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8 best Figma alternatives: the coolest services for UX/UI designers

24 November 2021, Wednesday By M. Konwar
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Figma is a versatile tool that can be used to solve many problems. Here you can prototype the interface, build a sitemap, create presentations, draw a site or application layout. All these actions can be performed in a team - just share the link, and several people will be working on one project at the same time. And it's all free! There is a paid version, but it only adds functionality that is useful for those who need version control. All these features make Figma the leader in UX/UI designer apps. 

In today's article, I will talk about 8 services that can replace Figma.

Sketch

Sketch

The first app on our list is Sketch. The best alternative you can find for the macOS operating system. This is a vector graphics editor developed by the Dutch company Bohemian Coding. As with Figma, the tool has its own community and supports many different plugins to make it easier to work with. It also provides for teamwork and online projects.

In addition, Sketch has deep integration with native macOS tools: iCloud support, Time Machine, autosave, native font rendering, broadcasting layouts to a mobile device, and much more.

Features:

  • allows you to create vector images, icons, retouch photos, and prepare website designs;
  • you only need 38 MB of free hard disk space to download Sketch;
  • despite the English-language interface, the tool is simple and easy to use;
  • the program belongs to a number of shareware applications, which expires after 30 days of trial mode.

Cost: there is a trial version, a subscription costs $9 per month

Operating system: macOS, iOS

Official page: Sketch

Zeplin

Zeplin

If Figma and Sketch are about designers and developers, then Zeplin is a tool for developers. With its help, site designers and front-end application developers can get the necessary program code for the layout.

The service does not provide tools for developing a graphic design for a project from scratch. To import design layouts into Zepilin, you need to download a special plug-in for the graphic editor that the designer uses. After installing the plugin and importing the design into the program, Zepelin will automatically generate a design specification, program code details in XML and CSS, styles, and more. Thus, developers can get the required code in just one click.

Features

  • setting roles and permissions for employees (administrator, editor, developer, browser);
  • viewing layouts of sites, mobile applications and other interfaces;
  • export of layouts in .xml or .css format;
  • the ability to group layers and elements in the layout;
  • change the color of elements and layers.

Cost: free or from $6 per month

Operating system: Windows, macOS

Official page: Zeplin

Blocs

Blocs

Another macOS app that was specially developed for web designers. Blocs is fast and powerful visual web design software that allows you to create responsive websites without writing any code.

Intuitive visual style controls that adhere to hierarchy and structure provide a more user-friendly design without sacrificing code quality.

Blocs positions itself as a constructor that generates code, the purity and quality of which is not inferior to the work of a professional layout designer.

Features

  • perfect for self-visual layout of simple landing pages or landing pages;
  • works as a constructor, with which designers can create their own pages in HTML format;
  • animation effects are available;
  • the app costs $99, but you can try the trial version.

Cost: $99 one time

Operating system: macOS

Official page: Blocs

Adobe xd

Adobe xd

Adobe XD is a real competitor to Figma, which has almost the same functionality, but on a paid basis. It is a vector tool developed and published by Adobe Inc for designing and prototyping user interfaces for web and mobile applications. Designed for designers, creative teams and organizations that need to create on a large scale.

Features

  • Interactive prototypes with animation, voice prototyping, game support and mobile previews;
  • interaction of the prototype with transitions between areas;
  • can open files from other Adobe and Sketch products;
  • the ability to collaborate with files or exchange in the "view only" mode;
  • the ability to save in the cloud with related materials;
  • works with many plugins;
  • there is a mobile application.

Cost: US$9.99/mo 

Operating system: Windows, macOS, Android and iOS

Official page: Adobe XD

Antetype

Antetype

Antetype is a tool exclusively for prototyping. It is professional macOS software that has been designed for interactive prototyping.

Features

  • supports over 400 different widgets;
  • jаvascript can be used to improve prototyping capabilities;
  • the ability to test your prototype on any device is available.

Cost: there is a free trial, paid - from $189

Operating system: macOS, iOS

Official page: Antetype

InVision

InVision

Another prototyping tool called InVision. It is a cloud service for web and mobile applications. It allows teams to work together to create a functional prototype of a program or application with interactive elements. This approach helps to assess the appearance of the future product and make adjustments to its design.

InVision consists of several tools - a brainstorming board, an interactive prototyping tool, and a collaboration design platform. The whiteboard helps teams generate new product ideas. It is a blank slate where users can jointly draw, take notes, comment on each other's ideas, and insert images.

Features

  • creation of prototypes of application design for different devices;
  • white board for generating ideas;
  • design platform for collaboration between designers and programmers;
  • creating backups;
  • commenting;
  • viewing the program code of elements;
  • presentation of prototypes;
  • creation of animations.

Cost: free or from $7.95

Operating System: Web

Official page: InVision

Lunacy

Lunacy

Lunacy is a computer application that opens, edits, and saves .sketch files. In other words, this is the highly anticipated Sketch for Windows. The app solves a bunch of developer problems and improves the transition from design to development.

In working on interfaces, Lunacy allows you to use symbols and masks, combine objects into groups and set unique style properties for each of them. Of the interesting functions, it is worth noting a tool that simplifies the insertion of user avatars into a concept.

Another cool feature is the automatic loading of Google Fonts. When a user opens a file that has missing fonts, Lunacy will check Google Fonts itself and load the missing one.

  • reading any .sketch files of all versions;
  • automatic download of missing Google fonts;
  • saving .sketch files;
  • checking sketch elements;
  • display of fields and distances between elements;
  • organizing pages and artboards in a document;
  • basic typography tool available;
  • shadow copy of the project - a function that saves all changes in emergency situations;
  • converting text to an outline;
  • the ability to set the color of the workspace.

Cost: Free

Operating system: Windows, macOS, Linux

Official page: Lunacy

Moqups

Moqups

Moqups is an online platform for prototyping apps, websites, diagrams and layouts. The platform allows designers and developers to create visual designs for future projects in real time. Moqups also has brainstorming and mind mapping tools.

Moqups allows teams to collaborate on a project, add and modify elements in real time, leave comments and notes. Finished layouts can be shown in presentation mode, and exported in PNG or PDF format. Moqups is integrated with Atlassian products, allowing you to attach mockups to issues in JIRA or documents in Confluence.

  • creation of prototypes of interfaces of applications and sites;
  • white board for generating ideas;
  • the ability to create diagrams and mind maps;
  • ready-made templates;
  • integration with third-party services;
  • export of layouts to .png or .pdf;
  • joint work on projects;
  • access control.

Cost: a free plan is available for 1 project up to 200 objects, the cost of a paid subscription starts at $13 per user per month

Operating System: Web

Official page: Moqups

Conclusion

Today we've covered 8 of the best apps and services for UI/UX designers. First of all, it all depends on the problem that you are going to solve. If you need to draw a simple prototype, then you should not look for other solutions - Figma is perfect for this. But if you need to get together as a team, brainstorm and generate new ideas, then it is better to use the tools that are better suited for this.

If we are talking about the design of a website or a mobile application, then it is already a matter of taste. For example, there is Sketch for macOS - it is very functional and even surpasses Figma in some places. There is also Adobe XD, which, like Sketch, is paid for.

In general, it's up to you to choose. And I will focus on Figma, because it covers all my needs, and if there is not enough functionality, then the library with plugins is always open.

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