Working together through shared design proposals
HAKUHODO i-studio doesn’t just use Adobe XD for client jobs. Adobe XD is also used for developing new business opportunities at the company. Ms. Miho Osaka from the technology division’s advanced technology team used Adobe XD to review screens for the TREK TRACK app, a positional information service for hikers from HAKUHODO i-studio that leverages IoT (http://trektrack.jp).
“Trying to make changes once the app is complete involves a huge amount of labour,” says Ms. Osaka. “Therefore, once we had pretty much decided on a design based on screens created in Adobe Illustrator, we used Adobe XD, which was still in beta version at the time, to construct the framework for the design, add transitions and share it. We worked on areas where any major misalignment would cause huge problems for us later on. I wanted to share the design with everyone in the team and have them review it before settling on the final design.”
The team was able to check how easy it would be to use the app and it also received advice from engineers who pointed out that the navigation was a non-standard size, which would have resulted in additional development time. The team was very glad to get this information before using Adobe Photoshop to solidify the design.
When asked about using the beta version of Adobe XD, Ms. Osaka responded, “I might be able to use Adobe XD more on my next project. I’m looking forward to it since the product is evolving fast.”
Security through single sign-on and IP address restrictions
In order to support use of data both inside and outside of the company while still maintaining security, HAKUHODO i-studio integrated Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise with Gluegent Gate, which supports cloud services at HAKUHODO i-studio. Gluegent Gate is a cloud-based single sign-on service that helps users achieve comprehensive IT management, single sign-on access and secure access controls for multiple cloud services (https://www.gluegent.com/service/gate/).
“People need IDs and passwords to use cloud services,” says Mr Nonaka. “Different solutions can have different password management policies, which creates a burden on both users and management. Integrating Adobe Creative Cloud with Gluegent Gate allows us to take advantage of the single sign-on option.”
The integration also allowed HAKUHODO i-studio to meet its security policy.
“Our company does not believe that password protections are safe enough. If IDs and passwords were to ever get leaked, all of our data could also be compromised,” says Mr Nonaka. “By integrating Adobe Creative Cloud with the IP address restrictions in Gluegent Gate, we can configure settings so that design data can only be used from specified locations. We achieve a level of safety that pleases all of our clients using the integration between Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise and Gluegent Gate.”
When HAKUHODO i-studio used traditional software versions of Adobe creative solutions, Adobe products were primarily used just by creative workers. By migrating to Adobe Creative Cloud, anyone can install tools and access necessary data through the cloud, regardless of their position. This is contributing to an increase in users internally as people recognise how Adobe Creative Cloud solutions contribute to a more convenient and more efficient way to work.
All information described here is as of July 2018.