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INDD inside INDD layers visibility

Community Beginner ,
Oct 30, 2023 Oct 30, 2023

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Hi! File indd_1 is linked to the indd_2 file that’s more than 100 pages. Please advise me how to automatically configure the visibility of layers in the all linked indd_2 pages retaining visibility preferences from its last saved state?

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Oct 30, 2023 Oct 30, 2023

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What is the purpose to place one indd into the other?

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Oct 30, 2023 Oct 30, 2023

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Common assets are organised in a way. One is a file with assets that can be worked on by different team members. 

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Oct 30, 2023 Oct 30, 2023

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  • Make different single layer files and replace them instead making layers visible. That is much easier and will cause less errors.
  • Or export PDF/X-4 with desired visible layers and place those instead of the INDD files.

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Oct 31, 2023 Oct 31, 2023

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Yes, PDF option would be much better than placing INDD file - InDesign treat them differently - it doesn't check / analyse contents of the PDF file so you can work much faster. 

 

Script for setting visibility of the layers in the linked files - PDF, PSD, INDD - would be very simple, but I'm not JS guy so can only really help you if you work on a PC. 

 

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Only through scripting - are you working on a PC or Mac?

 

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I work on PC. I thought I just didn't find this function. Unfortunately I don't know how to write this script

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