Dan Rodney

Dan Rodney

instructor, web developer, designer Joined over 6 years ago

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  • Posted to AMA: What’s Next for Adobe XD?, in reply to Kyle Galle , Nov 28, 2017

    Upvoted and new idea posted :)

    3 points
  • Posted to AMA: What’s Next for Adobe XD?, in reply to Kyle Galle , Nov 28, 2017

    2x JPEGs typically should be compressed more than 1x JPEGs, so being able to individually set quality would be extremely useful, otherwise I'd have to do two separate exports (each with a different quality) and merge the results.

    SVG export (these are all features found in Illustrator's "Export As"):

    • Ability to minify the SVG but keep ID's (useful for coding animations)
    • Being able to control whether width/height are coded (Illustrator's poorly named "responsive" option).
    • Converting text to outlines upon export (without having to convert the design).
    • Controls for whether CSS or presentation attributes are used

    Animation is being much more heavily used in websites again, so I want to be able to animate anything on a page. While I will probably code a webpage using GreenSock or CSS animations, I want to be able to incorporate animation into designs at an earlier stage (because it's hard for clients to envision how animations will work or affect the page). It could be animations of any type, including scrolling and parallax animations.

    2 points
  • Posted to AMA: What’s Next for Adobe XD?, Nov 28, 2017

    Off the top of my head, here are a few things I'd also like to see:

    • 2x JPEG export, with separate quality settings for 1x and 2x
    • Control over SVG code export (like we have in Illustrator)
    • Guides, or update Layout Grids to add a guide in the middle of each gutter (important when designing with web grids like Bootstrap).
    • Flexible sized symbols. For example, a button symbol: buttons with more text should be able to get wider than other buttons with less text.
    • Animation
    2 points
  • Posted to Adobe XD November Update, Nov 15, 2017
    • JPG Export: Please correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems the JPEG export is limited to the current size (1x), so it's majorly handicapped until we can export a 2x JPEG (like we can with PNG). While you're at it, please please please let us choose separate qualities for 1x and 2x JPEGs (2x JPEGs should typically be compressed more than 1x). We can do that in Photoshop, so XD should be able to as well.

    • Layout Grid: I've often wondered why all design tools (Sketch, Photoshop, and XD) forget about guides to mark the midpoint between the columns. When working with Bootstrap grids (and others), knowing the midpoint location is essential for designing.

    3 points
  • Posted to AMA: Adobe XD 2017, Aug 30, 2017

    Why were character styles implemented so poorly? You can't name them. You can't see what style is currently applied, if you resize a text box, the style connection is lost (with no way to indicate whether it is connected or not). There are no paragraph styles so text alignment can't be saved into a style (plus there's no space before or after a paragraph). Seriously though, Adobe InDesign has awesome style sheets and Adobe XD launches with such poorly implemented styles... it makes me wonder why? InDesign's approach of dealing with overrides, etc is just awesome. This implementation of styles is the weakest of any Adobe app I've used so far, and seems rushed for the sake of getting it to market. That doesn't seem like a good approach as new users are evaluating XD and seeing poorly implemented features... it will not be good for their impression of XD.

    I'll second the comment about CC Libraries being a new window. That's just weird. Everything else is neatly contained in the main window, so should CC Libraries. But why was that feature even implemented now, when basic features like guides and JPEG export are still missing?

    10 points
  • Posted to Show DN: We created a mac app for free stock photos, in reply to Sven von Osten , May 24, 2017

    I want to like Zoommy, but the search is so bad I found it's not worth using. It doesn't find many images that I'd find if searching on the original sites.

    0 points
  • Posted to Should I buy a Mac and switch to Sketch?, in reply to Nice Shoes , Apr 05, 2017

    Remember that XD is beta software. While XD shows promise, it's far from being ready for professional production work. It has no styles, no JPEG export, no grids, and more.

    0 points
  • Posted to Designing Retina Web Graphics in Photoshop: Should You Work at 1x or 2x?, in reply to Art Vandelay , Feb 10, 2017

    I am a developer too. There's no problem implementing my designs.

    0 points
  • Posted to Designing Retina Web Graphics in Photoshop: Should You Work at 1x or 2x?, in reply to Art Vandelay , Feb 10, 2017

    So trying to support my opinion is being condescending? What about all of you who disagree? Are you all condescending? I'll change my opinion when I see a convincing argument against it.

    0 points
  • Posted to Designing Retina Web Graphics in Photoshop: Should You Work at 1x or 2x?, in reply to Rhys Merritt , Feb 10, 2017

    I never said Photoshop was the ideal web design app. I used to use Macromedia Fireworks. I use Sketch. I use whatever design tool I need to. Sometimes I get to choose, sometimes I have to fit into a workflow with a client or company and it's not up to me. In the professional world I still encounter many people (and studios) that use Photoshop for web design. And if you have to use it, you have to decide how to design. Talking about Photoshop doesn't mean I'm endorsing it.

    0 points
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