May 2018 and April 2018 releases of Adobe XD
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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.


Fixes in Adobe XD 8.1

This release provides fixes for issues that:

  • Prevented some users from saving or closing XD documents
  • Affected functioning of the Assets panel and the CC Libraries window while using a tablet pen

New Features in Adobe XD 8

Replace a symbol with another symbol

Replace all instances of a symbol with another symbol
Replace all instances of a symbol with another symbol

You can now swap symbols by dragging a symbol from the Assets panel and dropping it over another symbol to update all copies of that symbol.

For more information, see Replace symbols.

Paste elements to multiple artboards

You can now copy an object and paste it to multiple artboards simultaneously. Simply copy an object, and select multiple artboards and paste it. The object is pasted at the same location as the origin artboard.

For more information, see Copy and paste objects.

Photoshop integration improvements

In this release of XD, you can:

  • Import Stroke effects
  • Import image effects (Inner shadow, bevel, emboss, glow, satin, color overlay, gradient overlay, pattern overlay, drop shadow) - all rasterized

In addition, XD opens PSD files faster than in earlier versions. You can also open recently edited Photoshop files from the Recent Files list.

For more information, see: 

Sketch workflow enhancements

This release brings a number of conversion fidelity improvements:

  • Visual separators for pages on canvas
  • Improved text import
  • Import Sketch prototyping native wires
  • Import global color swatches
  • Import symbols as sticker sheets on canvas

For more information, see Supported features when you open Sketch files in XD.

Password protect your design specs

Password protect your design specs
Password protect your design specs

You can now enable password protection for design specs before sharing the links with the developers. Ensure that you share the associated password along with the design specs links to the developers.

For more information, see Password protect prototypes and design specs.

Auto-recovery of documents

XD now restores files automatically (if you have saved the file at least once) in case there is an application or system crash. Auto-Recovery is available for both Windows 10 (Fall Creators update) and Mac users.

Note:

Auto-Recovery does not substitute the workflow of manually saving the file. Continue to save your XD files frequently using Cmd > Save or Ctrl > Save.

New Features in Adobe XD 7

Password protect your prototypes

Password protect your prototypes
Password protect your prototypes

You can now enable password protection for prototypes before sharing the links with the reviewers. Ensure that you share the associated password along with the prototype links to the reviewers.

For more information, see Password protect a shared public prototype.

Filter and search for assets in the Assets panel

Quickly filter assets by color, character styles, or symbols. This feature allows you to sort out assets and focus specifically on what you need in your design process. 

Use search to find specific hex values that map to colors swatches or character styles. You can also search for font families, font weights and symbols by their layer names.

For more information, see Manage assets and symbols.

Highlight and find assets

You can now right-click an object on the canvas to reveal the color, character style, or the symbol used from the Assets panel.

Similarly, you can also select a color, character style, or a symbol in the Assets panel and choose Highlight on Canvas from the context menu. This action highlights all the elements on the canvas that use the selected asset, and allows you to easily map elements on the canvas to the assets in the Assets panel. This feature is helpful when you want to perform global edits to a character style or change a color.

Highlight and find assets in Adobe XD
Highlight and find assets in Adobe XD

For more information, see Manage assets and symbols.

Improved Photoshop integration

Import of Photoshop files in XD has been additionally enhanced in the following additional ways:

  • You can drag the Photoshop file over the XD icon to open the file in XD (Mac only)
  • You can right-click the Photoshop file and select Open with XD.

For more information, see Open Photoshop files in XD.

Adobe has also improved the way XD handles the positioning of artboards and text layers when opening PSD files. For a complete list of supported elements in Photoshop, see Supported features when you open Photoshop files in XD.

Sketch workflow enhancements

Import of Sketch files in XD has been additionally enhanced in the following ways:

  • You can drag-and-drop the Sketch file over the XD icon (Mac only)
  • You can right-click the Sketch file and open with XD

For more information, see Open Sketch files in XD.

Sketch files opened in XD now have improved fidelity. Images with color adjustments such as hue, saturation, brightness and contrast are transferred with the effects applied. Character styles are preserved and saved in the Assets panel, while document color swatches are preserved in the Color Picker. Adobe has also improved the transfer fidelity for fills, shadows and text positioning.

For a complete list of supported elements when XD opens a Sketch file, see Supported features when you open Sketch files in XD.

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