Consumers of shared prototypes tend to use arrows instead of using interactions
I have been using XD a lot and have been publishing prototypes for developers and stakeholders.
I have found that more often than not they are using the bottom page scroll more than using the clickable links inside the prototype.
This is causing confusion when the workflow isn't linear as they are view the prototype as a slideshow instead of an interactive prototype.
There was some negative feedback received when we removed the navigation arrows from prototypes, so, this change was reverted and other solutions are being considered.
I would like to see a solution that lists all pages in a collapsible panel, similar to how Axure Share does it.
or better yet, a view that gives a map with all the links visually connecting the artboards. Just like how the XD app shows them when you zoom out. I really like this intuitive way of creating prototypes and seeing how the artboards interact with each other. This could be used to visually show all the artboards in a prototype.
Bill Alexy commented
I've noticed the same. Users often use XD's nav at the bottom of the screen over the prototypes internal nav. The home button is very useful but may lose its meaning if the other nav buttons are removed. In that case, a button that represented a refresh screen might be more descriptive.
Adminjoan_lafferty (Admin, Adobe) commented
Jake, what is your suggestion? In the past, we actually didn't have the navigation below if there were links on the artboard. Is this your preference?
There isn't a way to determine the order depending on links seeing as one artboard could link to 4 other artboards.
Further detail: I received the below comment when explaining to a user how the Adobe Share link navigation worked.
"I think I may have been navigating wrong then - I assumed that a click anywhere on the page follows the order of the page numbers below"