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May 17, 2017 /UX/UI Design /

May Update of Adobe XD

Header image includes work by Simon Waloszek

Last month, we shared our roadmap for some of the new features coming in Adobe XD, and this month’s release brings us another step closer to realizing this vision. This month, we’re making some significant strides toward aligning our two desktop platforms, while releasing the first in a group of new features coming for both desktop platforms in the upcoming months.

New in Windows

Next generation layers

You’ve been very clear: one of the most highly requested feature on Windows 10 has been the Layers Panel. Now, in our May release, you can access the Layers Panel by pressing Ctrl+Y or selecting the icon in the lower left hand side of the application screen. You can use Layers for selection right now, but you won’t be able to drag and drop layers to change the Z-order yet. You’ll be able to use this feature soon in XD.

Updating shared prototypes

In this release, you can now update your shared web prototypes instead of always having to create new prototypes. Open the Sharing pop-up and click “Update” to share to the same link you had before. Your reviewers can simply refresh their link to see your new content.

PDF export

In addition to exporting to PNG and SVG, you can now export to PDF as well. Select an individual asset, an artboard, or a group of artboards to export to PDF. You can also select multiple artboards to export as a single PDF.

Copy and paste from the File Explorer

Importing assets became even easier through pasting through the File Explorer. Now, you can copy from the File Explorer and paste into XD to import the file.

Expanded language support

Bienvenue! Willkommen! XD for Windows 10 now supports French and German. You can see your UI in these languages by setting your default language in the Region & language settings panel in Windows 10.

Copy with Interaction

In this month’s release on both Mac and Windows, you can now paste objects with their wires. Copying and pasting (as well as duplicating) an object in Prototype mode will now maintain its wire, allowing you to reuse objects with interactions–like that home button–quickly, without having to rewire. If you copy and paste a set of artboards with wires in between them, we’ll maintain the interactions between them, saving you time as you iterate on your designs and transfer interactions from one file to another.

In upcoming months, you’ll be seeing some pretty major features land that will open up new functionality for both Mac and Windows.

Earlier this month, we ran a contest where you submitted a profile page designed in XD. We were thrilled to see what you were able to create using our tool. Seeing your submissions, whether shared on Behance or over Twitter using #MadeWithAdobeXD, continues to fuel our own commitment to bringing you a fluid, performant experience to let you do what you do best: design engaging workflows for your end users.

UX Community

We’d love to continue the dialogue! 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 live sessions.

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  • By Paquito - 6:14 AM on May 17, 2017  

    Again, thanks very much for your great work on bring AdobeXD to Windows.

    • By Adrien - 7:09 AM on May 17, 2017  

      yes really thx. We’ll hope XD could import psd ou ai files 🙂

      • By Elina - 3:18 PM on May 17, 2017  

        Thanks a lot!!!! as Adrien, also wish it could support psd (ai) in the future ))))

  • By Sasha V. - 6:15 AM on May 17, 2017  

    Mac updates???????????????????????????

  • By Kaspars Siliņš - 6:20 AM on May 17, 2017  

    Any news to mac update?

  • By Chris Place - 6:47 AM on May 17, 2017  

    Can’t wait for a Mac update 😉

  • By Jeroentje - 7:06 AM on May 17, 2017  

    What about your early adopters? Again, this update is not moving the MacOS version significantly forward.

    • By cry we a river - 7:50 AM on May 17, 2017  


  • By Mikhail Arzum - 7:53 AM on May 17, 2017  

    Patched today, and doesn’t launch anymore.
    Than I’ve tried to open .xd project – and it opens, but when I am trying to create “New” project from the app, it automatically closes.
    And there is no error, just white screen and closed.

  • By Joe Flory - 8:24 AM on May 17, 2017  

    Six moths from now: November 2017 Adobe XD update: We know it’s been 1 year since we introduced any substantial features for Mac users, but we’re still thinking about you – enjoy this, in, ui kit for the amazon fire phone. Another six months later: We’re introducing a basic grid that you’ve been asking for for the last 2 years. Meanwhile, sketch 50.0 is coming out with a way to intuitively design responsively.

    • By joe - 8:44 AM on May 18, 2017  

      That said. The copy and paste feature is great 🙂

    • By Paquito - 2:35 AM on May 22, 2017  

      Well, use Sketch then.

      • By joe - 6:34 PM on May 25, 2017  

        I could yeah. I am doing my current project in Figma after putting together a site w/ XD. While I like the UI and speed of XD, it’s lacking too many features and moving along too slowly in both platforms. Hopefully in a year or so it will be more fully realized.

  • By James - 8:28 AM on May 17, 2017  

    Copy and paste interactions is huge! Yeah!!!

  • By Griffin Wiebel - 8:37 AM on May 17, 2017  

    Layers for Windows is here! Thank you so much for your work! I can finally make the switch. 🙂

    • By Ron Frank - 7:40 AM on May 23, 2017  

      Don’t jump to fast. I think XD’s “layers” is more like an Objects palette. You can name your objects and hide them. But if you don’t name them, then they are super hard to find later in order to unhide them. But really, I have yet to understand the reason behind them making this palette at all, nor do I understand why they call them Layers.

      Any explanation would be welcome.

    • By Ron Frank - 7:43 AM on May 23, 2017  

      Don’t jump to fast. I think XD’s “layers” is more like an Objects palette.

      Any explanation would be welcome.

  • By Peter Sasiak - 8:49 AM on May 17, 2017  

    It’s great but I’m still waiting for symbols on Windows

  • By roy albeck - 9:31 AM on May 17, 2017  

    after all this time I cant wait to see what you have in plan for the mac…

    • By Eli - 6:39 PM on May 19, 2017  

      What exactly you are missing on Mac??

      • By Nick brown - 1:18 AM on June 8, 2017  

        Scrolling pages with pinned content
        Actionable menus so you don’t have to build separate pages for these…

  • By Dmitriy - 9:45 AM on May 17, 2017  

    When add gradient to Windows?

  • By Gustavo Herrera - 10:31 AM on May 17, 2017  

    Please, add digital ink support for Windows!!

  • By Ronald Hancock - 12:00 PM on May 17, 2017  

    I absolutely love XD more and more each day <3. Congratulations Guys… You have made a great job!

  • By Jack - 1:01 PM on May 17, 2017  

    Copying with interaction is a welcome addition… but where are basic layout features, such as underlining text and dotted/dashed strokes, in the roadmap? Prototyping features aren’t useful if I don’t have the tools to create the layout.

  • By James - 3:50 PM on May 17, 2017  

    Apparently Mac users cant read when they say, ‘ We are concentrating on bring platforms up to par and then new features will flow.’ Ah well.

    As a windows user we thankyou! Great new features. Looking forward to Z index layers :)! Keep up the good work!

  • By - 7:14 PM on May 17, 2017  

    The essential thing is the gradient function

  • By Nicolai Qvindbjerg - 1:07 AM on May 18, 2017  

    First and foremost, Love your software !

    Would like to see:
    – Sticky Elements (MUCH needed in building a prototype)
    – Import Ai files

  • By Brook Fabian - 3:10 AM on May 18, 2017  

    Guys, you really need to speed things up here for ALL users. Sketch is still leagues ahead of you and there are other, more advanced solutions popping up all the time. How is it that we can copy CSS properties in Illustrator but not in XD??? I love the idea of an app “with innovative tools that eliminate speedbumps and delivers breakthrough performance on everything from wireframes and high-fidelity designs to interactive prototypes” that I can use seamlessly with my other CC apps, so where the hell is it???

  • By melker - 4:01 AM on May 18, 2017  

    when will we see Gradients? it’s the only thing I’m missing to fully use the Windows version

  • By Stevo - 6:50 AM on May 18, 2017  

    FUCK YES!!!!

  • By Dan - 8:05 AM on May 18, 2017  

    Thanks for the progress.
    Looking forward to:
    – Shapes with gradient colours
    – Smart Objects / Library (similar to Photoshop, one instance, multiple copies)
    – On prototype, show artboards as overlays (with Fade In, Slide In etc).

  • By TommyGun - 8:08 AM on May 18, 2017  

    We need new features for Mac and not just updates for Windows! Seriously…

  • By Julio Rivera - 8:24 AM on May 18, 2017  

    You guys keep focusing on Windows updates and not adding new features. If next month doesn’t bring in new features, I’m going back to Sketch.

    • By germ - 10:52 AM on May 18, 2017  

      Thumbs up!

    • By Eli - 6:44 PM on May 19, 2017  

      Go back then

  • By David Henderson - 8:43 AM on May 18, 2017  

    You really need to learn to do more than one thing at once. Windows users not having anything, and then it taking for ever to be fully featured, and now macs being left stagnant before a viable version for business is realised. I really like what is there, and the workflow of XD, but right now my office is going to make the choice to use a different workflow because XD is still lacking in some of the basics.

    Please start adding things like fixed elements, overlays, hover states etc., or lots of your customer will have started down a different path before you can do anything about it.

    • By Sarah Sorensen - 1:26 PM on May 18, 2017  

      I’ve had to get a subscription to UXPin because XD is still missing too many fundamental features (seriously, no hover yet). Its been ages since we had a decent Mac update.

  • By andoy - 9:59 AM on May 18, 2017  

    thanks for the update!
    gradients and basic image adjustments(brightness,contrast,shadows,highlights) without going back and forth with photoshop. that would be a time saver for me

  • By Gaetano Giordano - 10:23 AM on May 18, 2017  

    Great news … Thanks a lot

  • By germ - 10:50 AM on May 18, 2017  

    So my XD updated today but there is no indication of what updates where made on the mac. Is nothing new?

    • By Elaine Chao - 10:59 AM on May 19, 2017  

      We do have a new feature, and a bunch of things under the hood that will unlock some awesome functionality int he future!

  • By Cuca la grande - 11:51 AM on May 18, 2017  

    Affinity Designer or Sketch will bethe path to follow? maybe we have to wait another year to XD be complete and another year for the windows version? by the way thanks for killing Fireworks. we love fireworks.

  • By Robert - 1:45 PM on May 18, 2017  

    Really need some basic character and paragraph controls + styles! And global swatches. It’s a pain to update these manually on 100+ boards. Need to get some InDesign automation into XD.

    • By Matthew - 11:23 AM on June 1, 2017  

      Completely agree! Please bring in some more type & paragraph features.

  • By Juan - 2:39 PM on May 18, 2017  

    To me, hover and fixed elements are imperative to my work

  • By Modestas Baranauskas - 1:09 AM on May 19, 2017  

    Still no gradients for win users. That must be a joke having in mind that gradients are trending right now…

  • By Deborah - 4:28 AM on May 19, 2017  

    To me, hover and fixed elements are imperative to my work

  • By Modou - 4:49 AM on May 19, 2017  

    Man, some of y’all are just ungrateful crybabies. For everyone complaining about the Mac being forgotten, you remember all those months we were enjoying XD while everyone else waited for a Windows version? Yeah, you were not complaining then. Stop being so damn selfish and give the XD team a break while they bring Windows users onboard too man, damn. Peace✌️!

  • By restalize - 7:38 AM on May 19, 2017  

    irony is that the post’s featured image is adobe xd on a imac/macpro mockup but the post topic is (once again) about an update on windows.. im a mac user and i feel left out because they focus on windows, but i understand, its natural because we have sketch while windows users dont.

  • By Eli - 6:41 PM on May 19, 2017  

    I really would like to know what are Mac users missing, they have everything they need to build anything, while windows features are still not even 70% of Mac’s.

    • By restalize - 2:39 AM on May 22, 2017  

      one major feature we re missing is method of exporting for developers, a compatibility with zeplin, or built in guidelines or convert elements into css. something that will make it into a production software inside a company

  • By Primoz - 4:23 AM on May 22, 2017  

    I really miss those gradients. 🙁

  • By Chris - 8:41 AM on May 22, 2017  

    At this speed in development, Sketch with all its great plugins, will be unsurpassable.
    When will you give the plugin developers give their dev time? You don’t even support plugins. It will – if you give – take a lot of time/years. 🙁 Today anything will be discussed with the community first, then this agile shit. Why not copy Sketch features first and make them better?

  • By Nitin Zende - 10:15 AM on May 22, 2017  

    why is the copy & paste text not working as is?

    for example
    when I copy the whole text with fontawesome Icon and paste it all together it doesn’t paste as is? can we update this?

  • By Linda - 6:39 PM on May 22, 2017  

    Seriously where are MAC updates??? So disappointing.

  • By Isaque Neves - 5:08 PM on May 24, 2017  

    It would be nice if Adobe supports XAML standardization, and made XAML its code behind Adobe XD, including integration options with Xamarin.Form.

  • By Isaque Neves - 5:09 PM on May 24, 2017  
  • By mariacheline - 5:13 AM on May 25, 2017  

    Will there be a gradient feature?

  • By Ildar - 7:24 AM on May 27, 2017  

    It’s great, but where updates for mac?

  • By PRITHVIRAJ - 7:47 AM on May 31, 2017  

    Muh.. Can we atleast expect some updates for mac users in June release?

  • By Callie - 7:00 PM on June 8, 2017  

    NOW it’s closer to mac. I’m really looking forward next updates be both gradation and symbol features like mac. especially SYMBOL!! no more copy and paste..
    and personally, after this window’s catching up with mac, I hope XD to support Zeplin. or please come up with some solutions about freaking guideline..!

  • By Manjinder Singh - 11:35 PM on June 9, 2017  

    I havn’t used XD yet but came to know from this blog post that we can open layers panel using Ctrl+Y while its F7 in Photoshop. Why are you making that different it will make things a bit difficult for Photoshop users. Why not to keep shortcuts consistent throughout soft wares.