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    Dan Meyer supported this idea  · 
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    I was running into a similar issue and found a workaround with the new version of XD. If you place a raster version of your object (Let's say a 1920x200px jpg of a website header, desktop_header.jpg) into XD, and then right-click on it and choose "Edit in Photoshop" it'll pop open in Photoshop as a .psd file (desktop_header.psd), which is located deep on your computer in a Temporary folder location within XD. With that .psd open, drag all of your smart object content from your original file into the one made by XD, and save it.

    The end result is a .psd file in XD effectively "Linked" like how you'd expect a link from InDesign to work. It'll move as a single object, retain all of XD's features and trnasforms, but upon selecting "Edit In Photoshop" it will retain all of it's smart, editable characteristics.

    The downside is that the file is hidden to some degree buried deep in the temporary XD file structure, but it alludes to me this potential to link objects from within XD is possible, they just haven't found a decent UI/UX solution to it yet. I'd like to see a linking system similar to InDesign (link/edit original/package), whereby you just edit and maintain links in the software in which they were originally intended. That'd be the most robust solution in the long run.

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