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Two of us work sporatically on chapters of a book using Indesign. We need to lock out the chapter(s) we are working on so the other does not have access while it is open.  Sharing on Dropbox and OneDrive does not work because they do not sync the lock file.

This really slows us down because we have to confirm that the other does not have the desired chapter open.  Incopy  seems not to be the answer.  I believe that the whole chapter cannot be locked down, just the  assigned text, graphic, etc.

Any one know how to do this so we can collaborate without danger?

 

YT Trailman

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Correct answer by Eugene Tyson | Adobe Community Professional

Any file you're working on move it to an "in progress" folder - then when you're finished drop it back to the main folder... just one idea.

 

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Collaborative work in Indesign

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Two of us work sporatically on chapters of a book using Indesign. We need to lock out the chapter(s) we are working on so the other does not have access while it is open.  Sharing on Dropbox and OneDrive does not work because they do not sync the lock file.

This really slows us down because we have to confirm that the other does not have the desired chapter open.  Incopy  seems not to be the answer.  I believe that the whole chapter cannot be locked down, just the  assigned text, graphic, etc.

Any one know how to do this so we can collaborate without danger?

 

YT Trailman

Adobe Community Professional
Correct answer by Eugene Tyson | Adobe Community Professional

Any file you're working on move it to an "in progress" folder - then when you're finished drop it back to the main folder... just one idea.

 

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Any file you're working on move it to an "in progress" folder - then when you're finished drop it back to the main folder... just one idea.

 

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We created a "working folder" for each of us.  We move the .indd chapter we are working on from the book folder to "our" working folder so that the other does not have access.  Move it back to the book folder when not working on it. Works fine.  Many thanks for the idea.

It would be nice if either:

Adobe would give us a way to lock the file when using Dropbox (or Onedrive), or

Dropbox (or Onedrive) would move the lock files.  As is, when a file begins with a "~",  they are ignored.

This idea saves us a lot of work/frustration.  Thanks

However, the "Book" file has to update itself when next used.  Seems to handle it well, but I am a bit nervous.

Best solution would be for Adobe to add a feature to Indesign!?

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Pick up the phone and call the other person.

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This is a bit too cumbersome, bothersome, and intrusive in the age of automation!

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Use Slack.

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I was not familiar with Slack. Investigated a bit and believe it to be just a way of sharing files without the protections we require.  Even if my quick review is wrong, obtaining another program, learning it, sharing it with our collaborators, is just too cumbersome for me for this simple task.

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Ok. then use a digital flatplan called Blinkplan. Rather good. Anyway, both Slack and Blinkplan use are simpler than the mechanism of a turnip.

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