Is Adobe Xd the better Sketch and worth the switch?

The Past

I started working with graphics at the age of 14. This is two decades ago. When I started Photoshop was available in version 5.0. It’s these two decades that I have been a Photoshop user. I know the tool, I know its weaknesses and its mighty power.

The Present

Today I rarely open up Photoshop anymore. It occurs that I have to crop an image or something. That’s when ol’ Photoshop gets its 15 minutes of fame and the happy Dock icon jumps around for some seconds, just to be closed right after the job is done.

Picture of my humble hand holding a wonderful waffle featuring the Adobe Xd logo
Picture of my humble hand holding a wonderful waffle featuring the Adobe Xd logo

The Future

For now I think I will not replace Sketch. The ecosystem of plugins and the features of the tool just works for us perfectly. And we are missing critical features in Xd that exist in Sketch, like constraints for symbols, nesting of symbols the usage of dummy content with clicking buttons and not juggling around with dragging and dropping from the finder.

“Adobe Xd is stepping up every month to become more powerful than Sketch soon.”

But I think this might change in the really near future. Adobe Xd is stepping up every month and the preview I got to see at UX Camp Europe featuring visual versioning (could replace the Github-like Abstract in our tool belt) and collaborative designing paints a picture in my mind of a tool that is getting more powerful (and performant) than Sketch pretty soon.

tl;dr: Is Xd worth the switch?

For me the answer today is no. It’s not there yet. But I think it will be. And I think it will change the workflow of UX designers for the better, when the time arrives.

UX & Digital Product Designer. Director of UX & Product Marketing at Trusted Shops. Ex-CEO & Co-Founder of Reputami.com.

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