March 2018 Update of Adobe XD
by Dan Tuhoarca
posted on 03-13-2018
March is all about improving your design productivity with Adobe XD! We’re happy to announce that we are delivering more of the features that you’ve been asking for, including the ability to bring Photoshop and Sketch files into XD, copying symbols between documents, styling grouped elements, and editing scrollable artboards faster.
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Easy integration with Photoshop
XD provides the easiest and fastest way to turn your Photoshop files into interactive prototypes so that you can get feedback and iterate on designs within one application. You can now bring your Photoshop files into XD by simply opening a PSD file with the CMD-O command or by selecting “Open” from the “File” menu. Your file will automatically convert into a new XD file with your artboards, layers, and assets editable and at a high fidelity.
Note that Photoshop and XD have significantly different feature sets. We bring in Photoshop elements and effects that can be mapped to XD’s functionality, the rest are either rasterized or not transferred yet to the XD file. Learn more about what is supported in this version.
Copy symbols between documents
You can now copy and paste symbols between XD documents. Until now, your copied symbols would paste as groups, which required an additional step to convert to a symbol again. Now, symbols copied from one document to another are both pasted as symbols and added to the assets panel.
Your copied and pasted symbols currently don’t remain linked across documents – each copy is independent. We’ve received a lot of requests to maintain linked symbols between documents, and we’re working now on adding support for this feature.
Style grouped elements
We are always looking for ways to speed up your process. With this release, you can change the fill and stroke for grouped elements all at once. Prior to this release, you had to change the fill and stroke of individual elements within a group one-by-one. This is super useful when working with icons or other situations where you have to make changes to a lot of different strokes and fills.
Scrolling artboard enhancement
Editing the viewport of a scrollable artboard just got easier and you can do that right on the canvas. When an artboard is marked for vertical scrolling, you can edit the viewport by using the new on-canvas handle available on the artboard.
Work with Sketch files
You can now bring your Sketch designs into XD and go from concept to prototype faster than ever. Just open your Sketch file from within XD and it automatically converts into an XD file with your artboards, layers, symbols, and effects ready to use.
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Topics: Creativity, Design
Products: Photoshop, Creative Cloud