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Reusable symbols / master objects

It would be very helpful to have symbols in order to have reusable elements that can be updated in one place and have those edits instantly take effect in all instances/artboards in the design.

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I’m happy to say you can now use symbols in the November release of Adobe XD!

Thanks to everyone who voted on this — it honestly does make a difference in making this happen sooner.

There are lots of ways we could expand on this initial set of symbol features. Please let us know your opinion by upvoting follow-up suggestions like these:

And as always, feel free to file new suggestions if you have other ideas that aren’t posted in UserVoice yet!


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  • SUJITH KRISHNAN commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    How do I name Symbols and get the application to display the names? I am going to end up having a lot of similar looking symbols, but not exactly the same. The only way I am going to be able to differentiate between them and use are by name.

  • Tom Stachura commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Symbols are awesome and it would be the main reason why I would move to XD. However, the number 1 repeated style in our design is a data field (either editable or read only) and symbols can't be used for them because I can't alter the size without affecting all instances. There needs to be the same staging of changes for any property as it is for text, where you can edit an object created from a symbol and not affect all the instances. Another way of approaching that would be to unlink a property (like a width for example), so that any instance could modify the width without affecting the original and everything else.

  • Hugo Vialet commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I downloaded Adobe XD yesterday (so I suppose it's the last update), but I can't find the symbols library. I'm on PC.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Export symbol set for use in another project XD project. i.e. export and import symbol libraries/sets

  • AdminPeter Flynn (Software Engineer, Adobe) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Peter: if you _double_-click then you are editing the symbol's content. If you delete all the symbol's content, there's nothing left to show in the library, and the empty symbol definition is automatically removed. If you want to just delete one copy of a symbol, single-click to select the symbol -- that way when you press delete you're deleting the symbol instance and not the objects inside the symbol.

  • Peter commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's kind of weird that when I create a symbol, double click on it (on my artboard) and then delete it... it removes it from my symbols palette. I feel it should delete that instance but keep the symbol in my library

  • Jeremiah Johnson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Global shared symbols would be a great way for team to utilize and share styled components. Sketch, Axure, JustInMiind have this feature to have a global symbol library that you can connect to and would be great if Adobe XD had it as well.

  • Antonio Maggio commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The one with size may is related to overall resize feature (responsive) whereas the state could be reflected in an overall adaptive design feature?

    Just pointing to the fact that you probably have ideas on how to cather to responsive and adaptive, you shoul reuse the same "pattern" in symbols

  • James commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I feel the same as Jonson and would like to hear an answer to his question. Include prototype links purlease...

  • Jonson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Ilove the layers coming with new update. For web design though, symbols with no prototype links are not useless, but far from effective. Well, ok they are useless to me... The prototype phase on menus, is really grunt work right now. With so much ability to make mistakes... Are you planning on improving the symbols functionality to cover prototype links?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate there an update for expected release of this feature? Not having this feature makes XD unusable for me. I don't want to do this. I want to use XD. But it takes too much time to update changes. I point this major flaw out to others when I talk about XD. I want to change that conversation and move forward.

  • Dave commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Can't wait to update the nav bar once, then watch it populate the change across my site!

  • Matt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Having buttons with pre-linked navigation would be great and make consistency/accuracy of all the interactions so much faster and easier than ever.

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