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Adobe XD

8 Ratings

Axure RP

51 Ratings

Adobe XD

8 Ratings
Score 8.9 out of 101

Axure RP

51 Ratings
Score 8.1 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe XD

Adobe XD is excellent for designing apps, websites, any interface really. Not great for icon or logo design.
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Axure RP

I find myself rarely reaching for Axure anymore. While it's great for very detailed, realistic prototypes, the unintuitive and clunky interfaces slows down my design process greatly. It's also quite a bit more software than I need for simply sending a mockup to a client for them to get a feel for how a user would interact with their product. The one time where it really is a step above other software is when I am not the one building the website, and need to send a prototype directly to a developer.
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Pros

  • Adobe XD keeps shapes aligned to a grid properly. Coming from Adobe Illustrator, this was very refreshing. This makes it much easier to get everything pixel perfect.
  • Adobe XD's file sizes are small! Illustrator has an unfortunate habit of creating files that are quite large. Adobe XD was built from the ground up to be light and streamlined. In addition to the interface, etc. they did a great job at making the saved files nice and light too.
  • It's easy to export designs, or even just design assets. In Illustrator, I had to separate assets from other design elements in order to export them. In Adobe XD, you can export something in isolation, just by having the item selected.
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  • Axure takes the guess work out of static wire frames by providing an interactive experience for users and testers.
  • Axure is really easy to use. After a few hours of work, I was able to produce a simple interactive prototype for an app and present it to stake holders to verify requirements.
  • Axure's price point is incredible. Depending on whether you go Standard or Pro, you get a lifetime license for less than $300 or $600, respectively. No additional costs or hidden fees.
  • Axure prototypes are easy to generate and share, unlike other similar software which require additional software downloads to view prototypes.
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Cons

  • The area I usually run into problems with Adobe XD is when I'm trying to accomplish a complicated or intricate object alteration. This usually happens when I'm designing icons or logos. Logo design should be done in Illustrator and moved over to Adobe XD once it's finished.
  • There are a couple odd things here and there that make things tricky. In Illustrator, locked layers can't be selected. They're visible to you, but invisible to your mouse. In Adobe XD, locked layers are still selectable. This makes it harder to select a layer under another layer (example: a photo under a gradient layer).
  • Adobe XD has been a little slow in rolling out new features (such as underlined text). They're taking their time to get things right, but it can still be frustrating at times. There are still areas where we're waiting for additional functionality to be added such as better control over shadows, and the ability to have multiple shadows. Breaking the borders into individual sides would be great too. It's strange to have something easily accomplished in html/css, but not in the design program. Unfortunately, some of these things are typical of design programs, not just Adobe XD.
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  • Axure doesn't do data validation well. Carrying data from one screen to the next is a little tricky. It can be done, but if showing how data moves from one screen to the next is important, Axure won't be a good tool.
  • Axure prototypes can't be used to create a working converted solution like other similar tools can do. However, those other solutions typically involved detailed processes in order to make the conversion better, and even then there's work to be done after the conversion occurs.
  • The Axure discussion piece is a nice option, but would be better if it was less ambiguous on which widget is being discussed instead of labeling each widget and including the discussion below. Sometimes multiple topics are created around the same widget issue.
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Axure RP8.0
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Axure feels like a tool that started with a simple interface that wasn't redesigned over time. Simple tasks sometimes require clicking through multiple layers. Crucial pieces of functionality are hidden under text links, or just flatly aren't discoverable. Much of the quirks of the interface only come from having screwed up numerous times, and knowing that certain things are just difficult to accomplish.
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe XD has been a joy to use. It has this "Wow, it just works!" feel to it. Illustrator is more powerful, but it's quirky, complex, and unfortunately a bit outdated and buggy. These days you expect colors to update in realtime while you're working in the color selector.Sketch is a big contender in this area. A lot of designers used to design websites in Photoshop. Moving to Sketch was a huge improvement for them. When I tried to move to Sketch from Illustrator, it was a huge let down. Sketch has probably improved since I last used it, but given how much I enjoy Adobe XD, I have little desire to pursue Sketch.Figma is another great tool. Overall I've enjoyed using Figma, but with the free plan the versioning feature is severely limited. Two weeks ago, Figma released a new Smart Selection feature that looks quite good. I'll have to take that for a spin for sure. Interesting features of Figma: Designing in the browser, and share access with others so they can watch the design come together in real time.
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Axure's masters put in an entirely different space from any other tool I've tested. They allow a degree of systemic design that I have yet to see in another piece of software. Sketch (by Bohemian Coding) gets close with its inclusion of symbols. However, until the symbols have the ability to nest indefinitely, Axure's masters still hold the upper hand.Axure's sharing features are a huge bonus when in a work environment. While that doesn't give it an edge over Marvel or InVision, it certainly makes it more attractive than many other desktop prototyping tools.
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Return on Investment

  • Adobe XD has reduced the amount of time I need to spend on mockup up designs.
  • I like to keep versions of the designs I work on. A single webpage design might have 15 versions. The greatly reduced file size of Adobe XD compared to Illustrator means I'm not burning through near as much harddrive space.
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  • Cut time spent creating wireframes
  • Allows the development team to spend less time on redesigns
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Pricing Details

Adobe XD

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Axure RP

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details