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April 25, 2016 /UX/UI Design /

April Update of Adobe Experience Design CC

We are excited to announce the first update of Adobe Experience Design CC since our public preview. The team has been speeding ahead on some of the top voted features by our design community. While many of those features are still in the works (e.g. scrolling, layers), this update should help you create even richer designs more efficiently with new additions like grids!

First and foremost, we would like to thank everyone who downloaded XD and sent us your feedback on how we can do better. We have used feedback from UserVoice, public forums, Twitter, and customer visits around the world to help us prioritize the work that we are doing.

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What’s New In This Update?

Support for Grids

With this release, we are allowing you to set a custom grid on any artboard. The option to add a grid was one of the top voted features on UserVoice and we used this feedback to prioritize it. The grid allows you to set up standard spacing across your design enabling more precise layout and drawings. When a grid is enabled on an artboard, objects will snap to the grid.

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Text Enhancements

This build allows you to adjust the line spacing for an area text component using a control in the properties inspector. Many customers gave us the feedback that this was essential for design. Over the next few updates, we will continue enhancing our text properties to provide additional controls over its appearance.

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Design Enhancements

In the first preview, you could edit the radius of the four corners of a rectangle. You could also edit individual corners via a “alt” modifier. The update now includes the ability to change the corners in the property inspector. To do this, click on this button, image03  in the Appearance pane. This will bring up four fields that you can edit individually giving you a more discoverable way to edit individual corners.

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Another productivity feature added in this build is the ability to quickly select anchor points for any path using marquee selection.

You can also access UI Kits from the File menu now! Just go to File -> Open UI Kit.

Drag and Drop Assets

In this build we added the ability to drag and drop images from the browser into your XD design. This should help you get assets onto your canvas more quickly.

Further, you can drag plain text files into XD designs to immediately create an area text or populate the text controls of a Repeat Grid. This method of adding custom text to a Repeat Grid should save a lot of time and maintenance of content.

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Support for Embedded Images

If you copy/paste from Adobe Illustrator or import SVG, we will now bring in embedded images. This should increase the fidelity of artwork brought into XD from other sources.

In addition, we have added an option to embed or link images when you choose to export SVG.

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Sharing Improvements

With this update, we now offer you a way to share multiple versions of a prototype with a stakeholder. To do this, you can:

  1. Click on the Share Online icon.
  2. Create a link by clicking the “Create Link” button.
  3. Make modifications to your design for a second version.
  4. Click on the Share Online icon again.
  5. Choose “New URL” to create a new public URL.

Now, you will have two public URLs each with a different version of your design.

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We have also added hotspot hinting to the shared prototypes on the web. If a viewer of a prototype clicks on an area of the screen with no interactions, they will see a rectangle highlighting the areas of a screen that someone can click. This should make prototypes more usable. In the future, we will add options to turn this highlighting of hotspots on and off.

Check out this video by Product Manager Demian Borba giving you another look at the features available in this update!

What’s Coming Soon?

Together with the new functionality highlighted above, the team is working on some other highly requested features to begin filling in some of the gaps to enable richer designs and increased productivity. These include:

Color Picker

A custom color picker is in the works! The color picker will allow you to choose colors, enter HEX values and save swatches hopefully making you more efficient.

Background Blur

Many apps on iOS, OSX, and soon Windows 10 use the background blur effect. Simulating this native blur in your designs will be simple.

Scrolling

Over several releases, we will add the ability for long artboards or any group to scroll. This feature is one of the top feature requests in UserVoice and we want to let you know…we hear you! Our scrolling feature should give the user the ability to have fixed content as well as scrollable content.

Measurements

To enable faster and accurate communication of your design intent, the next update will allow you to see measurements between selected objects.

Full Screen Mode for Sharing

To better present your designs that have been shared to the web, we will have a full screen mode which will hide the title and all other details that are currently displayed alongside your screens.

Better Fidelity for Imported Content

We are continuing the work to make copied content from Illustrator or SVG assets better. The next release will include support for bringing in shadows as well as support for AI symbols (feedback from multiple users).

We are committed to adding features to Adobe XD every month and hope you continue to travel with us on our journey towards creating an amazing tool!

Want To Send Us Feedback?

With this release, we have also added a way for you to provide us with a rating (0-10) about how you feel we are doing. To do this, click on the conversation icon on the bottom left on the workspace. Also, you can always have a conversation with the team on Adobe Forums or vote up features and file bugs on UserVoice.

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  • By Stan W. - 9:20 PM on April 25, 2016  

    Awesomeness! Thanks for the update and update to come 🙂

  • By Dan - 10:19 PM on April 25, 2016  

    Awesome. I’ll be really happy if you guys add in a future the wand tool for quick custom selections as well as basic bitmap treatment tools (cut, selection, etc).

    This is awesome useful when we make a quick selection with the “magic wand” and then “convert marquee to path” (like fw does). It will make our journey 100times easier. PLS, bitmap treatment.

    Thanks for the good work 😀 (FW user since Macromedia)

    • By Elaine Finnell - 4:22 PM on April 26, 2016  

      I see you already entered the story into UserVoice! Thanks for doing that. We’re definitely focusing on vector artwork to begin with, as we find that most people doing UX primarily use vectors in their work. You might want to add to your UV story the reasons you find yourself using this tool for your work, as it’ll help us understand where you’re coming from. Thanks!

      • By Dan - 9:18 AM on April 27, 2016  

        I use primarily vectors all the time, for sure. But, this is how the wand tool and “convert marquee (or selection) to path” will improve sometimes of workflow with the vector treatment: http://puu.sh/oxLqf/b1da128108.mp4

        Regarding the “Basic bitmap treatment” I just want to make better selections and cut on any image, nothing crazy, actually: http://puu.sh/oxLxr/79ba8f5084.mp4

  • By ping - 10:27 PM on April 25, 2016  

    where is the Layer? Layer? Layer?

  • By Zafer Latif - 11:33 PM on April 25, 2016  

    Really nice features! We look forward to broadcast to Windows users.

  • By kristian - 12:25 AM on April 26, 2016  

    when will the update be available?

  • By jerz - 12:51 AM on April 26, 2016  

    windows?

    • By James - 3:49 AM on April 26, 2016  

      It seems that all you apple snobs get to try out the good stuff first. This is why I stopped my full CC sub.

    • By Elaine Finnell - 4:26 PM on April 26, 2016  

      Windows is in full swing! We’re exploring what it looks like to bring a true Windows 10 experience to our customers, including design and technical changes we’ll need to make to support Win-only features like touch and pen. Give us some time – it’ll be worth it when it shows up!

  • By Lucian - 6:56 AM on April 26, 2016  

    When will this be available for Windows??
    Why does Adobe consider Windows and Android users as second priority??

    • By jerz - 9:44 AM on April 26, 2016  

      windows user and cc subscriber didn’t even get a piece of these new adobe updates 🙁

    • By Elaine Finnell - 4:27 PM on April 26, 2016  

      We’re still targeting Windows for later 2016. We’re definitely in full swing. See my comment above to @jerz for more details.

  • By davey j - 8:36 AM on April 26, 2016  

    Can’t wait for the colour picker!

  • By Daniel - 8:40 AM on April 26, 2016  

    When will this be available for Windows??

    • By Elaine Finnell - 4:29 PM on April 26, 2016  

      We’re still targeting for later this year. I mentioned this in a reply up above, but we’re actively investing in Windows 10 and are focused on bringing the best experience to the platform.

  • By Bob - 9:05 AM on April 26, 2016  

    Agree with many here; although I work on both MacOS (macbook) and Windows, my workstations are Windows based. Would really like to see XD make its way to windows so I can eventually stop using Axure.

    • By Elaine Finnell - 4:30 PM on April 26, 2016  

      We hear you! Windows is important to us as a company and to our team as a whole. We have a number of very smart people working on bringing Windows to you later this year. Stay tuned!

  • By Liam - 9:43 AM on April 26, 2016  

    Windows version please…been waiting far too long 🙁

    • By Elaine Finnell - 4:30 PM on April 26, 2016  

      We’re working on it! It’s still on target for later this year.

  • By Paul Stonier - 9:49 AM on April 26, 2016  

    This is great. My main thing I’d like to see is being able to manipulate the frame of an image. I’m found that I can essentially do this by drawing a shape and using Path > Intersect to create a frame for the photo and then can manipulate the size/shape, but If I drag a photo into a rectangle from finder, I don’t get the same ability without adding a frame manually.

  • By Adam - 9:54 AM on April 26, 2016  

    Any chance of a future Linux version?

    • By Elaine Finnell - 4:34 PM on April 26, 2016  

      Unfortunately, it’s unlikely. We’ve found that it’s mostly developers who are working on Linux and not designers. We’re looking at ways that designers can pass off assets to their developers, though. If you’re a dev and are wondering how to ingest the files, we could use your thoughts on both adobexd.uservoice.com and in our forums: https://forums.adobe.com/community/experiencedesign

  • By Alvaro - 10:00 AM on April 26, 2016  

    Cursor/Touch Events. Please.

  • By Jothish - 10:38 AM on April 26, 2016  

    I think the reason for not having a windows version is to make a full fledged working mac version first, fix all the kinks and then have it ready for windows. Or else, you will be making edits on both platforms. I think kind of standard especially when developing apps.. you don’t want to do ios and android together. You stagger them so you don’t make the same mistakes. You learn from one and apply it to the other. Just a thought.

    • By Elaine Finnell - 4:36 PM on April 26, 2016  

      It’s definitely the philosophy behind why we chose one platform first. Our intent from the very beginning was to see if the concept resonated. It obviously has, so we’re now solving different problems with Windows – how to bring a performant, beautiful experience for that platform as well. Thanks for your support and understanding! 🙂

  • By Syméon - 11:31 AM on April 26, 2016  

    You should consider building the windows version instead of just adding features to Mac one… Quite sad not being able to test it out 🙁

    • By Elaine Finnell - 4:40 PM on April 26, 2016  

      We’re actively investing in Windows, and unfortunately it’s not as easy as taking a developer out of one environment and putting them on another. (If only resource management were so easy!) We totally understand the disappointment, but the good news is that a lot of existing product-related issues will have been resolved by the time Windows comes out. Stay tuned! Good things are coming for Windows users.

      • By Syméon - 10:27 AM on April 27, 2016  

        Thanks for replying!

  • By Tony Rodriguez - 12:03 PM on April 26, 2016  

    Please put a Windows version in priority. We could really use AdobeXD to improve our workflow. Is the market share for Windows based adobe user so small that you put us this far back in the queue or is it really that much harder/different to build it for Windows?

    • By Elaine Finnell - 4:42 PM on April 26, 2016  

      We’re like the proverbial duck swimming in the lake – under the surface, we’re churning really, really hard. I can tell you that Windows is definitely a priority for us, and we have a number of very smart people working on the platform to bring a beautiful, Windows-native experience for you guys. Stay tuned!

  • By Gabriel - 12:05 PM on April 26, 2016  

    sounds like XD is going in a great direction… I hope perfect CC Library integration is coming soon.

  • By c. little - 1:11 PM on April 26, 2016  

    Also need Windows we don’t use mac’s where I work.

    • By Elaine Finnell - 4:44 PM on April 26, 2016  

      Yep, it’s coming! We’re still aiming for a Preview later this year. More information in replies to some of the earlier comments.

  • By Jose - 7:52 PM on April 26, 2016  

    Windows too ASAP please

  • By P.B - 8:10 PM on April 26, 2016  

    When am I able to have underline text and change one paragraph text in different colors?

    • By Joan Lafferty - 12:51 PM on April 27, 2016  

      The ability to style just a portion of your text is coming very soon. Underlines are later.

  • By P.B - 8:11 PM on April 26, 2016  

    and also make the prototype responsive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please!!!!!!

  • By chuong - 11:58 PM on April 26, 2016  

    It would be nice to have an option where you can password protect the prototype. They are some projects that I am working on that aren’t allowed to be public.

    I would like to get a link out with a password so the people in my company can test and comment on the prototype.

  • By Ross - 12:50 AM on April 27, 2016  

    iPad Pro version at some point?

  • By Daniel - 1:46 AM on April 27, 2016  

    you added a grid, but an actual layout grid would be much more useful and a good addition to the program!

  • By Darrell - 8:22 AM on April 27, 2016  

    So far, Sketch makes the act of designing *easy* while I have to fight all the settings in XD to get an idea out. I find I’m more creative in Sketch because the tool gets out of my way.

    This is a “preview” level of application, so it is not minimally viable for my workstream yet. Once it surpasses Sketch, I may consider it.

    • By Joan Lafferty - 12:52 PM on April 27, 2016  

      Hi Darrell, can you elaborate on fighting the settings in XD to get an idea out? We are aware that many features are missing, but, with the features that are there, we hope you find them usable. If not, we’d really like to know how we can improve.

  • By Chris Dickman - 10:36 AM on April 27, 2016  

    About half the comments here are from Windows users. And yet Adobe continues to provide evasive answers as to why its Windows customers are treated as not worth taking seriously. It’s really quite fascinating to see a company tell a large percentage of its customer base to pound sand.

    • By Joan Lafferty - 12:56 PM on April 27, 2016  

      Hi Chris, when we first started building this new tool, we needed to focus our efforts on one platform to get the base set of features right. As we started to go public with our plans for XD, we heard this feedback from more and more customers around the need for a Windows build. Now, we have doubled down on our efforts to get a Windows build out to the public as soon as possible and the team is doing its best to meet this need. We have publicly promised a Windows build by the end of the year.

      • By Chris Dickman - 12:01 AM on April 28, 2016  

        So Windows users will have to wait up to eight more months.

  • By Henry K Foca - 2:02 PM on April 27, 2016  

    Hello you guys!
    Something that It was missing for me on the first version was the possibility to change the height of the screen – without changing the preview that scales down…
    I know this app mean to help crafting Mobile App Interfaces but what about Mobile Deign for Web?
    It would be really useful if we could have a fixed width and a variable height to preview scrolling of the screen.
    If this is possible already is a big mistery for me… never found anything in tutorials and stuff.
    Anyways, congrats by the beautiful work!!!

  • By Zachery - 3:15 PM on April 27, 2016  

    Awesome!!!!!!! So Excited! I am looking forward to seeing this product grow! Awesome start!

  • By Nigel Peters - 3:10 AM on April 28, 2016  

    What I would like to see is some decent bullets & tabs text formatting options like we have in indesign.

    Currently creating something simple like a neatly laid out bulleted list is a very fiddly process!!

  • By Nigel Peters - 3:12 AM on April 28, 2016  

    Also is it right that in a paragraph of text I cannot highlight a single word and add formatting to it (Bold, italic…)? Currently it changes the whole paragraph style. Quite annoying!

  • By Ney Vasconcelos - 5:47 AM on April 28, 2016  

    I think I can built a better product by just using Adobe Air. So far ecerything can be done in Adobe Air and better. And your app will be in both OS.

  • By Scott Daniels - 9:57 AM on April 28, 2016  

    This has so much potential!!! One feature that’s desperately needed is basic animation at the page/slide level. I would like to see behaviors for accordions, drop-down menus, drawers etc.

    Also, It would be helpful to have a note or comment section in the share online view. Would like to have the ability for team/client collaboration at the page/slide level.

    Great start!!! Looking forward to the day when XD becomes my go-to tool for rapid prototyping.

  • By chuong - 1:56 PM on April 28, 2016  

    It would be nice to have a master page, like in Indesign and Muse. Also a smart component, like smart objects in Photoshop. This will may my workflow go a lot smoother.

  • By Chris - 7:38 AM on April 29, 2016  

    As already mentioned by others, a master(page/layer) function would be great. Most important to me is an integration of Logic/Variables/Coding to make prototypes really interactive.

  • By Marcus - 11:51 AM on April 29, 2016  

    Make a plugin for illustrator to mirror artwork directly on the device like LiveView (without bugs), this is all we need.

  • By pixelhint - 3:30 PM on April 29, 2016  

    Yay, very good updates, exactly what i needed, looking forward for the upcoming updates and improvements.

  • By looksawesome - 7:29 AM on April 30, 2016  

    Please beat Sketch!!!

  • By pixxels3 - 10:22 AM on May 2, 2016  

    Any plans for extending interactivity to include panels and overlays and not just linking to other artboards?

  • By Wick - 10:19 PM on May 3, 2016  

    I would love to see PSD or Smart-images being supported.
    This would be great for assets that are use throughout many artboards, like menu’s, footers, etc..
    (Updating the PSD will reflect on all the artboards that use that specific image. )

    Clients tend to suddenly change something relatively small that then has to change on all the pages that are using that asset. Especially on bigger projects, a small change may take up a lot of time if you have to do it on all of the individual pages.

    -Using smart objects or PSD filed you don’t have to ‘manually’ adjust all the individual pages. (That is the reason why I love using linked smart objects in Photoshop when designing a UI.)

  • By Chuck Spidell - 11:58 AM on May 23, 2016  

    How is XD different and/or better than Webflow? Also, any ideas on what month the PC version will be released this year?

  • By Ken Wells - 6:40 AM on May 24, 2016  

    Can a person make vector shapes in something like illustrator and then import them into Adobe Experience Design? Like maybe an eps or pdf or something?

    I’m looking for a video that shows examples of AED interactive output that is NOT necessarily sliding screens. Maybe something showing screen X, (click a menu) screen X with an open menu, click menu item … and so on.
    Can AED show things like this? Or is it only sliding screens really.