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.
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:
- Different text, color, or other properties in some copies of the symbol (like editing text in a Repeat Grid, for example): https://adobexd.uservoice.com/forums/353007/suggestions/13675224-override-text-color-etc-on-a-symbol
- Different size for some copies of the symbol: https://adobexd.uservoice.com/forums/353007/suggestions/16939339-scale-resize-symbols-individually
- Interactions/wires on objects inside symbols: https://adobexd.uservoice.com/forums/353007/suggestions/16943800-allow-interaction-wires-links-from-objects-inside
- States the symbol can switch between (like a UI component): https://adobexd.uservoice.com/forums/353007/suggestions/13031871-add-multiple-states-inside-symbols
- Reorganize your list of symbols: https://adobexd.uservoice.com/forums/353007/suggestions/16933993-label-and-reorganise-symbol-library
- Share symbols across documents or within a team (via CC Libraries, for example): https://adobexd.uservoice.com/forums/353007/suggestions/12930321-cc-library-support-share-symbols-assets
And as always, feel free to file new suggestions if you have other ideas that aren’t posted in UserVoice yet!
Edwin Delgado commented
I hope these will retain their properties in prototype mode. Great feature, can't wait to use it.
Joshua Pekera commented
Nested symbols are a must. Symbolized icons/elements inside a larger symbolized component.
Yes, reusable symbols / master objects are great idea.
Also, it would be nice to be able to replace an object (symbol) on the artboard, with another symbol, similar to Illustrator/Flash. Eg to switch states or icons etc.
Risa Yuguchi commented
Takeshi Kano commented
See also these follow-on requests that add to symbol capabilities:
* Overrides on individual instances of a symbol: https://adobexd.uservoice.com/forums/353007/suggestions/13675224
* Symbols with multiple visual states that they can switch between: https://adobexd.uservoice.com/forums/353007/suggestions/13031871
sotobayashi hiroshi commented
yasuo kozasa commented
Ben Drechsel commented
UXpin is lacking here - their "Smart Elements" instances can't be resized or overridden in any way. Both of these abilities are useful in Balsamiq's Mockups, but that is lacking in presentation ease/polish.
Ben Drechsel commented
Balsamiq's "Symbol" system is the one to beat, IMO. Being able to selectively override *only* specific master properties I need in a per-instance context is amazingly flexible and powerful.
Esteban Loboguerrero Zornosa commented
This is something similar to what I mean http://i.imgur.com/a32RPWd.png
Esteban Loboguerrero Zornosa commented
As in illustrator, you should be able to convert an object into a symbol... It would be handy to have a panel with all the symbols you have; and that same planet should have an option to export all your protect symbols to a folder on a determined size in EPS, SVG, AI, PSD and PNG, so that you can open them in any program on any platform.
Dru Kelly commented
I totally agree on having object styles or masters. Even though it's easy as copy and paste (in place), it would be nice to have masters applied to new/duplicated artboard
Let's take the situation in your demo - going from a low fidelity design to high fidelity. If I have identified an object as a primary call to action button, having the ability to change the master style once, and have it update all call to action buttons in the prototype, would be a huge time saver. Especially for a large website, it is too cumbersome (and error prone) to have to manually select every single button and reapply the color, corner radius, and typography styling.
Adam Trabold commented
I gotta be honest, the way Sketch does symbols is buggy at best. Whatever you do PLEASE do what I assume you will and design it how you think it *should* be, not how the competition is.
Ivan Kandi commented
I love that feature. Although I don't think it's Sketch's own unique feature though. A long time ago when I still used Balsamiq that was the killer feature they had. I think UX Pin has that too.
But I agree, the ability to override the symbol but still maintaining the link to its mothership is really appreciated.
C.L. Augustine commented
Hi Adobe, Please research the way Symbols are handled in Sketch. Mimicking this method of Symbol handling will yield a gorgeous result in XD. (Hopefully Sketch didn't patent their process)
Basically, with Sketch Symbols, you can create a global Symbol that once edited, displays the changes everywhere its used. That's expected behavior for sure. However, every symbol used also has built in overrides. This is hugely useful as sometimes you do want to change a specific look of a Symbol in your design, without breaking it from being a global Symbol. This may be hard to understand, but check out the demo for more information:
Good luck Adobe. Sketch is quickly chipping away at your business in the UI department because it's a better design tool. However, get Symbols and Type Styles going, and you're almost there!
Their isn't words that express the type of euphoria I will feel if this feature gets released in the next few months.
Super important, I am demoing XD with a current project and entering 40 screen range. Every time I need to make a change or want to clean up UI I have to make changes to every single screen which makes me hesitate from starting new projects using this tool.
I think reusable symbols, groups, masters would save users A LOT of time and is currently the largest barrier for new adopters. I can forgo a lot of other features but this one is needed if I need to have large projects finished on time.
Lawrence Francell commented
It would help to clone and Artboard to new artboards.
Perhaps by just holding the option Key and clicking on an artboard would cause a clone to appear with all the children objects linked to masters.
This way if you change a master object it changes on all, Such as header and footer details.
If you have a breadcrumb or form-flow steps on the side bar, you could link them up son s each demo proceeds the text line changes to correspond to the title.