Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

Adobe XD

1.1K
763
+ 1
46
Figma

2.4K
1.5K
+ 1
66
Add tool

Adobe XD vs Figma: What are the differences?

Adobe XD: UX/UI design and collaboration tool. A vector-based tool developed and published by Adobe Inc for designing and prototyping user experience for web and mobile apps; Figma: The collaborative interface design tool. Figma is the first interface design tool with real-time collaboration. It keeps everyone on the same page. Focus on the work instead of fighting your tools.

Adobe XD and Figma can be categorized as "Graphic Design" tools.

Some of the features offered by Adobe XD are:

  • Voice prototyping
  • Responsive Resize
  • Auto-Animate

On the other hand, Figma provides the following key features:

  • Online Sketch alternative
  • Free for small teams
  • Easy to use

9GAG, Avocode, and Startae are some of the popular companies that use Figma, whereas Adobe XD is used by Avocode, Sofit Software, and SPOTTT. Figma has a broader approval, being mentioned in 67 company stacks & 56 developers stacks; compared to Adobe XD, which is listed in 38 company stacks and 44 developer stacks.

Advice on Adobe XD and Figma
Needs advice
on
ZeplinZeplinInVisionInVision
and
FigmaFigma

Hello, I want to start an unlimited graphic design service. (yes, yet another one, but bear with me)

It’s the second week that I’m working on this project, my goal is to test the market as soon as possible.

One element that is missing is the solution to handle communication between the clients and the designers.

• Mandatory: it needs to communicate instructions, progress/status, and design files (exported from Adobe Illustrator or similar). • Optionally it would also display the design inside the app so the files don’t need to be opened. • Optionally it would let the client easily mark the design where he wants revision.

• Mandatory: it needs to have unlimited clients and unlimited projects (I’ll have hundreds of clients and each will have at least one project) • Optionally it would auto-assign a new project to the first available designer, or let the designers choose themselves which project they want to work on • Optionally it would have groups (corresponding to a subscription plan) with different clients and different designers in each • Optionally it would communicate with other apps so that client and designer management tasks (access, payment, etc) can be automated

I’m open to all suggestions, not just the selection above. Ultimately I guess I’ll have a custom app developed on a no-code platform, but to begin with I need something simple and ready.

Reminder: it is only for graphic design, between my designers and my clients

See more
Replies (2)
Recommends
SketchSketch

Zeplin is great for Developer handoff and setting as source of truth for Design and Developemt. InViosion is the standard for communicating/testing design ideas and prototypes with stakeholders. Both applications offer unlimited projects. I use them on a daily basis at big enterprises and for small weekend projects.

See more
Mert Torun
Product designer at Mert Torun · | 3 upvotes · 55.9K views
Recommends
BasecampBasecamp

I have been using Basecamp since 2008 to handle my client communications. I have gone through all of its three iterations.

I'd recommend Basecamp above the others because:

  • It is a communication tool through and through. Looking at your description, that seems to be what you need. Zeplin is a developer handoff tool. It isn't designed to cover a more broad use case as you describe. Invision has some features that you want, but it is primarily a tool for building quick low-fidelity prototypes from website mockups. Figma is a great design tool. For the last two, communication is a secondary feature.
  • It was designed by a design agency (37 Signals) for their own needs, which were quite similar to yours. (They later closed the agency to focus on Basecamp as a product full-time)
  • It has flat pricing that doesn't count the number of projects, clients or team members you have. You don't have to think twice about opening another project or inviting another user. You always pay the same price.
  • It can separate team and client communications. The team can talk about something without the client ever seeing it, in the same context.
  • It can keep todo lists, which I think you will need anyway.
  • Access control is based on projects. Every team member or client will only see the projects they are invited to. They will not even know the existence of others. (Except admins. They can see and join all projects)
  • It is easy to understand and use. The design is free of clutter and easy on the eyes. Your clients (especially the tech-averse ones) will appreciate it.
  • It has mobile/desktop apps with the full functionality of the web app. You won't have to wait for someone to sit down to get a quick approval.

The only real downside for me was the lack of language support in the user interface. You will be fine if your users understand some very basic written English. Some of my clients did not, so I had to walk them through it.

See more
Get Advice from developers at your company using Private StackShare. Sign up for Private StackShare.
Learn More
Pros of Adobe XD
Pros of Figma
  • 14
    Free
  • 8
    Interactive Prototypes
  • 7
    Vector
  • 7
    Reusable elements/components
  • 6
    Clean Design
  • 4
    Imports Sketch files
  • 12
    Web-based application
  • 8
    Intuitive interface and perfect collaboration
  • 7
    Works on both Mac and Windows
  • 6
    Free software
  • 5
    Works on multiple OS's
  • 4
    Great plugins, easy to extend
  • 4
    Highly Collaborative
  • 4
    Large community, tutorials, documentation
  • 4
    Imports Sketch files
  • 4
    Hands done the best design tool for collaboration!
  • 4
    Interactive, event-based prototypes
  • 2
    No more syncing between Sketch and InVision
  • 2
    Prototyping, design files and comments all in one place

Sign up to add or upvote prosMake informed product decisions

Cons of Adobe XD
Cons of Figma
  • 5
    No dark theme
  • 5
    Limited Export options

Sign up to add or upvote consMake informed product decisions

What is Adobe XD?

A vector-based tool developed and published by Adobe Inc for designing and prototyping user experience for web and mobile apps.

What is Figma?

Figma is the first interface design tool with real-time collaboration. It keeps everyone on the same page. Focus on the work instead of fighting your tools.

Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

What companies use Adobe XD?
What companies use Figma?
See which teams inside your own company are using Adobe XD or Figma.
Sign up for Private StackShareLearn More

Sign up to get full access to all the companiesMake informed product decisions

What tools integrate with Adobe XD?
What tools integrate with Figma?

Sign up to get full access to all the tool integrationsMake informed product decisions

What are some alternatives to Adobe XD and Figma?
Sketch
Easily create complex shapes with our state-of-the-art vector boolean operations and take advantage of our extensive layer styles.
InVision
InVision lets you create stunningly realistic interactive wireframes and prototypes without compromising your creative vision.
UXPin
It is a code-based design tool that merges design and engineering into one unified process. Thanks to conditional interactions, variables, state-based animations, and powerful expressions, you can build prototypes that feel like the real thing. In other words, anything that's on the web can be accurately prototyped in UXPin.
Affinity Designer
No bloat, no gimmicks, just all the tools you need, implemented how you always dreamed. It is a stripped back, pro-end workhorse that will always get your job done. It was created to thrive on the electric pace of the latest computing hardware. Live, responsive and incredibly fluid, it’s simply a joy to use.
Adobe Photoshop
It is the best in the world of graphic design and image processing software that will realize any of your ideas. Create and enhance photos, illustrations and 3D graphic objects.
See all alternatives