Adobe XD Plugin

With Crowdin plugin for Adobe XD, you can use texts from Crowdin Enterprise in your designs to save time for both designers and developers. These could include original or translated texts. If necessary, you can add new ones (e.g. dialogue titles, button labels) and send them to translators in Crowdin Enterprise.

Use Cases

With Crowdin plugin for Adobe XD, you can:

  • Quickly generate multi-language creative assets.
  • Translate mockups and test them in different languages before the programming starts.
  • Stop using ‘Lorem Ipsum’, add real texts from Crowdin Enterprise to your prototypes instead.
  • Create and upload source strings from your designs to your Crowdin Enterprise project. This way, uploaded strings could be used by developers, which reduces time spent on development.
  • Upload tagged screenshots to your Crowdin Enterprise project.

Modes

Crowdin plugin for Adobe XD has two modes – Artboard mode and String mode.

Use the String mode when localizing UI and working on dynamic pages with your development and marketing teams. In this mode, you can add source strings from Crowdin Enterprise to your designs in Adobe XD in a click. After the texts are used in the designs, you can automatically upload tagged screenshots for translators’ reference back to Crowdin Enterprise.

Use the Artboard mode to localize static pages, like brochures and banners. In this mode, you can send texts with context for translators to Crowdin Enterprise and upload translated copies back to Adobe XD.

Adobe XD Plugin Overview

Installing Crowdin plugin for Adobe XD

  1. Sign in to Adobe XD.
  2. Navigate to Plugins > Discover plugins…
  3. Click Browse.
  4. Use the Search Plugins… field to find the Crowdin plugin for Adobe XD.
  5. Click Install.

Connecting Adobe XD with Crowdin Enterprise Account

Setting up Crowdin Enterprise Credentials

To specify your Crowdin Enterprise credentials in Adobe XD, follow these steps:

  1. On the left panel, click Plugins > Crowdin for Adobe XD.
  2. Click .
  3. Provide your Personal Access Token.
  4. Specify your organization domain name and click Save.

To generate a new token in Crowdin Enterprise, follow these steps:

  • Go to Account Settings > Access tokens tab, and click New token.
  • Specify Token Name, choose Scopes, and click Create.

Selecting Crowdin Enterprise project

To select the project you’d like to work with, click the dropdown menu, and select a project from the list. Later on, you can use the same dropdown menu to switch to another project if needed.

Using Source Strings from Crowdin Enterprise in Adobe XD

  1. Open the Crowdin plugin for Adobe XD.
  2. In the String mode, use the Search field to find the specific copy.
  3. Select the text layer you want to add text to and click on the needed string.

Adding Source Strings from Adobe XD to Crowdin Enterprise

  1. Open the Crowdin plugin for Adobe XD.
  2. In the String mode, click .
  3. In the appeared dialog, fill in the required fields and click Save. Adobe XD Plugin Add String

Sending Designs for Translation to Crowdin Enterprise

You can send text for translation either from selected or all artboards from an Adobe XD file. Translators will be able to work with those texts in the list view and use designs as an additional context for even higher translation quality.

In Crowdin Enterprise, a root folder Adobe XD plugin will be created. It will contain a subfolder named after your XD file with HTML files for each artboard inside. This folder can also contain a free-text.html file with texts not included in any of the artboards.

To send Adobe XD designs for translation, follow these steps:

  1. Open the necessary Adobe XD file.
  2. Go to Plugins > Crowdin for Adobe XD.
  3. In the Artboard mode, Adobe XD to Crowdin section, select content you’d like to upload to Crowdin Enterprise. Choose All Artboards or Selected Artboards.

When the source files are uploaded to your Crowdin Enterprise project, you can invite contributors to translate and proofread them. Read more about translation strategies.

Using Translations from Crowdin Enterprise in Adobe XD

You can synchronize texts between Adobe XD and Crowdin Enterprise projects whenever you want to test the translated copy inside Adobe XD or generate multilingual assets.

To upload translated copies to Adobe XD, follow these steps:

  1. Open the necessary Adobe XD file.
  2. Go to Plugins > Crowdin for Adobe XD.
  3. In the Artboard mode, Crowdin to Adobe XD section, select the target language you want to upload translations for. You can also choose All languages.
  4. Choose the content you want to preview in Adobe XD. Select All Artboards or Selected Artboards.

After uploading translations to Adobe XD, the modified file will contain a separate artboard with translations for each target language. The newly uploaded translated versions won’t override the ones you uploaded previously. You can always delete the translated copies you no longer need.

Uploading Tagged Screenshots to Crowdin Enterprise

  1. Open the Crowdin plugin for Adobe XD.
  2. In the String mode, use texts from the Crowdin Enterprise project in your designs. Click to upload screenshots of the artboards that include the used texts.
  3. To update screenshots on Crowdin, click again.

To learn more, read the article Screenshots.

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