XD is without a doubt the Adobe tool of the day. For the release of the new screen design and prototyping tool, Adobe stirred the advertising drum. It seems as if Adobe is determined to establish XD as the new industry standard and to displace competing products like Sketch from the market in the long term.

That Adobe is able to do this teaches the past – for example, QuarkXPress disappeared almost completely from the scene after the introduction of InDesign.

We have also already lost a few words about XD in a previous post . Today we would like to illuminate the tool a little more extensively and would like to share it with you.


  • General overhaul: Unlike Photoshop, Adobe XD was programmed from scratch, there are no legacies and the technology is absolutely modern. Full-screen mode and split-screen are finally also possible on the Mac.
  • Clarity: With context-based programming, finally no more layered confusion à la Photoshop.
  • Speeeeeed: The program is incredibly fast and still works smoothly even with a large number of drawing surfaces.
  • Open Minded: The program will be further developed based on the wishes of the community. At the moment you can look forward to new features and improvements every month. https://adobexd.uservoice.com/
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  • File size: Using the UI kit for IOS as an example, PSD files are 36 times larger than XD files.
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  • Razor sharp: the program supports a vector-based view. Vectors can be imported directly from Illustrator via copy paste and edited extensively.
  • Clear orientation instead of wishy-washy: Adobe XD has a clear orientation and task – the creation of screen designs and prototypes for websites and apps. Photoshop, on the other hand, has long since ceased to be used only for image editing. This makes it difficult to respond to the needs of a target group and to solve their problems. Adobe XD bridges the gap here – unnecessary features have been removed, useful features have been added.
  • Prototyping and mockup creation: With XD it is now possible to interact between individual screens with a click. In this way, the functionality of the screen design can be presented to the customer quickly and easily. The release takes place via a link – the customer can view the mockup directly scrollable in original size in the browser.
    Finally no more complex PDF presentations.
  • Cooperation with developers: The release of design specifications makes implementation easier for the developer. Many properties such as size, color, font and content can be copied quickly and easily.

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  • Easy switch: The switch from Photoshop to XD was very easy for me personally. The clear structure and the shortcuts also make work easier.
  • And much more: Repeat grids, simple layout grids, character formats, symbols, drawing areas, linked color fields and much more ensure a lot of fun when designing the screen.
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  • Not yet complete: Unfortunately, some essential and extremely simple features are not yet included. This includes, for example, the capitalization – important for the representation of headings.
  • Distribution: At the moment, Adobe XD is not that widely used. Many agencies will continue to use Photoshop. This could be a problem, especially if the cooperation partner is still working with the Creative Suite. However, if the other party has Creative Cloud access, Adobe XD can easily be downloaded free of charge. The view of the developer approval also requires an Adobe account.
  • Doesn’t work on old computers: In the early days, XD was only developed for the Mac. XD now also runs under Windows 10.
    Versions older than Windows 10 are unfortunately not supported. The hardware must also meet the requirements. An overview of the requirements can be found here:

How we use Adobe XD in our daily workflow

Since the first beta version, XD has been repeatedly tested for smaller tasks by individual employees. The curiosity was extremely great. The first major project was then implemented in June 2017, i.e. still in the beta phase of XD. After that, we used Adobe XD for almost every major screen design project. Since then, designing feels much more intuitive for us web designers and everything is easier to do.

If you use Adobe XD correctly and value a clean document structure, complex changes such as changing the font or the colors across all drawing areas can be done within seconds. The approval function also relieves us of some of the work and provides the customer with a better imagination.


We work productively and with pleasure with Adobe XD and look forward to the future – it will certainly have some exciting functions ready and further accelerate the workflow.

Now light comes into the lamp jungle

Energy-saving lightbulbs, LEDs, fluorescent tubes, halogen lamps: when buying a new light source to replace the old lightbulb, it becomes difficult. There are numerous alternatives, but not every light source is equally suitable for every application. An overview.9 pictures From the light bulb to the LED

Creeping out for the lightbulb

The end of the lightbulb has been running in installments across Europe since 2009 and should help to save a lot of electricity. A conventional light bulb converts only around five percent of the energy it needs into visible light, while the lion’s share is converted into heat. The sixth and final stage of an EU regulation came into force on September 1, 2018 and affected most halogen lamps. Retailers can continue to sell remaining stocks and no consumer has to replace a working lightbulb.

There are currently two main alternatives to lightbulbs: LEDs and energy-saving lamps.

Light bulb suddenly got brighter?

What are the advantages of LEDs?

The youngest and currently most frequently advertised light sources are “light-emitting diodes”, or LEDs for short. They have been continuously developed over the past few years and are now available in many shapes, brightnesses and light colors. LEDs are considered to be very durable and resistant to switching. That means, frequent switching on and off hardly harms them. In addition, they immediately shine with full brightness. The prices for LEDs have dropped considerably, but the purchase is still comparatively expensive, especially with high light output.

What are the advantages of the energy-saving lamp?

Energy-saving lamps were one of the first alternatives for lightbulbs. They work on the principle of a fluorescent tube and are therefore referred to by experts as “compact fluorescent lamps”. They are considered to have a long service life, especially when there are few on and off operations. The trade now offers these bulbs quite cheaply. Biggest disadvantage: energy-saving lamps need some time to reach full brightness. They are therefore only suitable to a limited extent if bright light is required quickly, for example in the stairwell. Due to their design, the lamps are quite large. If the fluorescent tube breaks, poisonous mercury will escape, so the lamps must be disposed of properly.

Halogen lamps may only be manufactured with two types of bases for certain lamps, such as ceiling washlights.

How bright are the alternatives?

The wattage of a light bulb provided information about its brightness. Today the brightness is given in lumens (lm). However, watts (W) and lumens can only be compared to a limited extent. In order to find the right replacement, consumers can use these values ​​as a guide:

Power lightbulbBrightness (luminous flux)Power LED
25 W210 lm4 W
40 W410 lm5 W
60 W750 lm9 W.
75 W950 lm11 W.
100 W1,300 lm14 W.

The light color brings the good feeling

Many people appreciate a “warm” light in their home, especially in winter, such as that from light bulbs. In contrast, the first LEDs shone “cold” with a bluish light. The light color is given in Kelvin (K), the larger the number, the “colder” the light appears. Light bulbs have around 2,700 K, around 4,000 K are considered neutral, and daylight starts at 5,500 Kelvin. LEDs and energy-saving lamps are offered in different light colors. A special form of LED, so-called filament lamps, look almost like light bulbs.

What about the Ra value?

Colors look different in artificial light than in daylight. The Ra value, also known as CRI, stands for true-to-life color rendering – interesting for example at the dining table or when applying make-up in the bathroom. The Ra value is a maximum of 100 (sunlight) and should not fall below 80.

Will my dimmer still work with LEDs?

The brightness of lightbulbs could be regulated with dimmers, which were installed in the room instead of the light switch. This only works to a limited extent with energy-saving lamps or LEDs. Although some manufacturers advertise their lamps as dimmable, in practice it depends on the type of dimmer. LED manufacturers often offer lists of dimmer models that work in conjunction with their LED.

Which lamp is the cheapest?

Tips on buying LEDs

– Pay attention to the lm value. Inexpensive models are often barely brighter than a 25-watt light bulb.
– Warm white LEDs with values ​​around 2,700 Kelvin act like light bulbs.
– The energy label on the package should show at least A, better A + or A ++. It also gives the power consumption in kilowatt hours per 1,000 operating hours.

The actual cost of a lamp is made up of the purchase price and the energy consumption during its lifetime. With the same brightness, LEDs use slightly less electricity than energy-saving lamps, but only around 15 percent of the value of a light bulb. LEDs are more expensive to buy than comparable energy-saving lamps, but they last longer. LED lamps should be able to shine for around 25,000 hours, energy-saving lamps for around 10,000 hours. If LEDs stay on for four hours a day, this corresponds to 17 years.

Is it worth replacing the light bulb?

Whether it is financially worthwhile to replace a working lightbulb depends above all on where it is used. If lights often burn for a long time, the higher price for an economical light source quickly pays for itself. However, if lights are only switched on rarely and briefly, for example in the basement, it will take longer. The most effective way at the Lighting Saving electricity remains: switch off unneeded lamps.