So I see the latest version of illustrator still doesnt treat multiple instances of the same link as Indesign does. That is if I want to relink 50 + instances of a single file I need to go through each and every link and manually replace them - Why dont you make it function the same as Indesign in that I can chose to relink all instances at once or chose to relink the individual files as I see fit?
Why do you release an entirely new version of the Apps without taking into account basic things like this that people have been requesting for years???
Please add this functionality, its a basic bit of script that greatly increases productivity - Honestly should anyone even really need to suggest this?
Thanks Carlos, but thats not exactly what Im after - Illustrator will look into the last folder I was in for the links but I still need to manually re link each file. This can take over half an hour of just pressing the same buttons over and over and waiting for it to respond...ANYONE who uses Indesign knows that links can be handled a lot more efficiently & SHOULD be.
Please team Illustrator address this issue, just make Illustrator treat links the same way Indesign does - is that really too much to ask? I understand why you keep certain features out of certain programs, but there is noway using indesign for what I am doing is more efficient. One you added the ability to add artboards into Illustrator you should have overhauled the links section accordingly. Where do I vote for this feature if the Illustrator team is not going to respond or even acknowledge this genuine and much need request??
I should note to add insult to injury Illustrator gives me the spinning beach ball after EVERY manual re-link of each individual file...usually its only a second or 2 but that can go up to a couple of minutes - as you can imagine waiting a few minutes in between linking 50 + files can get a little tedious & is an utter waste of time WHEN I KNOW Indesign could achieve the same results with the click of one button and within a few minutes max. PLEASE, PLEASE FIX!
This is a separate forum platform for your suggestions for future releases.
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I already have, they wont do it unless they want to. they dont care about their customers.
Hi courtney, let's give it another try. I have written several variations of the script try versions 1 to 3 and other clones below. If none of these work, please post screen shots of what you need, I might be able to adjust the script for your needs.
Thanks Carlos, while I dont really want to dig around inside my work mac and add third party scripts for something that should be a no brainier of an update from adobe i guess at this point I have to resign to the fact Adobe doesn't care at all about their customers or their requests for basic feature and long over due bug fixes. Adobe is cancer and the sooner I dont have to use any of their software the happier I will be. Anyway its Friday afternoon here and Ive nearly finished for the week, I'll probably give your scripts a shot next week. thanks again....its funny, and disturbing, that a random individual like yourself would try to solve our problems but Adobe just keeps on ignoring this suggestion as well as ever other basic suggestion (i.e the clipping masks within Illustrator not actually clipping transparent pixels) Thanks man, you deserve Adobes 13 billion dollar + revenue from last year more than they do.
I was dealing with the same issue a long time and I finally found a way to do it. It is really simple. Once you have your linked instances in a document, save it and then, if you want to change all instances at once, just move original instance to another folder. Illustrator will tell you, that some links are missing and if you want to re-link them. Hit yes button and then Illustrator will show a box where you can re-link or ignore it. Click a little checkbox on the left to change it all at once.
Now all your linked instances should be changed.
You're the bomb! Such a simple work around and you saved me so much time 🙂 Thank you!
Thank you so much for this! 🙂
Thank you! Thank you! Thankyou!!!!
I absolutely hate this. When working on multiple sketches of a design in the same doc the whole file becomes super big just because I'm using an image. Every time I copy the design, it copies another instance of the image instead of just using the same instance.
I can understand the issue of having super big file when you have just copies of the same instance.
But for the replacement issue, I dont understand why you don't just replace te original file instead of relink each instance inside Illustrator.
I know in my workfow, we are using extremely large files, so when making proofs for customers we use low res versions of all the links to keep from bogging down the computer and to increase efficiencey of our workflow. We keep seperate files for high res and the low res so we don't accidently send low res files to printing. So we need to relink files.
I simply use 2 folders, "links" (with the low resolution files) and "links_hi" (with the real stuff). When I need to make the press files, i simply rename "links" to "links_lo" and "links_hi" to "links".
I almost never use relink, even if the client ask me to replace an image, I just replace the file.
If that works for you, that's fantastic. Unfortunately it doesn't work for us. We do 1000s of jobs every month, every one getting a folder for design proofs and another seperate folder for production. We are constantly reusing images from previous jobs on new designs for 100s of customers. We have to have separate files for each high res and low res images. Have two files with identical names but different resolutions is dangerous when you're constantly reusing images and when you're printing things 5ft-10ft tall.