Interactive prototyping. Power of Creative Cloud. All-in-one. Learn why designers choose Adobe XD vs. Balsamiq for UI/UX design.

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Why should I use Adobe XD vs. Balsamiq?

Consolidate tools. Move faster.

Gone are the days of flipping and syncing between Balsamiq, Sketch, and InVision. XD combines the capabilities of multiple tools, bringing design, prototyping, developer handoff, and sharing features into a single, all-in-one UI/UX design tool.

"Rapid prototyping with Adobe XD meant we could avoid common pitfalls early on and determine all the different gaps in the experience."

Andrew Kuhar

Lead interactive design for The Cleveland Orchestra

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“With Adobe XD, we can share an interactive prototype and even build user flow diagrams with the Overflow plugin, which significantly improves our communication.”

EMILIO JÉLDREZ

Senior UX Designer, King.com

Prototypes that feel real.

Lo-fi wireframes and static designs are just the beginning. With XD, you can make your designs look and feel like the real thing. Create interactive prototypes for websites, mobile apps, voice assistants, and more with XD’s built-in prototyping tools.

Go further with Creative Cloud.

Balsamiq is all on its own. XD integrates with apps and services across the Creative Cloud suite. Edit images in Photoshop, import graphics from Illustrator, animate in After Effects, and bring it all together in XD. Plus, you’ll have access to other Creative Cloud services like Adobe Fonts or Adobe Stock — all from the same account.

“When you’re working as fast as we do, it helps to be able to put things together and rapidly prototype to ensure that all the pages jive with one another.”

ALEXANDER MARTINEZ

Owner at DeepSleep Studio

 

 

FEATURES

Compare XD with Balsamiq.

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ADOBE XD


BALSAMIQ


Platform available

macOS and Windows

macOS and Windows

Language support

English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese,
Chinese, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese

English only

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Import from Photoshop, Illustrator and Sketch

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Includes Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, 
Adobe Fonts, and more

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Voice Prototyping

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Keyboard & gamepad support

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Device preview

iOS, Android, Amazon Alexa, and
Google Assistant

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Platform available


Language support







Import from Photoshop, Illustrator, and Sketch





Voice Prototyping


Keyboard & gamepad support


Device preview







Platform available

macOS and Windows


Language support

English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese







Import from Photoshop, Illustrator, and Sketch



Includes Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Adobe Fonts, and more



Voice Prototyping


Keyboard & gamepad support


Device preview

iOS, Android, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant







Platform available

Browser-based

Requires internet connection


Language support

English



Variants


Auto Layout


Sketch only


Auto-Animate

Smart Animate


Keyboard & gamepad support


Device preview

iOS and Android only


Real-time collaboration


Shareable prototype links


Developer handoff


Shared libraries


Plugins


App integrations

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FAQ

Adobe XD combines wireframing, design, and prototyping tools into a single, powerful, easy-to-use UI/UX design tool. Designers consistently choose XD as their wireframing tool.

Adobe XD offers paid plans starting at $9.99 per month and Balsamiq offers a limited paid plan at $9 per month. Both Adobe XD and Balsamiq offer free trials.

Adobe XD offers a more expressive design tool with powerful prototyping capabilities built right into the tool. You can use XD to create similar lo-fi wireframes, like you can in Balsamiq, but with XD you can easily turn those wireframes into hi-fi designs and interactive prototypes.

Adobe XD is better. Balsamiq is a very simple, basic wireframing tool that does not integrate with other tools. Adobe XD offers a fast and powerful design tool for quickly creating wireframes, high-fidelity designs, or fully interactive prototypes. Plus, when you’re ready, you can collaborate with other designers, share prototypes, and hand off assets to developers. XD is stronger than Balsamiq because it offers an all-in-one UI/UX design tool.

Creative Cloud

Creativity for all.

Photography, video, graphic design, illustration, and so much more. Everything you need, wherever your imagination takes you.