InDesign Workflow – linked files in XD
For the design I use InDesign as InDesign is much more powerful as XD. I export my Designs as PNG and import those PNGs in XD to create linked artboards for customer presentations.
It would be very much needed to have extern links (as in InDesign) pointing to those PNGs. Each time I update my Design in InDesign and export automated all PNGs all screens in XD would also be updated. I conceptualize webprojects with more than 200+ screens and this would speed up prototyping tremendously.
Anyway XD rules – really like it – just miss this killer feature!
Okay, so I’m trying to understand here. By looking up documentation, I see that you can place images in your file and link them to an image on your file system, so not embedding them in the file. (I’m assuming you’re not talking about inserting links to images on the Internet via URLs.) When the document opens, it loads up the image and places it in. In some apps, updating the file on the file system will update the image automatically without any intervention, and in other apps, changing it on the file system won’t update until you either manually refresh or relaunch the app.
This scenario is what I was defining as “dynamic linking.” Smart Objects (as I’m defining them in my head) are elements that are in a CC file format (like Photoshop or Illustrator). Am I misunderstanding your request for external links?
Andi Galpern commented
As a user, I'd like to to create a text box and "place" a linked image directly into it. The image can be located on my computer or a remote server, and eventually it would be nice to be able to use a URL.
I know designers who use XD to create ads in multiple sizes and believe this would enhance their workflow. Reach out if you have questions or would like to talk to one of them.
Michael Lilly commented
Elaine - I find your reply foolish. You know exactly what we want and the the nature of the request. And everyone knows this is an easy thing for your devs to do.
Why not start with allowing us to link, via a published/shared URL, to other Adobe XD prototypes? I am in prod for a healthcare firm and we are using XD to create CarePlans. So for me to engage our customers/prospects, they need us to send them 200 friggin links. What a pain in the ass. Would be nice to use XD and create a prototype dashboard that would be the catch all for all of our other XD health related prototypes. Just get this done, will you? I pressed our company to abandon your major competitor only to get pigeon holed.
Has Adobe stopped monitoring this request? It seems simple enough. Allow the ability to have a button in XD link to a live url or an external file in another Adobe program.
What's meant is: Make open files (psd, psb, ai, indd,...) still accessible in their respective software. Exporting to end media (png, jpg,...) is no solution!
Everything we import in XD becomes an XD object. There is no interaction between Adobe software as a complete suite should promise.
For example: Linking a PSD should allow a one layer image in XD, which automatically updates when you change anything in the PSD in PS! Think "Linked Smart Objects" in XD.
Come on, even Ai can do it nowadays.
Ben M Casalino commented
how can adobe take themselves seriously in this space without this feature its unreal the damage they are doing to the rep
I had hoped to have students create apps to focus on sustainable development goals but XD is proving too difficult, particularly since it doesn't appear to allow hyperlinks to external sites. Am I missing something here? Please advise
Inconceivable that this capability doesn't exist yet in XD.
Its the year 2020!
Just as inconceivable that XD doesn't have Preferences.
Absolutely unbelievable. Verging on bizarre.
I like to place and link SVG files in my projects like it's currently done in Photoshop.
One possible use case is a external folder with Icons, that you want to use in your projects. If an icon gets updated in that folder, I don't want to update the icons in all of my layouts manually.
Also this enables SVG files to get reused in multiple projects (like different interfaces sharing the same icon library).
Just reiterating on behalf of the guys below - we aren't talking about smart objects.
I had another ticket which was merged with this one, and I guess it's the same thing technically, but I need linked files for a different reason. For web layouts, XD gets slow and ponderous. Gotta lighten the load and make the folder structure do the heavy lifting. If possible.
XD files get very large / unwieldy very fast (okay, I'm working with 1366 web prototypes, and working on a new mac mini, so yes, fine, it's not a desk rocket) - one of my files with a mere 20 screens is like 166mb (yes, my images are saved at the right size and optimised for web)! That's mad for what is meant to be fast prototyping.
Can we have a similar folder structure set up like in indesign where the images are just linked? As an option so the files themselves don't take a million years to save...
In general loving it. Just slowing me down a lot every 5 mins :/
How do I vote for this a million times...
I would like to be able to update multiple images on various art boards with 1 relink feature.
Yes! This is so basic. Even PS does this now, why not XD? Would make replacing outdated placed images/files not necessary. Get rid of tedious low hanging fruit please.
Link to external files
If external files are changed all linked content gets updated automatically
Miguel Ventura commented
It will be very usefull if it have the same feature as Indesign to import linked images and psd files.
I would like the option to place an image as a link to an external file, which would allow one to make changes to the image in photoshop and have the link in XD update to reflect the latest status of the file.
This would also allow for the actual xd file to be lighter, as the image info can be kept externally to the file itself.
Would love to be able to update images within XD similar to the way InDesign does. Rather than having to re-import your photo, have an update button when XD notices a change has been made to the photo
Sebastian de Mel commented
When you use PNG's or other asset files, it would be useful if the assets automatically reloaded (or UI button to reload them, both better) when the asset file changes.
You make an export from tool X of a dialog and use it in XD. Then you decide to remove the shadow that effects the images size. You re-export the asset in tool X.
Currently you need to remove the asset and reposition the new one.
Instead of importing files into XD it would be nice to link to external files. If the external file receives an update, XD will automatically update the linked object in the design.
Same as InDesign handels links.
THIS IS NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH SMART OBJECTS etc.