5 Adobe XD Features eLearning Professionals Will Love
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
It's a classic situation, you have a tonne of storyboards and concepts to get approved and a ridiculous timeframe to build your eLearning projects. To make things worse, your stakeholders are spread around the globe so you're going to need a method to share your storyboards, get feedback and resubmit for approval. Now you've got to take your concepts and build them, depending on how you've built your concepts, and the level of detail you put into the storyboards, you could be facing rebuilding assets that will be used in your eLearning build. Here is how we've used Adobe XD to streamline the storyboard to build process and what we think eLearning professionals will absolutely love about XD.
Adobe did release Adobe Captivate Draft in an attempt to address these storyboarding issues but in our opinion it fell very short of the mark and didn't deliver the toolset or the versatility that's available in Adobe XD. There are a few features in Draft, such as the quiz builder and the ability to import storyboards directly into Adobe Captivate that are nice. But the fact that Captivate Draft is only available on a mobile device makes it really impractical for regular use.
If you're not familiar with Adobe XD, it's a user experience design software application that supports vector design, wireframing and the ability for to create interactive click-through prototypes. It is not a tool to develop eLearning applications, it's used only to create the visual design. Over the years we've tried multiple tools, templates and processes to streamline the storyboarding process with varying results. Adobe XD has been one of the best tools that we've ever used to facilitate this process and below are some of our favourite features.
If you've ever used tools like Word or Powerpoint to build your storyboards for client review you would have battled the issue of representing proper sizing of graphics and type so clients have a clear understanding of how elements will occupy screen real estate. With Adobe XD you create 'Artboards' that are the exact size of your target screen resolution. A project can have multiple artboards of different sizes if you're working on a responsive project. This allows you to demo how your elearning project will look on different devices.
Symbols are a the bees knees. Items that you use repeatedly throughout a storyboard like buttons, images or logos can be made into symbols that you drag and drop on to any artboard. When you need to change these elements throughout the storyboard, update the symbol and it updates on all the screens, major time saver. You can even do this with colours and character styles to ensure that you maintain your client's brand guidelines.
It's always difficult to explain in storyboards your intention of how the learner can interact with your concept. Usually this would require sitting down with the client and explaining interactions or writing descriptive examples and attaching them to the storyboard. With Adobe XD you can create quick and simple examples of how learners will navigate through your eLearn and then publishing these for your client to review.
4. Sharing and Client Review
Not only are you able to share prototypes with clients or other team members via the web, but you can also get them to review and post comments. Reviewers pin comments on any part of your prototype and write feeback. Feedback is stored online so you can easily review, update and republish your storyboard with past comments in place.
5. Exporting Elements to Captivate, Storyline etc..
Here is one of the biggest timesavers we found using Adobe XD. Exporting individual elements out of XD to use in your eLearning development application of choice is crazy simply and fast. Select elements you want to export in the format that you want and then easily import them into your eLearning project - pixel perfect. This means that the finished product looks exactly like the prototype - no having to resize objects or squeeze them in because the storyboard was a different size to your project, Fantastic!
There are a tonne of features that we know learning professionals will love, simple and easy drawing tools, repeat grids, controlling and updating images, layers, blur effects the list just keeps going on and on. We've also seen the amount of support that Adobe XD has received and it's nuts with updates and improvements coming regularly each month. We've actually been excited to see what new features will be release next month. If your building storyboards for online learning you should investigate Adobe XD and experience how storyboarding and rapid eLearning development should really feel like.