Differences between Figma vs Adobe XD vs Sketch

Sketch: Fast and intuitive

Features

  • Instant design preview
  • Grids and guidelines
  • Pre-set exporting
  • Plugin support
  • Collaborative platform support

Advantages

  • Designs are highly scalable and quick to produce.
  • Users can build and maintain a reusable virtual design system and libraries for faster reiteration.
  • Higher efficiency due to highly accurate tools, pixel-perfect designs, and automation.
  • Quicker and more accurate renderings based on how it will appear on the browser.
  • It enjoys sustained community support.

Disadvantage

  • No free version
  • Sketch only operates on Mac and is not available for Windows.
  • Does not possess image editing or retouching capabilities.
  • Does not contain built-in prototyping functionalities.
  • Sketch experiences hand-off issues, which can be overcome through third-party plugins.

Adobe XD

Features

  • Web, desktop, and mobile support.
  • Voice and speech triggers.
  • Offline co-editing.
  • Drag and drop artboard guides.
  • Auto animation.
  • Multi-app integration.

Advantages

  • Adobe is known for creating reliable design software based on dependable infrastructure, and Adobe XD is no exception.
  • It allows editing and reusability of elements with support for resizing groups and objects.
  • Adobe XD supports interactive prototypes with voice prototyping, animation, gaming support, mobile previews, and flows.
  • If Users have prior knowledge of Adobe products can easily use Adobe XD.
  • It offers cloud saving features with linked assets along with cloud-based collaboration in view-only mode.

Disadvantages

  • The shape customization feature is fairly limited, and it mainly supports basic shapes.
  • Design export is simple, but users need a plugin for the CSS.
  • It does not possess image editing capacity, due to which users have to use applications like Photoshop.
  • Constant updates and upgrades can dilute the user experience.

Figma: Robust and browser-based

Features

  • Cloud-based software
  • Browser and desktop support
  • Live collaboration
  • Figma Mirror
  • Multi-plugins support

Advantages

  • Real-time collaboration, which provides transparency, makes it easier for teams to work together.
  • Quick and easy file sharing options make the designs highly accessible without having to import/export.
  • Cloud-based design availability makes your creations platform-agnostic and allows them to be accessed by everyone.
  • Support for a wide range of plugins.

Disadvantages

  • Users always have to be “online” to work on Figma.
  • It needs a minimum of 4GB of RAM and a graphics card of the capacity of Intel HD 3000 (or above).
  • Local caches can make it difficult for users to view the latest changes and design updates.
  • The absence of global colors can make it difficult to enjoy consistency in design.
  • Team members can access the files only when it is uploaded to the team library, which may cause delays.

Conclusion

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