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Convert Cross-Reference Pro Links to Native InDesign Cross-References

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Feb 01, 2024 Feb 01, 2024

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Can anyone help with converting Cross-Reference Pro cross-references? I have some legacy InDesign files in which cross-references were created using Cross-Reference Pro. I do not have the plug-in available and am looking for a way to open the files while retaining the cross-references.

 

Any help is appreciated.

 

Best regards,

 

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Feb 01, 2024 Feb 01, 2024

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I see that Cross-References Pro is a paid product from DTP Tools which is still being sold.

 

Are you asking someone to use their paid copy to implement the features you need? That doesn't seem ethical. You should acquire the plug-in from DTP Tools yourself.

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Feb 02, 2024 Feb 02, 2024

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No, I am not asking for anyone  for use of their software.

 

The company I work for has let the previous license of CR Pro lapse. There was a need for the plugin prior to InDesign having the capability. Since InDesign now has the ability to cross-reference, I am just looking to see if there is a way to convert the cross references that had been established in some older documents into current InDesign references so I do not have to relink everything.

 

I would rather not be a slave to a plugin that is not required any longer.

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Feb 02, 2024 Feb 02, 2024

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Sorry if I misunderstood. We'll have to see if anyone knows of a way to do that.

 

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Feb 03, 2024 Feb 03, 2024

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@Ross35192887eguk

 

Can you share (part of) your file? 

 

Maybe it would be possible to convert them without the plugin? 

 

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Feb 03, 2024 Feb 03, 2024

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Maybe it's possibe to take your InDesign file and do a script to convert DTP Tools's cross-references to InDesign cross-references. DTP Tools's cross-references are scriptable, but you'd have to have the plug-ins installed. I've no idea whether the DTP Tools's cross-references are visible without the plug-ins and if they are, to what extent.

 

Since InDesign now has the ability to cross-reference

 

This is true. But bear in mind that DTP Tools's cross-references have two advantages over InDesign's: they can do cross-references to footnotes and you can suspend their updates for faster processing of book files. 

 

(I have no connection with DTP Tools.)

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