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Illustrator could not find the linked file

Community Beginner ,
Apr 30, 2009 Apr 30, 2009

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When I open an Illustrator file that is using linked images I get a warning that it could not find the linked files and asking me to repair all the links one by one! The linked images sit in the same folder as the Illustrator file that uses them. This problem only happens when I need to open the AI file on a different machine (PC or Mac) and my guess is that it's because Illustrator is using an absolute path for loading linked images rather than a relative path based on location of the AI file.

Has anybody experienced the same problem? Any solutions?

Software: Adobe Illustrator CS3

Hardware: WindowsXP PC and OSX Mac

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Saeid

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LEGEND , May 22, 2009 May 22, 2009

Are all the files in the same folder and did they create and save that

document with everything in the same folder. If they created the

document with files in other locations and then moved the files to the

correct folder it will not work.

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Community Expert ,
Apr 30, 2009 Apr 30, 2009

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S,

You may have a look at this recent thread:

http://forums.adobe.com/message/1254536#1254536

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 30, 2009 Apr 30, 2009

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Thanks Jacob, but I had already checked that thread, none of the solutions offered there were of any use to me. What I need is simply a way to share Illustrator files that use linked files with colleagues who don't have access to my server and hence need to open the ai file on their own machines.

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Advisor ,
Apr 30, 2009 Apr 30, 2009

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You're right.  Illy does deal in absolutes.  Kind of a pain sometimes, I agree.  It should be an option maybe, since there are situations where it would be bad if it didn't.

Note the checkbox for when this happens in the future:

Picture 1.jpg

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 30, 2009 Apr 30, 2009

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That checkbox is of no use. I still have to go through all images one by one to link them even if I select that checkbox.

I can't think of why Adobe had to use absolute paths rather than relative paths for linking images. I can't expect people I send them a folder containing my files to put it in the same exact location on their machine as I do. That's ridiculous. This means even if I move the folder around in my own computer the Illustrator won't be able to use the linked files anymore even though their location relative to ai file hasn't changed.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 30, 2009 Apr 30, 2009

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The way Adobe AI team has implemented linking files is very confusing to say the least. I noticed that moving my folder around on my own computer won't break the linked images, so it's not using an absolute path after all, but as soon as I transfer the folder to another machine or give it to a colleague, it will no longer be able to find the linked images.

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Explorer ,
Apr 30, 2009 Apr 30, 2009

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This happens with me also, plus everytime I open up an Illustrator CS4 document the text reflows, whether it was created in CS3 or CS4. Additionally, the pdfs print with inconsistent colors even though I have used the same color profile!!

I have had nothing but trouble since using CS4 and am planning on uninstalling it. I think my first mistake was to use Illustrator as a template in the first place. From now on when designing documents involving text, I will prepare them with InDesign.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 30, 2009 Apr 30, 2009

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If you are using Illustrator to design brochures or books then that would probably have been the right way to go in the first place.

Trying to get Illustrator to act differently then it is intended might be the smartest approach.

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Explorer ,
Apr 30, 2009 Apr 30, 2009

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I'm sorry, but your email makes no sense to me. I did design the bios in Illustrator. And what do you mean by the second statement, Is that some kind of joke. If so, I don't get it.

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LEGEND ,
Apr 30, 2009 Apr 30, 2009

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If you are referring to my response there are a couple of typos I meant to write that using illustrator to do publications of a repetitive nature
such as a brochure or book might not be a good idea and trying to get Illustrator to at like a page layout program like ID might also be a bad idea.

Also I think that it might be difficult, with out having the same printer and drivers on ones system, to give you insight to what might be going wrong.

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Community Beginner ,
May 22, 2009 May 22, 2009

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Does anybody know if this problem has been resolved in Illustrator CS4? Is it possible to move a folder containing an Illustrator file and its linked images to another computer without breaking all linked images?

Thanks

Saeid

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LEGEND ,
May 22, 2009 May 22, 2009

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Many people seem to have forgotten about aliases these days. If you're working on a network they can save a lot of time and disc space. Make aliases of your picture files and put them into the same folder as your Illy file. Place them instead of the originals. As long as both your computers are connected to the network you shouldn't have problems. On the other hand if your machine is not connected you will need to drag copies of the picture files into your work folder.

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May 22, 2009 May 22, 2009

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Hi Steve,

My clients send me Illustrator files with linked images which are broken when I open them on my machines. We do not share the same network or server. The files are sent over internet or on DVD/CD. Is there any solution for this or any instructions I can ask them to follow so the files will not break when I receive them?

Thanks

Saeid

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May 22, 2009 May 22, 2009

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Are all the files in the same folder and did they create and save that

document with everything in the same folder. If they created the

document with files in other locations and then moved the files to the

correct folder it will not work.

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Community Beginner ,
May 22, 2009 May 22, 2009

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You are right. I think they moved the files to the folder after they linked them since a test I did proves you are right. Thanks a lot for your help.

Saeid

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Explorer ,
May 22, 2009 May 22, 2009

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Please do not post any more responses to my thread. I was scolded by another user for tagging on to another person's thread because it was somewhat unrelated to their post. He said that I should start my own thread. Might want to keep that in mind as I have already received 5 emails regarding this situation.

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Community Beginner ,
May 22, 2009 May 22, 2009

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What are you talking about? I posted to my own thread, not yours! Check the link:

http://forums.adobe.com/message/1983024#1983024

You are the one who put your unrelated posts in my thread not the opposite!

Saeid

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May 22, 2009 May 22, 2009

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Interesting. Wonder why I am receiving all these emails on the subject. I will check it out. Thanks.

ronzonni

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Just wanted to let you know, I was scolded by another user for tagging on to another person's thread because it was somewhat unrelated to their post. He said that I should start my own thread. Might want to keep that in mind as I have already received 5 emails regarding your situation.

ronzonni

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New Here ,
Sep 19, 2021 Sep 19, 2021

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i have this problem too, but the message is "couldn't find plugin to open linked file...". 2021, didn't solved yet

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New Here ,
Apr 07, 2023 Apr 07, 2023

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Hello,
Here's how I solved the same problem. You have to go to:


1. Window / Links /
2. Select the layer that's causing the problem 
3. Open drop down menu in the top right corner of the "Links panel"
4. Click "Embed image (s)"

Hope it works out for you! 

 

Screenshot 2023-04-07 at 13.38.09.png

 

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