Figma for Design – Part 2: Figma vs. Other Tools

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Figma is taking the world by storm. As discussed in Part 1 of Introduction to Figma, it’s a fully web-based design software that supports various application systems. But how does it stack up against the competition? Here we compare Figma vs. other tools on the market to help you decide.

Among its competitors, Figma challenges design tools like Sketch, the default application for many designers, in terms of collaboration and flexibility. 

Figma is also in competition with another powerful design tool, Adobe XD. 

As a designer, you may also wonder why you might want to use Figma for design in place of good old Canva. 

Here’s a breakdown of Figma vs. Adobe XD, Canva, and Sketch to help you make an informed choice. 

What Is Figma vs. Adobe XD, Sketch, and Canva?

Figma is a free, cloud-based design tool built for real-time design collaboration. You can use Figma to create designs and prototypes and do handoffs. The tool comes with a load of searchable assets and templates. 

It has a free and premium version at $12/editor per month.

Adobe XD is a vector-based design platform that runs on Mac and Windows, where you can also collaborate to create designs and prototypes.

Adobe XD offers a free 7-day trial and $9.99 for monthly subscriptions.

Canva is an online graphic design tool. It has several assets and editable templates that you can customize to create business marketing material, presentations, logos, flyers, business cards, and more.

Canva has a free version, and its pro version is $54.99 annually for one person.

Sketch is an all-in-one vector-based software for desktop and mobile UI design, mockups, and prototypes. You can use Sketch to create, test, and collaborate on ideas with your team members using color variables, layouts, plugins, and more.

Sketch has a free trial. Its paid plan starts with a yearly subscription of $99 or $9 per editor monthly.

Figma vs. Adobe XD

Figma and Adobe XD are both powerful User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) tools. 

Adobe XD vs. Figma: Similarities

Adobe XD vs. Figma: The Differences 

Adobe FX has advanced vector tools, while Figma sticks with the basics, such as a free-form vector drawing tool, rectangle, ellipse, polygon tools, and Boolean capabilities.

However, Figma has the advantage of offering vector networks

Most pen tools draw paths in a defined direction. But Figma’s vector networks allow you to fork off in different directions within the same object. So, you can create complex designs faster than traditional vector path tools with the same properties.

With Figma, your files live on the cloud, and you don’t have to sync or transfer files to provide access to them. Adobe XD requires you to sync files with its Creative Cloud to share them, then resync and re-share file updates. 

Collaboration in Adobe XD is more challenging since you have to design in one location and share from another. You also have to merge files manually in Adobe XD since commenting is a separate experience.

Summary

Figma boasts superior collaboration, cloud sharing and storage, and the presence of vector networks. 

While Adobe XD’s strengths include having advanced vector tools and voice prototyping capability.

Team members in an office working on multiple computers while designing an app—using tools like Figma for design.

Figma vs. Canva

When comparing Figma vs. Canva, consider that they are designed for different uses. Figma is one of the UX and UI tools that professional designers use to create wireframes, prototypes, interactive websites, and mobile apps. Canva is not a UX/UI design tool but is for everyday web and print marketing.

Figma vs. Canva Similarities

Figma vs. Canva: Differences

Summary

Figma is superior in terms of collaboration and its variety of plugins, but both Figma and Canva can complement each other. For instance, you can export Figma files to Canva and annotate them for advertising or to prepare a presentation.

Figma is design software, while Canva is photo editing software. Analyze your requirements to see which tool meets your needs.

Figma vs. Sketch

Sketch’s biggest downside is compatibility. It is a desktop app that only works on Apple computers. 

Figma works in-browser and is universally available. You can also use the desktop app version of Figma for Windows and Mac, but you need an internet connection to open new files. 

Figma vs. Sketch: Similarities

Figma vs. Sketch: Differences

Summary

Sketch’s strength is in its numerous plugins, while Figma thrives by being usable on different operating systems and encouraging seamless collaboration.

Takeaway 

So now for the verdict on Figma vs. other tools… 

Overall, features like vector network, flexible grids and columns, and seamless collaboration put Figma ahead of the other tools. Figma also comes with a generous free tier, runs on any modern browser, and new features and updates are coming up fast. 

Viral Solutions can help your company understand and use the best UX/UI design tools. We are a full-service agency that ensures your business is in the best position to benefit from the latest marketing trends. 

Book a consultation with us today to learn how to use Figma for design to level up your business. 

 


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