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[Windows] Paste from Illustrator

I'd like to be able to paste a vector object from Illustrator to XD.

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AdminElaine (Adobe) (Product Manager, Adobe) shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
feature-completed  ·  AdminDan Tuhoarca (Admin, Adobe) responded  · 


I’m closing this one, as we’ve delivered the feature a while ago. We’re also continuously improving our integration with Illustrator and working on adding support for opening Ai files in XD.

If you are experiencing issues with the current copy paste feature, please open a new thread in the bug area:

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  • Joel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I can copy and paste sometimes from AI to XD - why?

    Why do some elements copy and paste from AI to XD without issue and some will not?!

    I can't find anything online - if I group or ungroup the items it makes no difference.

    What is going on?


  • Shannon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I should have thought of this option, directly copying Illustrator vector into XD, earlier as I do it with InDesign and Photoshop. This fits into my workflow. An additional feature would be an option for pasted vector to be linked to any updates done in Illustrator.

  • Ian Armstrong commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Here's the thing Mihnea.

    If I copy a vector out of Illustrator into another Adobe product there is a reasonable expectation that it's going to work seamlessly. Suggesting that I should go through an export process is not the right answer from a usabiilty standpoint.

    UX Designers are pretty picky when it comes to their tools.

    That answer (do more work, we don't support seamless integration) is never ever going to fly with us.

  • aldoso commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    it works, but there is something missing: paste at exact position.
    Say I have a 1920 x 1080 artboard in Illustrator and a same size one in XD. Say I want to copy an element that is positioned at x =100px y=330 px to be in the same exact spot in XD as it is in Ai.
    Currently it works as pasting it on the middle of the artboard regardless it's position in Ai / Ps.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    SUPER important to connect the adobe products together. It will also help me convert to using XD in the future.

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