Adobe XD January 2019 Updates

12 months ago from Mike Hu, Design Product Marketing @ Adobe

  • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 12 months ago

    Speech detection has been optimized for accents.

    What are you doing? Why would something like this, and the other January features take a priority over colour management, guides, layer blending modes, symbols being independently resizable, and the litany of basics XD is missing. There’s no polygon or star tool. Every couple of months I come back to XD to give it another try and it usually takes less than 2 minutes before hitting a roadblock, where I decide I can’t use it.

    I honestly do not understand the team’s priorities. I want XD to be good, but XD is definitely not good.

    54 points
    • Mike Hu, 12 months ago

      Hi Marc, Many of the features you mentioned are on the roadmap and are prioritized for this year. The January release is a follow-up to our October release to make sure those features were more completed.

      -12 points
      • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 12 months ago

        XD was announced Oct 5, 2015. The public preview was released Mar 15, 2016. It was out of beta on Oct 18, 2017. How much time should the community give you for things that are absolutely mandatory features?

        29 points
    • Miramark DiazMiramark Diaz, 12 months ago

      Agree on your point. :) Curious to know what is your main tool for UI designs now?

      1 point
      • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 12 months ago

        It’s probably best you don’t ask! :P

        I’m using a bunch of stuff, including Illustrator for glyphs, icon design and any heavy vector lifting, Photoshop for mockups and asset creation (there’s still a few things it does better), Principle and Processing for prototypes, sometimes Affinity Designer for SVG asset creation (it does a solid job), and occasionally Sketch and other tools. I do my best to be across them all, and use whichever is most appropriate for the task. I’ve been hoping to add XD to the mix for some wireframing and prototyping.

        3 points
    • Jan SemlerJan Semler, 12 months ago

      I get you Mark. But i also see the fast technological change thats forced by a lot of companies forwards to AR, VR, Voice Recognition an so on. So i understand that Adobe is pushing into that segment. It might be business wise a logical move. The downside is that we as designer get tools with features that we don't use.

      It is nothing new that Adobe will decide whats best for Adobe and not whats best for the user.

      I used a lot of Adobe products in the last 20 years, just only using After Effects and Photoshop till this day. Ditched Illustrator 1 year ago since they broke it heavily.

      2 points
      • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 12 months ago

        But I also see the fast technological change thats forced by a lot of companies forwards to AR, VR, Voice Recognition an so on. So I understand that Adobe is pushing into that segment. It might be business wise a logical move.

        They can chase AR, VR, chatbots and voice interactions if they want. If that comes at the expense of other features, it may mean the app is not of any professional use to me. I feel like that’s where we are now.

        It is nothing new that Adobe will decide whats best for Adobe and not whats best for the user.

        Oh, it’s entirely their choice. I am just voicing my opinion, with the hope it’ll help steer the product in a better direction.

        Mike did say “we’d love to hear what you think about this update”. My frustration is that the product is now years old, and the missing features would only be excusable during a beta. Is XD supposed to be for professional production work? If it is, it’s falling very short right now.

        6 points
        • Jan SemlerJan Semler, 12 months ago

          Wanna give you a hug so that you can calm down. Totally getting you.

          0 points
        • Mike Hu, 12 months ago

          Hi Mark, Yes, I and the rest of the team want your feedback and we are definitely listening. The good news is resizing a single symbol is in development as we speak.

          2 points
    • Chris KeithChris Keith, 12 months ago

      You can imagine the conversations among the XD product team:

      “Forget table stakes features. We need to INNOVATE.”

      “What will look cooler on the website: auto-animate, or guides?”

      “They can just use Sketch for stupid polygons. I want more prototyping features in there. Prototyping is so hot right now.”

      4 points