Batch image relinking to a different path in an entire book / all open documents

Community Beginner ,
Jul 28, 2022 Jul 28, 2022

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I am looking for some help ...

 

I have a book with over 30 documents contained inside it, they are all relatively the same except minor copy changes, and I no longer want to use the same ie: "Logo" file that is being used in ALL of the documents. I want to update the "Logo" image link in all of the documents to a different version/different file/ different location etc.

 

Is there a way to do this at the same time across all of the documents in the book?

 

Is there also a way to do this across all open documents?

 

Thank you!

 

 

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Guru , Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

Here (at the bottom) I made a minor modification of my Relink images script. I called it Relink images by path.

Add your file name and path to the arguments file or hardcode it into the script:

2022-08-02_12-42-54.png

You can use it like so:

2022-08-02_12-51-32.png

 

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Adobe Community Professional , Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

Here it is: https://creativepro.com/files/kahrel/indesign/batch_convert.html

But Kas's solution is a bit simpler by now since he updated his script.

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Guru , Aug 03, 2022 Aug 03, 2022

I updated the script. https://bit.ly/3A3Zqqv
Now if you are using an arguments file, use the 'pipe' character to separate elements in the array because file and folder names may contain commas, semicolons, etc. but not pipes. A sample arguments file is included with the script.

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Enthusiast ,
Aug 01, 2022 Aug 01, 2022

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Two options:

1) just change the file for the linked logo - then open all files in the book and update links, 

2) custom script - if you need to do this more often 😉 

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 01, 2022 Aug 01, 2022

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That's where the issue is... I need to link the logo to a totally different file in a totally different location on the server, so I cant just rename the file and updated all links.

 

Would you know a way to do that?

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Enthusiast ,
Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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But do you need to do it only once - because design changed - or will you need to do it more often?

Why can't you just replace the file and update all files? It would take you less time than waiting for a script... 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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You can organise a script that updates one document, then use a batch processor to apply the script to a folderful of files. There are several threads in this forum that discuss those batch processors. One was written by Kasyan Servetsky, another one by me.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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Dear Peter! Can you give link to your script here? I know that we can find it after some search, but better to have it direct link for all future forum readers. Thanks in advance. 

 

Remember, never say you can't do something in InDesign, it's always just a question of finding the right workaround to get the job done. © David Blatner

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Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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Here it is: https://creativepro.com/files/kahrel/indesign/batch_convert.html

But Kas's solution is a bit simpler by now since he updated his script.

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Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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Thank you!

 

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Guru ,
Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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Here (at the bottom) I made a minor modification of my Relink images script. I called it Relink images by path.

Add your file name and path to the arguments file or hardcode it into the script:

2022-08-02_12-42-54.png

You can use it like so:

2022-08-02_12-51-32.png

 

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Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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Thank you!

 

Do you have a link to your updated script "Relink images by path" ? or was the minor change just to add image paths?

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Aug 02, 2022 Aug 02, 2022

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The link to the updated script is at the bottom of the page I mentioned in my previous post:

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I updated the script. https://bit.ly/3A3Zqqv
Now if you are using an arguments file, use the 'pipe' character to separate elements in the array because file and folder names may contain commas, semicolons, etc. but not pipes. A sample arguments file is included with the script.

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This is EXACTLY what I needed thank you!

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