For art creators, Adobe MAX is the annual conference they’ve been waiting for — each year Adobe not only brings up new versions of the CC softwares, but also revolutionary changes to our daily workflow.
And so does this year — but in what aspects?
1. User experience over different devices
Over the last few years, mobile devices and apps have been taking over and playing important roles in our daily life. Yet the design workflow for mobile pages or apps is still in the past — the multiple pages are isolated, not able to demonstrate the relations nor the interactions among them.
And now, the brand new and official Xd CC (Experience Design CC) is released, making it possible to make the mobile design workflow simple and clear.
It’s not really a new thing because a beta version of Xd CC was released in last year’s MAX conference, and many designers have been benefited from it. However, the new version of Xd CC has significant upgrades such as synchronizing the changes done in the modules in your design, the interaction demonstration from screen to screen; and most importantly, the feature of inter-device displays, which means you can now make your project — from PC web to mobile apps — in one single Xd file.
In my opinion, Adobe is taking the right step to embrace the trend of inter-device experience, aiding designers to achieve more with less workload and time.
2. Unleash your creativity with AI
Another highlight that thrills me is the evolving Adobe Sensei.
We all have the mind of creating our own things from our imaginations or inspirations. But not everyone has got the skills of using Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro, InDesign or other creativity softwares like professionals do.
Now, Adobe is trying to solve the problem, by intergrating machine learning recommendations and automated procedures powered by Adobe Sensei.
You may say it’s unlikely that the program can recommend the right source for your sketch, or automatically doing complicated actions like eliminating the background, or mixing two subjects in a bacground and match the right lighting.
However, as we see in the live demonstration, Adobe Sensei does help us from picking up the right elements for our design, or sorting out the clips we use to meet our demands. It is at this moment that we are amazed at what AI has been evolved to such level.
Many people fear that AI will take over human being in the field of art, and eliminate the artists at last. But as far as I concern, the AI behind Adobe Sensei is not going to make us lose our job — instead, it reduces our workload from matching the sources, repetitive actions that take a lot of time, and many more.
That’s what we are looking for: creating more with less time and effort, maximizing efficiency and creativity.