July Update of Adobe Experience Design CC (Preview)
We are excited to announce the July update for Adobe Experience Design CC (Preview). With each release, we’re constantly adding new features and improving the existing ones, based on your feedback. In this July update we’ve focused on bringing you the highly requested Zoom tool, improvements to export and enhancements to defining prototype flows.
To try out these new features, download the latest version of Adobe Experience Design or update it via the Help menu. (Help > Check for Updates)
What’s New in this Update?
As a designer, having the ability to zoom in and out of your artwork is critical, especially while working on details. In this update, we’ve introduced a new Zoom Tool located in the left toolbar. You can click and drag to create a rectangular marquee selection to zoom in on a specific part of the artboard.
If you are working with a trackpad you can pinch to zoom. If you are working with a mouse, you can use ALT+Mouse Scroll to zoom. You can also access zoom tool temporarily while panning (via SPACE) by adding CMD modifier. This is especially useful for quick navigation and switches back to your active tool once you are done zooming.
Zoom Tool Shortcuts & Tips
|Temporary Zoom||SPACE ⌘|
|Zoom In||⌘ +|
|Zoom Out||⌘ –|
|Zoom To Fit||⌘ 0|
|Zoom in one step||Single-click|
|Zoom out one step||OPT/ALT + Single-click|
Go To Previous Artboard
Prior to this update, there was no way to create a true “back” button in your prototype that would return a user to the last artboard viewed. With this update, we have introduced an additional property in the target dropdown – “Previous Artboard”
By using this new option you can easily create a link back to the previous artboard without having to manually locate and draw a wire to it. Then head over to the Prototype mode and select “Previous Artboard” from the Target dropdown. When returning to the last visited artboard, the previous animation will automatically reverse and the duration of the animation matches the duration of the previous one. This is another great example of how important your feedback is to our team, helping us to define the workflows you need.
With the July update, we are expanding the ways in which you can export artboards and assets. In addition to PNG and SVG export, XD now supports PDF export.
You can now export all your artboards or selected assets as a single PDF document or as multiple PDF documents. While exporting your artboards pick PDF from the Format menu in the export dialog. This new addition to the export options, should enable you to easily share, present and review your designs with stakeholders. We look forward to your feedback on the export options to further enhance and improve it.
Copy & Paste from Sketch and other tools
Now bringing in content or copy from other applications is easier. Use the copy function (Cmd+C) to copy content from apps like Sketch, PowerPoint, InDesign — or any other tool that puts PDF onto the clipboard. A simple Paste command (Cmd+V) places it into your XD file. The pasted content will be editable in XD.
We’d love feedback on this feature if you find that your content does not import correctly into XD!
What’s coming soon?
We know how important gradients are and the team has been busy working on a cool new gradient editor. We couldn’t resist, so here is a sneak peek of what’s in store.
A while back, the XD team visited design agencies in Korea. They spent time understanding the kind of the challenges and workflows they deal with while working on screen design projects. As a result of that effort, we are thrilled to add support for Korean in the next release.
Be a part of this Journey
Big shout out to everyone who downloaded XD and sent us feedback. Your continued support in the form of feedback is absolutely valuable to the team. We constantly strive to build a better product that you designer will love. Visit our User Voice feedback site to suggest features, up vote ideas or report issues. As well as our Forum to participate in discussions with the community.
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 answer questions during live sessions, share videos and other updates.
While sharing your prototypes on Behance, don’t forget to tag them with #MadeWithAdobeXD and select Adobe Experience Design under “Tools Used” for the opportunity to be featured in the Adobe XD Newsletter. Check out Sabine Schwarzkopf’s Tralley app project on Behance designed using Adobe XD.
Events & Articles
The Adobe XD team visited UXcamp Europe #UXCE16 in Berlin on June 25/26 where attendees tested Adobe Experience Design CC. See what they had to say about the workshops
Reading – What if there were a formula to create innovative products, experiences or services? One of our product managers, Demian Borba, shares a manual for innovation. http://adobe.ly/298L3d2
Please download the latest version of Adobe Experience Design and let us know what you think. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.