AMA: Adobe XD 2017

6 years ago from Demian Borba, Product Manager for Adobe XD

  • James Young, 6 years ago

    Why did you go for the Mac market first when Sketch is so established and there was potential for you to build a quality Windows tool to rival what Sketch is for Mac when the Windows market is woefully under supported with this sort of design tool despite it becoming a more popular OS?

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    • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 6 years ago

      I'd say the reason here is that the majority of designers still prefer macs so this would give them access to a larger (albeit more competitive) market. They could then make a Windows version and use the fact that the app is cross platform as a selling point.

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      • Lucian .esLucian .es, 6 years ago

        The only reason I'm sticking to mac right now is Sketch and how spread it is throughout the industry. I've been using it for the last 3 years and I can't see a better alternative or people releasing plugins for adobe XD in the near future.

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        • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 6 years ago

          I have to admit Windows has become a lot better in the last few years, but it still has its problems, just like the Mac. The app selection is still laughable, where you get to chose between cheap clones of popular apps and rudimentary shit on the Windows Store and the old school software, some of which has gone for years without an update and even those that are maintained are still dated and complicated as fuck (see MS Office vs iWork - which are also free). There are all the privacy concerns with you getting no say on whether MS gets all your data or when updates are installed, the ever changing design language and developers who don't care to adopt it, the lack of devices to communicate with (Macs have a lot of cool features for your iPhone / iPad like handoff, iCloud syncing everything).

          Macs have their problems too, like how restrictive they are, expensive, weak graphics cards and no games, and the worst in my opinion, Apple playing it too safe (MS has touch screens, holo lens, they tried a phone you can plug into a display and turn into a computer, facial recognition, all sorts of convertibles, Cortana 2 years before Siri - at leas they are trying new things).

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    • Andrew Shorten, 6 years ago

      We had to start somewhere. While we always saw the need for a multi-platform solution, immersing ourselves with designers who had an array of different tooling choices for design and prototyping on Mac seemed like the best way to truly understand needs when it came to building a new tool.

      We are building a high quality tool for both Mac and Windows - each is a native app just for that platform. On Windows, we'll be introducing support for pen and touch as a platform specific feature in future.

      Thanks, Andrew (Adobe).

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