I am building progressive Apps that work on IOS, Android and Window phones and i miss in XD an option for a device that is neutral and supports tablet and phone, like for websites- it took a while until Adobe got Responsive into Muse. its a pity Muse did stop working.... And i miss a lot to link from XD to outside urls. The text editing possibilities are not very rich. But i see there is so many improvements and updates on XD its may be the most changing App on Adobe so i wait. The use of Plugins and the Ui Kits is great!
I was blown away from the many possibilities of animating and making the content act like a real App. And when knowing XD better there is so many options to automate. I found one that is a huge time saver : The drag grid and fill with a txt. file made me create the List of countries in a few seconds, a job that when doing it copy past would take hours! I am sure XD will develop more automated workflows like this and still many things are missing. Here a second good reference for the drag grid and fill and it can even count!
I really like the inbuilt voice that saved me from recording myself. I can imagine to use this a lot and sometimes create in XD more then just Prototypes. And for Prototyping and sharing its extremely helpful to add comments and further instructions mainly if something does not work in Prototype that will work in the App. I never added voice to a real website besides in video or audio so i need to check out to do this like in XD. XD makes so many things very fast that actually will take a lot of time when developing and coding.
To get animations there is a need for many art boards and as i have already many i choose one slide to make an automated animation that uses less art boards while tweening is done by XD. To Get my clock placing i took this tutorial as an inspiration.
And this one is a very short and really useful video to auto animate. also added to this there is a XD resource file with all kind of ready animations.
Here is the video tutorial i used to create the number counter:
The Protoype is usable but many interactions like forward and backward . search function and other small but important details like keeping the time you choose for your class according to the map or region to remember on the screen is not possible in Prototype. I used animated content for the changing clock in Sydney clock it does the animation but when i copy some features do not copy it shows the right content but not the animation. Because its a prototype i did not spend more time to find why the clock is only animated for the Sydney clock.
And just to get an impression of the complex and huge Prototype here an image that shows all the wires and artboards (109!) Animations needs many artboards and writing the same in code would be just some lines or even a plugin or module if i use a CMS. But i am sure XD will continue to develop and already now there is added so much the past year that's amazing.
All in all i found this course really helpful and learned to like and manage XD really well. XD is a fast developing app with many many free resources i did myself a list and posted it on the EDEX . The spark journals become really good references and i can collect many information in one place and find it again very quick.
My Prototype went through many many changes when learning and testing. Testing more will lead to more changes i guess. Its really important to think test and learn again and again and even after launching an App or a site is never finished. I learned a lot also about my subject and time saving and world regions. And i discover there many mistakes in the content and times as well all the time. It would be needed to test it in different regions. All this time changes and zones are just crazy and i learned a lot on my researches. At least i won t miss any more a class because of time change ...
I started this course with no experience in XD and ended with a lot of knowledge. I want to thank you for this. The tutors were great with a lot of patience to answer all the questions and the guest speakers gave some really good insides into UI UX design. Sjaani, Melissa and Freddy made the lessons fun and gave the feeling of home because they are in all courses. I find myself in most life classes even when not finishing a course with all homework. This life sessions are my break from work and give me a lot of new ideas and its amazing how many engaged and creative people are there. Even i am not teaching i find myself inside.