How can I get Indesign CS3 to search multiple subdirectories for missing links?
January 11, 2008 2:27 PM Subscribe
My goodness! All the linked files in these InDesign CS3 layouts are scattered all over creation. How can my users relink them quickly?
posted by dosterm to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
First AskMefi question. I'm a little nervous. Please don't point at my jittery hands.
So the graphic design workflow software I administer at work has a rather unfortunate way of archiving layouts.
When files go to the backup disks, they lose all their links. The graphics are reorganized into numbered folders... no less than 99 different said folders, for cryin' out loud. I can't do anything about this system. There's a sensible reason for it to work this way. Usually.
Now, this problem is easy enough to work around for a certain amount of graphics. You just find the links manually. However, for larger layouts of multiple page publications - what a pain!
The question: I was wondering if anyone had run across a way to tell InDesign CS3 to start at a directory and search subdirectories for missing links. The files would be located like this: /Links/01/Picture.psd, or /Links/47/picture.psd. So if I can just get the software to start at /Links/ and dig, it would fix me right up.
I've found a few plugins (Picture Wrangler and PictureXTracker) that propose to do this type of thing, but they're expensive and my company wouldn't really consider this to be worth spending money to fix. The designers are kind of low on the totem pole. I try to help them out with these annoyances where I can by coming up with workarounds.
Anyway, my google-fu is not up to the task, so I'm hoping the hive mind can help where I have failed. In advance... much love.