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When making prototypes of a product, we often found that there are a large number of duplicate parts on the same page. Although these elements can be copied, you can only edit them one after another repeatedly when your customers want you to make some adjustments of these elements. Finally, you will waste a lot of time and be not able to prototype faster and easier. So, we need a new feature that not only help people to quickly copy page elements, but also modify properties of these same elements efficiently, so that we can edit elements of pages quickly.
In order to meet this demand, Adobe XD released its Repeat grid. Besides, Mockplus v3.2 also added a new feature – Repeater. In order to make a clearer comparison of these two features, this time I conducted a testing between them. Let us check out how they work!
Adobe XD places the Repeat grid on the right side of its property panel. That allows users to click this button to convert the components to Repeat grid or exit from Repeat grid. In Mockplus, you can directly find this option on right click menu or the tool bar. In addition, using right click menu to convert to a repeater would reduce the frequency of mouse movement and improve design efficiency.
In Adobe XD, after you converting a component to a Repeat Grid, there would be two handles on the right and bottom of it, and you can pull the handles to add grids. In Mockplus, you have more ways to create a new grid. Firstly, you can pull these eight dots to create new grids in eight different directions. In addition, there are also two handles on the right and bottom of the Repeater, but the use of them is different from Adobe XD’s. Here we take the vertical direction as an example, when the last line shows incomplete, click the handle on the bottom, then the last line would be completed. If the last line shows complete, then click the handle, it would add another line (Besides, you can use this feature to create the Repeater cells one after another).
Adobe XD and Mockplus set the gap in a similar way. Select one grid, then drag the red line above the box to adjust the gap. Besides, in Mockplus, you can also set column gap and row gap through the properties panel on the right side, which makes users adjust the gap more accurately.
As for layout type, in Mockplus, there are three different layout types. You can select the “grid", "vertical" or "horizontal" on the properties panel on the right side. For example, if you chose the vertical layout, the new generated grids would appear vertically.
In addition, you can also adjust the border and the inner separator of Repeater. I think it is very useful. When you need to adjust the layout of some forms, you can directly set the horizontal separator through the properties panel without putting a line among them, this is very convenient to operate. While Adobe XD doesn’t have this property.
Some friends may ask: What if I only want to modify the properties of one grid without changing the properties of other grids? It is worth mentioning that, in the Repeater of Mockplus, you can click"Separate" on one grid to divide the setting of this grid from others, so that you can modify properties of all grids, or also choose to modify properties of one grid. Isn’t it more convenient? And I also tried in Adobe XD, but it does not support such function.
As for adding or deleting the grid, Adobe XD and Mockplus have same operations. When you drag a new component, all grids would add the same component in the same location. After deleting a component, if there is only one component in the currently editing group, it will be automatically disassociated and returned to the previous group, and other cells would synchronize this operation; if there is no any component in the grid, then the entire Repeat grid or Repeater will be deleted.
In the Adobe XD Repeat grid, you can drag one or more pictures once. If there is only one picture, the picture will automatically adapt to the size of the component. If there are more pictures, they would automatically adapt to the size of components as well as be sorted.
Mockplus supports auto data fill of images and texts. This practical feature can usually be used in the following two occasions:
1. Single or batch fill of images or texts.
2. Used in Repeater to create components with repeating elements (for instance, a list), which greatly saves designers’ time.
This is the Repeater in Mockplus and Repeat Grid in Adobe XD. Before you make a choice, try both of them.
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