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Adobe XD

8 Ratings

Lucidchart

36 Ratings

Adobe XD

8 Ratings
Score 9 out of 101

Lucidchart

36 Ratings
Score 9 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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Lucidchart

If you want to get your firm organized and document processes, workflow, org charts, or map out an idea, this software is great. It can be used whether it's on a company-wide scale, for personal, or educational use. There is a free version but it is limited in terms of functionality so depending on what you need it for you may have to upgrade. I recommend the paid version for a large company. If you're an individual I recommend the free version if it suits your needs.
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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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  • The program is easy to use with a drag-and-drop interface. You can easily move things around or select the shapes that you want to use.
  • With the SFDC integration, we have a button that will pull in all of the contacts on an account, and we can easily create an account map to see where everyone sits within a particular organization.
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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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  • The web application is a bit slower which makes it harder to edit.
  • The free version is a bit limited in terms of the number of shapes that it allows us to use (limited to 60 shapes)
  • There should be a desktop app.
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The software is incredibly easy to use and can be used on both a personal and business scale. It really can help you map out processes in a business or help you begin to formulate ideas for personal or educational use. Having the free version is great since you can test out some limited functionality before committing to purchasing the full version.
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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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Xmind is just a mind mapping application. It was created with that specific purpose, which makes it not so useful for general diagram creation or to strutucte a workflow process. However, there seems to be no application for Android phones, which is something they should work on. Mobile integration with different operative systems would be a great improvement.
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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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  • Better organization of processes
  • Helps a lot with tasks that benefit from mind mapping
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Adobe XD

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Adobe XD Editions & Modules
Adobe XD
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Lucidchart

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Lucidchart Editions & Modules
Lucidchart
Edition
Basic
4.951
Pro
8.951
Team
Varies1
1. per month
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The Team Pricing increases depending on the number of users on the account.