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Opinion

Praising Adobe XD

Taking the side of Adobe XD in favor of Sketch should not be a provocative thing, but it is because people love drama. Favoring XD is like favoring PlayStation over XBOX or Honda to Toyota. It’s a matter of preference and what proves the most efficient tool should be the one you choose to use. You be you.

The first graphics editing program I used was Macromedia Fireworks. It came bundled in the “MX” Suite. I learned my way around that program and memorized all of the shortcuts to the point where it became second nature. This was at a time when video games were shipped with guide books so picture a world with substantially fewer distractions in the form of video streaming services and social media.

Using XD makes me think someone in charge of this product also deeply loved Fireworks. The shortcuts are the same. Honestly, I could have fell into a coma in 2005 and arisen only now and been presented XD and been just fine. Drawing a line between the usability of Fireworks of yesteryear and XD of today is the kind of progression in software that is the most admirable.

There are an amazing amount of upgrades of course, but the sheer familiarity and deliverance on expectations is crucial. In 15 years the two input types for a graphics editing program have not changed. We use a stylus or mouse, and a keyboard. I will never tell Alexa or Siri to adjust a border radius setting for me. That is excessive unlike controlling large appliances like ovens—that’s completely reasonable, of course. Since the inputs have not changed dramatically over two decades, maintaining shortcuts that recall this familiarity is a dramatically composed and professional decision. If you have not used XD, you should take it for a spin.