I try Xd every few moths or so but I just keep getting the same feeling that I got when I tried sketch the first time in 2013: "It has huge potential but it needs another year". In many ways Xd is where Sketch was a year ago when it comes to features and workflow. Take symbols as an example: symbols in Xd work the same way as they did in sketch a year or so ago, no support for different sizes, no embedding, no dynamic text or images. Xd has some really great ideas and in a year or two I'll probably use it as my daily driver, but until then I'll stick with Sketch :)
Absolutely! I maybe switching over sooner than that, but I agree with you!
I’m also one of the rare people who likes Xd better than Sketch and the reasons are mainly the same: it’s super simple and fast to use and I can instantly create prototypes. Ok, there are some things missing like guides and the transition effects could be better but even still I like it. Hopefully they listen to the community what is really needed yet trying to keep it simple.
I agree!! Right now to most it may seem TOO basic and simple. But I believe we have become so distracted by all the features and plugins that help make our designs as pretty and as perfect as possible, that we forget the true purpose for our design. And I am mostly speaking for myself, yet I'm sure there are many that feel the same way.
For me XD has allowed me just enough freedom to give my ideas and designs life. A great mixture of productivity and pure designing.
I remember when Sketch was in a beta or early state, it was just as snappy and fast as XD. Along the way things got added, but I'm sure it'll be the same for XD!
I know!!! It was amazing, for me that is more of a small annoyance but it really makes a difference. For everyone's sake let's hope XD doesn't loose steam.
XD is not a full fledged design tool yet nor will it be for a while longer (based on the rate at which the team implements new features), but what I've found is that it makes for a fine wireframing tool.
Decided to jump back in after seeing this post. It's very snappy, I love the concept of a prototyping and design tool hybrid, certainly heading in the right direction. One of the biggest sticking points for me is there's no way to design with real data (yet). It's been demoed at Adobe Max but looks like it hasn't made it into the app yet.
I agree Chris, I am hoping that feature will be added in a future update.
You can now drag in .txt files directly, but there's no JSON/CSV/etc support yet.
oh cool, good tip! I have everything I need setup in Sketch + Craft so looking forward to that update.
I installed the Windows version and unless I'm missing something, there's virtually nothing there. It allows you to draw a few shapes and link artboards together but I can't see any other features at all.
A lot of designers use Windows these days and with Sketch being Mac only I felt a while back there was a gap XD could exploit and make their own by being a good alternative to Sketch for Windows but this beta version really isn't anything useful unless I'm missing something reeeeally obvious.
It's not at feature parity with the Mac OS version yet. It's not really worth anything on Windows until then. (I'm also waiting for this parity to really try it out)
Sadly the Windows version is waaaay behind the MacOS one. I tried it at work last week (where I have to use Win 10) and the Windows version is missing so many features :(
Yeah that's really unfortunate they decided to release it so early with little to know tools and features. I understand they want to get it open to as may of us as possible. It's best to hold tight :)
I've been using it on on some projects where colleagues have made the transition from e.g. photoshop or illustrator to XD. As a long-time Sketch user I find many things really nice in XD, especially the speed and minimal UI chrome.
Being in beta it looks really promising but a few things come to mind:
- Ability to flip layers horizontally / vertically
- The ability to animate layers in the prototyping view (to make sliding menus etc. without having to have multiple artboards. (I know Sketch doesn't do this without plugins)
- I don't know if it's just me but the transitions from screen to another when viewing a prototype in app are really really laggy.
- Edit: the ability to click inside of multiple group and select elements simultaneously from within. Sketch supports this, XD doesn't.
All together I've really enjoyed XD.
I for one hope more transitions are added over time for prototyping. A little more customizable would be A+++
I'll certainly give it a try but Adobe's pricing model kills me. I just don't want to pay 50/mo for apps I don't use (or even any $/mo honestly). Affinity is where I'm staying for now.
Hey I totally agree with you. I believe Adobe will make it a single subscription app. Or at least I hope.
Think they should just reevaluate their model in general. Photographers get an amazing deal and designers who need more than Photoshop get absolutely screwed.
Grmbl. To stick with my regular shtick of complaining about everything:
I'm on Windows 7.