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Why is it asking me to save my documents for a new book?

Engaged ,
Jan 14, 2024 Jan 14, 2024

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I have 5 versions of the same book, but the last version was accidentally saved inside the 4th version.

I figured I could just move it to the same level as the fourth version and update links. After a couple of hours of total choas and not getting links to update, I decided no problem I'll make a new book.

 

I had all of the chapters of the book and the frontmatter and backmatter saved in one folder. All of the artwork was in a folder inside the parent like this:

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Version 1

---->00 frontmatter.indb

---->01 ch1-name.indb

---->02 ch2-name.indb

---->03 backmatter.indb

---->Bookname, ed1.indb

Version 2

---->00 frontmatter.indb

---->01 ch1-name.indb

---->02 ch2-name.indb

---->03 backmatter.indb

---->Bookname, ed2.indb

Version 3

---->00 frontmatter.indb

---->01 ch1-name.indb

---->02 ch2-name.indb

---->03 backmatter.indb

---->Bookname, ed3.indb

Version 4

---->00 frontmatter.indb

---->01 ch1-name.indb

---->02 ch2-name.indb

---->03 backmatter.indb

---->Bookname, ed4.indb

Version 5

---->00 frontmatter.indb

---->01 ch1-name.indb

---->02 ch2-name.indb

---->03 backmatter.indb

---->Bookname, ed5.indb

Artwork

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This allowed me to centralize my artwork and just keep addition editions as necessary.

 

But when I go into the folder for Version 5 and try to create a new book, Bookname, ed.5.1.indb

and then add the chapters in the Book Panel, it asks me to save each chapter. I don't want to resave each chapter, I just want to use the existing documents. Why is it asking me to save? The document is right there.

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Jan 14, 2024 Jan 14, 2024

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InDesign Book files can only contain chapters that are created in the same InDesign version.

 

If you start using a newer version of InDesign, and create a book file (in that version), it requires that you resave each of the chapters into the same (newer) version.

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