Please! Stop releasing such buggy updates!

New Here ,
Feb 07, 2020 Feb 07, 2020

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How much money do you not have to not fully test your features?

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Feb 07, 2020 Feb 07, 2020

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Next year I'm requesting we move to a different software

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 08, 2020 Feb 08, 2020

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Hi, we would like to know what problems you are having with Adobe XD. 

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Feb 11, 2020 Feb 11, 2020

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Where to start?

The project I currently work with started out in Sketch. I imported it into XD, and thought "wow, this actually works!"

 

Then I noted that masking works totally different. Fair enough, I went through about 4-500 symbols and re-masked them. To my chagrin, I noted that as soon as you mask something, you can't do zip about the layer order. You have to unmask, change order, then mask again. OK, so let's do that then, I thought, and found out that as soon as you change any groupings that contain text, all the text overrides in all instances of the symbol/component is reset.

 

By now I'm really starting to wonder about the speed and efficiency of XD. Not only all the extra manual work because the app behaves like the village idiot. But with a sh*t-load of artboards on the same canvas, moving, resizing or manipulating stuff reminds me of pouring really cold maple syrup. Where is that supposed "design at the speed of thought" thingie? Finding anything in the component library turns out to be painful. Rather than a neat hierarchy mirroring the design context, it is like a scattershot, sorted by who knows which parameters. Re-sorting to your own liking is pretty damn tedious, and when it has reverted to chaos the next time you open the file you give up. Searching sounds good, but require you to change focus from where you are to a search field, hoping you named your master in a reasonable manner.

 

A million years later, with all the symbols I actually need to override under control. Now renamed to be easy to find without hierarchy. With states replacing other overrrides etcetera, etcetera, ad nauseam, I'm supposed to start collab with another designer. We push the document into the cloud, and the maple syrup is turned into a slowly melting glacier.

As soon as you open the document, it starts "saving" (exactly what is a mystery), and is unusable for up to half a minute. Then as soon as you do anything, there is a freeze while it does an interative save. Those saves BTW is not always reliable, and from time to time, regressions surface, where elements, component instances and even component masters goes back in time to an earlier iteration. Not only does the app freeze for my own saves, it does so when my collegue does something and it gets saved. The only thing smooth about the process, is watching the element you just tried to move in vain, suddenly start sliding slowly over the screen as the app unfreezes.

 

By now, I'm just about on the verge of trying to force the team leaders to go all Mac for the designers, allowing us to use Sketch Cloud in place of the CC-cloud that never seem to work anyways. The only reason to live through this pain, is to allow the project to be multi platform. I'm even eyeing Figma as an alternative, just to flee the monumental pain of spending half my days waiting for and repairing whatever XD f*cked up.

This app need the following, ASAP:

  • A component hierachy, with folders, subfolders and sorting.
  • Components should be available without leaving the layer view.
  • Colors, Character Styles and Components are not the same concept, keep them separate.
  • If you have more states than the very limited vertical space in the state box allows, make it possible to expand the state box, rather than to introduce scrolling.
  • Multiple canvases, so that each canvas can be limited to a handfull of contextually related artboards.
  • Smart use of resources, so that the canvases not currently visible is keept in the background with minimal cpu/memory load.
  • Override dependability, with an option to reset styling only, with text-overrides and icon-choices intact.
  • Override inheritance. If I have embedded an instance into another component and overridden it, it should stay overridden when I use the new component.
  • Respect for the difference between paragraphs and line breaks, so that you can use these concepts to the fullest.
  • Respect for internal margins within a component, so that when an element or a string of text changes length/size, the neighboring elements move with the change.
  • Shadows should match what is possible with CSS, that is multiple shadows. This is crucial for Material Design etcetera.
  • X/Y positions should be contextual for elements within an artboard. After all we design on artboards, not on the whole canvas.
  • Dependable and fast iterative saving and loading, you should NOT have to keep backups locally at all times.

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New Here ,
Jan 20, 2021 Jan 20, 2021

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Oh man, I am so very very pleased that you posted that beautiful list. I've been pulling my hair out with XD. I've recently moved over to Windows and my god, can you believe it's even worse?! I reckon in a 2 hour session I restart XD 3 times, no exaggeration, which is really excellent for focus. 😐 It often freezes when I'm trying to open another file, and at that point nothing works except killing it from task manager.

 

Overriding components is also a pain in my a*s . I could cry sometimes when I make a change to a component and suddenly every instance reverts to the origional state (copy and all). Luckily that's not happening that much anymore, so something has changed. But yeah, also what you were referring to in point 7 (override dependability).

 

One thing that you left out, which I believe isn't fixed yet: scaling/resizing borders and corner radiuses. This brought me a lot of agony last year when I was working on the marketing site for a product, and I needed to resize my designs. I wasted many hours of my life, for no good reason. This is a feature in Illustrator so I'm suprised it wasn't included in XD from the get go. 

 

Unfortunately I'm stuck with XD because I need to be able to work on a client's project which already exists in XD, plus they're Mac and I'm Windows. 

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Explorer ,
Feb 08, 2020 Feb 08, 2020

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Yep this exactly, I don't think this is the case for the mac version, only on Windows. Continues bugs, crashes, freezes, fonts won't load properly, random other issues, text bugs in inputs etc. etc. Please test your software on more Windows systems! I'm not paying for this..

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Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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I feel your pain. It feels Adobe XD isn't tested on Windows. Last updates just added boring features instead of fixing bugs.

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Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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I have came back to check XD and wow it got worse. Did these guys write it with no concept of a testing! In less than 48 hours it has crashed several times for different reasons. 

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Jun 10, 2021 Jun 10, 2021

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I just wanted them to fix the typing problem XD has. Wanna change a text? better ALT+TAB to get out and get back into XD. Wanna change a property, like size or position? Same thing.

Wanna open the layer panel and components panel at the same time? Sorry, can't do that

Wanna update a link of a shared prototype? Only if you're the owner of the file

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