How to place multiple images in a specific order?

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Apr 20, 2021 Apr 20, 2021

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I want to place over 100 images into a long document.  I have the source images labelled and sorted in sequence but when they load into InDesign, they are out of order.  

 

As you can image, it will be incredibly inefficient to figure out where each image needs to go.  I want to be able to place them into each image container as I go through the document.

 

I feel like this should be easy to figure out but I've had no luck searching the internet or this forum.

 

Thanks.

Leanne

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 20, 2021 Apr 20, 2021
I assume you are referring to selecting multiple images in the Place dialogue and loading the place cursor with them. The images are not out of order, they are in alphabetical order. If you rename the files by, for example, numbering them, they will place in the order you want. I don’t know how you want the files sorted (by size, by date, or by some less automatable means). Either way, rename them and they will place in order.

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I assume you are referring to selecting multiple images in the Place dialogue and loading the place cursor with them. The images are not out of order, they are in alphabetical order. If you rename the files by, for example, numbering them, they will place in the order you want. I don’t know how you want the files sorted (by size, by date, or by some less automatable means). Either way, rename them and they will place in order.

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@Scott Falkner you assumed correctly what I'm trying to do.  My files are numbered in the order in which I want to load them.  The file names are long, so I'll try to shorten them and see what happens.  

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@Scott Falkner 

 

It worked!  I renamed the files so they were only numbers and that seemed to do the trick.  Kind of annoying that it didn't recognize the numberical order of the original filenames, but I'm thrilled they loaded properly!

 

Many thanks!!

Leanne

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Hi Leanne,

you said: "Kind of annoying that it didn't recognize the numberical order of the original filenames, but I'm thrilled they loaded properly!"

 

Roland Dreger wrote a script that could sort loaded files in the place cursor ( the place gun ) :

sortFilesBeforePlace_startup.jsx

https://www.rolanddreger.net/de/11/vor-dem-platzieren-sortieren/#

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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