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Copy-Paste should preserve interaction wires/links

Ability to copy wires along with assets. For example, if I have a home button that will always link to the same page, it would be helpful if I didn't have to wire the button each time. This would also be helpful when duplicating artboards so the links stay intact. For example, if I need to show a dropdown menu, I would do this by duplicating the artboard and adding a wire to the dropdown menu. In this case, I would want all the existing wires to stay the same.

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You can now paste wires with the objects in the May 2017 release of Adobe XD! Simply switch to prototype mode, and the objects will paste with their wires. You can copy and paste artboards with the wires between them intact, even to other files.

To check out the latest version, go to the Creative Cloud desktop app! If you don’t see the update, you can select the gear and click on “Check for App Updates.”



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  • James commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please could you do this as you can, as this will save every XD user thousands - if not millions (all users considered) - of dull repetitive tasks.

    Even just as temporary introduction before a potentially more complex integration into symbols or master items.

    There is nothing thus far within your feature development that compares to the benefit of this feature. Though layers were much requested, they don't really add value like this feature would for every user. Please implement, this one can't be that tricky. Do a cost/benefit analysis on it please.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would be HUGE. Kinda crazy that it doesn't copy the link when copying (seems more intuitive that the links WOULD copy) — or as other users pointed out have a check box to toggle this as an option (globally or per item somehow)

  • James commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If symbols with links are not coming in November release can you please give us this? A lot of benefits from using XD are wiped out by the fact you have to do each cut and pasted item link over and over and over again...

  • Shmuel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's crucial to have this feature when you design for different screen size.
    When you copy/past the design, you can reaarange positions and sizes but keep all the interactions you already created.
    Very crucial features to implement please.

  • shivrak commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    +1 to this feature. Having to re-do a footer nav over and over is PAINFUL.

  • CV commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    +1. This could be a huge time-saver. Instead of being default Cmd/Ctrl + V functionality, maybe "Paste with Interactions" could be a Cmd/Ctrl + Shift + V or something like that.

  • Kiwii commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If I create a menu thats going to be the same in many pages, Iand I link them to the other pages, I want to copy paste that menu in the other pages including al the links.

  • Darren Schnare commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I feel that if this is done in such a way this could also be used to treat artboards as templates. This feature and the hotspot template feature I feel will share a lot of the same implementation details so they should be thought about together.

  • James commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This feature should be high priority in my estimation as it feels like a quick huge win for all who use XD. The two key commands for differing copying and pasting within prototyping mode is a fantastic idea even if it is just an interim idea. Surely it can't be hugely difficult to do that.

  • LillianR commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    YES YES YES... thank you. I totally agree. Having been working on XD for about 2 weeks now, with a few pretty big projects. This is my number 1 request I like to see.

  • LillianR commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I like to be able to copy and paste an element or a group under "Prototype" so that the functions can also be copied.

  • Josh Curtis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would love to see this as well please. Just a comment about using the word "wires" in this feature post. I got it confused with wireframes, which is normally referred to as "wires". Please edit so it's easier people to search for this before deciding to add a redundant feature request. I almost flew by this one.

  • David Knell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like to see two options with this, both easily accessible: (1) copy element without copying its prototype links, and (2) copy element along with its prototype links. This is because a Home button element would do well to always link to the home screen, but a forward arrow or Next button wouldn't do well to always link to the same screen. I would really like to see a simple keyboard shortcut setup that feels natural, like Ctrl-C for just copy and Ctrl-Shift-C for copy-with-its-links. I'd also like to see both options in the dropdown menu that appears when ou right-click an element.

  • Wilhelm Krohmer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would also be great to be able to add interaction-wire-templates, so you can add them to multiple artboards fast and easily. This could be done in a separate window, by selecting a template and then selecting artboards.
    The wires could be linked to a specific asset, so when applying them, the according asset would be placed, too. You could also add wires without being linked to an asset and instead just being placed on a x/y-coordinate on the artboard, so when you delete an asset, your wire does not get deleted.
    Or when applying a wire which is linked to an asset, you could have the option to replace the asset with a newer version, similar to InDesign's Link-Panel, still without deleting the wire.

  • Elisabeth Goodrow commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would be great it the connectors could be duplicated with an object.
    I have this "bar" at the bottom of most pages for easy movement b/w artboards, but i have to connect these 12 icons to their 12 pgs every time. It's tough when I have 40 pgs and have to do it for each one. Thanks!

  • Damien commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is vital is different UX designers are bringing together their work into one final file.
    Departments can coordinate separately and then be able to join the pieces of the puzzle.

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