediate availability of Adobe Experience Design CC (Preview), an early release of its much anticipated user experience (UX) design and prototyping solution.  As mobile app development skyrockets at enterprises and organisations around the globe, this breakthrough tool empowers UX designers to deliver mobile apps and web sites, quickly and easily.

First demonstrated as Project Comet at Adobe MAX in October 2015, Adobe is releasing this Preview to invite the UX design community to give input into the evolving product feature set. Adobe Experience Design (XD) is available as a free download to anyone with an Adobe ID and the company expects the first commercial release to be available, for Adobe Creative Cloud members, later this year. With the majority of content going mobile, it is no surprise UX design is one of the fastest growing creative disciplines. According to Behance, the world’s largest online creative community, interaction design projects grew by 52 percent in 2015, more than any other creative field.

“In our fast-moving, connected culture, poorly designed app or web experience suffer a painful and short shelf-life,” said Paul Gubbay, vice president of Creative Cloud product management at Adobe. “Designers have been waiting for the right UX tool to simplify app and web experience design.  From the beginning Adobe XD has been a constructive collaboration between our team and the design community and we look forward to the feedback from designers worldwide.”

Adobe XD integrates design and prototyping in a lightning-fast, fluid desktop application.  The solution helps designers move seamlessly from wire-framing and design to prototyping and preview, in order to iterate quickly and craft the apps and websites that keep users coming back. This first Preview release includes focused and intuitive design and layout tools; a dedicated prototype mode for defining interactive hotspots and transitions; desktop preview mode for testing prototypes and seeing changes in real-time; and built-in sharing that enables stakeholders and teams to access prototypes in their browser, on the desktop, or from mobile devices.  Designers are able to bring in existing assets from Adobe Illustrator CC and Adobe Photoshop CC, key desktop apps essential to UX design workflows and once designs are finalised, assets can be easily exported to developers for production work.

“XD positions itself very well,” said Marc Hemeon, CEO and founder of Design Inc, an agency focused on helping companies design and build stand-out products. “I can sketch a few ideas out, get prototype, get it on my phone, and just very rapidly change it in real time. Super simple, super-fast, super easy to use.”