Adobe XD and Photoshop are two of the most widely used design tools in the industry, and as such, there is a large market for plugins that can enhance their functionality. Our company has participated in the development of multiple such products.
Industry: design, photography, information technology
Team composition:1 business analyst, 1 designer, 2-3 developers and 1 quality assurance engineer per integration
Time spent: 3-6 months per integration
Do you want to be innovative? Being innovative is a crucial quality that sets successful businesses apart from the rest. However, achieving innovation becomes a daunting task when both the organization and its employees are burdened with routine work. Our client specializes in creating user interfaces for mobile and web applications. The designers have been facing challenges due to repetitive tasks and the absence of certain features in the software products they use. The designers were spending a significant amount of time on manual processes, such as exporting and importing assets between various design software, along with other repetitive operational tasks. This not only consumed time but also posed a risk of errors, leading to delays and confusion.
The issues were causing delays in the work process, directly impacting the speed of the client’s employees. With a desire to increase productivity, reliability, and deliver faster results, the company’s management made the decision to create a custom solution to streamline their design workflows and improve employee efficiency.
Your success is our success. Our success is your success. – Glexen Solutions
This was one of the first questions the client faced while searching for a solution. Our experts reviewed the main goals our client was pursuing and gathered additional information about the user scenarios, addressing the following:
- How many people are involved in the process?
- How many hours do they spend on average on cumbersome and unwanted tasks?
- What software is used as a standard?
As a result of a detailed analysis of the provided information, Glexen experts determined that the main software used by the client’s employees and with which they were most familiar were Adobe XD and Photoshop. These software applications are indeed industry standards in the design industry, and the client’s employees possessed exceptional skills in using them. With this in mind and considering all available options, we proposed using the existing software as a foundation for streamlining customization by developing custom plugins for Adobe XD and Photoshop. The goal of these plugins was to automate repetitive tasks, such as resizing and formatting assets, and introduce new features, such as the ability to create and edit wireframes directly in Adobe XD.
The offered solution was well received and accepted by the client, and Glexen experts began creating an architecture. Based on the gathered requirements and defined goals, the high-level architecture was established.
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The process of developing the plugins started with a comprehensive analysis of the client’s design workflows. The team identified the specific tasks and features that were leading to delays and inefficiencies in their process. This invaluable insight served as the cornerstone for crafting a well-defined roadmap for the development of the plugins.
The development process itself followed an iterative approach, in which the team initially created a basic version of the plugin and conducted testing with a select group of designers. Taking into account the feedback received, they promptly incorporated necessary adjustments and enhancements before moving on to the next development phase.
Throughout the development journey, great attention was given to ensuring that the plugins were highly user-friendly. This was achieved by maintaining a simple and intuitive interface, complemented by comprehensive documentation and tutorials to facilitate user onboarding.
The custom plugins proved to be a tremendous success for our client. The meticulous attention given to customizing and tailoring familiar tools resulted in remarkable outcomes. The automation of tasks saved the team several hours each week, while the introduction of new features increased the efficiency and effectiveness of the design process by 15%. Not only did this alleviate frustrations stemming from repetitive tasks and the absence of desired features in their design software, but it also had a positive impact on employee satisfaction, thereby contributing to talent retention and attraction.
Аchieving the main goal of the initiative, which was to automate repetitive tasks, resulted in an impressive 20% increase in annual revenue. This impact extended beyond the work speed itself, influencing various indirect factors such as employees’ job satisfaction, overall efficiency, and capacity. As a result, the client was able to take on more clients and retain employees, leading to increased satisfaction with their work. This, in turn, resulted in improved performance, with employees delivering not only faster but also higher-quality output.
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