How do I publish an Adobe XD project to the web?

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I am a bit confused with choosing the right product and of course justifying the annual cost. Muse it seems is on its way out, so is Dreamweaver the only option? I can get Muse if I google it but it does not feature in the Adobe list of products or under subscriptions. I found XD quite easy to use to build a site but now I am stuck on how to publish it. Please help.

You will have to use Dreamweaver to convert your design in Adobe XD to a website. Adobe XD is a prototyping tool which allows you to create your initial design without code. After your design is ready, you will have to export your assets and recreate your design in an HTML editor.

Adobe Muse is no longer being developed or sold by Adobe. It will continue to be supported for its existing user base until March 2020.

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I am a bit confused with choosing the right product and of course justifying the annual cost. Muse it seems is on its way out, so is Dreamweaver the only option? I can get Muse if I google it but it does not feature in the Adobe list of products or under subscriptions. I found XD quite easy to use to build a site but now I am stuck on how to publish it. Please help.

You will have to use Dreamweaver to convert your design in Adobe XD to a website. Adobe XD is a prototyping tool which allows you to create your initial design without code. After your design is ready, you will have to export your assets and recreate your design in an HTML editor.

Adobe Muse is no longer being developed or sold by Adobe. It will continue to be supported for its existing user base until March 2020.

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You will have to use Dreamweaver to convert your design in Adobe XD to a website. Adobe XD is a prototyping tool which allows you to create your initial design without code. After your design is ready, you will have to export your assets and recreate your design in an HTML editor.

Adobe Muse is no longer being developed or sold by Adobe. It will continue to be supported for its existing user base until March 2020.

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Hi Preran

Given that we now have one less piece of software in the Creative Cloud, and that it has been replaced with a piece of software that essentially replaces paper and a pen, nothing more (Adobe XD), will be be getting a reduction on our fees? Can you explain why so much time and effort is being put into a piece of software that - despite all of Adobe's hype - doesn't really do that much at all? Is it because someone from management has a bee in their bonnet, blinkers on, or has a financial incentive?

Honestly, why on earth would someone waste so much time developing the website with XD and then have to REDO the entire thing again to make it live?

Seems like a completely useless piece of software to me - and for your management guys --> Corel Suite and Webflow are a cheaper alternative, and one that my school will be seriously looking at going forward.

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Just to clarify, XD was never intended as a replacement for Muse. Instead, XD was created for the UX/UI designer, who needs to rapidly iterate and test designs before it's ready for implementation by a developer.

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Hello,

As a manager and team lead for a group of web developers, this kind of thing always cracks me up.  It is a running joke in my office when a newbie associate turns in a design from XD, Photoshop, or anything else and says, "Ok developers make this in to a website now thanks!"  I turn around and show them a picture of the front of our building and say, "Ok, make this in to a building please - thanks..."

"Whaaaat?  How can I do that?  You can't make a building out of a picture?  I need blueprints, measurements, material specs, color codes..."

That's when everyone starts laughing, because so do we.  A prototype that is not exported into raw html and css is absolutely worthless to a Dev team.  Developers are the ones who make a website functional.  We take the raw HTML / CSS and import it in to our development environment - Microsoft, Java, PHP, or whatever.  We take the design and make it dynamic, design and build service / data layers and connect it all together. 

What you are speaking about here is the need for a Web Designer - a person.  Graphic artists and modelers are great for marketing departments who want to do magazine ads, but a Web Designer is a person who is a skilled graphic artist in a web environment.  They create the "web blueprints." 

So yes - all software that attempts to take a design and create a functioning website are lousy because they are attempting to take the place of a developer.  The code they generate is terrible and hard to deal with later.

I would not expect XD to export as a functioning website, but I would expect it to be able to export a blueprint.  But either way it has value in quickly determining the needs of the business and/or client. 

The process goes:  Model out a site (with XD or a pen and paper), give that model to a web designer to turn it in to it's raw HTML / CSS, and then give it to the developers to make it functional. 

All this discussion is around someone attempting to take the place of one of these roles with software, and it exists to a certain extent, but is never as good as an experienced person.

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If your team cannot create html from a screen design you have a very weak team. Taking your example you say that architects are useless right? Adobe XD is an extremely efficient way of creating mockups, layouts and more to discuss them with a client and then to implement them as a website, an app etc. If you would base your development of the layout on a automatically created html your are just bad (sorry for that, bat it's the truth). For example how shall XD know what FE-Framework you're going to use? If you want to use bootstrap for example how shall the grid system be automatically created with all classes? Your answer makes no sense.

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"Whaaaat?  How can I do that?  You can't make a building out of a picture?  I need blueprints, measurements, material specs, color codes..."

 

I think this comparison is misleading and i don't really get it: In XD we define a canvas with vectors, we define colors, we define shapes. If i would give you a bitmap with pixels... ok. But these are vectors with coordinates, xy, hexcodes, shapes... so why is it so difficult?

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WhaaaT?   Did you check this one?:

 

Adobe Community-Experte , 
Jun 02, 2020

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You may not know but webdsigner don`t want to share - we want to publish, that´s why I asked. So even as a webcoder, I need to see in some way the data and the colour and pixel dimensions, where does a web programmer find these datas? Now two kind of people need to learn a new app to get a website to run? As far as I experienced with Muse and Pinegrow I do now use the plugin "web export" which is free so far, and from that generated html one can proceed in any code editor.

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Here is scoopage realized years ago in the advent of the web. Coders are not artists. I had so much frustration trying to explain remotely, what I wanted that I had to create exact layouts (very time consuming) because anyone who is content looking at a screen of code is not a visual learner, yet the egos of "I wanna control the world, I am most vital and downplay the talent of artists because I know better" persist.  The job of back end developers is just that, take the direction from the front end who work with marketing to pay your salary, put your ego up your arse, be a team player and make it functional. This new tool from Adobe is great and the only, hopefully short lived hurdle is publishing while relying on a developer. That's where the next money will be made, in that software development. 

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Sorry, while relying on a development tool.

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Try to re-imagine the situation here. Imagine this XD can create a fully functioning website and convert the designs into a script and/or "blueprints" that only the DEV's can recognize. Do you think there will still be in need of your service? to be honest, Adobe is doing you a favor and/or respects your profession by not giving XD the whole package. Remember that XD creators are also DEV's, and you know they can make that possible if they wanted to. #justsaying 🙂 

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What have you all done after creating the XD prototype? I feel like I've got it where it needs to be but I don't know what to do next? Do developers take these and create the app itself?

Very new to the app industry. Please forgive the elementary inquiry.

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Do developers take these and create the app itself?

Yes - you can send the design spec and exported assets (or XD file itself) to developers.

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To add to what Kenneth said, you can export assets from Adobe XD using the process mentioned in this document

Learn how to export production-ready assets from Adobe XD to PNG, SVG, JPG, and PDF files.

The developer can use these assets to recreate your prototype as an application.

Let me know if you need more info.

Thanks,

Preran

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Hi Everyone

I have been forced to move to Dreamweaver to re-do my website, which is a complete pain in the arse. Apart from anything else, it randomly crashes on me, both at work (separate account) and at home. In addition, the CSS Designer disappears whilst you are typing. Dreamweaver also tends to stall for no apparent reason.

If you are going to have to learn HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, why bother with Dreamweaver, it is a bloated piece of software that does exactly what free software like Compozer or Visual Studio Code do. Where I work, we had less problems with teaching people how to develop websites with Visual Studio Code than with Dreamweaver, and it is Free.

With regard to @BurkeAD comment "...with XD or pen and paper..." that tells me that it is not a worth while piece of software to purchase if pen and paper can do the same thing. That is now two pieces of software that we are paying for in the Creative Cloud package that are actually not worth the money. They are little more than fancy padding for a simple function.

The question we are asking where I work is..."given what I have said above, why would we purchase Adobe over other software?"

Carl

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XD and Dreamweaver can be likened to an architect and a builder. The builder does not design and an architect does not build.

Edit: I have tried numerous other products including Visual Studio Code and, over the past 20 odd years, have always returned to Dreamweaver.


Ben

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Architectural design and building construction are physically different worlds. In case of website, all can be done in the same environment. Adobe Muse was an example. Since more than a decade dozen web design apps have worked in WYSIWYG mode and generated code as well. Adobe has just made a step back. That is why I have turned to another app developer after Muse dead.

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I'm learning how to use Adobe XD. It's a great tool! I have a few questions about this tool

  • After the Adobe XD prototype is completed and shared with the developers, what happens then? Do the developers take the information in the prototype and start coding around the information provided in the prototype?
  • Can Adobe XD be used for creating themes for CMS tools such as WordPress?
  • Does Adobe XD offer an export option to a PDF so I can use the information from within the prototype and use it for a case study either on Behance or my website?
  • I shared the Adobe XD tutorial to my Adobe Cloud. I opened it on my iPhone Adobe XD app. I see the XD file but I can't close the file shared. Why is that? What happens if I upload several Adobe XD files to the Adobe Cloud? Does the iPhone Adobe XD app allow me to view various projects from my iPhone?  Am I correct, in that, the Adobe XD iPhone app is for viewing only?  This would be the same for an iPad device, correct?
  • Can Adobe XD be used for designing prototypes for Adobe Captivate and Adobe Animate?
  • Can Adobe XD be used for desining page layouts for Adobe InDesign, or is that not the correct way to use this tool.

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I am familiar with the ability to export the mockup as a pdf or svg to be "cut up" into code by an outsource service for $800.

Is there anything other than doing this?

Can I import my UI into a more advance tool that writes code automatically?

What do people normally do after you are done with your design?

Give it to a developer?

Do you take it to the next step an dump it into InVision or Axure? Others?

BTW, my design will be used for a webapp first.

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Bueler?

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Hey, craigc62986038

Sorry for the delay in response. Most people hand their assets off to a developer, who can take your designs and implement them in code (in your case, HTML). They can output assets for use in their development using the Export function, and get information on where to place the objects based on finding measurements. (For more information: Learn to draw simple lines and shapes using the drawing tools in Adobe Experience Design. )

Hope that helps!

-Elaine

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What does normally follow after XD? What does one have to do to get a website, is there a proper way?

Thanks in advance,

Uwe

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What are you looking to publish?

You can share the prototype via an icon in the upper right. The same for the Design Specs as well.

Otherwise, you can export the assets to your computer and then hand it over to a developer to build your item.

Chris

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Hey Uwe,

To answer precisely XD is just an interface designer.

Like previously we used Photoshop for designing and wireframing our (website, phone apps, application interfaces etc.) and later share the design with a developer so he can code the same design.

Now we have created an app called XD where you can create your static web designs, and also show how it will interact with the end users.

The design which is finalized by the client can be later shared with a developer and he will put them into codes.

Regards,

Ankush

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Hi Chris W. Griffith​ ,

thanks for the answer.

Hi ankushr40215001​, you know why I ask, don`t you?

Thanks for pointing this out.

Best Regards,

Uwe

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To create a static web design without the means to directly export it into code seems like an unfinished app to me. As an independent graphic designer of many different mediums with only minimum knowledge of actual web code, the last thing I want to do is increase my cost of a project by requiring a developer? I certainly hope Adobe does not plan to leave it's Creative Cloud members without the means to complete a project independently that it can deliver to it's clients. Otherwise, what's the point of paying for the software every month if it doesn't do everything I need it to do?

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Hi Jeddd. I am in the same situation as you.

In addition I would like that someone tell me what is the most recommended software to be able to code my designs after having finished and publish them? Preferably a software where you can get almost the same functions like Muse continues offering (Publish-button), maybe one that can just import the new XD-Design.

Ideal would be a software that requires little learning time. I do not know if the “Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2018.app“ or “Adobe Flash Builder 4.7.app“ its useful to publish my .xd design.

Could someone here please inform me exactly how to proceed?

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Hi XD - Users

I would like that someone tell me what is the most recommended software to be able to code my designs after having finished and publish them? Preferably a software where you can get almost the same functions like Muse continues offering (Publish-button), maybe one that can just import the new XD-Design.

Ideal would be a software that requires little learning time. I do not know if the “Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2018.app“ or “Adobe Flash Builder 4.7.app“ its useful to publish my .xd design.

Could someone here please inform me exactly how to proceed?

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Hi Ankush, could you please explain as to how can I publish a website designed in XD? Now that Muse is on its way out, is Dreamweaver the only option? I am a bit confused on how to go about it. I do not want to subscribe to something that I am not even sure about. Muse no longer features in the list of products on Adobe websites or subscriptions however when you google it, a download and 7 day trial link is still available, what does this mean?

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Xd will export the visual assets that can be used in building a website. The HTML coding, CSS authoring and probably JavaScript coding are still left to you to complete. Dreamweaver would be the tool to do those tasks in. However, it is not a drag-and-drop tool. like Muse was.

XD just allows you to visually design the site but does not tell you how to build the site.

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I'm so confused? Whats the point of XD if you unable to publish to the web? I can't use it as a Wp or a landing page on my personal website. So.. outside of just playing design boy, whats the use. I can't add hyperlinks, can't imbed and products, or direct clients to other websites..

I wish Adobe would have made that clear. I just spent the night learning and making a page/ site for our fire department that will go to the trash... and I won't get any of my time back.

Crap Adobe.. be clear in the future.

R

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XD is really a ridiculous product. I have spent hours to understand how it works till the point where I learned that the XD project cannot be published as a Web Site......

Previously used Adobe Portfolio extremely powerful but somewhat limited. For this reason I tried with XD in order to have more flexibility.

My suggestion for Adobe would be to think of a new "XD Portfolio" which would packing the two already existing apps into one single and complete product

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Ahhh I’ve just eagerly sent some sample XD pages to the developers for them to take a look at. I hoped XD would be the designer/developer interface I was needing, but it doesn’t go far enough. Is Muse obsolete now? Could XD, Muse and Dreamweaver all work together as photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator do, then we would have awesome!

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I am seeing some misplaced confusion about the purpose of XD and Id like to chime in, using my situation as an example:

I am in the final stages of designing a board game but, after a very costly pipeline of custom art and game design, there is not enough left in the tank to fund a companion app to accompany the game which has become quite popular.  However, raising more capital for something that might seem unnecessary to some can be difficult.  "Investors" have already seen the art, they've seen the game.... how then, do you explain in words or using the static images they've already experienced, the value of such a tool?  In steps XD.  I design a fully functional application, wired to perfection in every way that matters.  Game testers and investors can now physically experience the game companion app in real time and this gives the prototype life and helps build excitement about your design.  When used in the proper context, XD can push a prototype into production.  It lets you turn words into action at little to no cost.  Now, if people don't like the app its because they didn't like the app, not because they didn't understand my idea.  And I haven't spent a fortune on developers to find that out.

This is, of course, my own story here but maybe this would apply to others.  The creative cloud membership gets a bad rap sometimes because people want a certain tool to do a certain thing because they need that certain thing done, and if you were paying monthly for that one tool, I think that would be valid but, for me, its the power of having so many tools to work with that is the real value. 

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Hmm, interesting. I'm confused; why is the developer a "he"? That's a really strange way to say something in these forward-thinking times. You must be really old or perhaps unappreciative of females being fully capable developers. I gather that you lead the rest of your life making foolish assumptions as well.

I can't imagine what your parents must think of you. Do you disrespect the other women close to you, too? Is your father responsible for teaching you these "traditional values"?

You should be ashamed of yourself, Ankush. I'm disappointed in you.

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Thank you for taking time to provide us with feedback. This will help us firm up our training programs. I apologize on behalf of the responder for the post.

Thanks,

Preran

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For years I was so in love with Adobe and their brilliant developers. However the management has made some really lousy decisions i the past 5 years. This non-functional XD, and discontinuing MUSE is 2 of them. For all of you out there like me that need a complete alternative you might like to try Supernova Studio and Sketch. It may in future be able to port XD in, but I think that's in the works.

We need those tools to be productive,up-gradable and consistent. I don't need a design tool w/o functionality, It's a waste of time. In this industry everyone wants stuff done and completed yesterday.
3x now I have developed with Adobe tools and been in the middle of a project when they made the dumb idea to discontinue the product. Sending me searching for an alternative tool: Muse, Edge Animate, Mixamo, Character.
Why for GOSSakes did they get rid of MUSE w/o a tool to replace it? Since we can't use XD.
So now I search for some alternative for:
MUSE: Createspace maybe, or Canva

MIXAMO: after they aquired it they discontinue supporting it, Its still there though

EDGE ANIMATE: I use HYPE

Now I need something like XD that has full functionality: SUPERNOVA which truly bridges the gap between designers and developers.
Adobe has dropped the ball.T his is what they should have striven for.

Who knows now with Affinity I can stop using Adobe all together.

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I used to be able to publish. It seems to me that now that is not possible anymore. The only thing you can do is share to review.

Is that correct?

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Adobe Employee ,
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Hi there,

 

We are sorry to hear you are facing trouble publishing your design specs in Adobe XD. A few more details would be super helpful like-

 

  • What is the OS & XD version of your machine?
  • Is it happening with every file or with a specific file?
  • Have you tried creating a new file and try to share the file again?

 

Awaiting your response.

 

Thanks,

Harshika

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Nov 01, 2019 0
Nov 13, 2019

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Adobe XD has a way to install plugins. Check out the plugin called Quest AI. It lets you export from XD to Quest and just hit Build to make it into a responisve HTML page. You select the artboards in XD you want to combine into 1 HTML page and export with the plugin. Then in Quest you can add animations, video, sound & music, CMS, interactions, etc. Check it out 😉

www.quest.ai

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Perhaps you didn't realize it, but in traditional English usage, the pronoun "he" properly refers to an indefinite person of any gender. It is possible that Ankush was taught to write English with those rules of grammar.

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I agree completely! When XD was first released I was so excited! I ended up designing a fully functional app for my business only to learn that there was no way to actually use it. Weeks of work wasted! Needless to say, but I haven't used XD since. I've not removed it though--probably holding out hope that Adobe will finally realize XD's potential.

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It sounds like you're wanting XD to be Wix or Wordpress for applications. XD is a way for you to express your ideas to potential investors or to fully design your app and then hand the assets to a developer. They'll create the final product for you and it will likely be an independent (not a child of Wix), high quality app. I'm using it to show clients what the final product will look like.

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Hi there,

 

Thanks for reaching out. As mentioned by Grant, you can design an interactive layout in Adobe XD and then handover the design layout to the developer to code it for you. Having said that, I understand that there is always a scope of improvement so we did receive some similar requests so that we can export designs to HTML and other coding languages. I would request you to please upvote this request: https://adobexd.uservoice.com/forums/353007-adobe-xd-feature-requests/suggestions/13057005-export-wh...

 

This is the best way of communicating with the Engineering and Product Management teams regarding issues and suggestions so they can be implemented in future releases. 

 

Regards

Rishabh

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Deleted because duplicated to the right spot.

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You may not know but webdsigner don`t want to share - we want to publish, that´s why I asked. So even as a webcoder, I need to see in some way the data and the colour and pixel dimensions, where does a web programmer find these datas? Now two kind of people need to learn a new app to get a website to run? As far as I experienced with Muse and Pinegrow I do now use the plugin "web export" which is free so far, and from that generated html one can proceed in any code editor. At least  Pinegrow works with it but Dw and all the others out there might work, too. Sharing doesn`t solve the problem and like this, at least in my opinion the answer is not correct. Sharing is like sending an E-Mail to get a job done, the job does not get done.

 

Kind Regards,

Uwe

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Yikes. Triggered much?

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To answer my question about my iPhone keeping the Adobe XD file opened, after doing a force quite I now see that Adobe opens the Adobe XD app in the Clud Documents folder, allowing me to choose from the different uploaded Adobe XD files. 🙂

 

However, I am unable to close it. I see a function that states I have to use a UBS cable to connect my iPhone to my Mac. Perhaps this is problem. I will follow these directions.

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Hi, Yes generally once the prototype is handed to developers they start coding and doing what ever it is they need to do to create a working app/webpage.
Yes you could use XD to create the design of themes, but it would take more to implement them into the CMS.
Yes Adobe XD has an export to PDF option.

Your second post suggests you've answered this one for yourself. Yes the mobile device app is for viewing only.
You could use Adobe XD to design the concept for anything, but it's not necessarily the best solution for all.
If you're designing print layouts you could use XD but it might be just as quick to go straight into InDesign.
You could design concepts for Captivate and Animate, but if you're building them yourself again it might be quicker to go straight into those apps. It could definitely be helpful if you had to send designs and concepts off to others to build in those apps though.

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Check out Quest AI plugin for Adobe XD in the Discover Plugins section. It lets you combine artboards into one HTML page directly from XD. Kind of a spiriftual successor to Muse as it lets you add video, animations, interactions, CMS, etc. But it also lets you host the pages you make from XD with it.

 

http://quest.ai

 

Check it out 😉

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Hi andrewj710,

quest.ai seems to be not too bad at first but getting deeper, one cannot download the code so quite useless except one takes the advantage of pinegrow, to name just the one I kind of know.

Pinegrow let´s you load a website as a project, save it, edit it and that should be just one workflow possible.

Of course it is limited in some space (50MB - free version) but maybe worth it to give it at least a try.

 

Kind Regards,

Uwe

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