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Official Word on the Future of XD

Community Expert ,
Jan 30, 2024 Jan 30, 2024

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Adobe Inc. will end its effort to create a web design product to rival Figma Inc. after the collapse of its proposed $20 billion acquisition of the startup.

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"We have no plans to further invest in it," a spokesperson said Tuesday of XD.

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"We are focused on the opportunity we have across imaging, photography, design, web, animation and 3D, as well as Express and Firefly the spokesperson said.

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Jan 31, 2024 Jan 31, 2024

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I DONT NEED MORE AI FUNC.

BRING MY XD SERVICE BACK.

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 31, 2024 Jan 31, 2024

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keeping xd will the best way to start, after they should try to be different of figma (tech-design) vs (create-design)

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Jan 31, 2024 Jan 31, 2024

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With billions of dollars that would have gone toward Figma freed up, some Wall Street analysts wondered whether Adobe would attempt to build another competing product design app. The spokesperson said the company is open to exploring partnerships with other companies in the space.

 

This confirms XD is truly dead. The fact that Adobe's spokeperson admitted to being open to "partnerships with other companies in the space" is the final nail in XD's coffin.

 

It's over for XD. And I would not be surprised if Adobe waits it out for a while, and then buys Protopie, or a similar up-and-coming prototyping tool, and maintain the original company's infrastructure and team(s). That's exactly what they've done with Substance Designer/Painter, and this approach is far more flexible and future-proof. Besides, too many mistakes were made with XD and as far as I can tell XD isn't salvagable for Adobe (neither in the market nor in its current development state).

 

But no matter how all of this pans out: XD's time is done and over with. RIP XD.

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