What is right tool for UI/UX Work: Adobe Photoshop / XD / Sketch / Figma

As far as I can remember I am using Photoshop from version two. So I am using Photoshop for almost twenty years less or more.

I am using the Sketch app for 4 years. And just now because of team recommendations I have to switch to Figma.

The most problematic point about Photoshop or XD is its pricing model. Adobe force you to buy all Creative Cloud apps whether you choose it or not. In India, Adobe CC costs INR 45,000/- plus taxes.

The best thing about the Sketch app is its pricing model i.e. Annual Subscription which cost you INR 7,500/- for a year and after it ends you use the same app as long as you want without buying another subscription yes you will not get updates but you have an app to work with.

But the worst thing about the Sketch app is that you can‘t make an interactive prototype within the app for that you need external service like Invision. And Invision is as buggy as hell as you can expect.

This fault about the Sketch app you can’t make an interactive prototype forced me to switch to Figma. Interactive prototyping and code inspection is Figma’s inbuilt feature set which is very intuitive. Even Figma’s free tier allows you to create unlimited drafts so it is almost free. And another thing about Figma is you can import Sketch files to work on. The main thing that I have not explored much yet is an in-app collaboration with the team.

So for now at least Figma is a win-win situation for me.

I don’t know about the future… I will use Sketch, Photoshop, XD or Figma for my future design daily routine.

Thanks & Regards
Mandar Apte

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