In addition to officially launching Touch Bar support in Photoshop CC, Adobe today announced the availability of the first public beta of Project Felix as well as the first Experience Design (XD) beta for Windows 10. The XD for Windows beta is joined by the ninth beta release of XD for MacOS. Project Felix and XD are available to download now to paid Adobe Creative Cloud subscribers.
Announced last month at Adobe Max, Project Felix promises to make working with three-dimensional objects easier for graphic designers. The program enables users to create photo-realistic composite images using a mix of still photography and computer-generated 3D assets.
Project Felix offers designers flexibility in situations where they may need to create promotional materials for a product that doesn’t yet exist in the real world. In such cases, a 3D model of the product can be digitally placed into a real scene. Adobe offers a collection of 3D models built into Project Felix to ease the workload on designers. Naturally, the program also integrates with Adobe Stock, so finding background images is a breeze.
Before CC users download Project Felix, Adobe recommends they take a look at the system requirements, which ask for a minimum of a Core i5 processor and 8 GB RAM, although 16 GB is recommended.
Experience Design is Adobe’s all-encompassing solution to user experience design for websites and apps, and today marks the first time the program has been made available for Windows machines. Adobe acknowledged it had been a long time coming, but promises Windows users that this beta is a “high-performance release” and plans to issue updates on a monthly basis.
XD is Adobe’s first Universal Windows Platform (UWP) application, taking advantage of the latest Windows hardware and software. XD has already been downloaded over half a million times on the Mac, but Windows users will see platform-specific features, such as touch support on Surface machines, in a future update.