Select artboards + objects that are outside the artboards (pasteboard) at the same time
I am creating a screen flow diagram with annotations between each artboard. I've pasted arrows between the artboards to indicate the flow of the experience between sreens.
If I'd like to move multiple artboards I've noticed that all of my arrows / annotations outside of the artboards aren't selected with the multiple artboards. It is extremely time consuming to move the outside elements after moving multiple artboards.
I read that other designers wish there could be a way to annotate or draw arrows between artboards. Perhaps that would solve my issue. I just want to show a screen / state diagram of the UI as well as jump to prototype mode when I need to.
The best way to recreate the issue I'm experiencing is by going into your starter file and try to move a few artboards with their respective annotations and you'll see my frustration. It becomes weird if you try to add in a new screen in the middle of the experience.
Sorry for the false alarm! Someone pointed out to me that I interpreted the request incorrectly. While you can now select objects both in the artboard and on the pasteboard, you cannot yet select objects on the pasteboard and complete artboards themselves.
Please add the ability to be able to drag and select items that aren't on an artboard along with artboards.
For example, if I have a whole website design all in one document, sometimes I will add text labels above groups of artboards, that aren't connected to any artboard. Then if I need to zoom out and move a bunch of artboards around all at once, my labels don't get selected when I drag select the group. So I have to individually move those items which is a pain and takes a lot of time.
Do you guys do anything over there? Fix your program.
Still no update on this? Please, just allow a CTRL or ALT+Select to select all object on pasteboard and artboard all together. It has been 2 year this is requested. Pleasee
I'm having the same struggle but found some kind of workaround. First you drag a new artboard over all your artwork. Drag all the artboards, including the big new one, to the position you prefer. Then select the layers ONLY in the big new artboard from the Layers panel and cut them, delete the new artboard and paste the content. It should appear nicely next to the the artboards you actually want to keep.
Some Guy Online commented
I'm creating lo-fi wires for class. I've created art-boards to represent each screen. I then wanted to create annotations for those screens, outside the artboards. So in other words that annotation grid was made within the pasteboard. Bu then I wanted to be able to clone the combination of artboards and annotations so I can template the process, and it seem that I can't move an artboard and a folder within the pasteboard at the same time.
THIS. I've found with all of my XD requests that I'm never "the only one."
Joo Chung commented
For a product that is designed to create user experiences, the experience using the product is sorely lacking. That it's not possible simply select all objects (a mix of pasteboard elements and artboards themselves) in one selection action is really quite mindboggling and actually severely adversely impacts productivity for many users. I wonder if any actual user research was done when designing the product? So many basic features lacking, even as of today June 11, 2020.
Theo Thompson commented
This was shared in 2016 and it's still not implemented. This is a fairly basic usability feature that Sketch, Figma, and others have had since day one.
Please add this.
Andreas Galster commented
Yes please. It's so frustrating when you have annotations like already mentioned by others. It's an INSANE pain in the ass for a document with 100s of artboards to having to move text & artboards separately. It just doesn't work because text will then flow into artboards and disappear.
objects goes out artboard !
i just want that it be in same artboard but in out
why you not fix this ?
it 2020 year !!!!!
Meirion Williams commented
Crazy this has not been done yet. So annoying that you can't select/move artboards and objects on the paste board at the same time.
How are people meant to handle annotations and titles outside of their artboards when reorganising their document?
I'd like to add one request. When adding a new artboard or duplicating an artboard, XD should honor objects in the pasteboard. Currently XD just ignores pasteboard objects and delete them with NO warning in order to secure space for the new artboard. This behavior is unacceptable. I usually have comments and temporary objects around artboards, so I rarely duplicate artboard. Instead, copy an artboard, scroll canvas to find an open space, paste the artboard, then drag it to the place where it should be. Doesn't sound like productive, does it?
Matt Prina commented
This really needs to be resolved. Based on this forum your users have been requesting this since 2016. Most designers will want to be able to move things around easily on the canvas (especially when Xd has such a small, limited canvas). This will usually involve moving artboards and elements that are not on artboards at the same time.
Please solve this problem as soon as possible.
Currently you can only select and move artboards OR objects on the pasteboard. I want to move the artboard and the object next to it on the pasteboard together. Especially since I create variations of element on the pasteboard next to my artboard designs. You can do this is sketch because all objects are selectable. This also helps organising and moving your content/designs/artboards/variations quickly and easily around in the canvas. PS. also the canvas isn't infinite -- that's another issue.
In this screenshot attached, I've dragged over all the content, but XD only selects the artboard and ignores the pasteboard objects, so you can't move them together. It's a two step process. First move artboards and then move the pasteboard objects (nasty if they were perfectly aligned to the artboard).
teemo scout commented
+100, please fix this - in huge projects it's almost impossible to move artboards which have some kind of comments around them.
Matt Prina commented
This would be a very helpful fix please and thank you :)
Larissa Masson commented
Please fix this. It's so painful to manage documents without it.