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.
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
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?
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.
Nino Lopez commented
Of course is very useful to copy and past from XD to ID
Bekah Wilcox commented
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
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.
@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 :)
Is it possible (in the near future) to import items or group of items form a InDesign-document?
Like `drag and drop`, using XD and ID on one screen simultaneously?
PLEASE INTEGRATE!! MANY DESIGNERS USE INDESIGN AND EXPORT FOR MANY INCLUDING FOR WEB!! I AM ADDICTED TO LEARNING MORE AND UTILIZING EACH PROGRAM TO FIT AND WORK WITH EACH OTHER EFFICIENTLY. PLEASE!!!
Just as the camera raw interface is to Photoshop, InDesign needs to be interfaced with Xd. There will always be sophisticated text formatting that Xd will not allow. I am inclined to do all of my text in InDesign and then export to png. Wouldn't it be great if I could update text from ID to Xd at any given moment?
Why can I not paste from indesign to Xd. Is this just because you have not built this out yet, Adobe/Joan? Thank you :)
Stijn Wizarts commented
Why not import .indd files into XD?
Or make XD a full indesign for web...
Big request for XD are guidelines, layers, column grids and character/paragraph styles...
Thank you for working on adding this option. It would be ideal if you could copy and past about anything. When you say vectors are you including thing like text boxes or is this specific to rectangles, circles and custom shapes?
IMO Xd and InDesign should be very cross compatible. For example you should be able to grab a text box in InDesign and paste into Xd. Ideally you should be able to grab any InDesign object and paste directly into Xd. That includes text, font styles, vector graphics, images, palette colors - maybe even character and paragraph styles. I'd like the ability to grab an entire InDesign page design and paste it in to Xd. It seems like Xd is InDesign's new born little sister. She can be so much more like her older brother InDesign if only she would mature a bit.
I like what you're doing with XD but it seems to me you are throwing out the baby with the bathwater.
indesign is already the most powerful layout program there is and starting from scratch seems silly.
What I wish you would do is add a digital design toolset/mode to indesign that uses css properties, artboard similar to XD ect...
Of course this won't happen because the XD and Indesign development teams are different teams working on different products but it would have been nice... as it is XD seems so many generations away from being anything I would prefer to indesign.
Prove me wrong XD team.
I've been using indesign as a mockup tool for websites for more than a decade. It's vastly superior to photoshop or illustrator for this job, however it lacks a dedicated toolset for web design or at least a good one so you more or less have to fake but it still works well.
What i'm hoping for is Indesign layout power but with a dedicated web/css toolkit inside of XD. That being said much of what you need to do to improve XD you can discover by studying indesign.
I'm not sure that I necessarily see the need to port projects back and for the between XD and inDesign so long as XD has the layout capabilities to make indesign unnecessary for this use. Copying and pasting would certainly be useful though.
Please integrate Indesign with XD. Indesign is by far the fastest way to layout period. It would be great to import indesign pages into XD and only have to then create the prototyping and effects. Then have the ability to export the assets for dev.
Nate I love your explanation and you explained much better that I ever could.
Fredrik Vindelälv commented
I Would also love the possibility to copy paste objects from indesign into XD. And it would be even better if i could use a library with objects created from Indesign and use them in XD!!!
Richard Ramsay commented
I am all for an InDesign integration with Xd however I mainly see it as an InD --> Xd integration rather than the reverse. Being able to copy/paste objects from InD to Xd would be a huge help for those of us using InD for wireframes and designs that can then be given a little polish when presenting the experience to clients.
Additionally, if Xd could import InD libraries this would be fantastic!
Link to forum post: https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2132445