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How to "apply to all" replace a picture that appears several times in the same document in AI 27?

Explorer ,
Aug 09, 2023 Aug 09, 2023

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Why's the "apply to all" option to replace images is gone? It's a absolute time saver in my field (pre-press, printing). Is there a way to do the same as in ALL previous versions of AI?

I've opened the same file, containing the same picture mutiple times in AI 2022 and AI 2023. In 2022, I can update the picture in one click. In 2023, I have relink it 10 times.

 

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Community Expert , Aug 23, 2023 Aug 23, 2023

This is fixed in the current public beta version 27.10.215, so we should see it fixed in the next general release too.

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Adobe Employee , Aug 21, 2023 Aug 21, 2023

Hello @Dr. Ivey Bonz@davids52636861@clanmcfadden@Snap Graphix,

 

Thanks for your patience. Our team has confirmed the problem and is working to fix this in a future release. For now, would you mind installing an older version of Illustrator (https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/using/install-previous-version.html) and checking if it helps?

Also, kindly upvote this UserVoice (https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-desktop-bugs/suggestions/47070262--replace-all-linked-images

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 09, 2023 Aug 09, 2023

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Hello @davids52636861,

 

Sorry to hear about this experience. Would you mind checking if Illustrator also behaves this way with other files? If not, kindly share a sample Ai file along with the linked files so we can try and replicate this on our end.

 

Also, try resetting Illustrator's preferences by following the steps shared in this article (https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/kb/troubleshoot-preference-issues.html) and sharing your observations.
Disclaimer: Please note that resetting preferences will remove all custom settings, and Illustrator will launch with the defaults. You may save a backup of these settings from the location mentioned in the article.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Thanks,
Anubhav

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Explorer ,
Aug 09, 2023 Aug 09, 2023

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Nope, still isn't working when you relink a link that has a different name. Example, I do commercial bread bags. My printing layout file has the same bag 8 times. Each individual bag is made in Illustrator 2023, saved as a PDF then placed in the dieline for production printing. Let's say I work on white bread. Then I need to do the Whole Wheat bread. Same bag size in the same layout. Usually, I was just creating the WholeWheat file by copying the White bread layout into another folder where the WholeWheat bags design is. Then, when I open it, it asks me to relink the files. Before, I was able to relink with the WholeWheat file with apply to all and then, Boom!, the Whole Wheat layout is done in 2 seconds. Now, it asks me to replace the White Bread by Whole Wheat 8 times.
8 times is not a big bug you'll say, but I got other jobs where it's 10, 12, or even more files/pictures that I need to quickly replace like that. Multiply that by 12 to 20 jobs a day, losing a minute or 2 each time, at the end of the day, it's 1 or 2 jobs that aren't done. And less jobs done means less money.

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New Here ,
Aug 18, 2023 Aug 18, 2023

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I figured I'm not the only one affected by this problem.  In my instance it is crippling.  I have over a hundred files setup for various high volume clients that rely on the replace all feature.  Upto ~300 placeholders per file!  
I'm not sure what is supposed to be enhanced by removing this feature, but it failed.
Reinstate replace all.  Subscriptions are counting on it. 

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 16, 2023 Aug 16, 2023

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Hi Guy's, I have the same problem, has everybody else due to the upgrade? This is a big problem for me working in the label printing trade, working with step & repeat files. Could it be sorted ASAP, thanks

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New Here ,
Aug 18, 2023 Aug 18, 2023

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Same here! Thought I was having a mental moment. Use it for populating press sheets... Tried to go through the link art  options as a work-a-round but that's even worse. I was excited about the beta built-in font finding option (more alpha than beta...) but the "replace all" option is core to prepress workflow. Come on Adobe.

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 21, 2023 Aug 21, 2023

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Hello @Dr. Ivey Bonz@davids52636861@clanmcfadden@Snap Graphix,

 

Thanks for your patience. Our team has confirmed the problem and is working to fix this in a future release. For now, would you mind installing an older version of Illustrator (https://helpx.adobe.com/download-install/using/install-previous-version.html) and checking if it helps?

Also, kindly upvote this UserVoice (https://illustrator.uservoice.com/forums/601447-illustrator-desktop-bugs/suggestions/47070262--repla...) and add your comments there. Doing this will help us prioritize this request, and you will keep getting all the related updates.

 

Feel free to reach out if you have more questions or need assistance. We'd be happy to help.

 

Thanks,

Anubhav

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 03, 2024 Jun 03, 2024

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I also use this feature on a daily basis for hundreds of linked files.  If it wasn't broken, why remove it?  This feature has been working fine for 8+ years.  Now some genius at Adobe removed it.

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New Here ,
Jun 12, 2024 Jun 12, 2024

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As much as I enjoy communing with fellow graphics professionals, this game of hide and seek with this feature is exactly what a live service application/suite is supposed to prevent... Having to role back my software everytime Adobe chooses to loose it is getting/gotten annoying. PLEASE fix this!

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Jun 12, 2024 Jun 12, 2024

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Aug 23, 2023 Aug 23, 2023

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This is fixed in the current public beta version 27.10.215, so we should see it fixed in the next general release too.

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Explorer ,
Aug 23, 2023 Aug 23, 2023

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Does that mean it'll be fixed in an upcoming 2023 update or will we have to wait for the 2024 version?

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Community Expert ,
Aug 24, 2023 Aug 24, 2023

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I would expect a point release before the 2024 version.

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Explorer ,
May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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Yeah just found mine gone today. I'm pretty sure this must have disappeared with my last update as it was a feature I was using constantly. 

 

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New Here ,
May 16, 2024 May 16, 2024

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Mine too ! Version 28.5

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Explorer ,
May 21, 2024 May 21, 2024

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Seems like the problem is back. Just got 28.5 and the option is gone... again. 

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New Here ,
May 27, 2024 May 27, 2024

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¡Mine too! vesion 28.5

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