Feature: Symbol Editing

Asked by Dmitry T. on 2017-07-28

AFAIK, there is no possibility to edit a symbol in the Inkscape. The feature seems to be quite useful for cases where a symbol has multiple instances through its document and the author decides to change the symbol.

As a good example, the feature can be found in Adobe Flash (http://www.adobepress.com/articles/article.asp?p=1311989&seqNum=3). BTW, the feature is actually very old and exists even in old Macromedia Flash versions.

The feature does not look so difficult to implement. As a professional C/C++ developer I could participate in its implementation.

So I wonder if the symbol editing feature is being implemented, or has already been planned, or at least requested?

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TylerDurden (8thrule) said : #1

Symbols can be edited, but the documentation is slim*.

To edit a symbol:
Click the "remove..." button in the Symbols panel to move the object (now a group) into the workspace.
Enter the group and edit the object(s). The other instances will update, as they are clones.
Exit the group and click the "Add.." button to return the symbol to the panel.

Animated:

https://dl.dropbox.com/s/y274dl6mnr4ysbz/2017-07-28_23-46-49.gif

*http://wiki.inkscape.org/wiki/index.php/SymbolsDialog#Current_implementation_in_0.91

TD

Dmitry T. (over-zero) said : #2

Thanks, this works indeed!
But I still sure editing can be invoked in more explicit way (e.g. in-place, or on a separate page).