Get assets on design spec mode
On the design specs mode, I should be able to direct developers to where a specific asset is. Sometimes I want to attach a link to an asset (if it's common use, a logo hosted on S3 for an example), sometimes the dev needs to be able to download the asset (be it an image already scaled to 1x, 2x, etc or the code of an SVG to embed into a page) and the third case is that I need to attach some free text (for example a path on our local server or the icon code on font awesome fa-camera).
With XD’s 11.0 release (which happened moments ago), we’ve made this feature live.
You can now save time and give developers the ability to extract and download assets from Design Specs. Mark layers as assets for export and send as a Design Specs link. Developers can download all the assets in the file format they need
As always, please do let us know about what you think of this feature and feel free to log the improvements that you’d like to see in this workflow as new requests at https://adobexd.uservoice.com/forums/353007-adobe-xd-feature-requests?category_id=323330
Alex Restuccia commented
The sneak peek on Andrew Shorten's Twitter didn't seem to include any special options for PNG exporting for multiple platforms. For example, Android apps require a special folder structure (drawable-hdpi, etc) and special scales (1x, 1.5x, 2x, 3x, 4x) and UWP apps require a suffix in the file name (iconname.scale-100.png, iconname.scale-150.png, etc) and their own set of scales. Seems this feature only supports iOS PNG assets at the moment? Any chance it could be made more flexible to support other platforms?
Can you do what Avocode does? They have this thing called the Monroe system that allows developers to get the asset without having the designer mark which assets can be exported from the design file?
AdminHarish Narayan (Admin, Adobe) commented
This is coming soon. Sometime back, We showed a sneak of this feature in twitter . Please do have a look at it here https://twitter.com/ashorten/status/1009794328896499715
Really miss asset export in Design Specs. It's tedious to separate all the bitmaps and vectors manually and ship that to the developer instead of having the export process take care of that by itself so the recipients can download it inside the spec review. This is where Zeplin is way better, there you get the vectors in all the current formats and it is so much easier to identify and implement for coders and developers.. Hope to see that happens in XD for BOTH OS!!
And by the way: I also wish we could edit our posts here instead of having to delete them and start over again. C'mon Adobe.
AdminHarish Narayan (Admin, Adobe) commented
Sometime back, We showed a sneak of this feature in twitter . Please do have a look at it here https://twitter.com/ashorten/status/1009794328896499715
Write to me at hnarayan(at)adobe(dot)com for any feedback or questions you have have regarding this feature
This feature is really important in order to reduce time in the design process.
Designer should have the possibility to choose the best format for the assets and let the developers the possibility to download one asset or all the assets at once.
Thanks in advance
Get this done ASAP and launch on both platforms.
Traun Juluru commented
This features definitely helps developers in accessing the assets with great ease and gives more freedom.
Hope this comes real soon.
Angela Kaloudi commented
This feature already exists in Photoshop Publish for Developers. Please make this available in xd as well.
[Deleted User] commented
I don't understand why this hasn't been a top priority from day one!
Make it possible to pull assets from the Design Specs link. Developers are asking for assets on top of the link and it would be awesome if they could just pull them all from the link instead of it needing to exported
Yes, developers need to be able to export image and icon resources. It would be great if I hand them the design specs and they can get all the resources they need.
just give the ability to developers to export elements from Design Specs, they are still dependant on us, designers, to provide that.
Daniel Blom commented
From a design perspective, I agree. Being able to have all screens in one document is great, but I would like to able to spec certain screens in seperate links.
Reason I created this: Because some of the main threats about specs got completed and we are still not getting the bulk export.
From the receiver side:
I tried the specs new feature and also the export... and I'm still getting the feeling it should be all the same. same as Zeplin does, if we are sharing a specs doc to the developers, they should be able also to get all the assets right there, in one place.
From the design side:
Is really frustrating not being able to export everything at once.
Best scenario: being able to mark assets like sketch (how do you want to export) and then run a single export to get them all.
Me as a designer working with a lot of developers this is the main reason why i'm not switching to Adobe yet, and still sticking to Sketch. I would love to be able to change that situation asap.