December update of Adobe Experience Design CC
by Demian Borba
posted on 12-13-2016
This month’s big news is that we’ve released the first public beta for Adobe XD for Windows 10 – you can read more about the much anticipated Windows release here.
What’s new for XD on macOS?
For the 500,000 designers who have downloaded XD for macOS to date, we’re continuing to release monthly updates as promised. For the next couple of months however, we’ll focus our efforts on responding to feedback, fixing bugs and continuing to enhance performance – over and above adding new features.
This will allow us to make rapid progress on ensuring feature parity across both the macOS and Windows 10 versions of XD – something that is essential for us to add in many of the future capabilities that we showcased at our MAX event last month, including designer collaboration and developer hand-off capabilities.
That doesn’t mean you won’t see new capabilities, however – we know there is a lot you’ve asked for! Today we’ve released significant updates to the XD mobile apps (more details below), and in the coming months you’ll see frequently requested enhancements to prototype sharing, including guest comments and support for annotations.
What’s new for XD on mobile?
We received a lot of great feedback from the initial release of XD for iOS and Android – based on what you’ve told us, we’re excited to release the following new capabilities on mobile:
- Browse and open XD documents saved in Creative Cloud Files
- View XD documents even when you’re offline
- Browse all artboards in an XD document
- Turn hotspot hints on or off
- Share the current screen as an image
Viewing XD documents
In the first release of XD mobile you could view prototypes by connecting your device over USB to a desktop also running XD. We’re now adding the ability to open any XD document stored in the Creative Cloud Files folder directly on your mobile device. You can open a document by tapping on the folder icon and choosing “XD Document from Creative Cloud”.
Whether you view your prototype via USB (available on macOS) or by opening the document in Creative Cloud, you can now continue interacting with the prototype when disconnected or offline. This is ideal for showing your designs to a client or other stakeholders for feedback.
This release improves the way you can navigate prototypes on mobile devices. By default, prototypes will now show hints if you don’t touch a defined hotspot. You can turn hotspot hints off by long pressing on the current artboard and toggling this from the menu.
In addition to navigating via defined prototype interactions, you can also browse all the artboards in a document and select a specific screen to view. You can view all artboards by long pressing on the current artboard and choosing “Browse Artboards”. This is helpful for documents that contain multiple artboards.
Sharing from mobile
Finally, in addition to interacting with prototypes on the device, you can now share the current prototype screen with others. To do this, long press on the current artboard and choose “Share this Screen as Image”, then select how you’d like to share the image.
Adobe XD 💜 the Design Community
Designers from all over the world are influencing how we prioritize features. Not only do they provide fuel for us to rethink and challenge existing mental models, but they also ensure that we deliver the right value to our customers. Our team takes feedback seriously, so we monitor channels daily, including UserVoice, Public Forums, Private Prerelease (apply now!). We’re also gathering feedback through frequent customer meetings and demos.
Thank you for all the feedback!
You can follow us @AdobeXD for updates or reach the team on Twitter using the #AdobeXD. You can also talk to us on Facebook where we answer questions during live sessions, share videos, and publish other updates. And don’t forget to get our latest insights about UX design on Medium.
While sharing your prototypes on Behance, don’t forget to tag them with #MadeWithAdobeXD and select Adobe Experience Design under “Tools Used.”
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