From Adobe XD to Figma: Navigating the transition
As of June 2023, Adobe XD has bid farewell to the Adobe Creative Cloud (CC). While existing CC users can still access Adobe XD, new users can’t purchase or download this once-popular tool. The most likely reason being Adobe’s impending acquisition of Figma, a frontrunner in the design industry. But what does this mean for your design team?
TL;DR: Be proactive in moving to Figma because it will be challenging.
What’s happening with Adobe XD?
Amid the buzz of Adobe’s acquisition of Figma, this shift is more than a mere coincidence. As Adobe embarks on a year-long acquisition journey to gain full ownership of Figma, the landscape of design tools is being reshaped. While Adobe XD has been a cornerstone for many product teams, the increasing momentum of Figma and its evolution with new features position it as a powerful contender for the future of design.
Adobe has not released official statements regarding removing Adobe XD from the Creative Cloud. Adobe XD will support existing users, though it will no longer be available for individual purchase.
If your team works with Adobe XD, here’s what’s in store
With Figma’s recent updates—including scalable variables and advanced prototyping–we are convinced: Figma’s expansion is unstoppable. They are arguably the best solution for design teams, and failing to adopt the platform could disadvantage your organization via agility, scalability, and talent acquisition.
At this exact moment, the removal from the Creative Cloud isn’t a huge concern. But as things progress, there will be shifts in how product teams operate. While it’s uncertain whether Figma will seamlessly integrate into the Adobe Creative Cloud, you should be proactive.
Notably, migrating from Adobe XD to Figma will be more complex than you think due to the differing setups of these two tools.
Transitioning to Figma
Moving from Adobe XD to Figma will require effort, so start planning early.
While Adobe owns both products, there will be manual adjustments during the migration process. With the right approach and patience, you can migrate your design files from Adobe XD to Figma.
- Design systems: There is no automatic option to migrate from the Adobe Creative Cloud Libraries to Figma’s Libraries. If you have a design system, you should make this your priority.
- Linking XD typography with Figma’s Text Styles. Downloading these assets from XD and re-linking them in Figma is a manual process. Plan some time for this, depending on your file size and how many frames you have in your designs.
- Adobe XD to Figma Plugin. A plugin is supposed to help the migration, but we’ve experimented with it and found that it brings all your layers together and piles them on top of one another. It’s almost impossible to clean up these items, especially if you have thousands of layers.
To minimize disruption, we recommend starting early (today) with Figma.
Migrating your projects will likely involve hiring team members skilled in Figma, setting up foundational elements like properties, variables, and global styles, plus allocating time for the learning curve. Challenges you’ll probably encounter include obtaining enterprise accounts, mastering new tools, and aligning with Figma’s design philosophy tailored for product teams.