Adobe announces that it's offering its design software, Adobe XD, for free

Adobe has released a free version of its XD design software

Adobe tells Pickr that it's beginning to work on animated prototyping for designs and even a dash of interactive simulation, allowing you to essentially test out designs in the near future as if you were using them yourself.

Adobe Photoshop has been the industry standard for image editing and creativity for many many years, but Adobe has bold new plan to make Adobe XD the halo product.

Adobe XD has some plugins - including recently launched integration with the likes of Zeplin, Avocode and Sympli.

The effort is part of Adobe's plan to build out the Adobe XD ecosystem.

The company also announced a $10 million dollar investment fund for design technology. It is claimed to have more than a million users, and Adobe has promised monthly releases with updates apart from third party integration and support.

An expansion of Adobe's ongoing investment in and collaboration with the design community, this fund will allow developers and designers to take full advantage of Adobe XD and integrate with the Creative Cloud workflows used by millions of creative professionals and top brands around the world. Along with this, Adobe also announced new improvements coming to the software this month.

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The demo showed off at the conference revealed how efficient the UI of Adobe XD is in helping designers create in-app elements like menus, toolbars, and categories.

Vinh said Adobe XD is on a mission to remove steps from the design workflow.

New in Adobe XD this month is improved interactions between Photoshop CC and Sketch, Password protected Design specs (beta), Simple drag and drop options to swap symbols, Paste to multiple artboards and File auto-recovery. There have also been improvements to conversion fidelity of imported Sketch files.

Paste to multiple artboards: Copy one element and then select multiple artboards and paste the element to each artboard. "Ideal candidates are either building innovative products for creative and design customers or are creating plug-ins and integrations to our applications, with a focus on the experience design space and Adobe XD CC", said Adobe's Vijay Vachani.

The Starter plan for Adobe XD is free and available immediately for all; users in an active trial of Adobe XD will need to update their version of the platform from the Creative Cloud desktop app or from xd.adobe.com to activate it.

Additional details on plan options and pricing for each tier are available on Adobe's website.

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