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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
I need a way to share my prototypes to clients and it cannot be done through clouds. Here are some improvements that would really help with Adobe XD UX.
1. Like illustrator, Adobe XD should be able to export all their artboards into 1 pdf.
2. It would be a bigger plus if all the prototype interaction links are also integrated in that export. Adobe Acrobat has the capability of allowing user to click through a pdf doc and jump from page to page. By adding all the interaction links, I wont have to worry about messing up or missing the links.
3. What would be an even bigger plus is if when exporting as pdf, that XD will auto generate art boards that feature the overlays so that if the previous 2 suggestions happen, the user wouldn't have to worry about missing important interactions..
If you could even just do the first one, it would already be a big improvement. Copying XD items into illustrator doesn't always work and things shift. (Can we also make moving from XD to illustrator more compatible? ) These are all adobe software and it would be awesome to see them being able to interact with each other.
I'm coming from Balsamiq Mockups, just tried XD all day today and feel it is great, YET I cannot believe I cannot export interactive PDFs. My pharma clients need to keep a hard copy of the prototypes for going through approvals... a huge secuencia of pages won't do for them, that is too bad.
Andrea Remondini commented
There is currently no way to export prototypes offline: if the prototype is exported in PDF the links do not work.
Please export links as well.
[Deleted User] commented
Would be nice to export or save file as a dynamic wireframe as one PDF
Kevin Valentin Schulz commented
I'm also looking forward to have this feature! I have to create a lot interactive PDFs for my work and it's always annoying using Id and Acrobat. This feature would be so awesome in Xd!
I ran across this while looking for where this feature might be hidden. Not only would I like this feature, but it would help set XD apart from Sketch. I am pretty surprised this isn't already a thing ;)
Please Adobe, it has been 2016 that we are WAITING for this
Frustrating. I cannot believe this still hasn't happened yet. Other design programs (inDesign) allow you to export clickable PDFs....why not XD? There are times when just the document is required or needed.
Ben Hartman commented
THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN! If you are creating an app or even a website you should be able to add a pdf link
He is talking about "embedding" prototypes (in mockups) into external documents (like PDF). This is of course not possible in PDF format.
In packaging design, you can generate a 360° degree interactive pdf were the client can move the packaging around to look at it from every angle.
Imagine being able to build a pdf presentation (InDesign etc.) and placing 100% Interactives Prototypes on to the slides. (With the device around it or just the screen size).
Ps: I hope responsive prototypes will be available before the end of 2019 #setAdeadlineAndMakeIt.
I know it’s not ideal, but Adobe Acrobat comes with the ability to link to different page views within a document, outside documents, and websites. Currently, I make my PDFs in INDD or XD and export as a PDF then add the links that way. It’s the Edit PDF option under the Tools section. It’s not ideal having to use two apps, but if you’re stuck with Adobe products and don’t have access to another prototyping/wireframing software, it’ll do the trick.