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18.05.2016
The tool shed: month 6 without Adobe products
Last November I finally did it! I rid my computer of everything Adobe (well almost everything, I still use Acrobat). This was a move I was kind of scared of as I was getting rid of all software that I had worked with from the very beginning, when I first started studying design.

I had many reasons for this move, some of which I have blogged about in my Adobetron post.

Six months down the road I must say that - so far - the transition has gone quite smoothly. As Miss Moss or a Geekette I spend most of my time working with SketchApp. The Geekettez even spoke about our work process with SketchApp (slides in German) at the last UIG Frühjahrstagung back in March. My fellow Geekette and I believe that currently SketchApp is the best product on the market for UI design and Adobe Experience Design (previously Adobe Comet) will not change this. The amount of terrific plugins and extensions available for SketchApp and the speed with which the nimble and lean team over at Bohemian Coding can improve and expand the product are simply unbeatable. In addition features that we consider core features that are the very reason for Sketch's awesomeness are not available in Adobe Experience Design.

However I am not only a user experience and UI designer but also an art director for digital media and here is where Sketch has its limits. Picture editing or complex graphics require totally different tools. My solution for this is Affinity Designer. But while you can export all data from SketchApp into formats that clients can continue to work with, Affinity Designer made collaborations a bit harder. Actually that is not correct. It was and as far as I know still is Photoshop and Illustrator that cannot open .afdesign files. But since then Affinity Designer has made some improvements and you can now also export .psd files from Affinity Designer. Since I started working with these alternatives I have complemented my software portfolio with Affinity Photo, which I use for picture editing. Both Designer and Photo are a lot faster than Photoshop, which makes me a very happy designer.

It has been six months and so far I am very pleased with my new improved and faster workflow. In the beginning I was afraid to let go of the well-known tools because I thought this would bring difficulties when working with clients or collaborating with other designer. But those worries were unfounded. I am glad I questioned the status quo.