Adobe XD MAX Release

1 month ago from , Product Marketing Manager- Adobe XD

Hi Everyone,

Adobe MAX is here! Watch the live sessions on Behance Live.

We’re really excited about the new Adobe XD features making their debut today. With the October release, we’re introducing Voice Prototyping capabilities within XD. Now you can design, prototype, and share interactive experiences that include voice. We are also releasing many top requested features from the community such as Auto-Animate for creating mirco-interactions and in-app access to our growing list of Plugins and App Integrations, thanks to users like you and our developer community. In addition to these new capabilities, we are releasing the following requested features as a part of the release:

To get more details on what’s new, check out the release post here. Also be sure to check out the latest features in action on AdobeLive starting October 23rd - October 28th from 9 AM - 5:00 PM PST! We’d love to hear what you think about this update! Please leave questions, comments, or suggestions below.

Thank you,

Meenal from the XD Team


  • Kip HolcombKip Holcomb, 1 month ago

    Stacks. Grids. Fraction and percentage unit support.

    Layout is done EVERY project. Prototyping is done SOME projects. Please stop focusing on making features people only need some of the time. We need features that help us do responsive design more efficiently.

    22 points
    • , 1 month ago

      Thanks Kip for your feedback. We released Responsive Resize feature in our September release. Learn more about Responsive Resize here. Please share your feedback.

      3 points
      • Kip HolcombKip Holcomb, 1 month ago

        That feature is basic pinning and frankly isn't anything that saves time with real responsive layout work. When a designer makes a mobile size adapt to a desktop-sized width, they don't just stretch all the elements out. They hide and show different elements, they change orientations of lists, they swap the positions of things, etc. Pinning does not help with any of that.

        XD could destroy this entire market if they actually worked on features that made layout easier. Framer X made a Stacks tool that, combined with fraction units and percentage units, lets you make 1 component that can re-flow from a vertical list with 5 items, to a horizontal list with 10 items. That's a modern layout feature. It's what we all need more of, but nobody else is doing it.

        15 points
        • Kyle Galle, 1 month ago

          Hi Kip, thank you for sharing. The team is looking into ways to make layout easier across different size screens.

          In terms of percentage layout, I would add your vote here.

          4 points
          • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, 1 month ago

            Do you guys have a reason for focusing on fancy animations other than everyone else is doing it? Have you actually spoken to designers and realised this was the most pressing concern - am I missing something?

            The way I see it, since repeat grids, there was no notable feature introduced, nothing competitors can't already do.

            3 points
            • Kyle Galle, 30 days ago

              Hi Cristian, thank you for the feedback. In terms of auto-animate, it has been a top requested feature on uservoice as well as built on feedback from designers. In terms of notable features, with this release we're the only solution for designing, prototyping, and sharing, voice driven experiences. The team is continuing work on delivering top requested capabilities and enhancements. Let us know if there are specific areas you'd like to see improvements or updates.

              3 points
        • Michael Ninness, 23 days ago

          KIP! See you are still keeping us product folks on our toes. ;) Just joined the XD team right before MAX. Thanks for the feedback, and hope to see you in person in the near future.

          0 points
          • Kip HolcombKip Holcomb, 23 days ago

            Ninness! I heard—awesome news! Always looking forward to the next release. I know it's in good hands :-) Hope to see you soon too. Cheers.

            (TIL emojis break DN comments)

            0 points
    • Jakub FoglarJakub Foglar, 27 days ago

      That is just your point of view, Kip. For mobile app/product design, I can’t remember the last time I would have a need for Stacks or fractions or percentages. I do remember needing prototyping to see how the app flows, including the transitions and interactive features – it was today, and every day.

      0 points
  • Dan Leahy, 1 month ago

    Heck I just want guides.

    17 points
    • Meenal Relekar, 1 month ago

      Thanks Dan for sharing your feedback.

      We don't have support for guides but with the latest MAX release you can access a number of plugins within the XD app. Update XD and download the "GuideGuide" plugin. Checkout more information on XD plugins here. Do share your feedback on the GuideGuide plugin. Thanks

      -7 points
      • Andrew Hersh, 1 month ago

        $36 for guides.

        $36. For guides.

        15 points
        • Lucian .esLucian .es, 1 month ago


          3 points
        • Stuart McCoyStuart McCoy, 1 month ago

          It's $36 for plug-ins that work in, so far, Photoshop, Illustrator, and XD. Think of it as $12 per app. This plug-in has saved me countless hours creating solid layout grids that can't be made through normal guides in ANY app, not just Adobe's.

          2 points
          • Selv Grimm, 1 month ago

            1) Most of us don't need this plugin to other apps. I don't even use Photoshop/Illustrator, much more prefer Afinity Designer for that kind of work. And I don't see Webdesigners and similar (core XD target) benefiting from this kind of grids outside of their main app. 2) Its 36$ PER YEAR. For a plugin. That makes guides. Sure, offers some more funtionality than the basic guides in Photoshop and Illustrator...but that's not what everyone is asking for. We want BASIC guides in XD. Which should have been implemented years ago. 3) I have around 7-8 blank files with grids that I created over the years...is there a need for more gids?

            1 point
            • Kyle Galle, 30 days ago

              Hi Selv, thank you for the feedback. If you haven't already, please add your vote here. The team constantly reviews uservoice as they define the roadmap.

              1 point
      • Stuart McCoyStuart McCoy, 1 month ago

        I wish you guys would hire the Guide Guide developer or buy out his code and bake his plug-in into the core of EVERY product Adobe makes.

        1 point
      • Kyle Galle, 28 days ago

        Thank you all for the feedback. I encourage you to add your vote and comments on the request for guides here. The team uses this to help prioritize the roadmap. It is clear from the thread that you're expecting more from us in this area.

        1 point
      • Luca Vavassori, 30 days ago

        I am a big XD lover but this GuideGuide plugin is so far from what we need. This plugin just adds a simple line object which behaves like a simple layer. You can draw a rectangle on top of it and the guide will not be visible anymore. You have to move it back up on top of the layers list. Definitely not very useful. And definitely not something I'd pay $36 for it. I hope you guys see the same issue I see. Anyways, great job on the release. Looking forward for some serious improvements on Symbols. Figma/Sketch are still ahead here, and it's so important for day to day design.

        0 points
    • Filip SFilip S, 28 days ago

      Wait, there's still no guides? Haha

      3 points
      • A B, 28 days ago

        Yes. But you have gestures, so that's cool, right? I mean no one uses guides these days.

        Right guys? RIGHT?

        3 points
  • Sam AndersonSam Anderson, 1 month ago

    Here are some examples of what you can create with Auto-Animate https://twitter.com/samdotdesign/status/1051850037821550593

    9 points
  • Emil Edeholt, 30 days ago

    Jesus, I wouldnt want to be the adobe staff here. What's with the snarky attitude? Can't you just be critical AND polite? A lot of the stuff they have implemented have been features in the top list on UserVoice. Or if you think XD is so horrible use Sketch, Figma, Affinity, there are so many to pick from. I really like it that XD is speedy and minimalistic. I hope it will continue in that direction (but with guides...).

    9 points
    • , 30 days ago

      Hi Emil,

      Thanks for sharing your feedback. I'm glad you like XD. We strive to continuous come up with features requested by the community. We currently don't support guides but with the latest MAX release you can access a number of plugins within the XD app. Update XD and download the "GuideGuide" plugin. Checkout more information on XD plugins here. Do share your feedback on the GuideGuide plugin. Thanks

      2 points
  • Mike StevensonMike Stevenson, 25 days ago


    Sorry for yelling, I just have more .Sketch files than I can count and really don't feel like switching to/learning a different product.

    Good job XD team. Much deserved kudos!

    8 points
    • , 25 days ago

      Thanks Mike. With the MAX release we have added a number of major capabilities in XD along with regular feature updates.

      XD is one of the easiest tool to learn. If you know Sketch, XD is super easy. Try opening either a Sketch file or a PSD directly into XD and start your new project. You can check out our tutorials to get started quickly. Please let us know your experience.

      4 points
    • Peter Flynn, 22 days ago

      You can open your Sketch files directly in XD, so migrating your content over might be a lot easier than you think!

      3 points
  • John Williams, 1 month ago

    Thank you for Export to After Effects! This is going to make the animation pipeline so much easier. Sketch2AE has been buggy when working with Lottie.

    5 points
    • Meenal Relekar, 29 days ago

      Thanks John. We are glad you find this feature helpful. Please update XD and try all the new features released today and let us know your experience.

      1 point
  • Jayant RaoJayant Rao, 1 month ago

    XD is like one of those childhood friends you adore; but focuses on the completely wrong things yet keeps improving.

    Kudos on the animation and new features. But I am still not switching back until you don't focus on what's actually important for us Designers.

    3 points
    • Meenal Relekar, 26 days ago

      Thanks Jayant for taking the time to speak with us. I'm glad that you like our new Auto-Animate feature. Your contributions can help us shape the future of Adobe XD. Would you please let me know what features you would like XD to focus on. Please submit your feature requests for XD here

      1 point
  • Jason FestaJason Festa, 1 month ago

    Voice prototyping! Interesting. :)

    3 points
  • Marek LMarek L, 1 month ago

    Where is the object flip?

    3 points
  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, 1 month ago

    Dang, some of those examples are pretty slick.

    3 points
    • Meenal Relekar, 1 month ago

      Thanks Daniel. Please update Adobe XD today. Try these new features and share your experience and examples.

      0 points
  • Dustin Dahlberg, 29 days ago

    Layer management and symbol management is still way more painful than Sketch. It's nice that you are releasing all these features that make my prototypes look cool, but I just can't move to XD if it is a pain to work with.

    2 points
    • Meenal Relekar, 28 days ago

      Thanks Dustin for sharing your feedback. could you please elaborate what capabilities you would like to have in XD for Layer and Symbol management.

      1 point
      • Dustin Dahlberg, 28 days ago

        For one, selecting layers from different groups is impossible, which makes layout way more difficult than it has to be.

        Symbol management is way easier in sketch as well. I don't have to find the symbol in my document somewhere and edit it there if I have to make a change.

        You can also pull symbols from libraries without having to open another document in Sketch.

        And finally, while this is a plugin, duplicate in Craft for Sketch is way easier to adjust content without affecting all of the objects in the list. Right now if I adjust content in one object in XD it changes in all of them.

        That's just off the top of my head.

        EDIT: as others have noted, guides aren't a thing, and you can't resize symbols without affecting all of them. Those are a couple of the other issues I've run into in the past.

        0 points
  • Christopher Alan, 1 month ago

    Was hoping symbol instances would be more powerful by now. For example yes I can change the text of a button but I still can't change the width of one button without changing them all (unless I am missing something?)

    -- voice UI prototyping is very cool and unexpected. awesome :)

    2 points
    • Kyle Galle, 30 days ago

      Hi Christopher, the team is continuing to enhance symbols. You are able to override text or images in symbol. I would add your vote here for support to resize individual instances of a symbol.

      Glad you liked voice UI prototyping. There are more details here

      1 point
  • Nicholas van der WalleNicholas van der Walle, 6 days ago

    I think it was an astonishing MAX keynote today. I was even blown away by projects I will probably never need. To start the session with basics in PS that everybody has been asking for for years was genius. And then it just ramped up.

    And we're really proud to now be part of the fledgling Adobe XD plugin ecosystem with the new Astui service (https://astui.tech). But to qualify this, today we also released the same vector path optimisation (Smart Point Removal) plugin functionality for Sketch and Illustrator. From my viewpoint, I think the XD extension framework has nailed it! Adobe have turned a corner by really working with 3rd parties to a new level. Bodes very well.

    Nick, Founder of Astute Graphics

    2 points
    • , 5 days ago

      Thanks Nick for your contribution in the growing XD plugin ecosystem. XD is the first example of our modern approach to extensibility and the developer ecosystem. We’re excited to continue working with partners like you and the developer community.

      1 point
    • Kerri Shotts, 3 days ago

      Hey Nick -- thanks SO much for all your contributions to the community. We're in love with your plugin -- it's SO cool. So honored to work with you and your team to bring this to fruition.

      2 points
  • Riho KrollRiho Kroll, 30 days ago

    This is all pretty cool stuff! Great to see all this progress. There are still a couple of things missing from this, for me to be able to switch over to XD, but I can certainly see this happening in the near future.


    • Guides
    • Layout features (Basically Launchpad auto-layout, Framer X's stacks, and co)
    • Proper support for symbols
      • resizing
      • swapping symbols
    • Blend modes
    • Multiple fills and borders
    • Artboard states

    Artboard states is something that would naturally go with auto-animate, since you wouldn't have to duplicate the layers, and makes it obvious which layer should transition to a new position and which should fade-in and out. To that end, having a timeline tool that lets you manually adjust the timings would be great as well.

    2 points
  • , 27 days ago

    Just a note for those of you adding questions or comments after 5pm PST on 10/15, we will respond during the following workday (most of our team is based in San Francisco). Thanks and have a good day or night!

    1 point