May Update of Adobe XD
by Elaine Chao
posted on 05-17-2017
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.
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.
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.
Meet some UX designers who have used Adobe XD. Learn how they got started in UX design and their creative process; check out some of their work and listen to their favorite tunes.
While sharing your prototypes on Behance, don’t forget to tag them with #MadeWithAdobeXD and select Adobe Experience Design under “Tools Used” for the opportunity to be featured in the Adobe XD Newsletter.
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