Export interactive PDF with clickable "PageTo" links
Please add the option to export all artboards of the prototype as a PDF document of many pages, preserving prototype interactivity saving links as PDF internal "pageTo" links (or invisible linkTo rectangles).
So that in this way the prototype can be navigated in the PDF file like on a web page (transitions excluded of course).
This would allow a very efficient "deliverable" design document for the client.
Love this feature to be added! I do a lot of work with Slides (deck / keynote / powerpoint) just to make interactive pdfs, I really need the link to slides feature (as in page to links) working and easy to use. Some of my Decks are 300+ pages, with link to slides multiple per page. Example Lookbooks catalogue, Brand Manual.
Doing this in XD would be awesome & why I'd like it:
A, It keeps me using XD and not having to keep switching between many apps Keynote / Powerpoint or Designing within Figma / Sketch.
B, Convenience for handoff clients, ease of use and internal communication.
Aliza Ackerman commented
YOOOO I NEED THIS RN HAHAH this would save me from having to reexport and put this file into indesign just to make this happen. Idk why this isn't a thing yet.
This feature is needed to build interactive portfolio projects.
This would be a great feature to add to XD, and badly needed! I find XD is very convenient to design presentation and internal communications material, and not being able to create interactive pdfs is a real pain point. Thank you!
Why is this still not a thing?
Before responsive, InDesign created prototypes utilizing the "folio" panel. Not exactly the best, but at least there was an option for exporting a prototype to a client to give a good example of the UI/UX. I natrually expected XD to have this feature -but better! Can't believe it doesn't.
[Deleted User] commented
Why does this feature not already exist!?
Bob Wolf commented
We ALL want to be able to export an interactive Pdf from XD adobe.
Placing interactivity into XD is a delight, easy and clear as a juxtapose, placing interactivity into documents in InDesign is a royal pain in the... So either add the same ease of creating interactivity from XD into InDesign, or just add the ability to export to a Pdf with interactivity from XD.
Please could you at least tell us what stage you're at with this feature request? Is it ever going to happen? If not why not?
Yes, please! We want to create beautiful interactive portfolios!
Abhishek Dutta commented
This a brilliant idea. Can be thought upon.
Rob Hutchings commented
Not sure why transitions should be excluded! With the neglect that InDesign has faced in the digital documents area, it would be great to have some kind of handover from InDesign where you could turn a print document into a digital one. If not that, a fully fledged export interactive PDF function from XD would be ideal
I have to agree. With Adobe removing so much of the interactive components in inDesign 2020, a lot of people are going to have to convert to XD. If it was possible to have the interactive PDF, I could completely move over to XD.
For me, it would be particularly useful to be able to just send a linked interactive PDF to a client - where they can click through the app quickly (or quickly send it to someone else in their company).
I'd need 3 things: 1) I want to send a file others can save 2) without them having to log in somewhere or install a specific app. 3) while still being able to see the flow of the app and how it is supposed to work. Working links, not just static pages.
Communication is a lot more efficient (and it's more likely for me to get quick responses) when everyone I send the file to can just open it on their devices with tools they already have. But it is important that the buttons still work. When I press a button in the PDF, I need to be taken to the correct next page - like with internal links in interactive PDFs that InDesign can export. The functionality is often hard to understand on static pages without links and require phone calls or long emails which cost a lot of time.
Also in research projects, it can be incredibly complicated to have people download an app (sometimes this needs specific permissions from the ethics board) when often it would be enough to have an interactive PDF they could be sent and use with PDF readers they have already installed. An interactive PDF that has all the buttons working, but no animations, would be more than sufficient and save a lot of trouble.
EDIT: I forgot to mention why online preview doesn't fully fit my needs. In a nutshell, it's too unstable. When I gather feedback, I want to make sure that everyone talks about the same version of the design. And when I reference the conversation later, having an archived copy of the design is essential. Organizing, archiving and referencing different versions basically requires a somewhat functional, offline copy.
Additionally, when ethics boards and sensitive information are involved, you really want a file and not a web link.
Suhasini Basu commented
I’m looking for more specifics as to what you’re looking at for this feature, would like to understand more about the workflows which you feel will be solved by this feature request. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Software Engineer, Adobe
Yea, I’m really surprised by now this isn’t a feature by now. I sent an XD comp to a client that was 1280px in width for each art board but when he got it he said it was too small for him to see. A PDF? No problem. Now if it could just keep those interactive elements. Doesn’t InDesign do this already?
We can export all artboards as PDF, which is a great option, but we need working links inside those PDFs, too! We can live without fancy transitions and animations in those PDFs. Why we can create PDF links within Illustrator, but we lose them when exporting from XD?
Other option would be a clickable HTML, SVG or Image files loaded into a browser. We have those options with Balsamiq, Invision, Marvel, etc, but XD is simply better to use and lacks this feature.
Erik W. G. commented
We are currently using a different wireframing tool to deliver prototypes to our customers due to this (unfortunately, it's a very old one too). If Adobe considers exporting clickable PDFs (excluding transisiton effects and so on) as an important feature to add - I could finally put this old stupid tool to where it belongs (and I could encourage my team (company with 100+ people) to change to Adobe XD too).
Need this please! Delivering clickable mockups to clients that they can pass on without cloud and preview offline is huge.
@Arun Kaza thank you for informing me that exporting pdf in 1 file exists! I just updated XD and the option is there.
I hope the adobe XD team will consider point 2, 3, and making XD compatible to illustrator because I think it will really address the need of adobe XD users who can't share their prototypes through cloud to developers due to confidentiality.
Thank you for reaching out and submitting your request to us!
Today in XD, you can actually export the artboards as a single PDF file via File-->Export option and set the export format as PDF. What this does is that it will put each artboard an image and export into PDF format. Encourage you to give this a try and let us know if this helps you?
Note that there is no interactivity information present currently, which I think is your point no 2 & 3.