Make Design Spec publicly accessible
At the moment, my development team do not have an adobe subscription, and I often work with external organisations who also do not use adobe either.
As a result, I need the ability to share a public link to the design specs so that they can access it.
We just made release a web update to make design specs links publicly accessible. All your existing as well as new links will be publicly accessible. Hope this new update will help all you guys to better collaborate with your developers .
Keep the feedback coming
Scott Perdue commented
Message from Adobe:
"We hope you have been enjoying Adobe XD. When we introduced Design Specs (Beta) in November 2017, viewers of any published design spec were required to sign-in with an Adobe ID. To make accessing a design spec more seamless, effective as of March 21, 2018, viewing a published design spec will no longer require a sign-in with an Adobe ID. All existing design spec URLs remain the same and are still public links, meaning that anyone who has the link is able to view it. Any new design spec that you publish will also no longer require a sign-in with an Adobe ID."
or at least have a way that third party plug ins can do it and you can support them.
We work with a couple of development teams. Most of them don't have an Adobe Account. SO it makes it our case an almost useless feature as many companies have strict policies and will not create an account to view our design specs.
It is even worse as I cant even export a design spec file.
So at the end this very cool feature isn't really cool but just another aggressive move from Adobe to acquire new clients.
We are looking at make this a more frictionless experience. Watch this space for more updates
Scott Perdue commented
My developers get very annoyed that every time they want to view the specs, they have to both login and accept the agreement. Would love to have an option to remove that requirement. I understand that logging in is useful if they're commenting or something, but I wish it worked like prototypes.
Winnie Abodo Alinga commented
I do agree that it's getting difficult to understand the purpose of asking other users to login, when it's supposed to be sharable through a team, or with clients. Plus the prototype link is accessible by anyone with the link, why is it different here ? Because it's bêta ? Is it possible to reverse this ?
Robert Gutke commented
The fact that this is not publicly accessible yet makes it practically useless for me.
There is no 'Create Public Link' available when publishing Design Specs. I'm running XD 126.96.36.199 (the latest as far as I know) on a Mac. All it says on this dropdown is 'Open Link' or 'Copy Link'. Both links require an Adobe ID to view it.
Maybe this is only available when designing for mobile devices?
AdminJanice Yip (Admin, Adobe) commented
We have released a beta version of Design Specs, where you can share specifications with developers who don't have an Adobe subscription. I was wondering if that's what you're looking for? Please be sure to be on the latest version of Xd. Then it can be found by clicking on the share icon (upper right hand corner), then clicking "Publish Design Specs [Beta]" in the dropdown. Once you "Create Public Link", you can share that link with anyone.
Does this work for you? And if not, what else might you be looking for?
Daniel Blom commented
Since this is a handoff tool, I don't think that's necessary. I will simply ask my developers to create a free account. I expect logging in might have some future purposes..
Jon Hobbs-Smith commented
Another vote here. Having clients create an account (even if it is free) is impractical.
Harun Alikadić commented
Kaue Lima commented that "clients who need to see a Prototype can create a free account to see your design", which is true - CAN, but do not HAVE TO. Users can even comment Prototypes as guests.
Instead, Specs are treated differently. Why? I do not find it appropriate to ask each development team member from external companies to register for an Adobe account, even if it's free. It's seems a forced marketing move.
Kaue Lima commented
The design spec does require an Adobe Account but it can be a free one, not a paid one. I know that having the prototype available without a login would be great but today all your devs or clients who need to see a prototype can create a free account to see your design.