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AMA: All About Text in Adobe XD

almost 5 years ago from , Design Marketing, UI/UX @ Adobe

Note: For those of you adding questions or comments after 5pm PDT, we will respond during the following workday (most of our team is based in San Francisco). Thanks and have a good day or night!

Hey everyone,

We’re back for another AMA. Last week we released an update for Adobe XD that includes improvements to working with type like underline text and font shortcut keys. We will continue to release updates just about every month.

Today we’re excited to talk about text and typography -- here’s a snapshot of the features the community has been asking for:

Top requests

-Text transform (all caps, small caps, strikethrough etc.)

-Paragraph styles

-Font preview

-Right to left language support

-Default style for Text tool

-Spell check

-Glyphs palette

-Paragraph spacing

-Lorem ipsum generation

-Additional Typekit support

Are these the most important text features for you? Is there anything missing, or what else do you want to see related to text? Our team is here from now to 2pm PDT to chat and answer your questions. Let us know what you think!

Our goal is to build the best solution for UX design with your feedback. Stay in touch with us on Twitter, Facebook, or UserVoice, and check out what other designers have created with XD.

Cheers,

Kyle

31 comments

  • Brandon ZellBrandon Zell, almost 5 years ago

    Thanks for the recent update. Underlined text!

    As awesome as the implementation is, with the space around descenders, I'd like to have the option to not have space around descenders. I use Adobe XD to create designs/mockups for websites and Chrome does not add space around descenders by default. So in order to have an accurate representation of the final product, it'd be nice to have a toggle for space around descenders.

    btw - Thanks for the inside/outside/centered options for borders!

    5 points
    • , almost 5 years ago

      Hi Brandon, glad you are enjoying the latest update!

      Thanks for the feedback about space for descenders. I can see how that would better show how the final implementation would look. I found a request around additional improvements to underline text here. If that doesn't cover it, please feel free to add your suggestion here

      0 points
  • Simone Simone , almost 5 years ago

    Pixel Preview! If you want people to actually design in it, you must support pixel preview. Until then I'm not sure who you're really catering to.

    2 points
    • , almost 5 years ago

      Thank you for the feedback. Would you mind sharing how you incorporate pixel preview into your design process (i.e. right before handing off to development, in process work, etc.) ?

      You can also upvote the pixel preview here.

      0 points
  • Zack Keys, almost 5 years ago

    In regards to paragraph styles. Do you plan to implement both paragraph and character styles like you do in the rest of the Adobe suite?

    For example, I want to have a block of body copy (a paragraph level style) but within that, I want two links and a bolded span of text all linked to global styles (so that if I update my link styles down the line I don't have to manually update every instance).

    In a program like InDesign, I can just use character styles to make the links and the strong text work without changing the paragraph level style. That kind of functionality would be incredibly useful for my day to day work.

    I ask because it's one of my biggest problems with the text styles system in Sketch. It nearly impossible to cleanly implement something like the example above.

    2 points
  • Caleb SylvestCaleb Sylvest, almost 5 years ago

    Not to get snarky, but how does Adobe XD still not have Text Transform and Paragraph Spacing? Screw lorem ipsum, who care about that.

    Last time I used the beta was over a year ago and just couldn't continue because it didn't have the bare necessities to complete my day-to-day work, and apparently still is not capable of being a usable design tool.

    If Adobe wants to have any chance at XD becoming a tool people use, get on it! Half a dozen competitors have popped up this year already.

    2 points
    • , almost 5 years ago

      Hi Caleb, thank you for the note. You mentioned that you haven't tried XD since the beta. Were there other items related to text besides transforms and paragraph spacing that you felt were missing? Feel free to kick the tires on XD again and let us know if there is anything else you need.

      I would also add your vote to these requests here and here

      1 point
  • Parvez SParvez S, almost 5 years ago

    Not a question but I just wanted to say that I finally tried out Adobe XD few weeks ago and I thought it was pretty dope. Thank you for all your hard work and efforts.

    1 point
    • , almost 5 years ago

      Thanks Parvez! The team has been working hard and glad to hear that you're enjoying the latest release!

      1 point
  • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, almost 5 years ago

    Congrats on the upgrade. This seems really solid and I'll definitely take it all for a spin now. Pretty excited about it actually, and will use XD for some side projects over the holiday to get used to it before I drag it in to our daily processes at work :)

    I'm honestly, sincerely and truely, very very interested in what influenced the decision to make underlined text wait this long?

    It's not that I want to get hung up on one small thing. It's that I'd love to understand the decisionmaking by the company that produces the software I use day-in-day-out for 15 years now! I figured we might be able to learn from this. Point isn't to ridicule. Point is that I'm genuinely interested in this from several aspects.

    From all aspects;

    • Technical resources - what made it so difficult to implement? Custom ground-up built text processor? Used some other framework that didn't support it? Has it got anything to do with how the Photoshop one is remarkably underwhelming too? (underline doesn't scale with the text there)

    • Product design - why wasn't it prioritised? The web is built on links. It's the oldest trick in the book. Nothing more defines the internet than underlined text. It might be the single most recognisable feature of a web page over anything else. Even if that fails - wouldn't you say the web is 99% text? So having a powerful text processer would be the no.1 priority? Could be wrong here of course!

    • Public perception - I'm sure there's other times where products missed out on core functionality, but I've sure seen a lot of public ridicule get thrown at Adobe XD for this choice. Did that do anything at all? It was still not in the first live iteration of the software though.

    Lastly;

    Thanks for doing an AMA - even if you don't feel like answering the drivel above!

    1 point
    • , almost 5 years ago

      Hi Dirk, I am glad to hear your excitement for the latest release!

      In regard to underline, yes, the team had to overcome a few technical hurdles. Some additional details are here from our August AMA.

      The community provided quick feedback on the absence of this feature since day one and the team strove to deliver it without compromising on quality and performance.

      We enjoy engaging with the community via these AMAs and we'll continue the discussion with you in 2018!

      0 points
  • Mike Escoffery, 4 years ago

    I know this is an old post, and I'm really happy to see that I now have paragraph spacing, but I am shocked to discover the soft returns / line breaks are still not supported. Paragraph spacing doesn't help much if line breaks are not supported.

    Also, in reference to Character and Paragraph styles, I'd much rather see this application move more towards implementing CSS type styles first. Since this is primarily a web & app tool, most of the work we do needs to be ready for CSS.

    A look at the online design tool Webflow shows a great implementation on how this could work. Controlling our type, and bulleted paragraphs, and all the above would translate so much better to the final product if we had access to all the same attributes that are available in CSS.

    Beyond that, it would be great to include an extended type/text attribute panel that includes the great editing capabilities available within Illustrator or Indesign. Since this is a design application, I would also want to use it to layout text in such a way that would be exported as a symbol or graphic in instances where CSS might not do the job.

    In any case I like where this software is headed. It's just baffling to discover limitations like a line break when the break < br > tag has been around since 1994.

    0 points
  • A. N.A. N., almost 5 years ago

    Please, include hyphenation!

    0 points
  • Sina Seyfi, almost 5 years ago

    Hi Please add RTL support We are waiting too long Thanks and appreciate for your efforts.

    0 points
    • , almost 5 years ago

      Hi Sina, thank you for the feedback. I recommend adding your vote in uservoice for RTL support here if you have not already.

      0 points
  • kamyab farhadi, almost 5 years ago

    Hi Thank you so much for the last update and nice features. intensively we are waiting for the RTL support in the Adobe XD as we have in the other Adobe products. it's going to be a concern for the designers in Iran.

    Thank you

    0 points
  • Steven McClenningSteven McClenning, almost 5 years ago
    1. Tab ruler (although repeat grid has reduced need for this)
    2. Simple text editor, built in, that links to repeat grid element, so I could create/edit text files linked to a repeat grid
    3. Even better would be simple spread sheet, built in, that would be linked to the entire repeat grid. So I can double click on repeat grid and edit the data.
      • The UI could be similar to editing data in an illustrator chart/graph
      • ability to paste from spread sheets into this editor
    4. Agree with earlier comment regarding underline text
    5. Bulleted lists control and hanging punctuation
    0 points
    • , almost 5 years ago

      Hi Steven, I appreciate the comprehensive list!

      For tab ruler, you mention that you achieve the desired outcome with repeat grid. Have you also tried out Layout Grid? If so, does this help with your design process?

      Based on a few of your requests, it sounds like you develop your designs with data in mind? If so, I would upvote and follow the designing with data request here.

      For bullet points and hanging punctuation, I would add your vote here and here.

      0 points
  • Nick MNick M, almost 5 years ago

    Not sure if its in the roadmap, but i find myself using Superscript and Subscript quite a bit. text editing is lacking in most of these screen design tools, so its nice to see the XD team taking this seriously.

    0 points