Adobe announces release of free XD starter plan
UX design is one of the fastest growing segments in design. The new Starter plan for Adobe XD supports Adobe’s vision to give everyone—from emerging artists to enterprise brands—everything they need to design and deliver exceptional digital experiences and explore the rapidly expanding field of UX design with no financial commitment.
Scott Belsky, chief product officer and executive vice president, Creative Cloud at Adobe.
Adobe XD was previously available as a standalone app on Adobe’s usual subscription tiers or as part of their All Apps plan, but now you can get full access to Adobe XD’s desktop toolkits for Mac and Windows 10, as well as the mobile preview apps on iOS and Android for free with no restrictions on the number of documents or videos you can create or the number of assets you can export.
What will be limited for the free tier though, is that you will only be allowed one shared prototype and one shared design spec at a time. You will also be limited to the fonts you can use with TypeKit Free, and have only 2GB of cloud storage.
Other updates from Adobe include:
- Sketch and Photoshop CC integration improvements: You can now import stroke and image effects from Sketch directly. Photoshop files can also be more quickly imported in, and there have been some conversion fidelity improvements when importing Sketch files.
- Password-protected Design Specs (Beta): You can now enable password protection for design specs to restrict access. There will an option to input a password in the Share popup window before passing the links out, to ensure the security of proprietary designs.
- Simple drag-and-drop options to swap symbols: You can now drag a symbol from the assets panel and drop it over another symbol to an artboard to update all copies of that symbol.
- Paste to multiple artboards: You can now copy one element and then select multiple artboards and paste the element to each artboard.
Adobe also announced a $10 million dollar Adobe Fund for Design to advance innovation in experience design. The fund is supposed to help designers and developers innovate in the world of experience design and leverage Adobe XD as a platform supporting tooling plug-ins and integration with third party tools and services.
Download your free copy of Adobe XD here.