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  1. Fixed elements in scrolling artboards (header, nav bar, etc.)

    Since you already started with scrollable area inside artboard, it would be awesome if we could define sticky header. For example, one page website has a lot of content, but I want to create sticky header so when I scroll down, it stays at the top. Maybe you could add the option so we can define the group and assign the sticky header option to it. That way on any artboard we can just assign that option to it and that's it.

    5,551 votes
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    973 comments  ·  02 : Prototype mode  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Fixed elements are finally here!! We’re incredibly excited to announce that you can select any top-level element in your artboard and click “Fixed Position” to fix your element anywhere in the viewport.

    To learn more about this feature, watch the video here: https://youtu.be/3fWBkV5S6U4

    Please do continue to file and upvote issues in UserVoice – your voice really does make a difference!

    -Elaine

  2. Guides

    An ability to drag out persistent guides to an artboard and have other objects snap to it

    3,460 votes
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    385 comments  ·  01 : Design mode  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    I’m happy to announce that starting today, with the latest update, Artboard Guides functionality is part of XD!

    Creation is very simple, you can simply point to the top and left of any artboard, click and drag to create guides.

    You can check how Guides work in a short video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnalFtR2KMA ) or check out Adobe XD’s help pages to see all the details of the feature (https://helpx.adobe.com/xd/help/artboards-grids.html#custom-artboard-guides).

    Happy designing!

  3. Basic Text Transform: all caps, all lowercase

    Add basic text transform like there is in Illustrator to make it easier and faster for developers to code your designs. Our developers have to waist time retyping text for layouts that have already been designed. At least basic uppercase and lowercase.

    2,759 votes
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    269 comments  ·  01 : Design mode  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi everyone,

    I’m glad to announce that the text uppercase, lowercase and title case transformations are now available with the XD 19 release.

    Pro Tip: You can apply the transformations to characters styles and make global updates across the document.

    Learn more about text improvements and our May release here: https://theblog.adobe.com/xd-may-2019-update-create-design-systems

    Enjoy and let us know your feedback!

    Best,
    Dan

  4. Global Style/Color Edits

    Provide the ability to change multiple objects/elements within a document and/or across artboards.

    Example: Ability to increase font size within a button across all artboards (without multi-select)
    This is similar to increasing font size within a repeatable grid—all increase.

    Another example: replace/swap a theme color throughout the document.

    2,404 votes
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    110 comments  ·  01 : Design mode  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi XD Community,

    I’m glad to announce that you could do global character style or color edits in XD through the assets panel. Just add your colors and character styles to the assets panel, and once you edit any of the color / character style properties in the assets panel, those edits will propagate to all objects or symbols that inherit those properties.

    ProTip – Color Merging in the assets panel: you could also merge colors in the assets panel by copying the Hex value of one color and pasting it into another. All objects or symbols that have the old color will automatically inherit the new merged color.

    To learn more about managing your colors and character styles in XD’s assets panel, please check the following resources:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu5khe2H2-c
    https://helpx.adobe.com/xd/help/assets-symbols.html

    If you have any feedback or suggestions around how to improve this feature and other assets panel features, please create…

  5. 2,347 votes
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    309 comments  ·  01 : Design mode  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve delivered Layout Grids in the November release of XD. We’d love specific feedback on Layout Grids as we continue to grow, so I’m closing this feature request. If you have specific additional functionality you’d like to see in the Layout Grid feature, please do file it as a new feature request in the Design feature area!

    Thanks,

    -Elaine

  6. Responsive artboards / adaptive layout constraints for resizing

    Similar to Edge Reflow, it would be great to have the ability to prototype responsive design ideas with a fluid, flexible canvas. Web designers need a good tool for this there really isn't anything out there to test out responsive design solutions.

    2,339 votes
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    137 comments  ·  01 : Design mode  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello,

    With last week’s update of XD, we introduced Responsive Resize – a way to easily resize your elements as you adapt them to different screen sizes. This should massively speed up your workflow.

    Download the latest version of XD to give it a try, and check out a 3 min overview of it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKvg8_8jv10&t=2s

    Look forward to hearing what you think!

    Hoyle

  7. 2,237 votes
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    173 comments  ·  02 : Prototype mode  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We’re so excited to announce that overlays are now available in our June release! With this feature, you can set any artboard as the overlay target of another artboard and visually place it in the right place in the viewport. Please do let us know what improvements you’d like to see in this feature as individual tickets in UserVoice – we’re listening!

    To learn more about overlays: https://youtu.be/3fWBkV5S6U4

    -Elaine

  8. Generate specs / measurements / style guide for developers

    What definitely needed in the Design community is to ease the design-development delivery-review phase. To unload both of the sides.

    A lot of different platforms, tools, plugins were meant to do that and none of them is fully unloading and simplifying that process.

    PNG Express, Specking, Avocode, Markly, Zeplin, Craft, Marketch etc...

    I believe there is a need in having some specifications delivery service, styleguide generating service.

    Specs:
    + Measuring distance from text line height (because that's how developers do), not font size.
    + Ability to adjust the UI on the go with automatic sepcs changing
    + Ability to select…

    1,816 votes
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    274 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We’re pleased to announce that our Design Specs feature is now available as a Beta in our November release. You can read more about it on our announcement blog post here: https://blogs.adobe.com/creativecloud/november-update-of-adobe-xd/

    The Design Specs feature is just the first step for us in this space, and we’re looking for your feedback on the feature. In order to focus on the feedback, we’ve created a new feature area that you can target when you file new ideas: 09 Design Specs. Please remember that you should file one idea per submission, so that we can better aggregate your feedback.

  9. Scale/resize symbols individually

    I love the addition of symbols to XD, only let down (beside the ability to re-organise them which is already posted as an idea) is that I have to create a new symbol for every required size.

    Please let us scale the symbols

    1,703 votes
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    151 comments  ·  01 : Design mode  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi All,

    We’re excited to announce that with our May release, we have introduced Components (previously known as symbols). Components are design elements with unmatched flexibility that help you create and maintain repeated elements while varying the instances for different contexts and layouts.

    You can create a master component to define a reusable element, such as a button, and you can change any of its properties to customize instances of that element (Size & Layout, Style and Appearance, and Structural overrides). Changes you make to an individual instance are specific to that element, but changes you make to the master propagates to all the instances where the property hasn’t been customized.

    Components now could also be responsively resized with the same powerful capabilities of responsive resize baked in.

    Finally, you could link components across documents to maintain a single source of your components using the Link Assets feature or simply…

  10. 1,316 votes
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    feature-completed  ·  102 comments  ·  01 : Design mode  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Import Photoshop / PSD

    Import Photoshop file with options to select layers and/or artboards.

    This would increase ease of use and workflow, so a user is not always switching between apps. Import options for layers, artboards, or even layer comps, would also cut down a lot of rework.

    1,287 votes
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    159 comments  ·  06 : Integration with other tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi everyone,

    I’m glad to announce that we’ve just released this feature!

    You can bring your Photoshop files into XD by simply opening a PSD file with the CMD-O command or by selecting “Open” from the “File” menu. Your file will automatically convert into a new XD file with your artboards, layers, and assets editable and at a high fidelity.

    You can find more details about March release here:
    https://theblog.adobe.com/march-2018-update-adobe-xd/

    Note that we bring in Photoshop elements and effects that can be mapped to XD’s functionality, the rest are either rasterized or not transferred yet to the XD file. Learn more about what is supported here:
    https://helpx.adobe.com/xd/kb/open-photoshop-files-in-xd.html

    Let us know your feedback.

    Thanks,
    Dan

  12. Flip vertical/horizontal

    I am trying to create icons in XD and want to make sure they are symetrical but there is no flip option in the edit menu.

    I tried to use the width, height and coordinates to do this but without guides, or the ability to unlock the ratio this does not work either

    1,124 votes
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    feature-completed  ·  157 comments  ·  01 : Design mode  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Import Illustrator / AI

    Import Illustrator file with options to select layers and/or artboards.

    This would increase ease of use and workflow, so a user is not always switching between apps.

    1,072 votes
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    37 comments  ·  06 : Integration with other tools  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi everyone,

    I’m happy to announce that with version 13 you can natively open Illustrator files in XD. Layers, artboards, effects, symbols and artwork are preserved, editable and at the best visual fidelity.

    To open an Illustrator file in XD, do one of the following:
    - In XD, select File > Open. Navigate to the required folder, select an .ai file, and open in XD. You can also use the Cmd+O (Mac), or Ctrl+O (Windows) keyboard shortcuts.
    - Drag the Ai file over the XD icon (on Mac only).
    - Right-click the Illustrator file and select Open with > XD from the sub menu.

    Here’s a list of what’s supported and not supported at this time: https://helpx.adobe.com/xd/kb/open-illustrator-files-in-xd.html

    We’re also working on adding the same transfer fidelity for copy & paste from Ai workflow, so keep an eye on our next releases.

    Thanks for voting this feature and let us know…

  14. Underline text

    You can easily make text bold or italic in XD, but not underlined. There should be an Underline style or toggle button for creating designs with links, etc.

    1,065 votes
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    102 comments  ·  01 : Design mode  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    You can now underline text in the December release of Adobe XD. If you’re interested in improvements to the underline feature (like adjusting the distance between the underline and the baseline), please do feel free to file that as a separate ticket!

    -Elaine

  15. Image cropping / repositioning within shape mask (after dragging bitmap into a shape)

    Provide the ability to reposition/move images within masks.

    If you make a mask via Object > Mask With Shape, then you can double-click into it to reposition the image (or other content) within the mask.

    However, if you drag an image file onto a shape, it gets masked by the shape and you CANNOT reposition the image or adjust the cropping. It is auto-cropped to fill the shape when you resize it, but you don't currently get full control of the cropping.

    1,033 votes
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  16. 894 votes
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    feature-completed  ·  70 comments  ·  01 : Design mode  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Layers Panel

    It would be a good way to organize elements if we have the layer panel. Locking and unlocking elements is just a click away.

    885 votes
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    94 comments  ·  01 : Design mode  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Reusable symbols / master objects

    It would be very helpful to have symbols in order to have reusable elements that can be updated in one place and have those edits instantly take effect in all instances/artboards in the design.

    834 votes
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    131 comments  ·  01 : Design mode  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    I’m happy to say you can now use symbols in the November release of Adobe XD!

    Thanks to everyone who voted on this — it honestly does make a difference in making this happen sooner.

    There are lots of ways we could expand on this initial set of symbol features. Please let us know your opinion by upvoting follow-up suggestions like these:

    And as always, feel free to file new suggestions if you have other ideas that aren’t posted in UserVoice yet!

  19. Saving color palettes - shared across documents or users

    I want to have a consistent set of swatches, with the ability to import saved palettes or to share/export a palettes. It would be nice to have access to multiple palettes as well

    821 votes
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    25 comments  ·  01 : Design mode  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Everyone!

    We’re excited to announce that with XD May release, you could now create a single source of truth for all your colors, character styles, and components in an XD cloud document and reuse all your assets in your XD documents.

    With the linked assets feature, you can easily share and consume not only components — or what was formerly known as symbols — but colors and character styles as well. This is incredibly handy if you are sharing sticker sheet with your team or reuse design elements across projects.

    Linked Assets complement the workflow of linked components. When you modify a linked asset in the source document, all the consuming documents with those linked assets receive update notifications. From there, you can choose preview and accept the updates.

    To learn more about this feature check out:
    letsxd.com/whats-new
    helpx.adobe.com/xd/help/linked-assets.html

    Please give it a try and let us know what…

  20. Export overview of all artboards: showing interaction flows, annotations, specifications

    I would like to share my full document to my team in order to communicate all specifications I added. This would help them giving a bit more context to the prototype and also be able to see all the different states of a pattern to build.
    Maybe save as a PDF file or also online?

    788 votes
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    141 comments  ·  03 : Sharing on the web  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We’ve released the Design Specs feature in our November release as a Beta. You can now publish a Design Spec, which will show your developer an overview of the flow and allow them to introspect measurements and styles. We’re working on additional functionality based on this foundation, so I’m closing this feature as completed in order to get new suggestions as to what specific additions you’d like to see to the Design Specs feature.

    Please also note that we now have a new feature area called “Design Specs” in UserVoice, so please file new feature requests there! As a reminder, please file one suggestion per UserVoice submission so that we can better aggregate!

    -Elaine

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