What is Adobe XD?

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Adobe XD (Adobe Experience Design) is a vector-based user experience design tool created and released by Adobe Inc. for online and mobile apps. It’s accessible for macOS and Windows, but there are also iOS and Android versions to enable you preview the results of your work on the go. Website wireframing and click-through prototypes are both supported by Adobe XD.


Adobe XD is a program that generates user interfaces for mobile and online applications. Many of the features in XD were previously difficult to use or unavailable in Adobe products such as Illustrator and Photoshop.

Repeat grid
Helps creating a grid of repeating items such as lists, and photo galleries.

Prototype and animation
Creates animated prototypes through linking artboards. These prototypes can be previewed on supported mobile devices.

XD supports and can open files from Illustrator, Photoshop, Photoshop Sketch, and After Effects. In addition to the Adobe Creative Cloud, XD can also connect to other tools and services such as Slack and Microsoft Teams to collaborate. XD is also able to auto-adjust and move from macOS to Windows. For security, prototypes can be sent with password protection to ensure full disclosure.

Content-Aware Layout
Design and edit components without the nudging or the tinkering. Content-Aware Layout aligns and evenly-spaces as you add, remove, or resize objects. Make adjustments with smart controls and get back to exploring.

Voice design
Apps can be designed using voice commands. In addition, what users create for smart assistants can be previewed as well.

Users can create components (previously known as symbols) to create logos, buttons and other assets for reuse. Their appearance can change with the context where they are used.

Responsive resize
Responsive resize automatically adjusts and sizes pictures and other objects on the artboards. This allows the user to have their content automatically adjusted for different screens for different sized platforms such as mobile phones and PCs.

XD is compatible with custom plugins that add additional features and uses. Plugins range from design to functionality, automation and animation.


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