ok; it's not going to work in all cases... I just threw it in as a possibility

a question for xara: why do you not have nested layers? every other program that even pretends to be grown up has nested layers, why not you?

I know that when I first asked the question over a decade ago, xara said it's groups could be considered as layers and be nested; but the OP's issue, and what you have just said rather shoots a big hole in their argument

[I also asked why the group editing did not show, for example onion skin style, the other objects in context; no reply]

I mostly use soft groups because they do not affect the stacking order and you can group across layers

it does seem to me that simply being able to drag an object from the work space onto a gallery position would solve the issue, but I don't see that happening either