Multiple sharing links for different subsets of same file
I´m designing for several screens at once and would like to be able to create separate links for the different screens. Eg one for desktop, one for tablet and one for phone. So that I easily can work on all the screens at once and don't have to change files.
As a workaround for this featire you can make your home artboard an “index” page which links to the different views/subsets of your design. When you share your design and visit the URL you can click through to the real home artboards and copy the URL (each artboard has it’s own URL on the shared link). You can then share these URLs to link people to a subset of your design.
We hope to be able to formalize this feature in the future.
Alex Wendpap commented
Would be great to have a way to save all screen and button links from the prototype mode into multiple sets. So would be much easier to avoid a messy prototype mode with too many links. Especially when more people are working in the same file.
Imagine one UX designer is working with the marketing department to present a simple clickable demo for a short video. In other side, working with the same file, a product owner wants to present a very detailed user journey with several alert and error messages to the development team. Would be great to save the linkages in different sets, with the ability to load them as wished, and then click to play the clickable prototype.
Ron Frank commented
It would be great if I could generate multiple prototypes from the same document. Basically, being able to select one group of artboards and create a prototype and also select a different set of artboards to create a different prototype. A little like Exporting Selected Artboards.
AdminArun Kaza (Adobe) (Admin, Adobe) commented
The title field is automatically filled with name of the XD document, which you can edit or update as your wish.
The reason for providing "Update" option in there is to quickly be able to perform update operation in one click. Update is the most common use case, and hence we wanted to expose it on the top level.
But I see your point of title having the same name even when you choose to create a "New Link". Do you think if we appended "copy" to the title automatically whenever you choose "New Link" option would help?
Leo M commented
I could not edit my post, so here is lower line calrification to update:
I recommend to add name selector at Publish Prototype, so when clicked user can view listing of all published prototypes to select one for to update, or to choose new (type in a name) which disables "Update" button as not needed in this case.
Moreover, if the same name is used - should this display a message if "you want to replace existing".
Leo M commented
Publish prototype offers "Update" and "New Link" options, while Prototype name-title (on top) reflects a name of the most recent published.
This is good for updating a link of the same design, but is confusing and misleading when new design is to be published. XD seems not replacing earlier design with a new of the same name making a name duplicate. Yet, it is not clear nor comprehensive.
I recommend to add name selector when clicked to view listing of all published prototypes to select for update or selecting new name and disabling "Update" button as this seems not the case.
@XD gurus - could you clarify how this actually works?
Right now if I want to create specs for android and ios, I have to create specifications links from two different XD files. If there are any design changes, I will have to duplicate the changes in the other file too when I want to update specifications. I should be able to create specs links to android and ios from the same file, and access older links to update from the same file.
That's a cool idea, thanks for sharing it!
What about working on the same project with different Adobe ID? I'm woking with external designer that have their own Adobe licence and we need to update the same project.
It's really useful the functionality that let us publish different prototype changing the starting point.
But it should be more useful if, in a project, we can view all the links published and, selecting one of them, view which is the starting point in the prototype tab.
My problem is that I don't remember the exact name of each prototype and I've to check it online.
Ability to share and update multiple links from the same prototype would be helpful. I have a scenario where I'd like input/comments from stakeholders, but I'd also like separate comments from our developers/designers, but I don't want to mesh the comment threads because they have different concerns. If the prototype is updated later, only the latest link can be updated. I'd like to be able to publish an update to both links.
Kat Arnold commented
We use the design spec links in a lot of our project document. It would be nice to have a better way of managing these links that XD puts out. I've had accidents happen plenty of times where one Project's design spec link overwrite another project's design spec link. Or if there's a problem with updating the current link, I'll have to generate a new link, which then means I have to redo all the design spec links in our project requirements documentation.
I have an xd file with a lot of artboards depicting different screens of my app. I wanna be able to create multiple prototypes from the same xd file because I wanna show different pieces of the app to different people. It would be nice to create multiple prototypes from the same file.
Sam Van Royen commented
1. Version of Adobe XD
XD version 0.6.34.3 Beta
2. Steps to reproduce the issues
When working in several files we've recently started to encounter trouble with creating shared links.
• "filename-client-A.xd" has a link
• When creating a link from a new xd "filename-client-B.xd" it would overwrite the link of client-A standard. Thus we create a "new link" instead.
• When opening the Client-A file, it automatically overwrites the link of client-B, … so we should again create a new link …
3. Expected result / 4. Actual result
Shared links are hard to manage when linked to just the title and sometimes don't work. Thus we have to keep creating new links.
Easiest way to fix:
Instead of having just the "title" field to link a certain file/title to a shared link — you could add a dropdown to let you select which link you wish to overwrite.
John Hanacek commented
The button placement is currently "dangerous" since it means a fast clicker (me about 20 min ago) can accidentally hit "new link" when they want to update the link.
Updating the link is the more common feature from "share again" thus "share again" should lead to "update link" right underneath it, rather than the current behavior of "new link" button being where your cursor is after clicking "share again"
A better way to manage all links is what I really want - ability to tell XD to update other links than just the most recently generated "new link" would give us more ability to seed out different links and make sure that everything will stay up to date.
but the button placement is just an obvious UX tweak - "new link" has a much higher 'penalty' for clicking it than update link.
Consider the logic of my proposal and I hope you'll agree.
Aaron Ellis commented
When I design I'm typically designing a mobile version, tablet version and desktop version. Unfortunately I can't create separate shareable links for each version (desktop or mobile) within the same file, so I have to manually create symbol that syncs across all artboards and clutters the design to allow the user to switch between previewing the desktop design and mobile or tablet designs as well.
I wish the web preview had a button that allowed the user to switch between desktop designs and mobile designs and in the prototype mode allow the designer to link a desktop design to a mobile design.
I want to share with the team of different entry points for different scenarios
Meir Benezra commented
XD allows us to design all the digital touchpoint interfaces within one single file.
It would be great to define these touchpoints so that when testing the prototype we can use one link with the ability to show different touchpoints of that link.
The current UX assumes that there is only really one flow per document. But in reality, there can be multiple flows that need to be published (eg: happy flow, sad flow). Unless I'm working on the last shared flow, it's a hassle to have to create links to each flow I revise and then update them on communications with the team.
I accidentally clicked on a new link and wanted to update it because I have already shared the link to the client. Now I can't anymore... T___T
Mike Crane commented
This would be a huge benefit to have. I have one XD file for my prototype, but my dev team would prefer to have separate links for each user story. I see you can create a new link, but that becomes the active link and you can only update this link. If my prototype has 5 shared URLs, I should be able to pick the URL I want to update. Also, for each of the 5 shared URLs, I should easily be able to manage what the home screen is for each shared link.