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Indesign show linked files, but reversed (show all files using the image)

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Dec 07, 2018 Dec 07, 2018

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Is there any way that I could see which (if any) indesign documents link to a specific image. I'm on a mac, so Ransack is not an option for me as mentioned here.

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Community Expert , Dec 08, 2018 Dec 08, 2018

OK, even better and simpler, a cross platform solution that uses a native Bridge feature - the Find command with the “All Metadata” criteria:

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Dec 07, 2018 Dec 07, 2018

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Sure, one way – here I have used the Finder’s search command to isolate .indd files in a specific location:

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Next I dragged the .indd files from the search window onto TextWrangler.app or BBEdit.app and used the multi-file search command to search for a specific keyword in the open files:

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Note: word spaces in the file path need to be escaped with %20 characters:

P9070 Front with Paper.tif

P9070%20Front%20with%20Paper.tif

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OK, even better and simpler, a cross platform solution that uses a native Bridge feature - the Find command with the “All Metadata” criteria:

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Thank you Stephen! The bridge method looks to be working well. (Just had to remember to escape the spaces)

I appreciate the help!

Hmmm, now maybe I can add an automator action to set this up as a service when right clicking the specific file.

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Hi Dan, you shouldn’t need to escape the spaces in the Bridge search. Forget the first method of using Finder/TextWrangler to “look under the hood” as Bridge does all that without the extra steps and possibility of damaging the .indd files by overwriting them from the text editor.

EDIT: Damn, one DOES need to escape the word spaces in the file when using Bridge, despite the Links metadata panel showing them “plain” – one still needs to use the URI formatting that is also indicated under file info raw metadata as using %20.

This is also consistent with what ExifTool reports:

[XMP-xmpMM]     IngredientsFilePath:    file:///Users/<username>/Desktop/File%20A.psd

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Uniform Resource Identifier - Wikipedia

Strings of data octets within a URI are represented as characters. Permitted characters within a URI are the ASCII characters for the lowercase and uppercase letters of the modern English alphabet, the Arabic numerals, hyphen, period, underscore, and tilde. Octets represented by any other character must be percent-encoded.

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