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Adobe XD Free Starter Plan & May Update

7 months ago from , Design Marketing, UI/UX @ Adobe

Hi Everyone,

Happy May! We’re excited to announce a new release and the introduction of a new Starter plan that makes Adobe XD available to anyone for free! Download XD for free here or from the Creative Cloud desktop app. The Starter plan includes Adobe XD, 2 GB of Cloud Storage, Typekit free, and up to 1 active shared design spec and 1 active shared prototype.

Also as follow up to the XD April release, we are pleased to share with you the latest update to XD with time saving features and top requested features from the community:

  • Improvements to opening Photoshop and Sketch files directly in XD

  • Quickly replace symbols

  • Password Protected Design Specs

  • Paste to multiple artboards

To get the details on what’s new, check out the release post here . Also be sure to check out the latest features in action on Adobe Live starting today through May 17 from 9 AM - 5:00 PM PDT!

We’d love to hear what you think about this update! Please leave questions, comments, or suggestions below.

Thank you, Kyle from the XD Team

34 comments

  • Matt C, 7 months ago

    Free starter plan is a good move. I was actually really surprised when XD went premium so early since I'm not very likely to pay money to check back in 6-12 months to see if it's worth using yet.

    6 points
    • , 7 months ago

      Hi Matt, thank you for the comment. We've added quite a few features since we launched XD CC in October of last year. Try it out and let us know what you think.

      0 points
  • Andrew Richardson, 7 months ago

    Seems like Figma and Invision's "free" plans have really forced some adaptation in this area. While I don't think XD can ever "catch up" at this point I think it's good to have them in the space lighting a fire behind other companies to continue innovating.

    5 points
    • John Williams, 7 months ago

      XD is getting close.

      Having experience with all the tools. I'd rank them as

      • Sketch
      • Figma (very close 2nd)
      • XD
      • Framer
      • Invision Studio Beta
      4 points
      • , 7 months ago

        Hi John, thank you for the feedback. Would you mind sharing what you would like to see more of in Adobe XD?

        0 points
        • John Williams, 7 months ago

          I think to close the gap XD would need

          • Built-In Features that match Sketch's most popular plugins.
          • Better Text Style / Component Management. It's difficult to create a design system in XD.
          • After Effects Import / Export (Adobe has the most powerful animation tool!)
          • Some type of online collaboration tool like Figma / Invision Freehand
          0 points
          • , 7 months ago

            Hi John, thank you for the feedback. The team is looking into all of these areas. On the first item, are there specific plugins or features that are crucial to your workflow?

            0 points
    • , 7 months ago

      Hi Andrew, thank you for the comment. Would you mind describing what you would want to see more of from Adobe XD?

      0 points
      • Andrew Richardson, 7 months ago

        XD seems to be playing catch up way too much while Figma is innovating in multiple ways, from introducing design systems in the best way I've seen so far to styles.

        The core Figma offering of "google docs style" is very hard to dismiss after I've worked with it for nearly a year now. It's subtly transformative and I'm very hesitant to try anything that involves files sitting on my computer or shared drives because of all the headache that comes along with it.

        4 points
        • , 7 months ago

          Hi Andrew, thank you for the additional details. The team is working to add more around design systems in XD as well as make it easier to collaborate in a scalable and secure way.

          0 points
    • Mick NMick N, 7 months ago

      It definitely appears that way. I stopped playing around with XD when it hit premium, while in the meantime I started using Figma. Now I can't picture using anything else in production.

      1 point
  • Robert AniteiRobert Anitei, 7 months ago

    It's nice that you added the password protected design specs and the starter plan.

    2 points
    • Kyle Galle, 7 months ago

      Thank you Robert! The team has been working hard to make both available today and we're continuing to add more to XD with every release.

      1 point
  • Andrew Hersh, 7 months ago

    Fixed elements?

    2 points
    • , 7 months ago

      Hi Andrew, the team is looking to make those available very soon. Still targeting early summer but as always this is an estimate so it is subject to change.

      1 point
  • G Juchault, 7 months ago

    This is a nice move :) Thanks !

    2 points
  • Shreya SaxenaShreya Saxena, 7 months ago

    This is really a nice move by Adobe. I think XD is catching up pretty fast since I used it first back in 2017. With support for sketch files and now this Starter plan, I hope the next thing is a push to developing plugins for XD. That would give a great boost since I know many designer friends who just can't do without Sketch and its plugins.

    2 points
    • , 7 months ago

      Hi Shreya, thank you for the comment. We just announced that we're working on extensibility. Read the announcement here and details here

      0 points
  • Alex YakirAlex Yakir, 7 months ago

    Thanks for the update Adobe.

    I really miss working on icons in illustrator, INMO still the best tool for that so far. I think the appearance panel was incredibly useful as well. The connectivity to photoshop and working on images is also something that is much missed - I want to be able to switch back and forth between editing images and the UI.

    1 point
    • , 7 months ago

      Hi Alex, thank you for the comment. On your connectivity between Photoshop, with Creative Cloud libraries, you can bring bitmaps into XD with Creative Cloud libraries. You can right click on that image on the panel to edit it in Photoshop. Here is more information on going from PS to XD.

      0 points
  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 7 months ago

    Two outstanding show-stopper features:

    • Symbol instances with individual sizes.
    • Colour management.

    I struggle to use XD for anything without those features. (If you require more info on either of those items, please let me know.)

    1 point
    • , 7 months ago

      Hi Marc, thank you for the feedback. The team is working on symbol resize, you can add your vote here. By voting you'll be notified as the team makes progress.

      For color management, I would up vote it here.

      0 points
      • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 7 months ago

        While I appreciate using customer votes to prioritise feature development, it’s shocking that XD hit public beta without these features. Colour management is an absolute mandatory feature for a professional tool. It’s not a feature you should be asking for feedback on — it should just be implemented.

        (I have voted on the features.)

        4 points
  • Abdelrahman G, 7 months ago

    Hey Kyle! One thing that makes XD hard to adopt for me is the lack of productivity shortcuts. Things like Sketch's layer traversing shortcuts (tab, shift+tab to go up and down the layer hierarchy; return and esc to go in and out of groups; CMD+R for renaming) make it very fast to perform certain actions without having to rely on the mouse. Figma already adopted these shortcuts and they made it feel instantly familiar.

    1 point
  • Darmau LeoDarmau Leo, 7 months ago

    I'd like XD have content generator. Like the InVision Crafts Sketch plugins. Real content, not Lorem ipsum.

    1 point
    • , 7 months ago

      Hi Darmau, thank you for sharing. Yes, the team is looking into this. I would add your vote here

      0 points
  • Greg Robison, 7 months ago

    Any word on when third-party workflow integrations like Zeplin and ProtoPie will extend to Windows? These were enabled for Mac as part of the January release.

    0 points
    • Andrew Shorten, 7 months ago

      We’re targeting the next update in June - there were some technical challenges that we had to work through to bring this to Windows, but are excited that it’s coming soon.

      Andrew (Adobe)

      4 points