Web Design 101: Figma VS. Adobe XD

As the internet expands, the demand for careers related to it is also high, and one of those careers that bloomed is web designing. Being a person who has knowledge about the basics of web design gives you broader opportunities than anyone. 

Web Designing creates a better experience for the users, thus creating better traffic to the website. If you are an aspiring web designer, you must be familiar with Adobe XD and Figma. Both XD and Figma is a vector graphics editing tool used to create or edit web design and graphics. These editing tools are used to create better experiences for the users. Starting a business online means that better traffic must equate to better profit. If you are here, then chances are you are starting your graphic designing career, starting an online business, or just looking for a new hobby and weighing on what software to use. Here are some facts to ponder.

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For starters, Figma is a web-based software, meaning, most of its components are on the cloud, and the storage requirements are low compared to Adobe XD. It is perfect for someone with limited storage resources and does not have a unit dedicated to graphic design. On the other hand, Adobe XD is much more versatile because you can use it on web-based and mobile platforms. Also, compared to Figma, there is dedicated software used on mobile. You can start learning or downloading  Figma and Adobe by visiting their websites. 


Both Adobe XD and Figma have their compatibility on where you can run the software itself. Adobe XD is compatible with OS like Windows 10 and macOS 10.12 and their latest versions. Similarly, Figma is also compatible with Windows and macOS but also Linux and ChromeOS. In addition, Adobe XD requires you to have a maximum of 4GB of RAM.

Meanwhile, Figma is a website-based software, so it is taxing your RAM. Suppose you are planning on using it, I would recommend you to have 8GB of RAM or at least a GPU on your hardware.  



   In Figma, there is a multiplayer feature wherein you can see the co-member’s activity in the same project represented by different colors in real-time. Compared to Adobe XD that does not have any multiplayer feature until November 2019; you cannot also see the cursor of the active members on that particular project.


    In Adobe XD there are Linked Assets through which we can access a document saved in the cloud and see the changes. Meanwhile, Figma has an Observation Mode in which you can see the activity of other persons who are working on the same project and observe their all movement around the document.




    In terms of designing, I’d go as far as to tell you that Adobe XD and Figma were like two peas in a pod. However, there are still some differences you should take note of.


Font style

    Both applications enable you to save all of the character styling options. The only noteworthy difference is that XD enables you to save a default color for the character style. Changing many font styles on your web page or design is beneficial.



    Adobe XD You can use multiple triggers for interactions that Figma does not have, particularly in the gamepad, voice, and keys. Adobe XD also has state change actions and speech playback while Figma lacks any. Additionally, it lets multiple interactions per item, letting you accomplish prototypes with functionality much more alike on how they behave on the browser.


State Feature

    In XD there is a “State” feature used for creating button hovers and switch toggles. It is much easier in XD because all you need to do is create an element, and the hovering and switching are automatically placed.


Image Export

    Both software can export images in JPG, PNG, PDF, and SVG format but in XD you can change the quality setting of the file. It is most useful when designing a website and working with a limited amount of pixels.



    Regarding pricing, I give a thumbs up for Figma because you can still have almost the whole experience for free, except for the limit of projects and version history, custom file/user permissions, invite-only private projects, and shareable team library. You can have access to those for the price of US$15 monthly or US$12 annually. Meanwhile Adobe XD has a 7-day free trial. After that, you can choose to continue the subscription for US$9.99 monthly or avail of the Adobe Creative Cloud Bundle for US$52.99 per month, including 20+ other Adobe Programs.



    Overall, you can say that they are so similar you can use them interchangeably. But if you are working on a team, I can say that Figma was better for collaboration and data sharing. But if you are looking for a much more in-depth and versatile software, you should go with Adobe XD.

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