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Adobe has announced big news with Adobe XD where they are opening its platform to enable users to customize their tools through an ecosystem of community and partner-built plugins. Leveraging their APIs, developers can now build on top of XD, adding new features, automating workflows and connecting XD to the tools and services designers use every day. Following up from what we have shared last month, they are also integrating with what's existing collaboration tools like Microsoft Teams, Slack and Jira Software Cloud.
We are committed to developing a rich ecosystem around Adobe XD to fit the modern designer’s needs,” said Scott Belsky, chief product officer and executive vice president, Creative Cloud at Adobe. “Delivering seamless, engaging user experiences is imperative for brands, companies and all digital products, and Adobe is focused on serving designers with powerful collaboration capabilities
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The open platform will be made publicly available later this year, but Adobe is already working with early developer partners to build plugins for XD, including Microsoft, Trello, UserTesting, Airtable, Dribbble, Silicon Publishing, Slope, inMotionNow, Astute Graphics, Anima and Google Cloud, along with its own Behance and Stock services. These solutions complement a series of integrations Adobe announced earlier this year, offering friction-free workflows with popular third-party tools and services such as Dropbox, Sketch, Zeplin, Avocode, ProtoPie and Sympli.
$10 Million Fund to Empower Creative Innovation
Initial grants and investments include individuals and companies building tools and services on top of Adobe XD to empower designers around the globe with several expected to be available in the product later this year.
- CloudApp, Protoio, Inc, Stark, Florian Schulz, Precious Design Studio, Odin Chart, Iconscout, Impekable, UI Faces and more
Enhancements in Adobe XD
Earlier this month, Adobe also released several new features in Adobe XD, which streamline designers’ workflows and facilitate the designer-to-developer handoff process to make coordination faster and simpler than ever before. Marquee new features include the ability to extract assets in Design Specs, making it more productive and efficient to work with developers. First released in November 2017, Design Specs is also no longer in beta and designers can now mark assets for export and give developers the ability to extract them in the format they need to be used in their code. The $9.99 Adobe XD Single App plan gives Creative Cloud members unlimited shared prototypes and design specs. Additional details on plan options and pricing for each tier are available on Adobe’s website.