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Allow interaction wires/links from objects inside a symbol

I was so excited about the new symbols feature that I made all of my navbars in a design a symbol. This may be one of the most obvious uses of symbols, since every page will almost always have the same navbar. But you can't connect objects inside a symbol. Therefore, you can't connect nav items, icons, logos in a nav bar.

Either allow connects for objects inside symbols, but don't propagate them in all instances, or DO propagate them in all instances. But you HAVE to be able to connect objects inside symbols in prototype mode.

Otherwise, we can only get halfway to easily and efficiently editing UI elements like navbars, sidebars, and such.

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      • James commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree with Atwoow below.

        It is a waste of time creating symbols in virtually any capacity at the moment. Keeping prototype links within a symbol actually gives real purpose to the very basic symbol functionality currently available.

        Elaine this feature is not complete, the label should be changed.

        On a related point, instead of having prototype links stay if you copy in prototype mode only (and not if you copy in design mode), the prototype links should stay if you duplicate or copy and paste with a certain keystroke, I can't tell you what a pain it is to keep going back and forth between design and prototype mode when you're designing and all you really want to do nearly 90% of the time is copy with prototype linkage in design mode.

      • atwoow commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I wasted many hours last night building out a wired symbol for masthead navigation, based on my understanding from my research, including post above, that a symbol can be wired and that those wired links will remain in place for all the instances of the symbol. At the end of this long exercise I found that the links that carried over from one iteration of the symbol to another were totally random. A few links would be in place in one iteration, different in another. It is frustrating to have wasted so much of my time on researching this, then building and rebuilding they complex symbol, then duplicating it across every page in my prototype. I am also worried that modifications of the links would not propagate across instances of the symbol.

        Making this feature work should really be a priority for Adobe as I don't see how this product can be used to design user interfaces efficiently otherwise. The feature must also be explained in the help section and there should be a button or tool, or menu button associated with it, or even a dedicated palette so that the user is aware of it and has more control over it.

        XD is an exciting product and I have enjoyed trying it, but am still cringing about the decision I will have to make as to whether to drop it for a year until it is further refined.

      • Forrest commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Is this feature still not in place? I'm assuming that from prototype view I can link an element within a symbol to a different artboard, and that 'updating all symbols', that link will work on all of my artboards and correctly link to the right one (basically building site-wide navigation). I can't seem to get this to work correctly though. Clicking on the 'update all symbols' link doesn't seem to update the links.

        It's kind of a deal-breaker if I can't create site-wide navigation from one area and have that automatically update everywhere. I'm still new to XD, so perhaps I'm missing how to do this correctly?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        So it is still not possible to update the links from a smybol when I change them in one instance of the symbol? (especially regarding nav bars). Big bummer. THX

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I was hoping something would be announced at Adobe Max yesterday but sadly nothing. This is really the one thing stopping our company from using XD. Not being able to wire up pages from menus really is a showstopper as far as creating prototypes goes (I know you can, but imagine having to update it in 50 different places when you want to change a menu item)

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Can I add my voice to the list of people saying this isn't useful in it's current form. We should only need to add links from nav bars once, then when the nav bar is dragged on to a new screen it should already be wired up.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes, this feature is not complete. The symbol override only changes bitmaps and text, not wires. There is no way how to update wires for multiple instances of same symbol.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This feature is not completed. You still can't reuse that symbol across multiple artboards and have it retain the wires you added to the elements in the symbol. You have made it only a little better with enabling to copy and paste an interaction...but what is taking so long to get the wires in a symbol to be retained in its use in multiple artboards? It is still inefficient and I cant use XD till the tool is efficient. I often have 50+ artboards....I need the symbol navigation header to retain the wires I set up when i duplicate the artboard with that navigation symbol in it.

      • Justin Ponczek commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Elaine, how do you use the symbol overrides feature to wire from within a symbol? Every time I try, it doesn't get propagated to the symbol instances.

      • James commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When converting an object to a symbol, it should not remove it's prototype link.

      • Will Viles commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        A must-have feature. The #1 use case of symbols is for headers/footers. What do they contain? Loadsa links.

      • Brian Campbell commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a must have. Without it i have to change my global nav by hand across dozens of screens. Major PITA!

      • Thomas Hallgren commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Definitely would be useful. I absolutely love symbols, but if elements inside a symbol placed on an artboard was independently a link. Bliss.

      • Derek Heisler commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like a certain symbol in a menu always link to a certain art board, regardless of how many times I copy and paste that menu onto other art boards. I'd like to reduce the amount of time it would take to to relink that symbol on all art boards to the same art board. Hopefully that makes sense.

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