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Mar 17, 2019

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When I copy a book to a new location (in my case, for archiving), I find that the internal cross-references to other chapters try to look to the old location rather than to the new one. The same thing happens with the book itself. Is there any way to automate the adjustment to the new location so this doesn't happen?

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When I copy a book to a new location (in my case, for archiving), I find that the internal cross-references to other chapters try to look to the old location rather than to the new one. The same thing happens with the book itself. Is there any way to automate the adjustment to the new location so this doesn't happen?

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Mar 19, 2019

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Don't copy the book by itself.

Use the function Package for Print from the Book Panel menu, package. Eventually you can now copy the package to the new home folder. Any other method can cause your problems.

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Mar 19, 2019

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Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, while this does re-link the chapters in the book to the new location, it does not fix the cross references, which still go to the previous location. I have dozens of them and am at a loss what to do. I tried "update cross-references," but that didn't change anything.

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Mar 19, 2019

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NIRC  wrote

I tried "update cross-references," but that didn't change anything.

That utility updates the links within the file and is used when the content is edited and the text reflows. The "updates" are to pick up the new location of the internal reference points.

I just  made a series of INDD files with text anchors/destinations and hyperlinks. Packaged the files and put that on a different hard drive. Opened up the packaged INDD and everything was correct.

So in order for us to help diagnose what's happening to you, can you give us the steps you used to first create the destination anchors and hyperlinks, and then to package up the files?

—B

Bevi Chagnon | Designer & Technologist for Accessible InDesign + PDFs | Books @ www.PubCom.com/books — NEW! Accessible InDesign + PDF

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Mar 19, 2019

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1. Opened book

2. Checked the cross-references and they are all OK.

2. On flyout menu chose "Package Book for Print

3. On "Links and Images" it says "No links found", but the Table of Contents has cross-references to each of the files (chapters) in the book.

4. Chose "Package..." with "include fonts and links from hidden and non-printing content", and chose another location on the same drive to save it.

5. Opened book in new location and when I click on "destination" for the individual chapters of the book, it opened the file from the original location.

  I am not sure what I have done wrong. I am working with the PC version of InDesign, latest update.

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Mar 19, 2019

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PS. I don't think it matter, but I changed the default name of the "package" from the default ​Book Title Folder

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Mar 20, 2019

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Hi NIRC ,

I see the same issue with cross-references with text anchors that point to a different document in a book.

Packaging the book will not help. The cross-references still point to the original document of the original book.

And yes, I updated cross-references in the packaged book file.

To solve this one has to relink every single cross-reference to the right InDesign document.

Regards,
Uwe

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Mar 20, 2019

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This is not a very good solution. Is there some way I can move this discussion over to the people who handle the "bugs" in the program?

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Mar 20, 2019

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Many issues with the Book panel and packaging that can be problematic. I'm curious if you've tried this:

Copy the InDesign files (not the book) to a new folder as your archive. Create a new book and add the files to that book and check the cross-references. I know it's not ideal, but it could be a workaround. This method should isolate the InDesign documents so that the references still work.

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Mar 20, 2019

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I already tried that. No go.

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NIRC  wrote

This is not a very good solution. Is there some way I can move this discussion over to the people who handle the "bugs" in the program?

You could do a feature modification request or a bug report:

Adobe InDesign Feedback

When done best come here again and post the link of the report so that we could vote for fixing the issue.

Regards,
Uwe

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Ah. There already is a bug report on this:

Repackaged book-document cross-references do not update file path – Adobe InDesign Feedback

I already voted for fixing the issue. NIRC, raise your voice in this report as well.

Regards,
Uwe

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