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[Collaboration]-How can I turn off the cloud storage in Adobe XD?

New Here ,
Jan 28, 2020 Jan 28, 2020

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I need to switch off the ability to save in cloud storage in Adobe XD. Is it possible?

 

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Community Expert , Jul 03, 2022 Jul 03, 2022

I understand how you could feel that way. As a user of many apps, I've often wondered if the app developers have used the features they built, and have been frustrated! And that includes parts of XD.

 

Sometimes it's good to consider things from the software developer's standpoint. Making preferences requires more work, increases app complexity,  increases development costs, requires at least some UX design for how that works (XD doesn't yet have preferences of any sort). That's not me excusing

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 28, 2020 Jan 28, 2020

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Hi there,

 

Thank you for reaching out and using Adobe XD. You can save the file as a local document instead of saving as a cloud document. However, your Creative Cloud membership comes with cloud storage that you can choose to use for backups, link sharing, folder collaboration, and more. The Creative Cloud for desktop application makes it easy to synchronize your local files with your Creative Cloud storage. So if you choose to sync your files to Creative Cloud, you still retain a local copy of your files.

 

Hope it helps.

 

Thanks,

Harshika

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New Here ,
May 31, 2020 May 31, 2020

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How do I save the file as a local doc within the XD app? The last time it tried to save as a cloud document I lost multiple hours of work as the file won't open again and just sits and loads forever in adobe XD. When downloaded from my account cloud documents it's missing a bunch of work. I generated A shared link and that has all of the correct content... Please fix the super broken cloud documents and library assets or let me turn it off! It's a nightmare when trying to share other documents with team members on other accounts when all the library assets are missing. So Frustrating.

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 24, 2020 Jun 24, 2020

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I totally understand your frustration. This new feature of having the default save command save to Creative Cloud is terribly annoying and like the user above I don't want to save my XD documents to Creative cloud as a default!!!!!!!
I can't stress this enough. It is slow and buggy. 

Have the standard save shortcut defaulting to saving to Creative Cloud is bad UI (especially and ironically bad for a UI design app).
I've been using XD from the beginning and even had an idea or two implemented. When I first found that the new version was doing this I was like WHAAAAT! This is quite a blunder...PLEASE PLEASE correct it. My suggestion would be to put it as the secondary option NOT THE DEFAULT.

Kind regards
Hamish

Designer/UI specialist.

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New Here ,
Jul 29, 2020 Jul 29, 2020

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Saving automatically to the cloud is not a good feature. XD needs to give users the OPTION to save locally or to the cloud when they first save a document. Otherwise, those of us who want or need a local copy of the file have to go through a number of extra steps in order to not only get a local copy, but also to remove the cloud version.

Furthermore, it's inconsistent with other Adobe apps. Ps, Ai, and others offer to save to cloud or local drive, so why can't XD?

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New Here ,
Aug 10, 2020 Aug 10, 2020

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In addition to all that was said, I cannot Command+Save over a original local document. It fails and wants to save to the Cloud. Furthermore, when I save over the working, local document... XD gets rid of my design/dev review link (even past links). I have to make a new link every time which is SO frustrating for all. Does anyone have a solve for the live link updates? If I could at least fix that, I would have less of a headache.

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 10, 2020 Aug 10, 2020

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Hi All,

 

We are sorry for the frustration. We are having the similar discussion here: https://community.adobe.com/t5/adobe-xd/adobe-xd-saving-options-are-changed-after-xd-29/td-p/1114628... regarding the new saving option in XD.

 

We would request you to please join the discussion.

 

Thanks,

Harshika

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New Here ,
Oct 28, 2020 Oct 28, 2020

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How do I disable it. So frustrating. Also have to create a new prototype link each time it auto-resaves 20 times a day..

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New Here ,
Sep 30, 2021 Sep 30, 2021

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just tell me how to save it as a local. 

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Participant ,
Nov 19, 2021 Nov 19, 2021

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This isn't specific to XD, it's EVERY application. So..everytime I save a new doc, extra clicks, which means additional time and energy. Not too stupid to see that Adobe is trying to aggravate us into using the cloud, then when we're full, we'll have to pay for more. We're being supersized!

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Community Expert ,
Nov 20, 2021 Nov 20, 2021

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People have different workflows. As a counter point, with more people working remote, many people want to collaborate more... and cloud files offer real-time sharing and collaboration features local files simply can't. Google Docs is a prime example. It's cloud only and offered real-time collaboration features people had never seen before. It can't even work locally. Same with Figma.. it's only a web app that can ONLY work as a cloud app with cloud files. Adobe apps at least offer the choice of local or cloud. Just wanted to offer an alternative view and the landscape Adobe's working in. I like having a choice because some people want to work locally or cloud based. There are ways I think XD could improve in how it handles all the issues related to cloud files, but at least for the most part we have a choice. Some apps like Photoshop learn your preference and then default to it every time so it's no addition clicks after the first time.


— Adobe Certified Expert & Instructor at Noble Desktop | Web Developer, Designer, InDesign Scriptor

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New Here ,
Jul 03, 2022 Jul 03, 2022

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Google Docs and Figma never were a offline standalone software like almost all adobe suite is/were. Now, your points are valid but they do not justify deceiving people to save in the cloud by not telling them and substitute the shortcut that they use for years and not giving option to disable/change that. If Adobe XD wants to be Figma then jsut be a webapp and dont be a standalone offline app at all. That way not one would complain.

 

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Community Expert ,
Jul 03, 2022 Jul 03, 2022

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I agree that a preference would be great. But I don't think Adobe is intentionally trying to deceive people by making saving to the cloud the default. Is it different than some other Adobe apps, and what Adobe apps have historically done? Yes, but times do change (Adobe started pre-internet), and I think in this case they default to the most capable file type (cloud) as a default. They are also clear it is saving to the cloud in the process. But sure I'd like to see a preference to control what that keystroke does. 


— Adobe Certified Expert & Instructor at Noble Desktop | Web Developer, Designer, InDesign Scriptor

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New Here ,
Jul 03, 2022 Jul 03, 2022

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As the end user, I feel exactly that. That they make it intentionally to deceive me to use their cloud while not giving me the option to use it like I need to. I would agree with you if they added the option to save on the cloud but not on the shortcut that all other suite uses. That would be giving me the option. Like: "hey if you ever consider using the cloud you can change the shortcut or use this new one". But nop, they give me other message: "hey I know you are trying to save on the computer but nop, you will save on the cloud and nop you can't change the shortcut. If you want to save like you always did and you do in the other adobe software, here it is a new shortcut...that only works on Adobe XD... thanks.".

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I understand how you could feel that way. As a user of many apps, I've often wondered if the app developers have used the features they built, and have been frustrated! And that includes parts of XD.

 

Sometimes it's good to consider things from the software developer's standpoint. Making preferences requires more work, increases app complexity,  increases development costs, requires at least some UX design for how that works (XD doesn't yet have preferences of any sort). That's not me excusing this behavior... the point I'm trying to make is it there are many factors that go into app development. Maybe the developers wanted to make a preference but didn't have the time or burdget to do so yet. Who knows unless you're on the development team. Again I agree a preference would be nice and I wouldn't think it's that hard to make, but I'm not privy to the internal workings of the XD design and development team. I can understand why they did this and hope they had good intentions for making this decision. 

 

But it's good for Adobe to hear how these descisions make people feel. That's the great thing about user feedback. We can tell companies what we think and hope they listen and change.


— Adobe Certified Expert & Instructor at Noble Desktop | Web Developer, Designer, InDesign Scriptor

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