Display online comments in desktop application
It's great to have add and see comments in the online prototype. But even better (for the designer) would be to see those comments in the design file.
I envision a third tab next to Design and Prototype: Comments (or Feedback). When you go to that tab, you see all your artboards, but you also see any comments that have been made on the online prototype. Pin or bubble icons (or whatever) appear next to artboards with comments, which you can click to pull up the comments in a comments panel (similar to the layers and symbols panels, but perhaps on the right side of the screen). In that panel, you can navigate your comments for that artboard, reply, resolve, etc.). Ideally, you could zoom out in this panel to see a list of all your comments (as you can zoom out to see a list of all your artboards in the layers panel). What's helpful about that is when you only have a few comments left, you can easily find them without having to zoom out on your pasteboard to find them visually.
But comments are only online, you say! How would they get into the file? Wouldn't it be great if every time you click Update Link, not only did it upload any updates to CC, but it downloaded any comments that have been made?! Right?! And when you resolve comments or reply, clicking Update Link sends the updates up to CC. Naturally, the wording and UI would need to be changed to reflect more of a syncing functionality rather than just updating a link.
Why would this be so valuable? The entire value proposition of Adobe XD is that we designers don't have to go back and forth between two or more platforms, but could do everything in XD. This would allow that vision to be real. Otherwise, we still have to toggle between XD and a browser window. But if all comments could be downloaded into the file, we could see comments on our designs and change them right there and then!!! That, my friends, would be amazing.
Dustin Wood commented
Just had my first project where the AE added comments to the web link. I was going crazy trying to find where to turn them on in the desktop app. Turns out Adobe is crazy for not putting them in there. What's the point of having them then?
This is one of the main reasons for using Figma over XD. It seems an obvious feature to add.
This is even more relevant now than it was in 2017, when the feature request was originally created. Since then co-editing in XD became a feature.
Co-editing is an incredible feature that I'm so happy to have. However, now that there's many of us working at the same time on the desktop XD app (within the same cloud-shared files), it's become a pretty big hindrance to not be able to annotate and share information without publishing a link and commenting there.
What would be ideal:
1. An option for comments or threads of comments, attached to an artboard (like they're absolutely positioned relative to the artboard) would be amazing
2. Also, the ability to toggle this comment/annotation layer on/off in a dedicated place, like toggling the grid
It would be better if I can see (as a developer) comment from my colleague in the XD desktop version. At this time I have to go to the web version then check the comment.
Filip Miloszewski commented
This single feature makes collaboration in Figma a better tool for design feedback in larger teams
We've been working in XD for 3+ years have a ton of resources / design systems / etc maintned in XD and are still considering a migration to Figma.
I would really, really love to see this one implemented in XD
It would be great if i can see (as a developer) the comment from my colleagues in the XD desktop version. At this moment i need to go to the web version the check the comments.
Furthermore, this is an amazing application!!
The whole concept around "Share" mode feels a little against what cowork does. It kind of feels as you were uploading it somewhere and you need to go there to see comments instead of having all of it in XD. It would be great if Share mode contained all comments pinned on the designs so you don't have to switch to the browser to read the comments and then make changes. This way we're closer to what Figma does but closer to "PMs got their own way of seeing designs by using the browser" and the designer can still fiddle around in XD to see comments and make changes.
This would speed up my workflow and integrate the share-functionality more into XD instead of uploading it "to a website".
Seth Erickson commented
Please at comments into the app so we don't have to jump back and forth between the browser and the design view to update the file.
Jeff Gage commented
Allow the designer to see/add Share mode comments while in Design mode.
This would allow the designer to see the comments made online from within the application and allow the designer to respond with questions and such without having to deal with two screens. When I first learned of this feature this is how I assumed it worked and was shocked when I finally figured out that it doesn't. I just thought I was doing it wrong.
In design process I always have to leave comments for the developers. At the moment I use yellow boxes and places them. But this disturbs the layout for the stakeholders
I've seen many projects where comments were written around artboards. They admitted it's ugly and not easy to maintain, but still they wanted a single place to look at instead of searching slack, email, and any other places including comments on shared link.
So I think adding Comment panel as a 4th panel would increase productivity a lot.
Yes! Please more collaboration inside the desktop app to solve corrections really fast (without switching from browser to app and back)
Idea is to add the third navigation item to XD to allow users to view & respond stakeholder comments without leaving the app.
This would improve overall speed & consistency greatly.
It would be good if you could add additional information for the developer.
Currently, I need to have a seperate browser window open next to XD while I am designing to refer to comments made by clients and to resolve them. It would be very helpful to show comments in a new panel directly in XD while I am designing which I could view, resolve and reply to without needing the review link open in another window.
In Unreal Ungine Blueprint system there is really great organizer which you can add comment (or title) and color, sample down below:
Great topic and well written. Do you have any more resources about this that you recommend?
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