Global/Master artboard templates (pin objects across all artboards)
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.
Easy interaction management and editing. Also provides consistency with consistent elements within an experience.
Johan Grönwall commented
Yes please, this is very much needed. If you, for instance, place a navigation bar on screen A and B and then slide A left, slide B's nav bar passes over A's nav bar on it's way in. A global nav bar in top of position in the object stack would eliminate this problem.
Bogdan Stanciu commented
+1 for this feature, using XD 1 week now and feel the need of this. Copy/paste elements that are the same on different artboards it's daunting and prone to errors. If you have to modify an element and have s**t loads of artboards your screwed...
It's not the most needed feature of all, but if it was easy to implement it'd be AMAZING. Many of us use Indesign, and couldn't live without Master Pages there!
Lucas Matos commented
And multiple templates.
Like the master pages of Indesign.
I can have a header only for landing pages and another for the rest of the site.
Billy Bowyer commented
Argh, here I am again having to painstakingly update a menu across my entire prototype... How far away is this feature.... surely this must have been a top feature item from Day 1?!
Other apps do this and have done this for a long time. It has been since 2016 since this was first requested as a feature. So crazy that this baseline feature has not been completed by Adobe.
And no comments from any Adobe admin in a long time. Adobe has its head buried in the sand on this one.
Vuk Ninic commented
As Janna NL mentioned below, this should be similar to InDesign Master pages or build upon that idea. Sure, we can have symbols but is not the same. I am really surprised that Adobe wouldn't copy some of the obvious functionalities from other apps.
Janna NL commented
This could be used functionally like InDesign Master pages, or you could attach the prototype linking to the component, as well, so that anywhere the component is used the prototype links carry through. The copy/paste in prototype mode workaround is insufficient. I just had to change the way my nav bar was structured in a project with 50+ artboards, and all my global links are fried. Searching and copy/pasting is going to be a time suck.
Please get this one released!
Seems like a no brainer to me, surprised you can't already do this.
Without this feature, its hard to take up this tool to create any complex web applications.
Brom Sulaiman commented
Yep. I'm in the process of evaluating XD to replace teams current toolset. This is a massive blocker for me.
This has been under review for a long, long time. Any status update to this much needed item?
Tobias Kopp commented
Yes, this is a much needed feature!
I imagine this to be like InDesign – you can create one or multiple masters. Everything that you put on them will appear on all screens where this master is selected. In the case of XD this would mean that the interactions on this master also work everywhere the master is in use. You would probably need the ability to create different instances of one master in order to make, e.g., a navigation bar with accordion menus.
You would probably have the ability to select different options in the right menu bar when you have a whole screen selected: Make this screen a master (same principal as an overlay, only it doesn't deactivate the interactions on the "background " screen) or select a master out of a list of all your masters, including, of course, selecting no master.
There is two reasons why this is badly needed:
1. Consistency throughout all your screens – no screens will be forgotten when you update something that applies to multiple screens
2. Better usability, saving time: E.g., changing the menu bar means it will update on all screens, so you don't have to copy & paste on A LOT of screens. Also, you can see how a changed object plays out on multiple screens in a second.Yes, this is a much needed feature!
Dana Shelton commented
Like in InDesign, where you can set up guides, navigation elements, footers, or whatever components must remain consistent throughout your art boards.
Needed! Simple reason: statusbar of phone prototype need to stay fixed on all artboards.
The mentioned workaround (via copy&paste) is no real one. If using a transition like slide to side will move the statusbar as well... not convenient
While we wait for this, here's a workaround. You simply link up a component, and while in prototype mode you copy, and then select all the artboards where you want it pasted, and then paste. It pastes the component in place on all artboards at once with all prototype links intact. The only PITA part of this is that you have to remember to do that again every time you make a change, and if you have a different on-state visual for each link those would have to be updated per instance (or else maintain a different master component for each on-state.)
@Jody - There is no way of pinning interactive elements, it's not solved at all. I have to manually link up every single item in a (global) navigation menu across every single page.
Components will solve this. The older version with symbols also solved this.