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Just as a barber can't do without scissors, a web designer will have a hard time without adaptive web design tools. Of course, you can do without them, but cutting a client's hair with a kitchen knife is strange, isn't it?

In short, adaptive design tools make your life easier. Adaptability is one of the critical requirements for modern websites. The resource should be equally well displayed on a computer screen, tablet, or smartphone. For this purpose, an adaptive design is created, and an adaptive layout is used. As a result, the web development process becomes more complicated and requires additional resources. But the product is worth the investment: the site is perfectly positioned on all major types of devices, which guarantees full audience coverage.

Now there are a lot of great tools for web design. Regardless of what task you are trying to solve, most likely, a specific device has already been developed for this, whether it is a separate application or a function in the program.

In this article, we have collected the 5 best tools at the moment (in our humble opinion). Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, but we hope to make it easier for you to choose by highlighting only the best tools.

Sketch

Bohemian Coding Sketch is one of the most widely used web design platforms. It's a potent tool for creating interfaces, prototyping, and collaboration. Sketch was explicitly created to design websites and applications, so there are no unnecessary features that clutter the interface. It's faster, more efficient, and easier to use than Photoshop.

Sketch App

Pros:

  • A vast community that writes all sorts of plugins, patterns, UI-kit
  • Integration with a large number of tools, great flexibility in this regard
  • User-friendly in functionality, very similar to Figma

Cons:

The downside of Sketch is that it's only available on Mac. This was a problem because designers often want to share .sketch files with developers using Windows. But fortunately, there is now a "Sketch for Windows" application called Lunacy, with which you can open and edit .sketch files

Cost

$99 one-time payment

Adobe XD

This tool is designed for vector design and wireframe modeling. It is continually being improved and pleases its users with new features. XD has drawing tools, the ability to preview on mobile devices and the desktop, and sharing. Support for voice prototyping has recently been added.

It's important to note that Adobe XD integrates with the rest of Creative Cloud. This means that you can easily import and work with files from Photoshop or Illustrator.

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Pros:

  • Animation
  • Available on windows
  • Included in the Adobe subscription
  • Easy, but already a difficult little tool for the layout designer

Cons:

  • You can draw basic shapes, but there are no special ones
  • You can export the design, but you can't get CSS without the plugin
  • Constant updates. Yes, this may be a disadvantage: they weigh a lot, and patches do not always work correctly

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Free for personal use, for professionals and small teams $9.99/mo

Figma

Figma is an interface design tool that allows multiple designers to collaborate in real-time. It is available both in the browser and on Windows, Mac, or Linux. The tool has an easy-to-use interface, which you will not need much time to learn. With it, you can quickly create designs for desktop computers, tablets, or mobile devices.

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Pros:

  • Free of charge
  • The ability to work on a single project, a whole team, with one large library component.
  • Available anywhere, even you don't need to download anything, the main thing is that there is a device from which you can log in.
  • Easy transfer of layout to the programmer
  • Constant updates, fast support
  • Great community, very much in demand among the companies

Cons:

  • Figma is a browser-based application (the desktop version is nothing more than just a web page shell), which significantly restricts its interface. It can not be customized
  • Resource-intensive to large layouts
  • No plugins

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Free for up to 2 editors and 3 projects, for unlimited projects $15/mo

InVision Studio

InVision claims to be an indispensable tool for UI designers, which combines all the necessary functions. You can use it to create beautiful interactive interfaces. It also includes means for rapid prototyping and the ability to collaborate on projects.

If you have already worked with InVision products, such as a tool like Sketch, it will be easier for you to understand the platform since they have quite a lot in common. Studio's strong point is a prototyping, especially if your design involves animation. With this program, you will be able to do complex and creative transitions and create high-level animations.

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Also, you can stop thinking about creating multiple artboards for different devices. InVision Studio's layout engine automatically adapts the design to any screen, which helps to save time and allows you to focus on the plan.

Pros:

  • Easy animation of prototypes
  • Good work with adaptive
  • Importing .sketch files
  • Built-in commenting and interaction system
  • Components similar to Symbols in Sketch

Сons:

  • It is not possible to hang any actions on the scroll
  • If you create a new element on the original artboard, it will not appear on the new one. And if you want to include it in the animation, you will have to re-duplicate the original artboard and adjust all the lost spirits. It's like a test of patience

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Free up to 3 active users

Marvel

Marvel is another web design tool that is great for quickly implementing ideas, improving the interface, and prototyping. Marvel offers an effective way to create pages, allowing you to simulate your design with a prototype. A unique feature of the tool is the ability to perform usability testing. This is an online service, so you don't need to download anything.

Pros:

  • There is a web-version
  • Very easy to use
  • There are ready-made layouts in the Sketch library
  • Ability to comment and share a link

Cons:

  • Minimal functionality
  • Designed more for website design
  • Small selection of elements in the library

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Free for 1 user, for unlimited projects $12/mo

Bottom Line

Remember that the essential tool is your brain

All these tools and others like these only help you on the path to truth. Judge for yourself whether you will stay on the page when only part of it is displayed on the screen, and individual design elements "crawl" on top of each other?

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This interferes with and sometimes does not allow you to perceive information. Such a site is annoying, and as a result — gets rejected. The user closes the page and goes to the competitor. Put yourself in the user's shoes and improve everyone's life around you.

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