• Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 5 days ago

    We’d love to hear what you think about this update!

    I don’t want to be consistently negative about XD updates, but I honestly don’t know how you’re proud of this work. Let’s take a look at the new guides feature. There are many missed opportunities. Here’s some situations XD’s guides don’t cater for (please feel free to correct me if I’ve made any mistakes):

    • Can’t create guides when you can’t see the artboard left or top edge.
    • Can’t position to anything other than whole pixel increments (no guides at 10.5px, for example).
    • No way to create or edit guides by typing in values.
    • No way to see or use guides in prototyping mode.
    • No way to create guides on many artboards at once.
    • No way to copy guides between artboards (this seems like it’s there, but not implemented yet?).
    • No way to copy guides between documents (this seems like it’s there, but not implemented yet?).
    • No way to clear guides (seems like it’s there, but not implemented yet?).
    • No way to change guide colour. Good luck if you’re designing something that’s close to light blue. They’re pretty hard to see on white, too.
    • No way to create lots of guides at once, like GuideGuide or Photoshop’s New Guide Layout.
    • Guides are drawn offset by 0.5pt left and up, which means they don’t accurately show where the guide is placed (example of a rectangle with guides snapped to the edges).
    • No way to know a guide’s position without moving it, which… moves it.

    I just don’t know how this feature could make it into production without catering for most of those use cases. Adobe’s other products already have good solutions for many of those items. I have plenty of other thoughts, but that’s enough negativity for now.

    8 points
    • Mike Schwartz, 4 days ago

      Thanks for the feedback. The XD team pushes for rapid time to market but we also release monthly and expect many of these features to be iterative.

      I've passed this to the team that just released guides and we can start including some of these use cases in our roadmap.

      4 points
      • Scott SavarieScott Savarie, 4 days ago

        I hope you left out the part about them not being proud of their work. They should be proud, shipping software ain't easy! Great work.

        9 points
        • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 4 days ago

          There’s no prizes given for shipping something inadequate.

          2 points
          • Scott SavarieScott Savarie, 4 days ago

            Nor are there for not shipping at all.

            9 points
            • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 3 days ago

              Very true.

              Given the choice, and given there’s only one opportunity to make a first impression, I’m all for taking the time to get things right.

              0 points
      • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 4 days ago

        Thanks for passing on the feedback.

        1 point