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Published on October 10, 2015
Creating a prototype for an app or website is an important step in the UX design process. To create prototypes that show the user experience process and user flow, designers currently work with a variety of tools such as Sketch, Balsamiq Mock-ups, and OmniGraffle. Adobe appears to view the UX process as an underserved area, and has announced their plans to offer a new tool for user experience designers to use in creating prototypes as well as mock-ups of UI designs.
The new user experience design tool from Adobe will be available in 2016 and is known as Project Comet. This UX app is scheduled to become part of the Creative Cloud, making it unlikely that it will be available on a stand-alone basis. Created for UX designers, the app is focused on the needs of app and website design and prototyping. It will work on both Mac and Windows platforms, unlike some popular UX tools that are only available for Mac OS.
As this UX app is a work in progress, a more complete review will be posted once we have an opportunity to use it for creating the UX and UI of apps and websites. If it is widely adopted, it may become part of the curriculum of the UX courses and UX Certificate Program at AGI. The information available about this forthcoming UX tool is below.
As a UX design tool, Project Coment is designed to be useful across several areas of user experience design, and will be if all the capabilities are delivered the way that they are currently planned. This includes wireframing early design concepts along with creating interface designs. The interface design capabilities will be helped by the planned integration with Photoshop and Illustrator, making it easy to move user interface (UI) assets from these apps into a wireframe or mockup of an interface design. Its ability to be used for creating interactive prototypes will also benefit from this integration.
Adobe is also looking to provide UX designers with a helpful option for prototyping: the ability to preview apps and websites directly on other devices. The intention is for a UX design to be created using the app, and by connecting another device the interface and interactions can be previewed for testing purposes.
About the author
Jennifer Smith is a user experience designer, Photoshop expert, educator and author based in Boston. She is the author of more than 20 books on design tools and processes, including Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies, Adobe Creative Cloud Digital Classroom, and Photoshop Digital Classroom. She has been awarded a Microsoft MVP three times for her work with user experience design in creating apps for touch, desktop, and mobile devices.
Jennifer delivers UX training and UX consulting for large Fortune 100 companies, small start-ups, and independent software vendors. She has been hired by Adobe and Microsoft to deliver training workshops to their staff, and has traveled to Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, and across the U.S. to deliver courses and assist on UX design projects. She has extensive knowledge of modern Windows UX Design, having worked closely with the Windows team to create educational material and deliver UX workshops to key partners globally on behalf of Microsoft. Jennifer works with a wide range of prototyping tools including Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, Blend for Visual Studio, and Balsamiq.