AMA: Adobe Experience Design Team (formerly Project Comet)

7 years ago from Demian Borba, Product Manager for Adobe XD

  • David ThornDavid Thorn, 7 years ago (edited 7 years ago )

    What was the reasoning behind adopting shortcut keys outside of the Adobe universe?

    For instance, in Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign all have R= Rotate, while Sketch uses R=rectangle. XD uses R= rectangle as well.

    7 points
    • Dominik SchmidtDominik Schmidt, 7 years ago

      I think to compete with Sketch. Don't know about the rest of the shortcuts, but they likely adopted the shortcuts from Sketch to make the switch easy as hell for a former sketch-user.

      4 points
      • David ThornDavid Thorn, 7 years ago

        The funny thing is, the former-sketch user, was likely a former Adobe user at some point.

        The main hurdle keeping me from fully adopting Sketch was frustration relearning shortcuts I use everyday in Illustrator at my 9-5.

        But if I have to relearn how to work anyways, I have less incentive to stay in the Adobe ecosystem. And Sketch has shown to have an active plugin industry, with outside developers bringing a lot of useful plugins on a much quicker timeline than Adobe historically has.

        2 points
    • No NameNo Name, 7 years ago

      I feel like custom Hotkeys should be native and accessible for most products like this. Too bad that doesn't seem to be the case.

      1 point
    • Tom KrchaTom Krcha, 7 years ago

      Hi David,

      we are looking at ways to enable shortcut customization in the future.

      We are not planning a specific Rotate tool. You can rotate an object by hover around the selection bounding box corner, which we believe is a more intuitive and modern way of rotating objects.

      Feel free to send your feature requests to UserVoice.

      Thank you!

      Tom Krcha | Sr. Product Manager, Adobe XD | @tomkrcha

      4 points