Updating symbols

If I have a file saved as a symbol or template within my Animate library, and make edits within the original file like renaming drawings or changing the look of certain parts, will the symbol or template in the library be automatically updated to match the changes, or will I have to delete that and manually replace it with the new version?

Editing an item in the library will not automatically update the template wherever it was used. Remember that once you bring a template into a scene, it becomes a standalone instance of the original template.

I don’t recommend using symbols at all because you need to enter into the symbol to edit things contained in the symbol. It’s an extra step for nothing.