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April 19, 2017 /UX/UI Design /

April Update and What’s Next for Adobe XD

Header image includes work by Wen Tong.

The “Invisible” Cloud

We have been quietly working toward the vision we shared at Adobe MAX last November: delivering a best-in-class Cloud experience that enables real-time collaboration between designers and other designers, stakeholders, and developers. This experience will also seamlessly integrate our desktop and mobile apps with the Cloud, turning XD into an ecosystem that spans platforms.

Although we have made significant progress in building its underlying foundation, this progress is invisible to you, and it may appear that we are slowing down. We are happy to announce that you’ll start seeing Cloud-based features in the coming months, starting with Visual Versioning, which lets you access past iterations of a document within XD and reuse assets from older versions.

Momentum with Windows

Since we first introduced XD for Windows 10 last December, our monthly releases have focused on aligning features with the macOS version. Today’s update continues that approach with the addition of masking, Boolean operations, and expanded language support. Next month’s release will include Layers and the ability to update shared prototype links, with Symbols following closely behind.

As we mentioned earlier, XD is the first Adobe app developed for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), and also the first pro design tool of its kind for Windows. In addition to taking advantage of the next generation of Windows-based hardware and devices, our goal is to deliver a great experience regardless if you have a Mac or a PC.

What’s Next for Adobe XD

We are striving to address your input and improve XD every month, to help you create richer and more engaging experiences with the least amount of friction. Now that the gap between Windows 10 and macOS is closing and we have made major advancements in building the Cloud foundation, our team can now refocus on core design features. You’ll start seeing major new features for Mac and Windows very soon:

  • New Asset Panel – Quickly access symbols, colors, and character styles used in your project to change or reuse throughout your document
  • Creative Cloud Libraries – Reuse bitmaps, colors, and character styles from apps like Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign
  • The aforementioned Visual Versioning

We are also committed to your feature requests, which will be released month over month. For example, popular requests such as preserving interactions when copying and pasting and overriding specific instances of Symbols will be available soon. Balancing new features with our nearly maniacal focus on speed and quality are essential to making XD work and feel the way it does, but it sometimes comes at the cost of timeliness or having to release complex features in stages (such as Symbols).

What’s New in April?

Masking

Masking is here for Windows! Masking gives you precise control over both the shape of your mask and the objects you place within it. Masks are non-destructive, so you can make adjustments to both the mask itself and shapes beneath it by simply double-clicking. When you layer a shape on top of an object, select both objects and use a shortcut (Shift+Ctrl+M) to mask the image with the overlaying shape. You can also do this by right-clicking to access the context menu. Once you mask an image with a shape, double-click the masked object to reposition the image.

Boolean Operations

Create and experiment with complex shapes by simply adding, subtracting, intersecting, or excluding existing shapes. Boolean operations are also non-destructive, so every element in the combined shape can be individually accessed and modified. We find it especially helpful when creating icons.

Bring in Images From Your Browser

Found the perfect image online? Simply drag or copy and paste them from your browser into your artboard. If you drag an image into an existing object, the image will automatically be resized to fill it.

Support for Japanese and Korean

XD for Windows is now localized in Japanese and Korean, with French and German to follow.

Your Feedback

From our first beta release on one platform thirteen months ago, your voices have shaped XD by helping us validate and prioritize features. You have shared insights into everyday challenges you face as designers, and what your expectations are from us to alleviate pain points. Whether your feedback is posted on our discussion forums, UserVoice, Facebook, Twitter, or elsewhere on the web, we make every effort to read each and every comment.

Continuing the Conversation

Your ongoing dialogue is essential because our success depends on your success. We can’t wait to release the improvements you’ve been asking for, as well as the features we’ve been quietly working on. Please continue letting us know what you want from XD, and if you find these types of blog posts helpful.

Thank for you all of your support!

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  • By Paquito - 10:00 AM on April 19, 2017   Reply

    That’s great! You are making an incredible progress. Keep up the good work!

    • By Rich Lee - 11:25 AM on April 20, 2017   Reply

      Thanks for your support!

  • By Sasha V. - 10:41 AM on April 19, 2017   Reply

    When are the mac updates will be coming? Prototyping is still very limited in XD, especially for larger applications – specifically lack of persistent navigation (ie linking form symbols) forced me to go back to InVision to prototype… And just use XD as a design tool. Few minro additions would really make this a killer UI/UX app.

  • By Daniel - 11:02 AM on April 19, 2017   Reply

    Inteligent objects are necessary

    • By Elaine Chao - 3:50 PM on April 19, 2017   Reply

      I’m curious what you mean by “intelligent objects.” Is there a particular type of interaction you’re trying to accomplish?

      -Elaine

      • By Janne - 4:03 AM on April 20, 2017   Reply

        I would like to see more responsive “buttons”. Hover and click states that can be modified. It would make a huge difference even if it wasn’t very sophisticated.

  • By Michael - 11:19 AM on April 19, 2017   Reply

    Thanks for the update… still wondering when gradients will be available on Windows.. =/

  • By AT - 12:24 PM on April 19, 2017   Reply

    When you will be adding the horizontal scroll?? I think it’s a must have feature!

  • By Gloria - 4:13 PM on April 19, 2017   Reply

    Hi there,

    What about gradients in fliings? Like, that is BIG miss so much needed for Window users.

  • By deto - 7:36 PM on April 19, 2017   Reply

    I hope you add swap area tools
    it will be great!!!

  • By Shian Han - 8:01 PM on April 19, 2017   Reply

    Why isn’t Adobe XD team focusing on scrolling containers this is the #1 most requested feature for long time it’s much more important than the smaller features mentioned here.

    • By Tomas Tarshis - 11:26 AM on April 20, 2017   Reply

      Yes this is the only feature that is vital.

      And we will get it.

      In 3 years)) After very important ones. Like gradients. OMG.

    • By Rich Lee - 11:26 AM on April 20, 2017   Reply

      Hi Shian, we are indeed working on this!

  • By Shubham Rajendra Gandhi - 10:23 PM on April 19, 2017   Reply

    Bring in Images From Your Browser
    whenever drag an image into an existing object, the image automatically resized to fill it but i couldn’t able to reposition it. the object get selected on double tap. i am using windows 10.

  • By Muhammad Faizan Atiq - 10:33 PM on April 19, 2017   Reply

    It’s always good to see Adobe progressing fast on XD. I would still recommend that they should work on enhancing the prototyping experience tools like fixed headers and footer, sharing experience. Renaming of layers is much needed & exporting of assets in good quality & resolution as these are some day to day tools we designers need community.

    • By Linda - 9:20 AM on April 20, 2017   Reply

      Totally agree I feel like I saw some of this at MAX fixed headers and drawers???

  • By Griffin Wiebel - 10:50 PM on April 19, 2017   Reply

    It’s going to be a terrible day when this is released from Beta and requires a paying subscription. This is the best UX/UI sketching application for Windows, period.

  • By Brett - 12:59 AM on April 20, 2017   Reply

    You say you will be working on implementing *POPULAR* requests such as “preserving interactions when copying and pasting” and “overriding specific instances of Symbols”, yet these requests only have 239 votes and 184 votes respectively.
    Why not choose instead to prioritise work on *ACTUAL* popular requests, like the top three voted requests, which have over 1600 votes each?
    – Layout Grids
    – Micro-interactions
    – Defined scrollable areas
    We already have the ability LAY OUT designs. Please let’s made XD properly able to make PROTOTYPES.

    • By Tomas Tarshis - 11:27 AM on April 20, 2017   Reply

      4 REAL!!!!

    • By Rich Lee - 11:29 AM on April 20, 2017   Reply

      Hi Brett, we are actively working on these exact features, and expect them to roll out in phases over time.

  • By Janne - 4:05 AM on April 20, 2017   Reply

    Micro interactions
    animations
    hover, click states
    scrolling

    then it is perfect <3

    • By Lindsay Munro - 2:41 PM on April 20, 2017   Reply

      Thanks for your support, Janne! We’re collecting ideas over here: https://adobexd.uservoice.com/ You can create, up vote and track feature progress.

  • By Shannon - 7:29 AM on April 20, 2017   Reply

    This is great! Can’t wait for the layers update!

  • By Tania - 8:35 AM on April 20, 2017   Reply

    +100500 for:
    – Layout Grids
    – Micro-interactions
    – Defined scrollable areas
    Please!!!

  • By Linda - 9:26 AM on April 20, 2017   Reply

    Another update and nothing for MAC users!! Love to know the % of Windows vs. MAC designers? I personally don’t know of any!

    • By Lindsay Munro - 2:40 PM on April 20, 2017   Reply

      We are working on some bigger features for Mac which we’ve noted above. Stay tuned for more to come.

    • By Franz - 3:04 AM on April 21, 2017   Reply

      Hello from a windows laptop!

  • By Jared - 1:50 PM on April 20, 2017   Reply

    I can’t fully explain how much I love Adobe XD. I use it nearly every day for my design work. It really speeds up the monotone graphic design work of a software solution agency. I even handle application prototypes and UI design. Keep up the solid work – you guys are changing the way we create and it’s beautiful.

    -J

    • By Jared - 1:52 PM on April 20, 2017   Reply

      Also – Please add a feature for carrying links to other pages when I duplicate or copy a page/button. This would make projects like massive mapping applications to much easier as I need hundreds of nearly identical screens with identical buttons/interactions.

      • By Lindsay Munro - 2:39 PM on April 20, 2017   Reply

        Thanks for your support and kinds words, Jared. We’re collecting ideas over here: https://adobexd.uservoice.com/ Would love your input!

  • By Swarup - 2:03 AM on April 21, 2017   Reply

    Unable to import(Drag n Drop ) Image from microsoft edge

  • By Zach - 12:59 PM on April 23, 2017   Reply

    Are there plans to export to css or other languages in the final version?

  • By Jared - 8:51 AM on April 25, 2017   Reply

    I know last year it was predicted that collaboration tools would be expanded around early 2017. Are there current progressions being made in areas that allow designers to work and communicate seamlessly with clients and developers. I’ve been dying for some of the tools like specs and style guides and such. For now though, we need notifications with client comments on prototypes! 🙂 Thanks!

  • By joe - 10:39 AM on April 25, 2017   Reply

    Nothing for Mac users this month again. Bleh. Looking forward to some of the upcoming features. Hopefully, there’ll be something next month for Mac.

  • By Sam - 12:08 PM on April 26, 2017   Reply

    Would love to see more updates on symbols, such as being able to change the values of certain objects (like text on a button). Looking forward seeing more updates as I’m basically trying to migrate all my interface prototyping work onto Adobe Xd at this stage.

  • By Gate - 5:54 AM on April 27, 2017   Reply

    What I find somewhat odd is that the masking and boolean operations were already implemented in the Windows version. I know I’ve been using them with the shortcuts:
    https://helpx.adobe.com/experience-design/help/keyboard-shortcuts.html and they’d work fine. It’s just that the icons were missing from the right-hand side toolbar which made it a hassle. But nonetheless, I aside from bringing them to the forefront, these aren’t exactly new~

    Still excited for XD to catch up to the likes of Proto Io. I was building my wireframe for my bachelors project using XD but eventually had to switch over due to lack of features. I’m really excited to make XD my main tool a year from now though!

  • By Ian Steven - 3:21 PM on April 28, 2017   Reply

    I know this not that important but I think it’s time to make a splash screen for XD. I know its a modern app than other CC apps and its UWA on Windows 10 but I want it not just for eye candy but also to show immediacy to the app than just a grey screen. Also to make XD aligned to other CC apps with that splash screen

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