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We seriously need to be able to convert our designs into code, just like sketch and invision can both do. This is the only thing holding people back from joining xd.

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Tom Clements shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

Hi, all-

“Convert to code” is fairly ambiguous, and I’m looking for more specifics as to what you’re hoping to get out of this. We already have a number of stories that go to specific technologies: HTML/CSS, XCode, Android Studio, etc. I’d like to close this one out in the interest of having more specific export paths.



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  • Kate L commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Specifically HTML/CSS export. To save the need for yet another tool like Zeplin.

  • Blake Barr commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I believe what is being asked for is the ability for XD to export out as HTML and CSS so that we are making actual product, not just prototypes that we then have to figure out how to create again somewhere else. These aren't wireframes. We are going through the full development process for something that cannot be used.

  • Julien Desmettre commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I see that plugins already exists to export Symbols as React Components. I guess it would be possible to do the same with some other libraries or framework like Vue, or even basic HTML/CSS, JS for responsive behaviours or animations. Even ( and that would be best ) a plugin for every platform ( iOS, Android ). Of course it seems impossible to export a full functional app, but sure it's a time gain for developers, as half of the front integration work would be done. Sure this feature is the future of the frontend, and i hope a near one.

  • Brent Zabka commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Elaine. Your software brilliantly allows creative types (that don't code) to create functional app prototypes usable on an iPhone or Android. Given the ability of the prototype to function seamlessly on an iPhone or Android device, why not give us the ability to offer the app on the App Store or Play Store? In our case, we are providing information pertinent to the fight against Alzheimer's. Our prototype is built, but XD is not providing us publishing functionality. Would you use our app as a Guinea Pig???


    Brent Zabka, President of Arbor Rose Memory Care Homes

  • Tyler Moore commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    "Convert to code" is fairly ambiguous- translates to the fact you understand what the customer wants, but would rather keep being lazy and not seek innovation. I agree with @Sam below.

    Where is the scrappy startup spirit of Adobe? Way to completely disregard this issue. Also, way to motivate up and coming developers to work harder than you, and smarter than you, to possibly fixing this issue instead of killing the discussion.

  • Erik Demule commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The future of XD is to get the possibility to generate the final application (source code) from the prototype (for all platform): that is the future or programming industry and UIX. Like the company starting to trying to do.
    It's not possible that Adobe doesn't think about that! I hope this day will come quickly...

  • Bobo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It is interesting if there was the possibility to publish the project on a web domain in possesion or on a domain created by Adobe, as in Adobe Portfolio, without codes, like Adobe Muse.

  • David Bonnabel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate


    You might want to look into services like for that service. At our company we have adjust our workflow to XD design / experience and then to bridge to dev we use Zeplin to export code, style guide, coponents and images. We have had great success with it and our devs really find ot useful and saves a ton of time.


  • TJ Zafarana commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Elaine,

    We're starting to use this at my company and have had some feedback on the Publish Specs option from our dev team. It appears to be causing more work for them. I believe all the information is there that is necessary for them, but laid out in a way that doesn't make for a fast + seamless build.

    They think it would be useful to:
    Cut out icons, and use css syntax (aka no tracking icon, use text instead)
    Make attributes copy and paste-able
    Export CSS?
    Export HTML?

    A few changes would go a long way. I think the current build of publish specs focuses a bit too much on the design workflow rather than the code workflow.

  • JA commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Elaine, I think there are a lot of good comments here, but the main point is that there are limitations with any third party integration, but the publish link makes more work for developers. My developers are used to slicing a PSD file (I believe that's what they do...I'm no developer) and exporting as PSD isn't an option so they had to learn XD and some integration that works on windows....when I work with my designers who work on mac osx.

    I have no doubt that as XD gets more robust it will allow developers to see the ultimate goal with sticky headers and transitions in prototype mode, but getting the html code out of XD will always be the ultimate goal and must be a much more significant amount of the effort spent in upgrading XD itself. Especially in lieu of paid third party integrations.

  • Siddharth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Generate Web-Ready code

    It will be nice to get web-ready code like Muse does from XD. And if possible it will be nice if we can generate Android & iOS native apps.

  • Siddharth commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It will be nice to get web-ready code like Muse does from XD. And if possible it will be nice if we can generate Android & iOS native apps.

  • Wil commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hi Elaine, Just adding a bit...
    Perhaps more of a generic html/css export may be useful. Since devs will be using varying approaches and frameworks, it may be more useful to give them basic html/css for asset layout and styles from which they can pull the code they need. No matter, a dev will always have to improvise but having something to start with can speed up the tweaky work. :)

  • Paul Mackinnon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I mentioned this in the feature request for HTML export...

    You should provide a comprehensive extendscript API (like other Adobe Apps) but comprehensively so that developers can write some Javascript to export the data they require

    So rather than field further info on what formats to export etc, just give the power to obtain the data and let third parties develop the most requested plug-ins

  • John MacDonald commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    As another hybrid designer/developer, I agree with Daniel Vianna's comment. Other than CSS styles for assets, I cannot imagine that code exported from Xd would be terribly helpful to a developer, particularly one who is working with a front-end framework or library and would need to map Xd's export to framework-specific structures and classes. Yet, there is a real need for a more efficient loop between design and development. Much more useful than code export would be code import. I would love to be able to import components from my code library as Xd assets!

  • Michael Reynolds commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Why do we always want bloatware then when becomes bloated we complain? XD is fine as is needs a few things here and there but work beautifully.

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