AMA: Adobe XD 2017

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

  • Anthony DinesAnthony Dines, 6 years ago

    Adobe XD has quickly become my favorite design program. I use others throughout the day for specialized tasks, but I find that I increasingly open those less and less each day.

    This is due to the built-in prototyping tools. True, there are times where I wish that I didn't have to use something else to create micro-interactions, I've been realizing recently that the simple click-through prototypes actually meet my needs a vast majority of the time.

    That being said, here are my top requests

    • Plug-in support, specifically from the community. There are several workarounds I have to do today in order to complete my design work in XD. 99.9% of those will go away with plug-in support is my guess.
    • I'd love to see grids and guides added, especially baseline grids.
    • Keep it simple!

    Thank you so much for your work on this program. It's hugely appreciated!

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    • Elaine Chao, 6 years ago

      Yes to all three! As has been mentioned earlier in this thread, we're working on both supporting plug-ins and layout grids, and we're approaching it with the same ethos as we have the rest of the product: thoughtfully crafting clean experiences for a user base that cares about such things. As you probably know, we currently support square grids, which can double up as baseline grids. (As a side note, we'd need baseline snapping to make baseline grids useful.)

      I'm curious about your use of guides; do you normally create columns with them, or are you using them arbitrarily to help you align things?

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      • Anthony DinesAnthony Dines, 6 years ago

        In terms of how I use guides, it's typically closer to the need that a column grid provides... to ensure vertical or horizontal rhythm throughout a page. Sometimes these guide layouts are not perfectly spaced in what a traditional column grid provides, but it's further from the world of arbitrary guides. I usually start by creating my margin lines and other major snap points on a column grid and go from there. In terms of other Adobe products, I've always personally liked how Photoshop's guides are created compared to Illustrator, since they are easier for me to create pixel perfect guides.

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