Adobe: "Adobe XD will be as big or bigger than Photoshop".

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Differences between this plan and the paid one are that you get to share only one (at a time) active design specification and prototype, compared to unlimited prototypes on Adobe XD CC.

For the May release of Adobe XD-the platform gets monthly updates-the company focused on productivity.

The free starter plan includes XD for Mac and Windows which cover mobile apps for both iOS and Android. "Adobe XD will be as big as Photoshop, if not bigger", said Andrew Shorten, Senior Director, Product Management at Adobe XD's recent global press conference.

According to data from Adobe, 87% of managers believe hiring more user experience (UX) designers is a top priority for their organisations, as they play a crucial role in developing world-class customer experiences.

Adobe also announced the Adobe Fund for Design. It's a US$10 million fund for grants to support designer and developer innovations.

The software is getting several new updates that will start rolling out in the next couple of months.

Photoshop may be what you know Adobe for now, but by the end of this year, any would-be designers you know may well another product a little more. These include improvements to Photoshop CC and Sketch integration on Adobe XD, password protected design specifications (in beta), simple drag and drop options to swap symbols, file auto-recovery, and the ability to paste content on multiple artboards. With this month's update, Adobe is improving the integration with Sketch and Photoshop.

New Adobe XD features and capabilities are prioritised and introduced based on feedback from the design community and user requests. There have also been improvements to conversion fidelity of imported Sketch files.

"The new Starter plan for Adobe XD supports Adobe's vision to give everyone-from emerging artists to enterprise brands-everything they need to design and deliver exceptional digital experiences and explore the rapidly expanding field of UX design with no financial commitment." said Scott Belsky, chief product officer and executive vice president, Creative Cloud at Adobe.

To support this vision, the United States software giant has launched a free starter plan for Adobe XD to reach out to students, aspiring designers and professionals who are involved in the design process of websites and mobile apps.

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

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