Showing Layers AND Assets at the Same Time
I can't believe this suggestion doesn't already exist, but I work on a 32" or a 27" monitor all the time. I have plenty of screen real estate. Why not let me view both Assets and Layers panels at the same time?
I'd prefer to stack the panels … just like XD does on the right side … and every other design app has always done.
XD needs a UX designer.
Mendim Rafuna commented
When I created my Feature Request this month, I was like how no one requested this just for someone to merge it with this 4 year old request of that feature.
Seriously why would you open a UserVoice page just to ignore everything your customers ask for?
Also imagine having all this space but you still have to scroll in a tiny scroll box to find the state you need. 🥱
David Walters commented
This whole thread has me dying laughing.
Nothing like a UX-specific product with bad UX and completely ignored user feedback.
Katya Austin commented
Adobe, please add this feature. People have been asking for it since 2017 (in this thread at least) as it is much needed UX improvement.
Tedious! How do people build anything complex with XD? I've recently switched from sketch and there are things about XD that are great but overall use and organization of symbols, colors, font styles is SO tedious to use! Am i missing something?
Mendim Rafuna commented
I think that Adobe XD is the only Adobe app that doesn't follow the same idea of re-organizing or arranging tools and panels which in my mind it's the most important option for user experience and efficiency.
I would love to see an updated user experience that allows opening multiple panels and rearrange them the way it suits the user instead of going back and forth with some shortcuts that require both hands on the keyboard to execute or moving your mouse at the bottom of the screen every two seconds.
Most of us have monitors that can easily fit multiple panels and windows on screen but most of the screen area goes to waste when working on XD.
* Also when scrolling your long list of components, you lose sight of the color assets. If you need to use them, you have to scroll up.
I can't believe this hasn't either been addressed, or had more votes! It's so annoying when you're building out a design system and you need to go between a library, the components and the layers to make tweaks between them all. So many unnecessary clicks....
Simon Mitchell commented
Totally agree that the character style should be automatically highlighted in the asset panel when selected. Tedious to keep manually revealing...
Brad Jerger commented
I use figma and sketch and they have faster ways to switch between instances of components and type styles in the UI without having to go into an assets panel and leave your layers view. Is there a quicker way to switch between font styles if you have a block of text highlighted on your art board?
There's also no indication in the UI when you have a block of text highlighted to quickly see which character style has been applied. You have to right click to reveal the style in assets panel.
Alex W commented
Please split the toolbars for Assets, layers and plugins so you can access all of or a section of each of them all at the same time.
Chris Amani commented
I do agree. This is so annoying and unlike every other creative application. Customizing the viewport is essential for an optimal workflow. Needs to be fixed ASAP.
Toby Hallam commented
Switching between libraries and layers is really tedious when you have to do it 1000x a day.
Allow these two panels to be pinned open at the same time. This would be a massive productivity time-saver.
Switching between panel it's so annoying. :(
Mike BW commented
I find myself switching back and forth very frequently between the Layers and Libraries panels, so much so that I think it would be more efficient for me to be able to have both open at the same time. Perhaps in a pop out panel?
UX Designer commented
And now we have to add to this CC Libraries because someone thought it was a good idea to make it so I can't see shared libraries at the same time as my documents' components? ...What?
First they constrained the libraries inside the XD workspace - which was frustrating enough, not to mention inconsistent with every other development software Adobe publishes (and we all use) - and now this?
Just let us customize our workspaces so we can decide how we want to work... just like we do in InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere, etc.
So many of us are working large, and wide-screen monitors these days that there's no reason NOT to have this. Also other programs allow us to TOTALLY customize what panels and windows we have open and visible. Give us a little more flexibility in XD's UI!
Bryan Young commented
I couldn't agree with you more. It is insane how much they have "Windows 8'ed" the design, to the point where you can't find anything, or, once you find it, have to burrow your way through 1000 clicks to get to it!
Quit trying to protect me from complexity! Quit making things inaccessible in the name of modern design! I'm not creating prototypes on my phone. I have a 32" monitor for a reason. Not much makes me angry, but the stupidity of this design choice and the fact that Adobe is ignoring it is infuriating.
Alan Jones commented
This simple feature request is so glaringly because in any other Adobe products workspace you can configure to fit your need. Why the XD team avoids these basic Adobe conventions is perplexing to say the least.
Toby Hallam commented
Shocking! It's as if the XD team don't use their own product, otherwise they would surely have noticed that selecting a layer, then moving down to the bottom of the screen to click a small 'assets' button, then moving all the way back up to select a color,... x1000 times a day is really unproductive. (...And BTW, the 'Assets' icon does not convey 'assets' at all).
And using the shortcut keys is neither the solution nor a 'shortcut'. SHIFT+CTRL+ Y means taking both hands off the mouse every time,... which is just as irritating and unproductive.
It's Ironic that XD is the kind of product that is designed for 'User Experience Designers' (like myself) and yet it fails in such basic User Experience operations.
Could do with this feature. Or at least clearly label them 'Layers' and 'Components' and place controls further up the top with everything else, rather than having icons hidden down the bottom left. Have been using XD for the last four months or so and I still pause to think most times I'm about to switch between the two. Don't seem to remember this happening with Figma ...