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July 13, 2017 /UX/UI Design /

XD Team Insights: July 2017

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

From the first XD beta in March 2016, we have released 14 updates with eight consecutive releases since Adobe MAX 2016. Throughout this time, we have been increasingly amazed with how you’ve used XD to communicate your ideas and designs. Our mission is to improve XD on a regular basis, with new capabilities or enhancements based on your feedback. This pursuit of innovation is balanced with our goals for quality and reliability, even while XD is in beta.

One of the key new features we are developing is the Asset Panel, which conveniently organizes all the symbols, colors and character styles in your document for quick access and reuse. We are confident that this will be a significant addition to XD, and want to continue testing before making it available. When the Asset Panel is ready for everyday use, it will be released on both Mac and Windows at the same time, as part of our finishing touches to have the same features available on whichever platform you choose.

As we wait for the next XD update, start designing Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps today by downloading the Adobe XD toolkit for Fluent Design from Microsoft. The toolkit Includes helpful navigation, input, overlays, and other design elements to give you a head start.

Also, be sure to check out the Apple Developer site, which now includes an Adobe XD file as part of Apple Design Resources. The new UI materials make it easier to quickly design iOS apps in XD.

And while XD has already set a new bar for performance, we’re going even further with major improvements that make XD the ideal solution that scales for any size project. Check out this video to see upcoming rendering enhancements:

Adobe XD Beta – Performance test with 320 Artboards from Corey Lucier on Vimeo.

Although we aren’t releasing an update this month, we will continue shipping improvements on a regular basis. We appreciate all of your feedback, and hope you’re looking forward to the Asset Panel, feature consistency across Mac and Windows, and upcoming performance improvements!

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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 Adobe - 5:06 AM on July 14, 2017  

    I don’t care about UWP, I care about your lack of Windows 7 support. Windows 7 makes up 45% of desktop OS’s in the world, nothing else comes close to that. Serious question, why isn’t this just a web app? It would work everywhere and you already force people to pay for a stupid monthly subscription (which no one wants). WHO IS THIS FOR, NO ONE CARES ABOUT THIS. Adobe, what happened to you.

    • By Rich Lee - 3:52 PM on July 14, 2017  

      We started with Windows 10 to help future-proof XD. There are pros and cons to web apps (and desktop), and it’s great to hear your feedback, good or bad 🙂

    • By Josh - 11:05 AM on July 17, 2017  

      Lol, Windows 7 is an outdated platform that even Microsoft is winding down support for; they’ve already axed it in 2015 and already confirmed 2020 will be the end of extended support. And with the death of Windows 7, win32 will be going with it. Windows 10 was a free update for a year and UWP is a much better platform as its more efficient for the end user and simpler to code for the backend.Get with the times… Don’t listen to these dinosaurs Adobe

  • By Stuart Franey - 7:53 AM on July 14, 2017  

    Is Adobe XD coming out of Beta soon? I would love to use it teaching App Design but the constant updates are putting us off using it, till it is finished.

    • By Rich Lee - 3:46 PM on July 14, 2017  

      Hi Stuart, Cool — excited to hear about your teaching plans! This blog or Twitter are the best places to get updates on our “V1” release date.


  • By @Gene_us - 2:09 PM on July 14, 2017  

    All this is good and well for people who can actually use your products. An offline installer would give us folks with limited bandwidth coverage an opportunity to try XD. ‘Til then, I’ll stick with Photoshop!

  • By Alex - 9:40 AM on July 16, 2017  

    Please simple support for scrolling! Let me set some headers and then we can abandon invision. please……….

  • By Valeriy - 7:37 AM on July 17, 2017  

    please make the integration of layouts photoshop….

  • By Sunny - 9:55 PM on July 19, 2017  

    Hey Rich,

    I think with 320 artboard in a page is working fine. But on big project I need manage artboard follow each page or feature. Really difficult if we find an artboard we need to fast.

    Why we don’t have page or something like that ?

    For example, I need change some setting on all User management page, I just open User management page, It can be have 100 pages, but I know It just all about User managemnet.

    Can u and team consider one more time about this issue ?

  • By Phipsy - 12:29 AM on July 21, 2017  

    Hey Folks, our TYPO3 agency also use Adobe XD now and we really love it. A little feauture that we are missing is the possibility to use “All Caps” and “Small Caps”. It would be a bit more productive with this little features.

    Greetz from|Wiesbaden|Germany

    • By Brett - 7:41 AM on August 4, 2017  


  • By ZaxBit - 10:44 AM on July 26, 2017  

    What keeps us coming back to XD is how performance capable it is under heavy load. Already working in a 50+ screen responsive design project with 1000’s of large textboxes and it hasn’t had a hitch.

    Going back to Photoshop for web design is like wading through a swamp now.

  • By Marnix Garner - 7:18 AM on August 2, 2017  

    Liking the product so far but for me some big features lacking such as having animated elements such as self running customisable slideshows, sticky footers, headers. Automated Widgets, i.e. FB login/signup, Password security strength checker, etc. (I suppose it would be similar to features you have in Muse). Also the ability to have videos as well would be good.

    There doesn’t appear to be a system to cater for responsiveness, at the moment you have to create a version for each device?

  • By Arty - 6:55 AM on August 3, 2017  

    When is the July 2017 Adobe XD coming out or has it changed to the August 2017 update?

    • By Lindsay Munro - 12:42 PM on August 3, 2017  

      The next XD update will ship in August. More information:

      • By Kevin Seiler - 12:28 PM on August 10, 2017  

        Hey Rich,

        Since you guys aren’t having a new release this month how does one continue to use XD. The 30 day expiration has now passed and a prompt pops up asking me to update the software…which there is no update for. Thoughts?

        • By Lindsay Munro - 2:18 PM on August 10, 2017  

          Hey Kevin, it seems like you might have missed an update. Your best bet is to uninstall and reinstall XD.

  • By Vikram - 1:26 AM on August 10, 2017  

    The main reason I got interested in XD was the touch support you guys showed off in a demo/concept video for Windows 10. It feels awfully weird to use a mouse on my Surface Studio when there’s a 28″ touch display. Is touch support coming any time soon? Also, will the Surface Dial be supported too?