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August 23, 2017 /UX/UI Design /

August Update of Adobe XD

Header image includes work by Joshua Oluwagbemiga, created using Adobe XD

Digital design is like painting, except the paint never dries.

Neville Brody

From the very start, XD’s mission has been to enable designers to design at the speed of thought. A huge part of the design process is experimenting with different solutions and iterating upon designs. This process can become increasingly tedious as you work in different applications and grow the document from a handful to dozens – and even hundreds of artboards. This month’s release focuses on making design in XD more scalable with the newly updated Assets Panel and support for Creative Cloud Libraries.

New on macOS and Windows 10

Reusing Styles and Assets

With this release, we’ve made colors and character styles easily available for reuse and iteration by adding them to the Assets Panel (formerly the Symbols Panel). This panel provides an easy high-level view of and access to your design elements. Click on the plus icon in the panel to save colors or character styles to the Assets Panel. With a simple right click on a color swatch or character style, you can make changes to design elements, and the changes will be automatically applied throughout your document. You still have the all of the functionality of Symbols you’ve come to know and love, including the ability to update your symbols across all instances on your canvas. We’re serious about speeding up your design process and hope these new features will help!

Creative Cloud Libraries

As a designer, you may have poured hours into finding the perfect shade of fuchsia or sans-serif typeface only to reproduce the same design elements for different applications. With this release, design elements like colors and character styles created in Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, and other Creative Cloud applications are available at your fingertips through Creative Cloud Libraries – ready to reuse right within XD. The floating panel is found in the File/hamburger menu or via keyboard shortcut (CMD/CTRL+SHIFT+L). While you may start your design from scratch, you can now leverage your existing designs to make your new ones even better.

Shared colors and character styles are just a portion of your design elements. We’ll be adding support for other elements in the future, but they’ll show up as unsupported elements for now. Keep your eyes peeled for more functionality related to reusable elements in the future.

Paste Styles

Have you setup the perfect gradient fill for an object only to realize you need to apply it to another shape? With this release, you can now copy the style from one object and paste it onto another. This action will apply all your appearance properties, including transparency, fill, border, shadow, and blur. It’s a small improvement, but it will make a big difference in speeding up your design process.

Paste Interaction

Chances are, you often have buttons that are present on different artboards but all direct to a single place. In this release, instead of having to wire each of these interactions by hand, you can reuse these interactions. Save time wiring up prototypes by copying and pasting interactions such as target, transition, easing and timing from one object to another in order. In addition, copying and pasting an object in Prototype mode will copy the wire. You can paste an interaction to a single or multiple objects for maximum efficiency. This will seriously cut down the time it takes to bring your designs to life.

Redesigned user experience for Adobe XD mobile apps

The Adobe XD mobile apps allow designers to view their work on-device and take these interactive prototypes on the go – making user testing and stakeholder demonstration more impactful. With our new updated user experience for iOS and Android, you’re able to make prototypes accessible even when you’re offline and share the prototype URL right from the mobile application. This will enable designers to be even more mobile with their designs and collect feedback on the go. Download the latest version for iOS and Android.

UI Resources

Jump-start your designs for Microsoft Windows, Apple iOS, and Google Material Design with updates to UI resources for these popular platforms. The updated resources include high-quality user interface components such as layouts, patterns, and symbols.

You can also download them here:

We have also released Wires, two FREE wireframe UX kits for mobile and web, built exclusively for Adobe XD. Go from idea to design faster with a comprehensive set of ready-to-use components, templates, and more.

UX Community

We’d love to continue the dialogue! Tell us what you think on UserVoice. You can follow our handle @AdobeXD for updates or reach the team on Twitter using the #AdobeXD. You can also talk to us using Facebook, where we share videos and updates as well as answer questions during weekly Facebook live sessions on Wednesday at 10AM PT.

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  • By Cristiano Acosta - 6:39 AM on August 23, 2017  

    Please include in the UI Kit: Bootstrap (http://bootstrapuikit.com/ )and Fundation (http://foundation.zurb.com/forum/posts/50118-foundation-6-ui-kit-for-adobe-xd#);
    These are the most common css frameworks used today

    • By Jonathan Pimento - 9:12 PM on August 25, 2017  

      Hi Cristiano,

      We are always looking for suggestion and ideas for new UI kits in XD. I’ll make sure to share these with the team for a future UI kit that we build.

      Jonathan Pimento
      Product Manager – Adobe XD

  • By Scott - 6:57 AM on August 23, 2017  

    When will Adobe XD add sticky headers? My wire frames look like crap when I can freeze a menu at top or bottom. Ugh!!!! I can do this with less powerful design programs…why not Adobe XD????

    • By Hoyle - 1:56 PM on August 25, 2017  

      Hey Scott,

      That feature is at in our backlog and is the top voted feature in UserVoice (https://adobexd.uservoice.com/forums/353007-adobe-xd-feature-requests). We totally hear you and will be adding this functionality in the future.

      – Hoyle

    • By Jonathan Pimento - 9:14 PM on August 25, 2017  

      We have this in our backlog and you can be assured that the team is working hard on adding support for new features including fixed elements.

      Jonathan Pimento
      Product Manager – Adobe XD

      • By Cody - 10:32 AM on September 21, 2017  

        WHEN??? This is a critical piece of functionality. What is the expected release date?

        Im actually pretty disappointed that this feature wasnt considered in the original release… how was this missed? What designer doesnt need this ability? Answer: A hack.

    • By Peter Flynn (Adobe) - 11:33 PM on August 28, 2017  
  • By Nick - 7:39 AM on August 23, 2017  

    It would be perfect if assets like images would be supported in the cc libary Integration…

    • By Hoyle - 1:57 PM on August 25, 2017  

      Hey Nick – this is just the first step of our CC Library integration process. Images are coming in the very near future, please stay tuned and thank you for your feedback 🙂

      Hoyle

    • By Jonathan Pimento - 9:15 PM on August 25, 2017  

      We are working on adding support for linked and unlinked graphics in CC Libraries. Stay tuned for this with the upcoming updates to XD!

      Jonathan Pimento
      Product Manager – Adobe XD

  • By Antonio - 8:23 AM on August 23, 2017  

    That’s fantastic. Good work and thanks for the update!

    • By Hoyle - 1:57 PM on August 25, 2017  

      We’re glad you’re enjoying it, Antonio! 🙂

    • By Jonathan Pimento - 9:16 PM on August 25, 2017  

      Thank you Antonio!

  • By James - 8:34 AM on August 23, 2017  

    Killer update!! Keep ’em coming — real-time collaboration and versioning are the only features keeping my whole team from switching over from Sketch

    • By Hoyle - 2:02 PM on August 25, 2017  

      Thanks James! Visual Versioning should be ready in the not-too-distant future 🙂

  • By Alex - 9:56 AM on August 23, 2017  

    Pretty comprehensive update – great job guys!

    Do you guys have updates on some of the very popular uservoice items? For example, saving scroll position between frames and pinning headers/footers so they don’t scroll. Both have not been commented on in months (or year+) by the XD product team. Even if this is not coming out soon, it’d be great to understand the source of the delay/difficulty in implementation.

    Thanks!

    • By Matt - 10:55 AM on August 24, 2017  

      I also feel that it would be useful to have some answers on those few points Alex mentioned.
      Although I would prefer to prototype in XD I found those tools very useful in Sketch and found it pretty useful.

      Carousel image scrolling would also be a useful thing to see in the next update too.

    • By J.D. - 8:00 AM on August 25, 2017  

      I agree with the sentiments from both Matt and Alex. I know that this team is working hard and fast across multiple version support on XD which is in itself amazing and am truly grateful for it, as I’ve switched my entire workflow to XD since learning about it in January. To me, getting a little explanation is better than none for that long, and padding it out with small workflow updates here and there would allow for some questions to be answered.

    • By Hoyle - 3:09 PM on August 25, 2017  

      Hey Alex, Matt and J.D. – these are items that we’ve had a little issue with because of the way our current rendering engine works. Trust us when we say we want these features in your hands as much as you do 🙂 We’re in the process of identifying a technical solution and will update more as we investigate. Thank you guys for your patience and support of XD.

      Hoyle

  • By Aleksey - 11:21 AM on August 23, 2017  

    Wow, that’s an impressive and massively useful update!
    You guys have been working your summer off – and I think it was totally worth it. Keep up the pace, and don’t let the negative comments about development speed get to you. Many people don’t realise how complicated software development is sometimes, and even a seemingly small feature could be just the tip of an iceberg of coding.

    Looking forward to future features with optimism!
    Good luck!

    • By Hoyle - 2:11 PM on August 25, 2017  

      Thank you for the kind words Aleksey! It’s definitely not easy but it’s kind folks like yourself that makes it worth it. We hope you enjoy the update!

  • By Mario - 12:01 PM on August 23, 2017  

    Great news! Now I want to try out XD for a real project. The time of playing around has an end. Thumbs up! 😀

  • By Reony Tonneyck - 2:06 PM on August 23, 2017  

    Can you PLEASE add labels under symbols in the Assets panel? I can hardly tell what symbols they are sometimes, especially for lighter ones. Also, I hope you’re going to add symbols to the Library too. We desperately need shared symbols, since I’ve been creating an entire design system and it will be shared across all team members for future designs. Thanks!

    • By Reony Tonneyck - 2:07 PM on August 23, 2017  

      And when I mean shared symbols, I mean across multiple files.

      • By Jon Hobbs-Smith - 1:46 PM on August 24, 2017  

        +1 for this. Seems like basic functionality is missing.

        • By Jonathan Pimento - 9:18 PM on August 25, 2017  

          We are working on adding support for labeling content in the asset panel! We also have copy pasting Symbols across documents in our backlog.

          Jonathan Pimento
          Product Manager – Adobe XD

          • By Emanuele Sabetta - 9:19 AM on August 31, 2017  

            You should also make the symbols names EXPORTED as SVG element/group ID, so that we can save the assets as svg and use/update them directly during development. SVG elements must be named with unique ID, otherwise exporting the artboards as SVG files is useless. Finding every time the unnamed elements inside an SVG files is a BIG waste of time.

    • By Hoyle - 3:11 PM on August 25, 2017  

      Hi Reony – organization of the Asset panel is definitely something that’s on our roadmap and we’re looking into adding this functionality in the future

  • By Jared van Eck - 10:51 PM on August 23, 2017  

    Thanks again for the update! always helping us speed up time! What would be awesome, to remove all interactions with one click. AND, i think the biggest thing is having blending styles for our layers. We NEED that 🙂

    • By Hoyle - 3:13 PM on August 25, 2017  

      Hey Jared – thanks for your feedback! We’d really appreciate it if you please go upvote these features on adobexd.uservoice.com. Hope you enjoy the update!

      Hoyle

  • By David Henderson - 3:41 AM on August 24, 2017  

    These features are good, but you really need to get the main things done first. The ability for overlays and overlay interactions. Some way of including interactions for elements that doesn’t involve a separate artboard. Most importantly I think you need to include a way of sharing the style guide, elements and screens with devs. I saw an example of this in a presentation you did at your conference, but there has been no sign of this in your releases.

    Until you work on including these features I don’t think you will be able to pry people away from the (terrible) flexible sketch.

    • By Gabriel Svennerberg - 12:10 AM on August 30, 2017  

      +1 for adding support for overlays and overlay interactions. This is my biggest gripe with the product.

  • By Robert Anitei - 3:42 AM on August 24, 2017  

    Great update, maybe I will release a UI kit for Adobe XD soon.

    • By Hoyle - 3:13 PM on August 25, 2017  

      We’d love it if you did! Please keep us posted Robert 🙂

      Hoyle

  • By Slomchinskiy - 4:58 AM on August 24, 2017  

    What happened to anti-aliasing of fonts?

    • By Hoyle - 3:14 PM on August 25, 2017  

      Slomchinskiy, could you explain a little bit of what you mean?

      Hoyle

  • By Michael Prewitt - 7:39 AM on August 24, 2017  

    Love the updates. The shared styles feature is awesome, and also copy/paste of interactions.

    • By Hoyle - 3:14 PM on August 25, 2017  

      Thanks Michael, we’re glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

      Hoyle

  • By Marcelo Gomes - 10:11 AM on August 24, 2017  

    Really nice update guys! So many “small things” that do make a uge difference in our workflows. Keep up the good work!

    • By Hoyle - 3:15 PM on August 25, 2017  

      Charles Eames once said “the details are not the details, they are the design” and we absolutely believe in that 🙂 Thanks for the kind words Marcelo!

      Hoyle

  • By Wayne Lewis - 11:31 AM on August 24, 2017  

    Great performance update. I didn’t see anything specific listed in the notes, but app startup time w/ a moderately loaded set of art boards is significantly faster.

    • By Hoyle - 3:16 PM on August 25, 2017  

      Hey Wayne,

      Having butter-y smooth performance is something we’re always and will be always proud of as a key differentiator for XD, and we’re constantly looking to improve where we can and avoid regressions. We hope you enjoy the update! 🙂

      Hoyle

  • By Fernando - 12:06 PM on August 24, 2017  

    When will Adobe XD add sticky headers?

    • By Hoyle - 3:22 PM on August 25, 2017  

      HI Fernando,

      We’re looking into adding this functionality in the future, please go upvote it at https://adobexd.uservoice.com/ if you get a chance. Thanks!

      Hoyle

  • By Tian - 12:39 PM on August 24, 2017  

    Awesome update team! Great stuff 😀

    • By Hoyle - 3:17 PM on August 25, 2017  

      Thanks Tian! Hope you enjoy 🙂

      Hoyle

  • By Jon Hobbs-Smith - 1:48 PM on August 24, 2017  

    Great update but there’s still one think holding us back from using prototyping…

    When you create a symbol containing some kind of a navigation – side menu for example – you want to link all the items to their respective pages then use that symbol on every artboard. Updating the symbol should update the links everywhere it is used.

    This seems like a glaring omission as right now if you had a nav bar as a symbol you’d have to update it individually on every artboard if you wanted to link to different pages.

    • By Hoyle - 3:19 PM on August 25, 2017  

      Hey Jon – that’s a really great point and we’d appreciate it if you could upvote it at https://adobexd.uservoice.com/. For now, you can copy/paste interactions from one instance of a symbol to another as a workaround. We’re looking into supporting the copy/paste functionality in the near future.

      Hoyle

  • By Silver - 5:32 AM on August 25, 2017  

    It’s unclear, how colors in “Assets palette” and in “Appearance palette > Color popup / swatches” relate. They seem to be completely separated. I think colors should be linked on both palettes, so if you change color in Assets palette, it changes swatches and vice versa.
    Otherwise, very nice update!

    • By Hoyle - 3:21 PM on August 25, 2017  

      Hey Silver – we definitely hear you and are looking to address your concern in the future. Would you mind posting this suggestion on https://adobexd.uservoice.com/? Thanks for your support!

      Hoyle

  • By Lúcio Silva - 6:02 AM on August 25, 2017  

    Great update XDteam!

    • By Hoyle - 3:22 PM on August 25, 2017  

      Thanks Lucio! We hope you enjoy it!

      Hoyle

  • By Marco - 1:35 PM on August 27, 2017  

    Does paste styles option works for text objects?
    For example copy text block, and paste color, size and font family to another block?

  • By Sanjeev Shrestha - 12:06 AM on August 29, 2017  

    Color picker of assets should also have swatches just like the fill color picker does. It will be really easy to change color to predefined color.

  • By Ryan Underwood - 9:10 AM on August 29, 2017  

    Not sure why you can import text styles from CC Libraries, but not define them in XD.

    • By Ryan Underwood - 10:26 AM on August 29, 2017  

      I retract that statement.

  • By yahujik - 9:50 PM on August 30, 2017  

    When Zeplin or Avacode support will be added? :-((((
    I want to start using AXD for work but can’t because design in AXD is still useless for developers :(((

  • By Izabela - 8:45 AM on August 31, 2017  

    Ability to add assets from XD to CC library would make me switch from Sketch to XD but it’s missing..

  • By Pooya - 9:25 PM on September 2, 2017  

    What about Persian language? Does the new Adobe XD support middle eastern languages?

  • By James - 3:49 AM on September 4, 2017  

    This is the first decent update you have done for mac for a very long time – not sure whether to congratulate you or not but I am thankful.

  • By Joe - 10:53 AM on September 5, 2017  

    I’m a long-time Windows user and am currently on a Windows 7 laptop. I’m starting on a project that will make heavy use of XD, so I’m trying to decide whether to upgrade to Windows 10 or switch to a Mac. Is there a feature comparison of the Windows 10 and Mac versions of XD? Also, is there a feature roadmap for Windows 10?
    Thanks!

  • By Anthony Reese - 9:47 AM on September 11, 2017  

    Any projection on an official release date for XD yet?

  • By ASHISH MOHAN - 5:13 AM on September 18, 2017  

    Can i get the latest august update without creative cloud. I have been having issues with creative cloud and pissed off that i cant directly update adobe xd

  • By Justin - 6:27 AM on September 18, 2017  

    Watershed releases are a thing of the past. Software doesn’t stop evolving after it’s released; it can’t. If it’s never “finished” then “ready” is arbitrary and distinct for each individual. 1.0 is any point along the spectrum of stable features where you feel comfortable investing.