AMA: Adobe XD 2017

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

  • Colin HartColin Hart, 6 years ago

    Used Photoshop for UI for years, moved to Sketch a few years back, but would love to move to XD fulltime. One of the single most important features of Sketch is the ease of building plugins - they support and have enabled so much more than the core team could implement. Are these on the roadmap in the near-term?

    One plugin in particular, as I'm sure the team is fully aware of is Zeplin. As soon as it supports XD, I'll consider making the switch fulltime.

    Additionally, with Sketch opening up their file format, can we expect to see .sketch import functionality coming to XD soon? This would do wonders for easing people into the tool who are coming from Sketch. I know you can copy/paste exported SVGs, but something more direct would be appreciated.

    All that said, I truly appreciate what you guys are building and hope you succeed. The dedication to simplicity and performance is excellent. I turned to Sketch as it was more focused for the uses I need over Photoshop... but at times now, Sketch feels sluggish and has bugs that persist for months (or years). Hoping that XD can break me away from that.

    6 points
    • Andrew Shorten, 6 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback Colin.

      Yes, we're working on plugin support and also plan on making it easier to bring in design work from both Photoshop and Sketch.

      We'll share more on our roadmap soon.

      Cheers, Andrew (Adobe)

      3 points
      • Scott Perdue, 6 years ago

        Looking forward to seeing that roadmap. As someone who uses XD daily, it will be very helpful to know what to expect, and when to expect it.

        For example, I've been putting off creating my own formal dev handoff process because I know that XD's solution is "coming soon," but it's at the point where if I know it's still awhile off, I need to find another solution in the meantime.

        1 point
    • Demian Borba, 6 years ago

      Adding to Andrew's answer, please upvote the feature request here: and besides Zeplin, please let us know what kinds of plugins you're looking for. Thanks Colin.

      2 points
      • Miles ReiterMiles Reiter, 6 years ago

        Not Colin, but Invision plugin integration would be a big deal for my team as we actually moved from Zeplin to Invision Inspect. The ability to sync prototypes directly to Invision would be the single biggest feature that would help fit XD into my workflow.

        0 points
        • Mary Cherng, 6 years ago

          Hi Miles, Thanks for the feedback. As we look into supporting the developer workflow within XD, what are some of the key reasons for switching from Zeplin to Invision Inspect?

          Cheers, Mary (Adobe)

          1 point
          • Miles ReiterMiles Reiter, 6 years ago

            One of the big key factors there was that it carried over pretty much all the functionality of Zeplin while also rolling in an interactive prototype into the package.

            In short, sharing an interactive prototype with the developers on my team is just one more way to give them added context for my designs and more insight into how I've envisioned that it should behave. Invision Inspect lets both that and mockup inspection happen in the same place.

            1 point