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Why Aren’t Certain Items Imported from Legacy DSM?

This is a guide on the new DSM, released for Early Access on May 5, 2020. Built on feedback from DSM customers, the new DSM offers a completely redesigned experience. Learn more about why we made the new DSM.

When importing a legacy design system to the new DSM, you may notice that some items aren’t able to be imported. This article covers common items that aren’t imported and why.

Non-symbol layer groups

The new DSM integrates with Sketch via Sketch Libraries, and non-symbol layer groups can’t be referenced from a Sketch library. Therefore, these items can’t be imported.

To resolve this issue:

  1. In your legacy system, convert these groups to symbols.
  2. Place the symbols in component containers.
  3. Add the symbols to the Sketch file(s) used by the new DSM, and then re-upload those Sketch files to the new DSM.
  4. Try importing to the new DSM again.

If you have several non-symbol layer groups, consider using the file export feature in legacy DSM.

Symbols outside components

The new DSM exclusively uses component containers to document components; therefore, all symbols should be saved inside component containers.

To resolve this issue:

  1. In your legacy system, place the symbols in component containers.
  2. Add the symbols to the Sketch file(s) used by the new DSM, and then re-upload those Sketch files to the new DSM.
  3. Try importing to the new DSM again.

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