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Adobe XD

8 Ratings

Marvel

10 Ratings

Adobe XD

8 Ratings
Score 9 out of 101

Marvel

10 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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Marvel

Marvel has quickly become my go-to for quick prototyping. It is very straightforward with a simple learning curve, it is easy to make adjustments to screens and interactions, and it is easy to send designs to clients. I still use other apps for more detailed prototypes, especially those with a large range of micro-interactions, but this is great for simple sites for clients like small businesses or personal portfolios.
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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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  • Easy to use with a fast learning curve
  • The handoff option allows developers to extract CSS code to copy design styles
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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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  • In some cases, the connection will be limited by a project
  • When the projects are very large, the loading and deployment of options is very slow;You must have a good internet bandwidth
  • In addition to showing CSS code with the option to handoff, it should also show the HTML code associated with that CSS
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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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Marvel creates prototypes much faster than InVision. Both tools use global hotspots---a global hotspot is a linked area which is visible on multiple screens. Marvel has a better UX for setting up new hotspots. Marvel asks only necessary questions, does not interrupt the flow, and shows nice previews of the hotspots on multiple screens. On the subject of team collaboration, both tools offer commenting and invitation features in the free plan. In InVision the collaboration is smooth and predictable: just click by an area where you want to leave your comment, and the field appears. Another cool collaboration feature from InVision is Liveshare. With this, you can collaborate together with your colleagues, create notes, draw, make a voice conversation in a browser and connect to a call from a regular phone. Impressive! Marvel's app supports basic collaboration with things like commenting and inviting. It does not support voice or drawings.However, the most important thing about Marvel App is that the subscription price is much cheaper than InVision's.
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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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  • In establishing application prototypes, it gives a considerable return on investment, since it saves effort and time. That means that it can have economic gains, because the client is presented with this prototype and an estimate can then be made based on a scrum of how long it will take to develop, how much it will cost to develop, and how much manpower it will require.
  • Sometimes, clients will get applications that are not what they expected, visually. With Marvel, though, the prototypes are accurate and you can create exact mockups of what your application will be. This way, the development team can go straight to that goal, instead of spending more time thinking about what to do and how to present a prototype.
  • Investing in this type of applications allows the company to save a lot of personal time, as it avoids unnecessary work. Marvel allows you to figure out if you are able to cover the development of that application and what staff you will need to do it.
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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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Marvel

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