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Adobe XD

8 Ratings

Balsamiq

56 Ratings

Adobe XD

8 Ratings
Score 9 out of 101

Balsamiq

56 Ratings
Score 8.1 out of 101

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Adobe XD

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

I always start with a fast and furious white board drawing to get the basic flow and concept down, then sharpen it up with Balsamiq to run up the chain for management review and approvals. It works really well on single screen designs that are typically printed out for manual mark-ups. One team I'm on uses JIRA and there is a plug-in, but I haven't used it yet as that team sits together so the need to explain stuff to others is pretty minimal.
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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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  • Balsamiq is quick. You can put an idea down in the tool very fast and not have to focus too much on detail.
  • Balsamiq allows me to start a conversation with my team members. I can show them the general idea and get feedback and then make rapid changes.
  • The use of symbols, as implemented a few years ago in Balsamiq has made it a better tool and even faster to use.
  • Balsamiq shows the workflow of a process very easily. I think it's the best tool for UX and IA work, as it does not force me to put in UI element details. I can always work on that later, while development of the interaction and structure of the interface is underway.
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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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  • Duplicating a library should only be done from the libraries, it has happened that I duplicated a library, and when I realized I have already designed several screens with the duplicated library, which makes me lose information when I delete the duplicate library.
  • I would like to see a blackboard-type version, where at least two people can interact in the same design at the same time. This is because there are clients with whom remote reviews are made.
  • It does not have a Spanish version, there are functional users who are asked to make comments or changes and do not use another language.
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Balsamiq10.0
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I'm not sure how else we would be able to complete our work without Balsamiq or another similar tool. All of my experience with Balsamiq has been positive and they continue to develop new features so that my job gets easier. I would be very surprised if we didn't renew Balsamiq
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Balsamiq8.0
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Very intuitive and easy to understand. It only takes minutes to get the hang of it and get back to work. For new analysts (like, brand new, fresh out of school) it's not difficult and they need minimal to no hand-holding. The training content that is embedded is easy to find and use.
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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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Balsamiq is a quite simple tool; but does exactly what was designed for, it helps with creating mockups, wireframes, and flows. Its simplicity works great for people who are not designers but need to visually represent their ideas. Low-fidelity wireframes work really well in development teams, for example when there is no need for sophisticated designs like wireframes of admin screens.
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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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  • Balsamiq empowered [our] product team to create prototypes without using design resource
  • Prototypes can be created faster which means more iterations and faster delivery
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Adobe XD

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

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