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Find Font (globally replace one font with another)

Include a "find font" panel like in Adobe Illustrator to globally replace one font with another. Even with the symbol/assets panel this is hard for documents that you did not architect and may require a lot of extra work (i.e. the iOS UI kits in a windows environment where San Francisco font has to be downloaded from third party sources and converted manually to .ttf)

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  • Simon Müller commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    That is a really good idea and an absolute necessity for our Prototypes when we work on different enddevices iOS/Android.

  • Rakel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's not exactly the same as find and replace font, but it essentially does the same thing as long as you set it up a little beforehand. Go to the Assets Panel and you'll see the ability to add character styles. Set this up while you are designing your artboards and then changing it is pretty easy, you can just right click on the style and hit edit... then any instance of that style will be modified.

  • Stevo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    My product manager wants me to change all the fonts to another font because it's not supported in another local language.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You can replace font through Select all > Assets panel > Character styles. Then Edit and select other font.

  • Tim Howard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Casting my vote (a whining plea actually!) for a project wide font replacement function or (perhaps more useful) a font find/change feature.

    I'm starting with a rather robust commercial UI kit and must replace all occurrences of the included font due firstly to licensing restrictions as well as design decisions.

    Manually selecting each of the elements and changing the font is at best an extreme timesink.

    Consideration for near-future implementation would be greatly appreciated and heavily used.

  • JBWHarris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Needs a Find Font function. And all the people saying XD should be more like Illustrator, I'm sure they mean InDesign, an actual layout program.

  • Ron Frank commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Even implementing this without the replacement features but just highlighting the text elements that contain the missing font would be a HUGE first step. Please fix soon.

  • Thomas Hale commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I think following the find and replace font dialog from Adobe Illustrator would be effective here. You could go through each instance 1 by 1, or, you could change all instances.

  • MikeD commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I concur, this feature is needed. Someone commented it could work globally but not piecemeal. I disagree. It could be made to highlight every occurrence so you can piecemeal it, or globally change without highlighting. I also noted when I received my XD files upon start-up, XD told me I was missing 4 fonts. So I looked for them in the Assets panel under All Assets and expanded the character style section. Only one character style was listed for the document (or so I thought). Through trial and error I found you have to open the layers panel, highlight a layer, go to Assets, click the + sign and repeat for each layer to get a list off all Character Styles. It also doesn't seem to find them all in any event because I changed the ones that showed up as missing to something the system could find and they still turn up missing.

  • Scott commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    MaMaLy Thanks. That seems to work, but a find / replace would be a much more beautiful, one stop shop.

  • MaMaLy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Scott-- Even if the person who originally created the file didn't use character styles, you can still use them to replace fonts across the board. You simply pick one of the text objects, add that character style, and then edit that character style with whatever new font you want. It will automatically replace all instances of the original font with the new one. Color replacements work the same way and have been a godsend for me, as our colors keep changing. It's a sweeping change, so this won't work if you want to change a font piecemeal. But if you want to change every instance of a font in your document it works beautifully. The best part is that you don't have to setup the document for it in the first place-- you can do it after the fact.

  • Scott commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree. This is a must and I'm running into this right now. Just been handed over XD files from someone on a Mac and making updates to their files. The Font used is not the exact one that the client uses and so now I have to go and replace every occurrence manually. They didn't use paragraph styles either.

  • Steve commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This feature really is a must. Changing fonts is something you will likely need to do from time to time - it's a design industry application, and to have to do it manually is a step backwards. Fair enough, if you've used the character styles, you can change it there, but most people wont use this, or colleagues will pick up your file and mess up your paragraph styles - either way, this really needs to be included sooner rather than later. Still loving XD though - couldn't design without it now!

  • Thomas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I wonder how often Adobe is hearing make XD more like Illustrator? Not enough. I agree. It's a joke this isn't doable. What the whole design community needed was a stripped down version of illustrator. XD sucks because you started from scratch instead of using decades of R&D via illustrator. Did you think millennials with 14" laptops and 16gb of ram really thought Illustrator and PS were bloated? Ha. I wonder why? ANd so if you use Sketch all you need are 20 buggy plugins to make it do what? Be more like illustrator.

  • Gustav Hammerlindl commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, please! I have actually a big problem with the Open Sans Semibold. A colleague used the font Open Sans SemiBold with a capital "B" and Adobe XD doesn't recognize that the "Semibold" is the same as the "SemiBold". So I have to change the font on each artboard within countless groups. It's a pain and a find and replace font feature would be a huge help! Thanks in advance!!!

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