Adobe XD

Adobe has released the first preview version of its new Experience Design CC app for creating and testing interactive design prototypes. The latest Creative Cloud tool was first announced last October at Adobe’s Max Creative Conference under the name Project Comet. As Experience Design is currently in preview, Adobe is letting anyone with a free Adobe ID try the new tool and provide feedback ahead of its commercial release.

Adobe says Experience Design (XD) will enable designers to quickly prototype and test mobile app and web designs using the Creative Cloud suite of tools.

Adobe Experience Design 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.

As a part of the Creative Cloud suite, Adobe CC users can use Experience Design with existing assets from both Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC, then export final designs to developers for implementing.

Adobe XD

Adobe Experience Design CC is currently available in preview as a Mac app on OS X; companion mobile apps for both iOS and Android are on the way as well as a Windows 10 desktop version. Monthly releases will likely follow.

Adobe says deeper Illustrator and Photoshop integration plus CC Libraries and Adobe Stock integration is planned, and further roadmap plans will incorporate user feedback from the preview period. Expect Adobe XD to join the Creative Cloud suite for subscribers later this year.

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