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December 13, 2016 /UX/UI Design /

December update of Adobe Experience Design CC

This month’s big news is that we’ve released the first public beta for Adobe XD for Windows 10 – you can read more about the much anticipated Windows release here.

What’s new for XD on macOS?

For the 500,000 designers who have downloaded XD for macOS to date, we’re continuing to release monthly updates as promised. For the next couple of months however, we’ll focus our efforts on responding to feedback, fixing bugs and continuing to enhance performance – over and above adding new features.

This will allow us to make rapid progress on ensuring feature parity across both the macOS and Windows 10 versions of XD – something that is essential for us to add in many of the future capabilities that we showcased at our MAX event last month, including designer collaboration and developer hand-off capabilities.

That doesn’t mean you won’t see new capabilities, however – we know there is a lot you’ve asked for! Today we’ve released significant updates to the XD mobile apps (more details below), and in the coming months you’ll see frequently requested enhancements to prototype sharing, including guest comments and support for annotations.

What’s new for XD on mobile?

We received a lot of great feedback from the initial release of XD for iOS and Android – based on what you’ve told us, we’re excited to release the following new capabilities on mobile:

  • Browse and open XD documents saved in Creative Cloud Files
  • View XD documents even when you’re offline
  • Browse all artboards in an XD document
  • Turn hotspot hints on or off
  • Share the current screen as an image

Viewing XD documents

In the first release of XD mobile you could view prototypes by connecting your device over USB to a desktop also running XD. We’re now adding the ability to open any XD document stored in the Creative Cloud Files folder directly on your mobile device. You can open a document by tapping on the folder icon and choosing “XD Document from Creative Cloud”.

Whether you view your prototype via USB (available on macOS) or by opening the document in Creative Cloud, you can now continue interacting with the prototype when disconnected or offline. This is ideal for showing your designs to a client or other stakeholders for feedback.

Navigating prototypes

This release improves the way you can navigate prototypes on mobile devices. By default, prototypes will now show hints if you don’t touch a defined hotspot. You can turn hotspot hints off by long pressing on the current artboard and toggling this from the menu.

In addition to navigating via defined prototype interactions, you can also browse all the artboards in a document and select a specific screen to view. You can view all artboards by long pressing on the current artboard and choosing “Browse Artboards”. This is helpful for documents that contain multiple artboards.

Sharing from mobile

Finally, in addition to interacting with prototypes on the device, you can now share the current prototype screen with others. To do this, long press on the current artboard and choose “Share this Screen as Image”, then select how you’d like to share the image.

We’re excited by the improvements we’ve added in this mobile release and look forward to your continued feedback via Twitter and User Voice.

Adobe XD 💜 the Design Community

Designers from all over the world are influencing how we prioritize features. Not only do they provide fuel for us to rethink and challenge existing mental models, but they also ensure that we deliver the right value to our customers. Our team takes feedback seriously, so we monitor channels daily, including UserVoice, Public Forums, Private Prerelease (apply now!). We’re also gathering feedback through frequent customer meetings and demos.

Thank you for all the feedback!


You can follow us @AdobeXD for updates or reach the team on Twitter using the #AdobeXD. You can also talk to us on Facebook where we answer questions during live sessions, share videos, and publish other updates. And don’t forget to get our latest insights about UX design on Medium.


While sharing your prototypes on Behance, don’t forget to tag them with #MadeWithAdobeXD and select Adobe Experience Design under “Tools Used.”

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  • By Brett - 8:19 AM on December 13, 2016  

    > “For the next couple of months however, we’ll focus our efforts on responding to feedback, fixing bugs and continuing to enhance performance – over and above adding new features.”

    So I guess I shouldn’t hold out much hope for the ability to have fixed headers and footers any time soon? 🙁
    That’s all I need to be able to use this app properly… Until then, it’s literally as much use to me as sending static JPGs to a client… 🙁

    • By Wayne Pretl - 1:15 AM on December 14, 2016  


      • By Mike Hayes - 10:52 AM on December 14, 2016  

        Yeah i was expecting this in the December update. :/

        • By Ingo - 9:16 PM on December 14, 2016  

          Me too 🙁 I am disappointed!

          • By Julio - 2:47 AM on December 19, 2016  


    • By Thomas - 12:40 AM on December 23, 2016  

      This would be awesome.

      Thanks for the release Demian & the rest of the team!

  • By Stevo - 4:03 PM on December 13, 2016  

    How do you open the document in creative cloud from your mobile device?

    • By Sasa - 2:48 AM on December 15, 2016  

      Just download Adobe XD app from App Store/Play Store

  • By Kev - 9:25 AM on December 15, 2016  

    No text styles (just copy indesign already!)
    No symbol overrides
    No editable swatches (why? you can edit them in all other adobe apps)

    = product I won’t use.

  • By Christopher - 9:51 AM on December 15, 2016  

    I agree with Brett on the fixed headers and footers. XD really needs the features available in InVision (fixed headers/footers, and hotspot interactions like hover, not just click, and modal/overlay abilities). I love that the tool is light weight and don’t necessarily care about text styles or symbol overrides. I think the tool is meant to be fast, lightweight, and provide the ability to prototype very quickly. I use this product daily and love what the team at Adobe has done so far. Can’t wait to see the features mentioned.

  • By Mark - 8:37 AM on December 16, 2016  

    Online Collaborative Editing!!! Can’t wait!

  • By Pretheesh - 4:12 AM on December 18, 2016  

    After this update the mac app is crashing as soon as I launch it. There is no option to roll back to previous version too… I am half way through one of my important projects.. Please help.

  • By Stevo - 7:21 PM on December 20, 2016  

    Is there a way to save the fonts on the adobe xd mobile app and prevent it from substituting to Helvetica?

  • By Andrew - 1:13 PM on December 21, 2016  

    Grids! We need grids to design fully functional design systems. Please consider this feature.

    • By Thomas - 12:37 AM on December 23, 2016  

      Hey Andrew! Grids have been around for a while, simply select an artboard and enable the grid on the right panel.

      • By Alexis - 5:53 PM on January 6, 2017  

        I think he refer to a layout Grid, where you can change margin, gutter width, column width and row. just like the GuideGuide Plugin for photoshop.

  • By Preston - 1:32 PM on December 28, 2016  

    As to the comment above. Adding nested symbols would solve the issue with creating re-usable footers and headers with the ability to modify the inner guts of the symbol. Maintain the background, but swap out the text for different variable text. This is one feature that I can’t live without now. The workflow is so streamlined.