So, can you use Adobe XD without paying a single cent? In one word, yes. In this article, I’ll show you how to download Adobe XD and use it for free, legally.
Adobe offers Adobe XD under different subscription plans from Free (Starter), Single or as part of a Creative Cloud subscription. Adobe XD Starter (the totally free version) is instantly available, it doesn’t require an active subscription and offers access to design and prototyping tools. The only limits are on the sharing and collaboration features.
Adobe XD is an intuitive and powerful and fully packed application that is perfect for designing and prototyping user interfaces, websites, and mobile apps. It includes all the essential tools that designers need to produce high-quality, industry-standard designs.
It’s super easy to get started with Adobe XD. You can use Adobe XD throughout the entire design process, from the wireframing stage to prototyping and the best thing is that it is also free.
Adobe XD includes lots of features to help designers streamline their processes. Here are some of them worth mentioning.
Components are a really neat concept. They are in essence a reusable grouping of elements, such as text, images, shapes, or lines with a defined scope or function and, once defined, they act as a blueprint (a.k.a. Master). You can easily place components “instances” on your design and, once you edit a blueprint (a.k.a. Master), then all the instances will be updated. Neat!
Of course, there are many other benefits to components, but I’m trying to keep this article short. If you want to learn more about Components and how to work with them, you can find more details here.
This is another cool feature. Content-Aware Layout works with groups and artboards and automatically understands the relationships between objects, keeping the padding or the position of the elements when resizing the group or the artboards relative to each other. You can learn more about Content-Aware Layout here.
If you already have tons of designs created in PhotoShop or Sketch, migrating them to Adobe XD is a breeze. Adobe XD is able to directly open these file formats, so you don’t need to recreate them from scratch. This is also great news if your workflow is a mixed workflow requiring you to use multiple design tools.
The plugins in Adobe XD open the doors to so many possibilities. They allow you to extend Adobe XD and supercharge your workflow to fit your needs. They will allow you to automate or connect to other 3rd party tools. You can learn about plugins from here.
As I said before, you can use the Starter version for free. To download the latest version, use the following link.
The XD Starter plan includes unlimited design and prototyping features with limits on sharing and collaboration, which means you can prototype to your heart’s content.
Keep in mind that you still need to have a Creative Cloud account, but you don’t need to have an active subscription.
Also, if you already have the Creative Cloud desktop app installed, then, the Adobe XD with the Starter plan is already there as part of the free Creative Cloud membership, so all you need is to install it.