Hello Sketch 49, bye bye Adobe XD

Junaid Ahmed
Feb 28, 2018 · 2 min read

When Adobe introduced Adobe XD we were all so amazed by the inherent prototyping ability.

Of course, Adobe built the app purely based on the number of prototyping apps emerging for the UX community.

With apps like Flinto, Marvel, Atomic, Kite, Origami, Principle, Framer and many more. Each offering the user to let them create a prototype that can show off to the end user or developer how the application they’re designing work.

Adobe XD took about a year to mature as I remember wanting to get my hands on it when I read and experienced the keynote in 2015, the first beta was here around spring 2016 lacking a lot of features and affordances we were used to in Sketch, Photoshop, and Illustrator. I had a go at the beta build and subsequent updates bringing more and more features. Finally around fall of 2017 Adobe XD could stand on its own with quick abilities to copy your layers from Photoshop and Illustrator leaving Sketch in the dust.

Adobe XD enabled prototyping and ability to share via the web, a feature that was available in Sketch only with the use of third-party plugins by InVision as Craft Labs.

With Sketch 47 we started to see Sketch Cloud and it matured with Sketch 48, with the ability to share entire Sketch files in read-only mode.

Where there’s a demand there’s development. The folks over at Sketch are geniuses, they finally integrated some of the awesome features surfaced by plugins and 3rd party developers, prototyping, collaborations, cloud sharing, shared libraries to name a few.

Sketch 49 brings us a killer update, reducing the need for a few 3rd party plugins but also giving a head start for the new users of Sketch. Speeding up the user experience and interaction design for the 1000s of UX designers out there.

I certainly don’t mind the Sketch yearly subscription because I know that Bohemian Coding is going to bring me the goodies in Sketch months and years in the future.

Thanks for the sneak peak at Sketch 49’s ability to Prototype.]

Update:

If you have some older plugins, they might stop you from launching the latest version of Sketch 49, press SHIFT + the Sketch Icon to start the app without plugins enabled. So far the culprit found to not work with Sketch is “FontBuddy”

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