August Update of Adobe Experience Design CC (Preview)
Great news! The August update of Adobe Experience Design CC (Preview) is here. Not only are we striving to build a product that helps you get the job done, but our goal is to build a product you’ll love. We’re paying close attention to User Voice and appreciate your comments, votes and suggestions to help us research, prioritize, and design new features for you. Thanks for all the feedback and please keep it coming.
This update incorporates popular requests such as:
- Linear Gradients
- Hex Shorthand
- Instant Transitions
- Korean language support
To try out these out yourself, download the latest version of XD or update your current version via the Help menu. (Help > Check for Updates)
What’s New in this Update?
One of our most frequently requested features has landed. You can now create, edit, and apply linear gradients to vector objects directly in XD. What’s more: you can quickly bring existing linear gradients from Illustrator into XD with simple copy and paste commands. Your color selections and stops are all transferred over into XD along with the shape you’ve pasted.
To create a linear gradient, select the vector you want to apply a linear gradient to, navigate to the color picker (located in the property inspector), and change the fill from solid to gradient. A gradient will now appear in the shape. Once you’ve converted to a gradient fill, you can add, select, move, and delete color stops along the bar at the top of the pop-up. Modify each stop’s color and transparency using the familiar color picker and appearance controls.
When you create a gradient by changing a vector object’s fill from solid to gradient, you’ll notice that a control line appears in the shape itself. This control line allows you to position the gradient’s endpoints and angle. Furthermore, you can add new color stops and reposition them by sliding them along the control line.
Save time when specifying hexadecimal codes in the color picker using a few quick shortcuts. Here are a few examples:
|Type||Populates the hex code line with:|
In this release, we’ve added the ability to specify an animation’s segue as “none”. This allows you to create instant transitions which are immediate and do not contain any easing. This feature is particularly helpful in simulating changes to an artboard’s state (drop-downs, collapsing/expanding, etc.).
In the animated example below, a menu icon is linked to a second artboard (which shows the menu in its expanded state). In prototype mode, the icon has been linked to a second artboard which shows the expanded menu using an instant transition (segue:none). The second artboard was then set to return to the previous artboard (a new feature in July).
Renaming “Slide” Transitions to “Push”
In this release, we’ve made changes to our segue naming based on your feedback. “Slide” transitions will now be referred to as “Push”. We believe this better matches the definitions designers are already using. Look out for proper “Slide” transitions in September’s release.
The chart and animations below are intended to show how we’re defining Push and Slide transitions in this release forward. Let us know if you have any questions or further feedback.
Korean Language Support
A while back, the XD team visited design agencies in Korea, to better understand the challenges and workflows designers encounter everyday. We also learned how rapidly UI/UX design was growing in Korea, and are thrilled to announce that Korean is now supported in XD.
What’s coming next?
XD for iOS & Android
Get ready to preview your prototype in real-time on actual iOS and Android devices. Connect your device via USB, launch the XD mobile app, and preview your design complete with interactions. Design & prototyping changes are updated instantaneously, rather than having to refresh to see updates.
XD for iOS & Android: Coming soon
Zoom to Selection
Quickly zoom to the selected object or an artboard. Zoom to selection gets you right into the focus of your work with the shortcut ⌘3.
What else can you expect in future updates?
As many of you know, we’re feverishly working to bring you layers, symbols and of course XD for Windows. Stay tuned and follow us for more updates!
Be part of this Journey
We continue to get great feedback from designers that XD is helping them design, prototype, and share faster. Big shoutout to everyone who has downloaded and sent us feedback. We read and listen to your feedback, so keep it coming. Visit our User Voice site to suggest features, vote on ideas, or report issues. We also host a Forum for community discussions.
Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates or to reach the team. We are passionate about listening and responding to your feedback, hosting live sessions, and sharing videos that help you design with XD.
While sharing your prototypes on Behance, don’t forget to tag them with #MadeWithAdobeXD and select Adobe Experience Design under “Tools Used.” Checkout Guacamole a free UI Kit by the team at Avocode.
Events & Articles
Adobe XD Private Prerelease Program Application
Interested in accessing XD’s latest and greatest features before they make the public releases?
Every month, we’ll select 50 people who complete this application to join our Adobe XD Private Prerelease Program. For instance, Layers, XD for Windows, companion apps for iOS and Android, Symbols, and much more, will land first in prerelease. Apply now!
Adobe MAX 2016
Adobe MAX is just around the corner. Make sure to sign up for sessions and labs for Adobe Experience Design. Sessions, labs, and creativity workshops are where you’ll gain the knowledge and skills you need to stay competitive and the inspiration you need to create your best work.
Please download the latest version of Adobe Experience Design and let us know what you think. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.