AMA: Adobe XD 2017

6 years ago from Demian Borba, Product Manager for Adobe XD

  • Andrew Shorten, 6 years ago

    Building a high quality and high performance app on multiple platforms does take some time.

    That said, what is it you're waiting for/needing?

    Thanks, Andrew (Adobe).

    1 point
    • Account deleted 6 years ago
      • easy image insertion (as Sketch plugin Replaste)
      • nested symbols that actually work without hacking (changing colors etc. without masking symbol that is an actual color)
      • JSON support like Craft offers but better. If JSON has some deep data hierarchy then this plugin is completely useless.
      • crazy good renaming (like Sketch plugin Renamer)
      • exporting to After Effects and other animation apps
      • easy sharing and sketching with other colleagues like Invision Freeform but a version that actually works.
      • developer and marketing handoff (everybody forgets about marketing and copy!!)
      • artboard search, layer search
      • after element is created automatically switch to cursor
      • layout functionality as Sketch has, that is pretty good over there
      6 points
      • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 6 years ago

        I'd be curious to know how you use Sketch Renamer. I tried Renamer plugins in PS a while ago (which seemed to do the same things this one does), and never found them to save me any time. I rename my layers as I create them / before I duplicate them, and I have Append 'copy' disabled, so all it takes is for me to name the first layer 'Item' then all the others will be named Iitem, without the need of a bulk Renamer.

        Does it do anything smarter than that?

        1 point
        • Account deleted 6 years ago

          A problem I had 3 weeks ago. I had symbol names like this: name / name / name. And something didn't work right with spaces (can't remember the exact problem) so I had to rename all my symbols. I used Renamer to find ' / ' and then replace it with '/'. Such a time saver.

          1 point
          • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 6 years ago

            That may be a Sketch problem, I never ran into any kind of problems with layer names in PS.

            1 point
            • Account deleted 6 years ago

              Ah, Sketch has too many problems... I wish Figma or XD kills it off.

              2 points
              • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 6 years ago

                One can only dream. Figma took 5 years and $18M to make the version they have now, which is not particularly impressive and doesn't exactly give me hopes they will take the design world by storm with this hugely impressive tool anytime soon.

                I'd say we're stuck with shitty software for now. XD could become good in say 2 years.

                2 points
                • Dylan FieldDylan Field, 6 years ago

                  4 years, not 5 ;)

                  Look — if there's one thing I can agree with Adobe on, it's that building a quality design tool is hard work / takes a lot of time. The good news is that now we have a great foundation and we are shipping updates very quickly.

                  I'm sorry to hear you're not impressed with Figma. What are you looking for?

                  6 points
                  • David SvezhintsevDavid Svezhintsev, 6 years ago

                    I don't know about Cristian, but I've never had any problems with Figma. Have worked in Sketch for 2 years and switched to Figma in one instant.

                    The tool works great out of the box, solves problem of storing files on the computer and therefore saves space. Symbols are here. Prototyping is here, even though it's very basic but at least it works. The only thing with prototype that needs addressed is Figma Mirror support?

                    Are you guys looking into third-party "plugin" support, something like Power-ups in Trello? Craft's features would be badass, specially JSON content import.

                    Thanks for all the hard work on Figma, so far the best tool on the market.

                    0 points
        • Chris KeithChris Keith, 6 years ago

          How did you disable append copy?

          0 points
          • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 6 years ago

            Next to the name of the panel 'Layers' there is a hamburger menu. If you click it you'll get a dropdown that has an option for 'Panel Options'

            A couple of goodies in there.

            1 point
      • Mary Cherng, 6 years ago

        Thanks for the detailed feedback. Regarding developer and marketing handoff, would love to understand your needs in this area so that it's not forgotten! Can you provide more detail on what would help you with developer and marketing handoff?

        Cheers, Mary (Adobe)

        0 points
        • Account deleted 6 years ago

          Well, Figma is on the right track with this one. It would be awesome if somehow marketing team would get the file via browser and then have access to change text layers. Something like that. Now, I put whatever I think it is good and marketing team hardly sees my files because I use Sketch and it is a pure hell to deliver just overview of screens to them. Freeform would be somewhat useful if it worked. The solution has to be simple, a link, no login etc. I have so many tools in my hands right now that I feel sick. Designers need 1-2 tools tops, and now we have a gazillion of useless apps that barely work with each other.

          2 points
      • Joachim TillessenJoachim Tillessen, 6 years ago

        Great list, Antonia, I'll support every single one of them.

        0 points
    • Scott Perdue, 6 years ago

      Out of curiosity, exactly how big is XD's dev team? And do you have a dedicated team for each platform or is there crossover?

      0 points
      • Elaine Chao, 6 years ago

        You can take a look at the About box to see the people who are or have been involved with the project. We can't talk a ton about how we organize ourselves, but we have a number of people with cross-platform skills. Sometimes, it makes sense for us to specialize, and sometimes, it makes sense for us to generalize.

        0 points