Adobe XD is a vector-based tool for designing and prototyping user experiences for web and mobile apps. Switch easily from wire framing, visual design, interaction design, prototyping, previewing, and sharing, all in one powerful tool.
XD is made for all types of creators - UX/UI designers, interaction designers, experience designers, product designers, web designers, app designers, visual designers, entrepreneurs, and more.
The July 2018 release of XD has some exciting new features. Read on to know more:
From XD 10.0 onwards, you can comment on design specs, use a commenting pin to pin the exact location of the comment, and move the pin if necessary. When navigating a link, the comment and their responses are retained in context. A commenting notification email sent to the author provides a direct contextual link to the artboard. Your responses are reflected when the developer refreshes their browser.
By default, commenting is enabled on all new links published from XD 10.0 and greater. However, if you want to enable the commenting feature on existing links, ensure to update the links from XD 10.0 or greater.
For more information, see View and inspect comments.
Integration with third-party applications such as Zeplin, Protopie, and Avocode are now supported on Windows.
For more information, see Third-party integrations.
You can organize your assets in your project better with the Label Assets functionality in Adobe XD. This release allows you to rename the different assets in your file based on the type and use of the assets.
For more information, see Assets and symbols.
From this release onwards, designers can control the fidelity of the strokes when creating dotted/dashed lines, specify end caps, and rounded corners in prototypes.
For more information, see Create strokes.
Similar to Photoshop and InDesign, Adobe XD allows you to modify the space after paragraphs within the same text element.
For more information, see Change character, line, and paragraph spacing.
From XD 10.0 release, you can copy an image outside XD, select a shape, right-click, and use the Paste Appearance option to paste the image directly as an image fill. In the past, adding images to XD was limited by dragging images from the Finder to the design canvas, or selecting File > Import.
For more information, see Working with external assets.
This release of Adobe XD introduces the functionality to cloak the password characters when you create a shared link for prototypes and design specs. To reveal the password, click the visibility icon to reveal the password as you type.
For more information, see Password protect prototypes and design specs.
From Adobe XD 10.0 onwards, commenting notification email provides a direct link to a specific comment on the artboard, not just the home artboard. You can click the comments displayed in the email notifications, as clickable direct links to the corresponding artboard.
When the user clicks an artboard name, it opens the prototype link and directly leads the user to corresponding artboard and automatically opens the comments panel. You can scroll down to the first comment or reply that was mapped to the artboard in the email notification.
For more information, see Reviewer workflow.
This release provides fixes for issues that cause Adobe XD to crash:
- When your mouse hovers over File > Open Recent menu in the Adobe XD application.
- When you select a system-level language that is different from the application language, and you define values less than 1 in numeric property fields.
The June 2018 release of XD has some exciting new features. Read on to know more:
- Private invites (BETA) to prototypes and design specs
- Using shared with you (BETA)
- Create precision designs with math calculations
- Overlay support
- Fixed elements in desktop authoring
- Enhancements include:
From Adobe XD 9.0 onwards, you can use private invites to solicit feedback on private prototypes and design specs using email notifications.
You can securely share your prototypes and design specs, and the invited reviewers can sign in or create a free Adobe ID or use an existing ID to view and comment on private prototypes and design specs.
For more information, see Share prototypes and design specs.
Designers and reviewers can access private prototypes and design specs from the Shared with You section of Your Work.
If you are an enterprise customer, see Asset Settings for deployment information.
In Your Work, the reviewers can view:
- Shared with You section in the left side of the page to provide a simplified experience that displays the prototypes and design specs shared exclusively for review.
- Files section in the left side of the page that displays all the asset files and folders.
This view helps the reviewers focus on their main task of reviewing and commenting on the artifacts shared with them.
For more information, see Using shared with you (BETA) and Browse, sync, and manage assets in Creative Cloud.
Use math calculations to create designs with greater precision or move objects to a new location or modify the width and height.
In the Property inspector, perform simple math (+, -./, * ) in any box that accepts numeric values.
For more information, see Drawing and text tools.
With overlay support, you can easily stack content over another artboard without having to duplicate huge amounts of content on multiple artboards. A few design examples include menu dropdowns, keyboards that “slide up” and lightboxes.
You can also fix the position of design elements on an artboard. It allows you to represent content such as headers and footers on a scrolling design.
In earlier versions of Adobe XD, when you dragged images from the desktop and then dropped image files into a shape or path, you could not crop or reposition the image.
From this release onwards, you can now double-click images placed within containers (Object > mask with Shape) to crop and reposition the images within the image fills. Use the Crop mode for image fill to:
● Double-click and enter a crop mode for an image fill
● Reposition the image within the crop mode, or
● Move the image anywhere in the crop mode
This enhancement is also applicable for files imported from Photoshop and Sketch. The imported files retain the image fills and cropping performed in the source application.
For more information, see Crop and place image fills.
You can place a commenting pin on an artboard before commenting, and move the pin if necessary. When navigating a link, the comment and their responses are retained in context. A commenting notification email sent to the author provides a direct contextual link to the artboard.
For more information, see Reviewer workflow.
XD automatically restores untitled documents and retains the changes even if you have not saved if there was an application or system crash. Auto-Recovery is available for both Windows 10 (Fall Creators update) and Mac users.