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March 29, 2017 /UX/UI Design /

March Update of Adobe XD

Header image includes work by Zachary Nielson and Eileen Beredo

Great design is an iterative and shared process. We’ve had the incredible opportunity to work with you over the past year in building Adobe Experience Design. Since the introduction last March, you’ve wowed us with what you’ve created and where you want us to go.

Your creativity and passion inspire us daily, and so we wanted to say a big thanks to you, our community, for joining us on this journey. With every release, our goal is to empower you to bring your creative ideas to life, to demonstrate an engaging digital experience to the people you work with, and ultimately make your design process faster and simpler.

This release improves the flow of design feedback and enhances design capabilities for Windows 10, as well as delivers bug fixes in direct response to your feedback. We can’t wait for you to try the latest version. We look forward to seeing what you create with XD.

What’s New in Adobe XD?

Resolve comments on Shared Prototypes

With this release, Adobe XD allows you to better manage your incoming feedback by adding the ability to resolve comment threads. Resolved comments are removed from the main view and moved to a separate view. You can toggle between unresolved and resolved comments. Unlike deleted comments, resolved comments can be moved back into the main conversation, if needed.

Comment threads can be resolved by either the owner of a comment thread (the person who wrote the top level comment) or a prototype’s owner.

Zoom tool

The Zoom tool (Z) , which allows you to click to zoom in and Alt+click to zoom out, is now available on Windows 10. You can also marquee select over an area to zoom in. Need quick access to this tool? Press and hold Ctrl+Space to enable the zoom tool temporarily and let go to return to your previous tool.

Copy & paste from Photoshop and Illustrator

Now on Windows 10, quickly bring your assets from Adobe Photoshop CC and Illustrator CC into Adobe XD. Just copy your vector shapes from Illustrator, paste them into Adobe XD, and you’re done.

In Photoshop, make a selection using the marquee tool, use the Copy Merged option to select the content from multiple layers and paste the selection as a bitmap into XD. You can also bring content in SVG format by using Photoshop’s Copy SVG feature.

Align to pixel grid

Once you have all of the visual elements in your design, one of your last steps before exporting assets is to ensure they’re on pixel. You can now easily do this on Windows 10 by selecting your objects, launching the context menu with a right click, and selecting “Align to Pixel Grid.” XD will push your objects to the nearest whole pixel, ensuring you have the highest fidelity on output.

Aspect ratio lock

Scaling paths like icons have never been this easy; you can now select the aspect ratio lock in the property inspector in Windows 10 to ensure all of your resize operations are always aspect locked.

In addition to all of these features, we’ve focused on improving performance and stability on all of our platforms.

What’s Next?

In the upcoming months, we’ll be continuing to focus on bringing Adobe XD for Windows in closer alignment with the Mac version, while still investing in the ecosystem as a whole.

We have a lot planned and are looking forward to our next monthly release.

We Want to Hear from You!

Designers from all over the world are influencing how we prioritize features. Our team continues to listen to you and we love getting your feedback on UserVoice, Forums, Twitter and in person! So, please keep the conversation going.

You can follow us on AdobeXD for updates or reach the team on Twitter using #AdobeXD hashtag.

When sharing your prototypes on Behance, don’t forget to tag them with #MadeWithAdobeXD and select “Adobe Experience Design” under Tools Used. Here are some designs from Zachery NielsonIsaac Powell,  Eileen Beredo and Carlos Pariente.

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  • By Ovidiu Spatacian-Tarnu - 6:08 AM on March 29, 2017   Reply

    This is just ridiculous. There haven’t been any new features in the Mac updates for months now. XD is still lacking some absolutely essential features like rulers and guidelines.

    • By Wil Goolsby - 7:07 AM on March 29, 2017   Reply

      I agree. I’m disappointed in the lack of Mac updates recently. I understand their desire to support multiple platforms, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of the other.

    • By Linda - 7:18 AM on March 29, 2017   Reply

      Seriously, very disappointed another month with basically no MAC updates! Give us something saw a bunch of stuff at MAX that still haven’t launched yet STYLES!!

    • By Tomas Tarshis - 7:20 AM on March 29, 2017   Reply

      That is true! Lots of workarounds for lack of XD’s abilities. But the only thing that is truly needed to use XD for real work, is scrollable content in individual blocks. And this feature is in top list of priorities for developers. Everybody voted for it. Even got status “we are working on it”. And nothing for months. Every update is the new betrayed hope((

    • By joe - 8:53 AM on March 29, 2017   Reply

      I agree. Really terrible progress from the Adobe team. There hasn’t been a substantial update for Mac since last fall with a statement that implies there will be none in the near future either.

    • By Kevin - 1:10 PM on March 29, 2017   Reply

      I really understand that Windows users deserve the same features that Mac users, but it’s been so long since we haven’t had a real important useful feature on Mac!

      For a software about designing great experiences: for Mac users it’s beginning to be a little deceptive. Please Adobe, give us some great new features on your next update, like fixed elements or scrollable areas, so we can use this awesome software more and more!

      Love, Kevin.

    • By Eli - 2:37 PM on March 29, 2017   Reply

      Pls shut up, the features you have on MAc right now is 1 year a head for Windows to get them even some very basic features like Symbols.

      • By Eli - 2:38 PM on March 29, 2017   Reply

        Or gradient color OMG not even that on Windows.

      • By Aman - 7:06 PM on April 18, 2017   Reply

        I agree. It released on Mac first, got cool features like Layers and Symbols that are still not on Windows!

        And then, Mac also has got Sketch, another lightweight UI Designing application. Windows users have got NONE of that. So please shut up, and let us get a few updates, at least till we get layers and symbols. And I ask for no more.

        Windows Users will finally have something equivalent of Sketch in their design workflow.

    • By Ivan - 6:56 PM on April 2, 2017   Reply

      I was hoping layers would be added to Windows 10 version. I want rulers, guides, Align to Key Object ( AI ), Content access withing a container ( InDesign ). I should be able to work from my laptop to desktop across both Mac Os and Windows 10 (I use three OS linux too). I know Adobe will release a large update in mid April but if it falls short of “Shock and Awe” I’m going with SketchApp and revisit XD once is out of Beta.

    • By Trevor Murphy - 6:47 AM on April 3, 2017   Reply

      Just want to put this out there, but the lack of Mac updates is starting to get kind of crazy. So much time is being spent on Windows updates and set up, but guess what…. no designers use windows. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but I would turn down a job offer if they made me use a windows machine.

      Designers use Macs plain and simple and for more designers to start doing that the tool needs to be on par with other tools in the market. currently Sketch dominates, not because its a good application by any means, but because it can actually do all the things you need it to do. Oh and guess what, Sketch is Mac only, because they understand their user base and didn’t waste time building a Windows app.

      I’m not saying a Windows app wouldn’t be valuable down the road, but if you want people to adopt your new program, its going to be Mac users who do it first.

      First rule of design, understand your users and their needs. For a company building a UX tool, they seem to have missed the ball on the first basic concept.

      • By Kota Ostler - 10:02 AM on April 5, 2017   Reply

        Sadly you’re wrong friend. There is a great need for this in the windows operating system, as sketch and most other comparable tools are for mac os.

        Understand your fellow designers, before you think of them as users

    • By Paquito - 4:27 AM on April 4, 2017   Reply

      Looks like a product strategy decision, you Mac users have Sketch, which nowadays is far better than Adobe XD. Sketch is not on Windows, so it looks like a good decision to prioritize Windows version where there are more probabilities of users interested on have something similar to Sketch as soon as possible, besides the Windows version has a significant functionality gap compared to Mac version, it even more logical to get focus on Windows version for a while. Meanwhile; come on Mac users you have a incredible cool Sketch to cover all you need by now, don’t you think?

      • By Eli - 5:52 AM on April 5, 2017   Reply

        So narrow minded apple fanboy. “No designers use Windows” LOL. We are a creative digital agency with 160 employees and we only use windows. Get out.

        • By Teo - 11:44 AM on April 12, 2017   Reply

          He literally just said that they should focus on Windows. Read. Please.

    • By Shian - 5:23 PM on April 4, 2017   Reply

      Sorry but rulers and guidelines are not as important as scrollable content.

    • By Teo - 11:43 AM on April 12, 2017   Reply

      XD needs to be on Windows. Most people won’t pay monthly for just XD when they can just use Sketch for a pretty cheap one time payment. Honestly, the codebase should have been unified or Windows should have been the focus because XD is not something Mac users desperately need. They handled it badly, they need to fix the Windows version now. Right now PowerPoint works better for designing interfaces than XD. So please, let them fix their stuff. Windows needs support more than Mac.

      Offtopic: Why did they think it was a good idea to use seperate codebases?

  • By rami key - 6:29 AM on March 29, 2017   Reply

    Thanks, great progress on the Windows side.

  • By Michael - 7:00 AM on March 29, 2017   Reply

    Any word on when gradients will be available in the windows version?

  • By Brett - 7:01 AM on March 29, 2017   Reply

    “This release improves the flow of design feedback.”

    Yes, well, until you get back to your commitment of adding some basic features to the Mac version, like fixed headers/footers, all the feedback is going to be along the lines of “why can’t you make the navigation in this prototype work properly?”

  • By M'Jade - 7:17 AM on March 29, 2017   Reply

    That’s cool but updates are going so slowly, windows needs months to get closer to Mac version although it’s still need certain absolutely essential features.

  • By Lucas Abreu - 8:04 AM on March 29, 2017   Reply

    Layers?

    • By Griffin - 11:28 AM on March 29, 2017   Reply

      I agree. All these updates are nice and all, but the most important feature missing from Adobe XD on Windows right now is layers.

  • By James - 8:31 AM on March 29, 2017   Reply

    Another terrible update for Mac… Zzzz….

  • By Flolle - 8:34 AM on March 29, 2017   Reply

    Es ist wirklich deprimierend. Seit Oktober gibt es keine neuen Mac Funktionen, die so dringend benötigt werden. Ich kann verstehen – und finde es auch gut – das dass Program sauber aufgebaut werden soll. Aber um wirklich Sketch (und Co) ernsthaften Konkurrenz zu machen, muss es etwas schneller gehen. Das Potential ist da.

  • By andoy - 9:42 AM on March 29, 2017   Reply

    great but not enough updates. lack of progress but still thankful

  • By Harold - 10:01 AM on March 29, 2017   Reply

    I haven’t updated my Windows version yet, until I get home. However is the Zoom tool just a plain old Zoom tool? It looks that way. What Adobe XD really needs is to add is “Scrubby Zoom”… It actually should have been implemented from the beginning as it’s main touting feature is speed. Hoping they eventually add it.

  • By Andrey - 10:17 AM on March 29, 2017   Reply

    Where is Layout??? wtf? this feature works in indesign since 2002

  • By Michael - 1:46 PM on March 29, 2017   Reply

    Noticed something extremely annoying today… on Windows, the CTRL key bugs out… sometimes it works like it’s supposed to but most of the time it does whatever else it wants. Like, for instance, I’ll be trying to paste an image or something very simple and it will try and open a file! It really puts a damper on my productivity. All in all making progress on this project (my first on XD), but the lack of gradients, rulers, guides, styles and other basic things makes me wonder if I should just go back to PS/AI for UI until you have a more polished version. I really love the concept of XD but I wouldn’t recommend anyone use it for any serious projects just yet.

  • By Jacob - 1:47 PM on March 29, 2017   Reply

    Please just add layers. Let that darn elephant out of the room haha

  • By Charles Diggs - 4:29 PM on March 29, 2017   Reply

    Beautiful! Loving the Windows updates as I use both version (one for home, the other for work).
    Keep up the good work team XD.

  • By Gregory Bass - 1:12 AM on March 30, 2017   Reply

    I’m waiting for a grid system for XD

  • By Blake - 1:51 AM on March 30, 2017   Reply

    No disrespect to the team, but progress on Adobe XD seems woefully slow. This app should be a priority focus for Adobe if they’re serious about moving into the Sketch space and winning back users they’ve lost due to strategic gaps in their product roadmap/capability matrix. Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator were not designed as modern web design applications and each has suffered from bloat due to Adobe trying to make them more web-like with each release, rather than focusing on a new, truly modern XD-type design application.

    Whilst others in this thread had lauded the updates in the March release they seem extremely basic to me (Copy and Paste, Align to Grid, and Zoom tool? Pa-lease!). The Windows version, at least, is still very much Beta (possibly even Alpha) and at this rate Adobe aren’t going to reach a fully matured product for years.

    Adobe is a multi-million pound company pulling in eye-watering amounts in monthly CC subscriptions, yet seems to be vastly under-committing resources to this project.

  • By Lubos Kmetko - 1:51 AM on March 30, 2017   Reply

    Adobe really should put more resources to XD development. I thought that only us, Windows users, were disappointed by slow progress (these updates are nice but we still don’t have layers, symbols, masking, boolean operations..) but now I see that Mac users are starting to be upset as well.

    Btw. you should mention that Copy & Paste also works from the clipboard which is nice. Thanks for that.

  • By Gary Craig - 1:58 AM on March 30, 2017   Reply

    March update is broken on my Windows 10 box. XD starts to launch, blank screen, then after about 30 seconds, app closes. Previous versions launched fine.

  • By Russia Federation - 3:20 AM on March 30, 2017   Reply

    when there are layers? layers!!!! ****

    ps: for windows support – thanks! 🙂

  • By Donnie - 4:09 AM on March 30, 2017   Reply

    I was hoping this might usable on Windows by now, it’s still nowhere near it. You don’t even have color gradients yet. Development is glacially slow for such a large company as Adobe. Really disappointing.

  • By Peter - 1:10 AM on March 31, 2017   Reply

    What I want to see in the hopefully near future:

    *) Rulers
    *) Styles (Paragraph Styles, etc.)
    *) The “move” feature from Adobe Muse (Select an object and then move all objects beneath at the same time)

    Still a great App, I am looking forward to future updates…

  • By Steph - 12:53 PM on March 31, 2017   Reply

    Well I agree with all the comments. XD is a great product, but so far, it’s not evolving fast enough to catch up with competitors.

  • By Joachim Barrum - 7:16 AM on April 2, 2017   Reply

    And yet another month without Layers or any way to name files. So, still just a toy, which is more painful than using photoshop if you are going to actually use it for any UX export. I dont understand why thats not nr.1 priority, I hardly bother to update it until you get layers.

  • By Aleksey - 1:06 AM on April 3, 2017   Reply

    Great job on updating Windows functionality!

    I really hope Adobe will allocate more people to the project, though — as fast as development was, whet it first started for Mac publicly – as slow it SEEMS now. 🙁

    Anyhow, I wish the XD Team all the best and hope you’ll make it! 😉

    PS: Would be so nice to cover complicated animations at some point in distant future… Maybe by integrating with After Effects to some extent?

    PPS: And sound! All kinds of possible user signs and feedback!

    PPPS: https://moba.my.com/ – was originally designed in the Beta of AdobeXD 😉

  • By Josef - 7:30 AM on April 3, 2017   Reply

    So basically you’re gradually just copying features from Sketch and Invision?

    • By Paquito - 4:33 AM on April 4, 2017   Reply

      Happy to someone “copy” features from Sketch. Windows users, that also exists, thank Adobe to make a good alternative to Sketch, is perfectly legit and fair. What I don’t understand, why Mac users go against Adobe XD?, just keep using Skecth dudes, it’s awesome, full featured. Let Windows users have an alternative, since Bohemian doesn’t interested in develop it for PC.

  • By Paquito - 4:35 AM on April 4, 2017   Reply

    Good job Adobe!, please keep improving the Windows version, we need a powerful alternative to Sketch and you are doing it right! Thanks!

  • By Shian - 5:18 PM on April 4, 2017   Reply

    Why is Adobe ignoring UX/UI designers using Macs? This is most UX/UI designers. At least release one or two requested features on BOTH Mac and Windows, instead of just updating the Windows app only.

  • By Ben - 2:17 PM on April 12, 2017   Reply

    sorry.. but I’m done with following XD. I will come back in a year or two and see how its changed. Bye for now.

  • By bullet force - 2:07 AM on April 24, 2017   Reply

    I’m waiting for a grid system for XD.

  • By bullet force - 2:08 AM on April 24, 2017   Reply

    This is really interesting information for me. Thanks for sharing!

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