Even though I’ve been moving away from Adobe’s products, there are still a few things that make Photoshop a much needed tool. At least for me, for my daily tasks. Sketch is by far my most used app for 2015. It’s extremely lighter than Photoshop and allows me to apply super fast iterations on virtually anything! I had a feeling that Adobe wouldn’t sit around waiting for long before they realise that their competitors are catching up, but their first attempt with Design Space (a technology preview introduced with Adobe Photoshop CC 2015) was useless!
I know that technology previews aren’t supposed to be production tools but even if Design Space has all the right buttons and choices to make UI design fun, it’s extremely heavy and slaggy even with zero layers! I had this discussion with a couple of fellow designers and it looks like I’m not the only one who didn’t even bother testing Design Space further and ditched it on day one. My experience with Adobe’s products in the past year made me a bit skeptic to say the least. I’m working on a 15″ MacBook Pro Retina (mid 2014) with maxed out specs and every time I fire up a Creative Cloud app, my mac’s resources are struggling. Hence why I moved most of my work to Sketch.
Project Comet looks very promising. At least their promo video has some pretty valid points on things that every UX designer needs and will definitely love to have. But a promo video vs reality can sometimes be pretty far. I’m impressed though! I do look forward in giving this a try and my number one request for now would be to make it as lightweight as possible.