Global/Master artboard templates (pin objects across all artboards)
1. Ability to have a single object (or group) break out of its artboard and cross multiple artboards within a single prototype. The simplest use case is the creation of a global navigation bar that spans across multiple screens. This object's interactive elements would also work across multiple screens as well, and any edits to this object would update across the rest of the screens.
2. Easy interaction management and editing. Also provides consistency with consistent elements within an experience.
Sylvester Aryee commented
@Max Neuse no they're pretty different. That post is similar to editing 'Instances' of the same object. Like if you created a 'style' and wanted to edit it's features across multiple artboards.
Similar to Muse's Master pages, and library palette, so that there is an A, B, C, etc. to either click on a regular page, right click and select "apply a master page" or drag out from the master page area and place over top the intended page to follow a master. I also Like the library object setup on Muse.
Kelsey Hemphill commented
I LOVE this feature from Principle App.
If two layers on different artboards have the same name, Principle will treat the layers as if they are the same, and will automatically animate between them. If there is not a layer with the same name on both the source and destination artboard, the layer will simply disappear or appear with no animation."
Josh Curtis commented
As a designer creating a design, I’d like to have the same element showing up in different artboards, so that I can change the style (color, font, size, etc.) of that element globally to cut down labor time for incremental changes.
As a designer creating a design, I’d like to have the same element showing up in different artboards, so that I can change the anchor points of that element globally to cut down labor time for incremental changes.
As a designer creating a design, I’d like to have the same element showing up in different artboards, so that I can change the x and y coordinates of that element globally to cut down labor time for incremental changes.
As a designer creating a prototype, I’d like to change transitions globally so that I can fine tune or change a transition across all artboards with ease
I was thinking of something similar to Muse's Master pages. You could have a master art board or object that will cross all artoboards.
For example, a navigation bar. It would save so much time if you could specify which button takes you to which page once, and not in every panel in every page.
“As a designer creating a prototype, I'd like to make a common element navigate a certain screen from all instances, so I can simply create the main navigation structure"
"As a designer creating a prototype, I'd like to be able to overwrite common element navigation in a specific screen, so I can easily adjust my main navigation structure"
Capt. Proton commented
Let's use a global header bar that is being used across all artboards. This should be able to be defined as a "proto-object" (symbol or style.) If the proto-object is changed on one artboard, it is modified on all the boards. I.e. If one changes the color of the header bar in one artboard, the new header color mirrors across all artboards with the proto-object.
One would also need the option to unattach a proto-object so that if on one specific artboard a different version of that object is needed, say a different color, it will not be affected by or affect the other proto-object.
And a proto-object should include any selected elements. Like if the header bar had text-based menu items, icons, etc. and they were all selected and turned into a proto-object then a change to any of the nested elements would mirror as well.
Max Neuse commented
I think this duplicates https://adobexd.uservoice.com/forums/353007-adobe-xd-feature-requests/suggestions/12869085-global-style-edits or?
Do you think about something similar to a smart object? If so, yes definitely!
Rikard Eide commented
I notice I do a lot of copy pasting between artboards (automatic "Paste In Place" s awesome btw). It would be nice if I could right click an existing artboard and do "Create new artboard from this...", and thereby creating a new artboard identical to the previous. The artboards could then inherit from each other in a tree-like structure, so that changes to a parent-artboard would be reflected throught it's children. This is especially useful for changing repeated elements like menu icons, fonts and background colors that are repeated over multiple artboards.