Global rulers for the x/y axis.
Blake Gilchrist commented
Almost four years since this was raised and this is still not implemented - incredible.
The last official response was in 2016 from an Adobe software engineer who questioned the need/purpose of rulers and encouraged people to upvote a different feature (guides) which, as most designers will know, serve a useful but different purpose. Staggering that a company with such experience in design software needs to ask these questions when rulers and guides have been a staple of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign for over twenty years?
People in the comments talking rulers and guides as interchangeable terms/concepts isn't helping. What we currently have in XD is *guides* of various types, with the only truly user-controllable ones being at local Artboard level. These are fiddly and you can't even set their X/Y positions manually.
Alberto Carvajal commented
Please include rulers and guides.... to difficult to base align things and spacings without them.
It would be nice if the rulers were visible when working inside the artboard, somehow.
Currently we can drag rulers only if we have access to the artboard borders (left and top borders). It'd be nice if we didn't have to zoom out to be able to drag rulers.
Grace Snow commented
Rulers and guides serve different purposes. Rulers are so so useful when zoomed in on elements.
Guides are good for overall alignment on the page, but I don't want hundreds of guides for everything when rulers would serve what I need
Serkan Zararsız commented
To grap the rulers only from the top and left side of an artboard is very much restrictive. When I have a specific area zoomed in and want to grap a ruler, so its just not possible. I have to zoom out and grap it from the very top – imagine this on a 4000px height artboard! At least make it possible like in InDesign, when I grap a ruler from the left side of an artboard, then it should be possible to hit the "option" key to rotate the ruler from vertical to horizontal!
Another issue is deleting a ruler. There is no right click available. Again, I have to zoom out and then have to grap a ruler and throw it to the side! – come on Adobe, there are much better solutions; just inspire yourself from InDesign. 👍👍
Leonardo Borrero Luz commented
I'm actually for the no-rulers design.
yes this please!!! I dont care about guides within artboard only. Let's say you have two artboards on the wrokspace that are far apart and you need to measure something in copamarison to each other, having million guides within the artboard doesnt help one bit.
Why can't you just make it like it is in Ps or Ai, people have been using it for years and works great for them, why do you want to reinvent the wheel?
Aiman Fakia commented
we need this so much
Ben Berkompas commented
I'd like this for creating guides. There are two reasons:
1. Aligning items across multiple artboards (paste in place helps me here)
2. Quickly creating a guide without having to scroll to the top of the artboard
Please make the pc version of xd like the rest of the adobe suite. With the top bar including , file, edit, windows, view and the lot. Those things are what we are use to. Currently it feels like XD is under developed and as if im using wordpress elementor but even more less. Also we dont have ease of access and control. Great software dont get me wrong, just a big collection of minor bad ui and ux decisions.
Andreas Dobos commented
Guides and Rulers please. And deleting guides as it is in the other programs. As mentioned below, this workflow is a pain. It works perfect in the other programs. It is not necessary to invent everything new. You can copy perfect workflows from other products. There is a good reason why some things are unchanged for years ;)
Loba Ajisafe commented
If you would like rulers I created a plugin for it here's the link:
Still working on it more updates to come in future.
nitai oren commented
Where are the rulers again?
I don’t see why the user need to drag from the edge of the artboard the guide for couple of obvious reasons:
This is not good usability. because when the user is working on something every time he needs to move to the edge of the artboard and physically move the view of the artboard.
But hell why? Again there is the rulers convention you did on Photoshop / Indesign etc…
remember? Why break a good convention?
B. The user don’t know how to pull out a guide because you don’t show a top bar menu with
shortcuts and he needs to search in the internet how to do it. You concealed the
Affordance of the object from the novice users.
C. Question: let’s say this is you convention. So why the user can’t pull a guide from the
Not having rulers is a barrier to switching some of our team members over to XD from Sketch. It turns out, that's a pretty valuable tool in some designers' workflows.
Sebastián Harteneck commented
The addition of guides is great, thank you, but having to scroll to the top of the page (for horizontal guides) everytime you want to drag one onto the artboard is so annoying, as is not being able to drag one onto the artboard if guides are hidden. The way guides work in InDesign would be much more useful - drag them from the ruler which is always visible, and if guides are hidden (but obvs the rulers aren't), dragging a guide from the ruler automatically turns them back on.
Emil Sokolov commented
I am confused. Why is this excuse for a product in Adobe's portfolio?
Reid Dickson commented
While being able to drag guides from rulers is desired, the primary reason is having a frame of reference for scale, particularly when designing for tablets & laptop/desktop resolutions. It'd be really nice to have the ruler be based on whatever artboard is in the center of the screen (changing if a user selected a different artboard even if it isn't centered). Really hope this gets added at some point... It's difficult to go without after working in Photoshop and Illustrator for so long.
LORRAINE N commented
how utterly ridiculous. something so intuitive and normal. like my left arm. you're adobe. master of all things digital authoring. was someone asleep at the wheel when designing XD?
It's utterly insane that this is unincluded feature needs to be upvoted in order for it to be implemented. The only thing crazier is how many years this deficiency has been called out with no action being taken.