Inserting an external link in Xd

Community Beginner ,
Apr 19, 2018

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Hello,

I'm trying to insert an external link to a button in Xd (a web site URL or an e-mail adres) and can't find the function. Is there an option to do that in Xd?

Please help!!

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Adobe Employee , Apr 20, 2018
Preran Adobe Employee , Apr 20, 2018
This feature is still under review. To vote for it and provide your inputs, click Link to external URLs – Adobe XD Feedback : Feature Requests & Bugs

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Adobe Employee ,
May 26, 2020

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Hi Ryan,

 

Thanks for reaching out. We are so sorry for the delay. I am afraid I don't have a time frame by when this feature would be available. Having said that, I assure you that I will pass on this feedback with the team.

 

Regards

Rishabh

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New Here ,
Feb 19, 2020

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Really? This feature has been under review for THREE YEARS with over 2500 upvotes and asks. Looks like you are ignoring your users here. Remember if you don't take care of your users you will lose them to competitors that do listen.

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New Here ,
Feb 23, 2019

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Hello, can someone help me about this ?

I can't find option where I can put link in my app, please help

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 23, 2019

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Explorer ,
Feb 13, 2020

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WHY 4 YEARS OF WAITING ????

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Contributor ,
Feb 14, 2020

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Look at the bright side, they added the "<3' polygon thing. Yey!

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New Here ,
Apr 07, 2019

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There is a BIG issue with XD: we cannot import LINKED files.

I need to import PS or IL artboards that updates automatically if i change the original.

Or at least linked PNG/JPG files.

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Apr 08, 2019

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 18, 2020

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What's going on with the request? Has this feature been added? 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 19, 2020

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Not yet, and probably not soon...

When I read the first page of recent comments to the request on Uservoice, I see most users are looking for this feature in order to "create a website" or "hook it up to Facebook" etc. This is not the intention of Adobe XD, as I explained earlier, so those users will never get what they want or come up with after each new feature.

 

But I'd like to know on a personal note (I'm never speaking on behalf of Adobe or their team of developers), what would be the purpose of this external linking ? What would you expect to happen ? Suppose you're working on a home page, and there's a textual link or button referring to a "Make Donation" page, which already exists and is not part of the test. But you'd like to hook it up anyway, for the sake of the perceived continuity. Is that a possible situation ?

 

How would you like the test to act, in a browser (typically from a shared reviewers link), and an mobile devices (in the XD app) ? Should the browser viewport completely change to the linked URL (hence, leave the Adobe testing platform) or display the linked URL within the rendered testing part, as an iframe ? And how to go back ? And in the XD app, should the app switch to a real browser, or also try to display the web content within the app's screen ?

 

What implementation and behavior would be desirable and technically viable ?

 

BTW, Harunharun describes in his reply another scenario for linking, which is a much more plausible feature to be implemented !

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New Here ,
Apr 30, 2020

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Simple - linking several prototypes together - let's say you are running out of Artboard space - or want to have a complex prototype running - any other prototyping tool out there support that - you wouldn't use is to ''create a website'' coz is clearly branded and mark as an Adobe XD prototype.

years after this feature hasn't been added .... get it together Adobe .....

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New Here ,
May 13, 2020

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While designing prototypes for software applications, there is often reference to external websites. All prototyping tools I have used offers a external link options. For instance, I am working on a app experience, I need to reference a warranty URL and I can't cause this feature isn't offered. I use the XD links to user test and creating a "fake' warranty URL doesn't cut it. Other prototyping tools offers to input the URL, along with giving it a target. Whether it's _blank, _self, etc. XD has come a long way but this should of been implemented a long time ago.

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New Here ,
Sep 02, 2020

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Peter, what you may not realize is that needs are constantly evolving due to Covid and uses for XD that you may never have imagined before may be creeping up.  People that are creative but not overly technical may want to use XD for very simple virtual presentations that are used on a very temporary basis.  XD seems perfect for that.  Some projects do not need to be necessarily backed by complicated code and back end databases, they just need to show a short, simple interactive presentation.  I know you seem hell bent on keeping XD inside this little circle of what you or Adobe deems it to be, but you are missing out on a much larger market and developing uses.  People appreciate the software and to be honest you don't really know what is best for every user.  So by flat out refusing to add what seems to me to be a very simple and straightforward feature, you are alienting a whole new class of users and methods that you have no clue even exist.  People are asking for this feature.  If it's just too difficult for Adobe to implement, just say so.  But, to say adobe won't do it just because someone there thinks it's a bad use of the software is ridiculous.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Sep 03, 2020

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First off: why bring COVID into the equation ?

Working remotely has become super important, so certain features like virtual collaboration are useful (and are being implemented, even before COVID was happening). But I don't see how COVID might have any other strong impact on the desired features of Adobe XD.

 

For the rest, I think you're stretching the purpose of Adobe XD too far. The discussion was about adding links to external sources, like another web page, or a YouTube video. Not addressing users who want to slap some stuff together for "very simple and short virtual and interactive presentations that are used on a very temporary basis". Should Adobe XD become the digital Swiss Army knife ? I already have my doubts about that Whiteboard plugin, piggy-backing in Adobe XD. (I truly hope it becomes an app on itself...)

 

Granted – the feature is #4 on the list of top feature requests. But like I said before: most voters are rooting for a technically working hookup to other platforms. I think a feature as described by Fraitz in his reply is much more viable and useful to the proper user base of Adobe XD. But that's also a different issue and discussion.

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Explorer ,
Jun 03, 2020

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I have trouble with the VERY BIG FILE SIZE of my prototypes. If I build one entire software prototype in just one XD file it will become very big, I'll start having trouble with my hardware witch get very slow on doing simple tasks. If I build 1 file for each feature or screen of my software and link them with a external link, this problem is solved. My files would become smaller and my computer would work fine without slowing on simple tasks like create a button our a card. 

 

I thnik nobody wanna build a software or a website in a PROTOTYPING tool, but the PROTOTYPING tool need solve simple questions like the need of build a BIG PROTOTYPE. 

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Explorer ,
May 22, 2020

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First, consider linking between different prototypes (different xd prototype urls). For example, adding a prototype ID as a destination value of a link.
Second, please consider enabling Add-ons to customise links, if you do not want to develop this as an official feature, let plugins care about that. 
 

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Adobe Employee ,
May 26, 2020

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Thank you for sharing your ideas and feedback. I hope you have already upvoted the request and submitted your feedback and ideas to the UserVoice link.

 

I will also make sure to share your feedback with the team. I can see the status of the request is under review. Please stay tuned to the UserVoice page for updates.

 

Thanks,

Harshika

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Jun 03, 2020

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This is a very good way of thinking!

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I have trouble with the VERY BIG FILE SIZE of my prototypes. If I build one entire software prototype in just one XD file it will become very big, I'll start having trouble with my hardware witch get very slow on doing simple tasks. If I build 1 file for each feature or screen of my software and link them with a external link, this problem is solved. My files would become smaller and my computer would work fine without slowing on simple tasks like create a button or a card. 

 

I thnik nobody wanna build a software or a website in a PROTOTYPING tool, but the PROTOTYPING tool need solve simple questions like the need of build a BIG PROTOTYPE. 

And look ... this is so easy! You already have something like that in Adobe AC

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New Here ,
Nov 10, 2020

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Hi there, 

I thought of a simple way to make it seem like a link has been added. I used social media icons as jpg images (for example Pinterest) and linked from the social media icon to an external page by simply taking a screenshot of the external page (in this instance, my Pinterest page) and copy + pasted it to another artboard in xd. I found that if doing this, it is best to place the 'external link artboard' underneath your main work as this doesn't seem to interfere with the main body of work. 

Hope this helps 😊

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New Here ,
Dec 03, 2020

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Bump. I'm surprised this isn't a feature already... and also sadly unsurprised that this isn't implemented when there are 3 pages of requests already lol.

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I am frankly baffled as to why this is wasn't an MVP feature for a PROTOTYPING application. It would be like selling a phone which is capable of dialing numbers 2-9 but if you need 1 or 0... sorry you'll need a plugin for that.

I like Adobe products in general and I am not trying to come off as crass or rude. However, core feature holes such as this one, multi year response times, and the fact that components are still completely broken and unusable in a heavily marketed production build of XD are why Figma is going to eat your lunch in this vertical Adobe.

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New Here ,
Feb 06, 2021

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This is top of my search results, and according to commenters, clearly isn't fixed.  The "correct answer" is linking to a feature request from FIVE years ago, still not implemented.  Sorry Adobe, I'm moving onto your competitors, as this is not the first lack of basic features I have come across, but it is the most obvious. Hyperlinking is literally the first and foremost element that made up the internet, and if you cannot see how important it is within a wireframing tool, you are missing out.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 06, 2021

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Figma is so much more useful, open, and intuitive to use. Plus you can do basic things such as hyperlinking. There is literally no reason at all to use XD. I would even go so far as to say that using XD is a career risk due to lack of basic features, broken features etc. One could ask the XD product teams to explain themselves but it is clear that no one on the XD team reads the support threads. 

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New Here ,
Feb 09, 2021

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I don't get why this isn't something we can use.

 

I'm not talking about using external links to mimic a live site for users, this is about an easy way to communicate with devs where links need to go.

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