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Bridge Advance Search metadata string of text

Community Beginner ,
Jan 25, 2022 Jan 25, 2022

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Hi All

In a specific directory, I need to find all InDesign files linked to a specific, named file.

I'm using Advance Search>Criteria:All Metadata>contains>search string.

My problem is that "search string" only works for single words.  I need to be able

to search for a multiple word strings such as "ordergrid tile_cct 27-40"

 

I've tried using mutlitple criteria lines but get sketchy results.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks

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Jan 25, 2022 Jan 25, 2022

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Hi Briant,

 

I think you might be pushing Bridge's search capabilities too far.

 

What is your OS, I may have a solution for you?

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Jan 25, 2022 Jan 25, 2022

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LOL.  I agree- may be pushing too far.

 I'm on Windows 10 pro at office and Mac big sur at home.

 

Thanks so much for any help you can offer.  Hundreds of files-major work problem for me.

 

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Jan 28, 2022 Jan 28, 2022

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This may be possible with ExifTool, but I'd need to run a test...

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Jan 28, 2022 Jan 28, 2022

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Thanks.  I found a great InDesign script that works perfectly for my purpose.

https://www.marspremedia.com/software/indesign/links-report

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Jan 29, 2022 Jan 29, 2022

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For the record, here is the ExifTool solution. In this example, looking for all InDesign files that contain a linked placed image called "find-me.psd", recursively scanning into all sub-folders under the top-level folder.

 

Mac OS:

 

exiftool -if '$XMP-xmpMM:IngredientsFilePath =~ /find-me.psd/' -ext .indd -XMP-xmpMM:IngredientsFilePath -r '/path to/top-level/directory'

 

Win OS:

 

exiftool -if "$XMP-xmpMM:IngredientsFilePath =~ /find-me.psd/" -ext .indd -XMP-xmpMM:IngredientsFilePath -r "\path to\top-level\directory"

 

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