XD is certainly garbage. I spent so much time getting an app design down. Save for one menu that, unlike all of the rest of them, won't stay associated with the artboard it's supposed to be on..... it's a CLONE of all of the others that WORK JUST FINE and yet the menu refuses to become part of this particular one.
Amd even more enfuriating than that..... is that all the work is completely useless since it can't export to anything useful. The only 2 plugins to export to HTML, one is absolutely amateur and the other is blatant false advertising as they say "48 hours of free use to export from Adobe XD to HTML5" but when you download it, and try to use it, it says "This feature is reserved for our PREMIUM users" .... Adobe has, yet again, wasted days of my time with absolute garbage. Bring back something useful to develop apps with, wtf was wrong with Flash creator anyways? At least it did something useful. Way water down all of your products and leave gaps where actual use would be.
Okay, I understand a lot of your grievance.
A lot of things can go wrong and need improvement.
But in stead of pulling your hands off this tool, it might be a helpful to tell and show a bit more about your specific problem. After all, many people are using XD to their heart's content – so why wouldn't you ? What you're trying to achieve sounds feasable to me. So create some screenshots or post a link of a Preview, if you'd like to give us a little more insight.
There are dozens of curious users here, trying to help others out 😉
On the other hand, I must disappoint you concerning your expectations of getting HTML or something technically useful out of it. That's not this tool's intention ! I know, there are a few this plugin promising heaven, but closing down the gate on you. But to be honest: there's not a single drop of HTML coming out of Adobe XD, natively. It's a tool to design ideas, wireframes, mockups, prototypes – just like scale models of a construction plan. They look alright, they give everyone a faily good idea, but they're definitely not the real thing, and not meant to be complete at all.
So you need to form a team with e.g. front-end developers, to build the real thing, based on this puppy. And the best you can get out of it, are fragments like the images and specifications in CSS, for the developers to use and copy. But Adobe XD won't take over their job !
Hope this helps to understand what Adobe XD is about, and looking forward to more details about your initial problem with that menu.
First off, to the other curious users here: Don't waste your time with Xd if you actually want to build an app. You might as well draw it on paper or give up on it all together. Xd is to apps as what having Adobe Premiere would be if it were not able to save/export to a video format. You can edit it and make it LOOK how you want, but you'll have to send it to an editor to actually MAKE that video (and that format is ONLY for reference, NOTHING at all can be pulled from it) - highly useful, I know.
It's interesting that Xd is capable of creating the very "mobile view" that I'm looking for, and yet it can't publish that view into a useable format. (Animate can do it... why not export to that at a minimum?) Additionally, Adobe DOES have he means to push it to a browser capable format but they chose to keep it to themselves: When sharing it & creating a web link, it's quite literally creating a web version for others to interact with. That very output would probably suffice if they would allow us to save it. The means exist but they've not allowed us to use them and they promote the use of inferior add-ons instead.
It seems so illogical to have the capability and lock it away when that's the reason we pay for their products - capabilities. I'm moving on to Animate and so now I have to rebuild the entire thing. Yes, another Adobe product, because I'm already paying for it and want to "get my money's worth" out of it..... if I weren't already paying for CC, I certainly would have found a better solution instead. They have YEARS or even DECADES on the competition and still can't do a better job (see the numerous app building programs/sites out there). We're all in a stupid ecosystem because everyone else is in it too.
If anyone at Adobe that makes any decisions actually listens, what on earth are you holding back on this for?
There have already been many similar and legitimate questions here and on e.g. Quora, about this seemingly illogical hiatus in the software, but that's the technically inevitable trend.
If you'd be more familiar with the gradually increasing separation between design and production (and the tools and technologies involved), you'd come to understand that creating a PDF or a movie is totally different from building an app or a website.
So from a UX standpoint, XD is a great tool to design how an app or a website would look and behave, before handing it off for that expensive and tedious phase of actually building it. And rest assured: Adobe isn't unique in their approach with XD – dozens of other tools serve the same idea...
I have given a more elaborate answer at the bottom of this discussion:
And some more on Quora:
All of it is Fing garbage and they pride themselves on making easy tasks difficult.,
Also I've just spent the last two hours trying to get my video preview to work and on premiere and Photoshop systematically trying all the you tube fixes.. why the f is there even a need for this in the first place ... Tons of people have the same issues over and over and frankly no one , not a single person on their software development team cares ...it's absolutely infuriating and honestly I look forward to cancelling my membership ...
If you want to do something in Photoshop and Premiere that doesn't work, then please describe that in the product forums:
What random people tell you on youtube is not necessarily the gospel.
On the forums you find knowledgeable folks who have usually done everything and seen everything. They can help you with your issue.
If you have issues launching the software or if you are experiencing crashes, they might be caused by your system being set up unappropriately. Please contact Customer Care. They can log in and fiy it: https://helpx.adobe.com/contact.html
The developers cannot prepare the software for everything. There are outdated extensions and plugins that are not deleted appropriately, there are extensions that interfere with everything, because of sloppy coding. There are applications that install malware.