Vector assets for iOS are PDFs. Not being able to import existing assets directly sucks.
I would like to understand more about your workflow. What are you trying to achieve and what prevents you doing with the latest XD version?
Hernán Sahha commented
i am amazed that this feature is not implemented, and there is not even a single plugin out there for this. you can export to pdf but you can not open one? wtf. designers use pdf format constantly so it is very frustrating not to be able to open one at least, imported as images. very ultra critical feature that should have been implemented years ago. so this is why i switch to figma now
It is critical that adobe make a way to import .pdfs to XD. I am creating flyers constantly in adobe indesign for my sales team, and then being asked much later to have a web banner created to go along with it (at my company having the print assets match the digital assets, is what makes a true marketing "campaign".) It would be beneficial to my workflow to have the ability to pull the .pdf directly into adobe XD and be able to move the vector objects around to format multiple different artboard sizes/ratios. Once the .pdf of the sales flyer is created, it's cumbersome to have to go back and open the original indesign file and pull pieces of it over to XD in order to make this happen.
Kevin Goedecke commented
We've just launched our beta for the PDF to XD converter and you can check it out here: https://xd2sketch.com/converter/pdf-to-xd
Happy about any feedback you guys have 🚀
Balsamic Cloud can export PDF, so this would let us transition from a low-fi, easy-to-learn tool with built-in, common UI interface elements to the higher-fi step of the design process.
We use Balsamic Cloud for collaborative design events. These events include people who don't design full-time and don't know how to use richer tools like XD and Axure. They don't have the time either to learn these tools, and my company is not going to pay a full license for each participant when they'd only use it for about 4 days a year.
Jens Klang commented
How can this not been fixed already?!?!? Every time i try to drag in an premade iOS pdf icon i get surprised it wont allow it. This was asked about in 2016 and Adobe invented the PDF for christs sake!
I then have to use an Android SVG version instead, that does not allow for things like gradients and drop shadows.
Charlotte Kendall commented
I would love to be able to open a PDF file by clicking a certain element on my board. (E.g, opening p the manual). Or to be able to link to an url that holds the pdf and opens as an internet page?
Igor Mikelic commented
I would love to open/import (drag and drop) PDF vectors like SVG. For complex PDF page layout, it would be great that behave like in InDesign if you drop it on a shape you get PDF preview inside that shape ;)
Gaurang Shah commented
Similar implementation that occurs via mac os's finder/preview would be great! If you have the apple notes app available for testing, try dragging a pdf in the and see the magic... same goes for a native mac os sticky note!!! This would be the best implementation to start with in my opinion -- although I use xd for many things outside of design and mockup so I would greatly benefit from any kind of pdf support. But if you're gonna do it, do it right!
Drag and drop, and scroll down into page of the PDF if they are several page.
What feedback do you guys need? We just want simple PDF support. Nothing special, just basics. Cheers
I would like to be able to use vector assets instead of png pre-made assets. Especially since our company has pre-made brand assets for use in our apps (icons, logos, app icons, etc). These live in our shared adobe library but yet I cannot use them inside XD. Having support for importing PDFs would be nice especially from my creative cloud library.
I'd love to use XD for everything but please just try and open a pdf in Affinity and see how well it opens a fully editable document with the option to open a single page or create dartboards of the whole document.. This is what we need in XD. The workflow of opening files in Illustrator and having to copy and paste into XD is over complicated and time consuming.
Jacob Scarani commented
Just drag and drop PDF documents into your design.
Can be used for resumes, flyers, etc.