Quicker navigation to plugins pane on Windows
Accessing plugins on Windows is a minimum of 3 clicks (usually 4 since most plugins have their own sub-menu). This is very tiresome with the workflow of most plugins, which require you to rerun them anytime you want to try a different feature or change something. Mac users have a native top navigation bar, so plugins are only 1-2 clicks away for them, which is an improvement but still pretty annoying with some plugins.
The current Windows workflow for interacting with a plugin is this:
Hamburger Menu>Plugins>"Plugin">"Plugin Option"
There are several ways this could be improved for Windows users (and possibly Mac users):
1.) Replace the hamburger menu with a top navigation bar, or an option to chose one way or the other.
2.) Allow users to 'pop out' plugins into a free floating menu (entire menu or per-plugin would be fine) like we have in other adobe products. This would also be great for Mac users, as accessing the same plugin over and over through a menu gets tiring in general.
3.) Add a shortcut to the plugins menu next to the home icon, or above the assets icon. Anywhere, honestly.
4.) Allow users to pin specific plugins to their toolbar.
Our June update (XD 20) added a brand new “launchpad” UI that makes it easier to run your plugins, especially on Windows.
Vishal Soni commented
Really need this feature as it can boost the work speed.
I think a plugin toolbar could be a good solution.
Gaurab Parajuli commented
In Mac there is a menu bar which shows the plugins option but in Windows it needs more than two clicks just to reach to the plugins page. Rather than doing that, having the plugins in a separate panel or a plugins toolbar would be much convenient as found in other tools like Invision Studio.
Jason Hollister commented
100% agree but it would also be critical at that point that we be able to open more than one panel at a time.
Ireri L commented
Need this feature very much
Pixel Kicks commented
Agree 100%. I've used the Mac version and the Windows version, and it is exceedlingly slow & cumbersome to quickly navigate to the plugin required on Windows.
Windows plug-ins are too cumbersome to use, I hope to bring the plug-in module to the main interface, easy to use
Zanina Yassine commented
With the increasing use of plug-ins its frustrating that we have to go to menu->plug-ins then select the plug in, It would be great to add a shortcut right above the actives button on the left tool bar.
Good one! This is desperately needed.
On Windows to get to the plug-ins is not so easy, you need to open the hamburger menu, click on the plug-ins, hover the cursor over the desired plug-in and only then you can select the desired function.
The solution is to add the plugins button to the toolbar, dump all the plugins with their functions in the open form into it.
Work from Behance - https://www.behance.net/gallery/72351685/Adobe-XD-Plugins-Panel?