Plan View similar to Adobe Muse to create sitemaps
XD should have a "Plan" view similar to Adobe Muse that shows the pages in sitemap form. This would allow users to layout the page structure/hierarchy in a sitemap and easily rearrange the structure as needed. Users could then switch back to Design view to work on the wireframes of each page or Prototype view just as they do now.
Currently, I need to use a different application like Balsamiq or Omnigraffle to create my sitemaps and then I need to create wireframes in XD. It would be great if I could do both in XD.
Here we are, 4+ years later and yet nothing to help us design visual sitemaps.
People who used to work on the team told me that "connector lines" were on the roadmap. We had connector lines in the Inspiration app in the late 90s, and in OmniGraffle in the 2000s – now, and they're available with free online and standalone apps, but they're still m.i.a. in XD.
While it would be terrific for XD to offer a robust solution like transforming XML data into maps, or to scan an existing site and then create different forms of maps like PowerMapper does, I'd be satisfied with a much more rudimentary solution compared to the one we now have.
Radial blends and other visual features are nice, but XD's inability to create or modify visual sitemaps is the single greatest reason that it's no longer part of my workflow.
Please add connector lines!
This is really required
joora song commented
can you add a sitemap feature for viewing purpose on web? similar to the attached. thanks.
It's easy to generate an XML file from a URL of an existing Website. This is the first step in upgrading an existing client's website
- Map out their current site
- Analise what they have
- Propose changes and upgrades based on your analysis
Doing this as a team in XD is a no-brainer
....but I'm not going to do that by hand especially if that site is extensive (100 pages) - That would be moronic. I'm not 12 and this is not some class project. I have better things to do with my time (or in 'professional Jargon' - 'I need to better optimize my clients valuable time and resources')
How do I import my XML file into XD and use THAT to generate a site map using the symbols I have in my Library..BECAUSE THAT'S HOW IT SHOULD WORK....am I right...?
Dan Good commented
Would it be possible to add a board similar to the pasteboard that essentially is used for planning the app space to get a better understanding of flow so you can map out the app before starting the design and prototyping.
Just something to save you reorganising artboards later on.
You could draw boxes on the canvas that artboards go inside, with a naming structure to identify different parts of your app. Have lines drawn between so you are ready to start linking in the prototyping phase later once you've worked it all out.
Maybe you can define colours in the boxes, so any artboards that are inside those groups will be highlighted in different colours on the layers/artboard panel. Similar to the highlighting you have on Illustrator.
You could get move all of those artboards within the group just by dragging the group box.
These drawn elements would never be visible on artboards, and could perhaps be collapsable in order to improve focus when you are designing.
Old school UXA chiming in here. Adobe needs to better address the fast paced needs of UX architects with this tool and look seriously at powerful tools for full resize of all grouped elements (including text). Allowing for an annotation layer with vectors allowed in the annotation layer. UX needs are not just a active hi fi prototype like it seems Adobe wants this tool to be, rather include a collection of the following:
- simple auto-spaced tree diagramming (see Omnigraffle... if not built here in XD, then allow for the tree structure of Muse page hierarchy XML export to be imported here in XD or linked for a real structural planning diagram... sorry illustrator is just not the place to do such a thing either).
- allow for basic variables like page number and date... you are already have the numbering in the artboards... just make it more organized... Allow XD to function as a exported PDF presentation - so it can work as either proto or preso.
- add one simple embedded interactive PDf logic (object trigger to page linking). Forcing all users to go get the Adobe app just does not work in large locked institutional orgs. Muse is nt the only tool you need for simple link logic.
- Don't treat the PDF export as a afterthought.... get PDF export right and you will see a dramatic adoption of this product.
- allow for simple guides and grids.
- the order of exported artboards needs to be more logical - seems to through off the intended sequence of exported boards
- In the case of adding automatic diagram logic... Go further than Omnigraffle and be kind enough to allow for structured & copied excel or google spreadsheet to be pasted into a diagram structure in XD or into Muse and give UX'ers system level execution rendering power... Think of it as small scaled system for UX pros (there if you need it).
- allow of artboard naming and allow for that to be a simple variable that can be used to auto list out a simple TOC and or just provide a simple TOC list object in a bolierplate preso symbol set.
- Allow for spellcheck
- allow for fast built in greeking
- make the symbol panel local or universal in simple single symbol external file and allow simple variables in a symbol