This was highly debated and designers are split on whether they want this or not. We may provide a preference in the future.
David Knell commented
The one thing that bothers me most about using XD--and it bothers me every time it happens--and it happens dozens of times per XD session--is when you go into Text mode by typing T, and then you click on the artboard and type in your text, and then you go to select another object but--and I've never gotten used to this because literally no other design tool does this by default--instead of selecting the object, it creates a new empty text box. All other design tools that I've used (Sketh, Figma, InVision Studio, Principle) switch back to Select mode when you click out of a text box in edit mode. Figma allows you to turn this off--or rather turn "Keep tool selected after use" on--but it's not selected by default.
Honestly, this is one of the main reasons it hurts to use XD and why I am leaning towards other design tools right now and as I build up my design team. Call me picky, but it's just so bothersome. I wish it weren't. Maybe this is how Photoshop works and so you want to keep it consistent for Adobe projects. Fine. But can you pleeeeeeease make this a preference we can turn off?
Travis Ray commented
After you create a shape or perform another action, XD should switch back to the arrow tool automatically.
Данил Трубицын commented
I agree. I don't use XD for this reason alone.
Completely agree with Ritch.
I would also add that many ux designers have been working with Sketch over the last couple of years. So the switch should feel natural and fit the mental model that has been built using sketch. I have used sketch to for a while now and had never noticed how useful the automatic switch is until i used xd and got really annoyed by not having it.
More often than not I want to move or resize the shape I just made, not make another one. In XD I have to go back to the mouse pointer first.
I would also rather duplicate an exisiting shape then draw a new one so it doesn't make sense for me to keep it on drawing shapes.
Benjamin Betz commented
Put it in the settings if people are split about that feature. :)
Benjamin Betz commented
I really don't like the fact that after creating a shape (like a rectangle) the "Rectangle-tool" is still active. Make it possible to auto switch back to the "Select-tool" after creating the first shape. (Maybe in the Settings-Menu)
Johannes Pokkinen commented
This is one of my favorite features in Sketch. Hope you can make it a preference! Huge timesaver.
Tobias Björsberg commented
Please implement this. Just because I want to make a rectangle, I want to make rectangles for eternity. Nobody makes rectangles for eternity. (And don't say you can just hit esc or whatever to go back to the select tool. That's just arrogant)
I really really want this as well
Once I am done drawing a shape please make the select tool active so I can move my shape right away. This is how it is in any major graphic app today and it really hurts my user flow.