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InDesign integration

Would like XD to work with InDesign in much the same manner that AI and PSD files do. This might be more of a feature request for InDesign however I imagine they both play a role in working together.

Ultimately, in order for a design to be implemented correctly, we need to provide a detailed UI specification for engineering. This specification is often worked on by interaction and visual designers which is part of what makes InDesign an ideal solution for us.

The prototyping functionality is great for communicating how a design could work, but we still need an accompanying UI spec in order for it to be built correctly. This document is also used as a reference for QA down the line to validate the implementation.

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  • Camila Hardy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Would love Adobe Xd to integrate with indesign as most graphic designers find it much better to work and visualise layout on it. If there was an easier transition it would be amazing

  • Andrew Woodfield commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Bumping this - now more than Ever I think we're getting to the point of an ecosystem in which we can work between the major Adobe apps fluidly - I think InDesign is the missing link in the puzzle (along with maybe Dreamweaver? but won't touch the complexity of that here).

    Please make it so not only can assets be copied to and from both XD and InDesign, but also that each software can open the filetypes of the other - maintaining all aspects of the design intact and fully editable and customizable!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I can copy an artboard as a flattened layer to INDD but I cannot edit any of the graphics/images to create the clickable interactions that clients like to see. It makes no sense to export to After Effects, and not INDD. Adobe, please create products that think of how UX/UI Designers work! We have to have multiple interactive elements, not just a prototyping tool. Other than that, I like how we can copy the CSS/HTML/JAVA and multiple other scripts, but again, behavior is based on code and I cannot employ that without integrating functionality.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    As of this morning, I was able to command copy content from inDesign into XD and it maintained editable text and scalable graphics.

  • Rai Deck commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, Adobe.
    Why always this nonsensical interaction with Illustrator? Photoshop is important, that's true, but everything that is already possible in layouting with XD reminds me, as a longtime InDesign user, on a slow replica of features that already exist in InDesign for years. Modern flat-design websites or app interfaces can be built very quickly in Indesign and above all: very flexibly (linked images, Indesign data placed into Indesign data, formats, etc.). Indesign is already a digital tool, for example to build ePUB documents. It would be a huge help if you could just open Indesign layouts in XD. So today, I'm not fully in XD-User, that would definitely change with a InDesign-Integration.
    By the way: XD so far is already a very interesting software with a very nice UI and an amazing speed. Congratulations!

  • Matt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @joan_lafferty: to answer to your question: «How do you see an XD document translating to an InDesign file?".

    1 - The most important is to be able to copy and paste a screen from XD to InDesign.
    Use case:
    - I need to indicate a lot of specifications for a screen and I need to display the different state of the screen in function of different parameters (If user type A, if user type B, if no network, if no more credit,)
    I'm using InDesign and it is faster to do it if I can copy/paste

    2 - The possibility to get components can be useful, same as with Illustrators, all my screens are on XD, I'm linking the XD file to InDesign, and I can set a specific artboard name to display it. In that case XD is used as a screen components container (I can also add some prototypes). And InDesign is used to details (by text) all specifications, or to be able to provide small specifications dedicated for one sprint instead of delivering everything.

  • Fernando commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    InDesign is a far superior Tool than PhotoShop and Illustrator for Designing Layouts. I don't know why XD Works with PS and AI and not with INDD. Photoshop is for Photo Editing and Illustrator is for working with Vectors. InDesign is for All purpose Layout Design. Please have INDD integrate with XD. XD should ONLY work with INDD.

  • [Deleted User] commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please can you add this feature. We use INDD as our main platform for layouts for our digital designs. XD is great but its not as easy to work with text, asset changes, coloring assets etc. Some say INDD is not for digital design but this suit our purpose as a large studio having to share files with other studios and create multiple versions of one design with alternate layouts. Its the best for precise layouts and If we could open our INDD files iin XD with layers in place that would be the cherry on top.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is exactly the kind of feature that has bloated the older Adobe programs. InDesign is not intended for digital design, and this is not the kind of stuff you should focus on for the future of a great program like XD. Consider this a down-vote.

  • Lisa commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agree with others for ability to use InDesign as part of this workflow as well. InDesign is far superior as a layout tool.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please create a workflow for InDesign and XD. InDesign is best tool for creating layouts, not Photoshop, but InDesign lacks ability to prototype interactivity. If you could add XD functionality to InDesign or vice versa, that would be very useful for designers.

  • Martin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Similar to the original poster: Embedding/linking XD artboards into a InDesign spec document is needed for our workflow.

    (Currently solving this by exporting XD artboards to single page PDF files (to avoid reshuffling of pages), and then link to the PDF's.)

    No real use case for export/copy from InDesign to XD here.

  • Ivan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    InDesign is light years ahead of XD. I would love to see full interaction with INDD. The reality of them actually achieving any of our request is just a fantasy, they can't give us guides.

  • Matt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Xd-Team.

    FIRST PART of our workflow:
    We use InDesign for creating our Screendesigns. No matter how fast Xd might be - it will never be as versatile as InDesign when it comes to Text-Editing, complex Layouts, Master Pages... Most importantly: We can directly place Indesign-Screendesigns into other indd Docs and it will update automatically when changing the designs (e.g. placing UI designs into marketing brochures, etc.) .
    Therefore we will keep creating UI designs in Indesigns!

    BUT for the SECOND PART of our workflow we would love to use Xd:
    Until now we used ID interactivity features to create interactive flash clickdummies. And for creating UI-Flowcharts we placed our Screndesing-indd (original screen resolution) in another indd (with a bigger page size). Both is a versatile but very slow solution and I think Xd will do a much better job on this!

    --> Therefore WE REALLY NEED a perfect ID-to-Xd-integration! We would love to place indd-files directly into Xd, keep them linked and update the links when ever our designs have changed in InDesign. <<--

    Will this be possible?

    Thanks for your grat work. Cheers, Matt

  • Chris Constantine commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would be a tremendous help and overcome a hurdle that currently makes XD less attractive in our studio. In the past we have trialled making designs in Illustrator and exporting the artboards so they can be used in Marvel for prototyping, whilst placing the Illustrator boards in InDesign where annotations/specs can be typeset next to each. The InDesign file is automatically updated each time the Illustrator file is changed and re-saved. The Illustrator/Marvel/InDesign combo gave us artwork, prototype and specifications doc.

    So, when can we expect this integration in XD?

  • Nelson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I need to copy content like text from inDesign without the text being split up into separate letters. Need the option to superscript text and to do all caps.

  • Bekah Wilcox commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree with the OP on the need to place XD artboards into InDesign in order to write development specs. This would allow the designer(s) to maintain the functional prototype in XD and easily update the links in InDesign when there is a change.

  • chuong huynh commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like to see this as well. Before XD was open to the public, I was using Photoshop and Invision. This worked well for a while but as the more screens kept being created and constantly changing, the project was getting hard to manage. We had to create different deliverables for different departments. It was very time consuming.

    Then I started to use Indesign to create my screens. This solved a few problems.
    1. I didn't have to import from photoshop.
    2. All the benefits of Indesign layout and library tools
    3. Creating interaction and export to pdf
    4. High resolution pdf export
    5. Created template for deliverables
    6. Used plugins to create specs

    Well all of this was great, there was a few problems.
    1. Creating additonal screens and interaction was cumbersome.
    2. As more screens were created it got harder to manage
    3. The more screens created, the slower Indesign became

    Adobe XD solved the interaction and screen creation problems. I was able to design and test new screens fairly quickly and easily. The problems I ran into was when I have to export the file to deliver to the different departments.

    Some benefits of Integrating the two.
    1. I can open up an XD file in a prebuilt template I have for presentation.
    2. Exported file will be clean because it being vector based (hopefully)
    3. Creating specs using third party plugins in Indesign
    4. Don't have to export then reimport multiple files into indesign and labeling the pages (very time consuming)

    I am looking forward to this feature.

  • drimlike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @joan - do you have any date for the release of this option? The copy paste partially work, for shapes, but the text blocks are either ignored or damaged. Thanks in advance for your answer :)

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