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Is there a way to update linked story without losing edits in Adobe InDesign 2020?

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Hi all! My goal is to have text update across pages and maintain the paragraph style on the page. 

 

As you can see in the above example, when I change the text (story) on page one (black text color) then try to update the link to page two (red text color) I get the message 'Edits have been made in linked story "<Page 1>".  You will lose these edits by updating. Update anyway?'  Which is telling me that my edits (paragraph style/red color) on page two will be lost when I update the link.  That's what I don't want!  I want to maintain the edits when updating the link so that the text on page 2 stays red (or sized differently etc) even when the text (story) changes. 

 

I tried using the 'Link Options: Story and Objects' (pictured below) panel by selecting both links in the links panel, right clicking and selecting 'link options' which gives me the checkboxes for Appear under 'Preserve Local Edits while Updating Object Links'  This seems like it is exactly what I'm looking for... however, even after checking these options and clicking OK, there is no change and, just as before, when text (story) is updated for page 1 and the linked object on page two text (story) is updated, I get the same message:  'Edits have been made in linked story "<Page 1>".  You will lose these edits by updating. Update anyway?' and ultimately, the red color (or size edits) are not preserved.

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I also tried playing checking off 'Define Custom Style Mapping' clicking settings and going to the  'Custom Style Mapping' panel and playing around with options but nothing seems to make any difference. Map Styles.png

 

Please help thanks!  I need to make tons of pages that have the same text on each but is frequently updated on it but with different styles and going back to each page and updating the paragraph style would be a reasonable amount of extra work that I'm trying to save myself.  Any solution would be appreciated thanks! 

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Update: Solved using Custom Style Mapping Dialog! Just need to set 'Source Style or Style Group' from the original link to map to the style of the individual link. For example, the correct mapping for the image I posted above would be:  Source Style or Style Group: Page 1 Style, Mapped Style or Style Group: Page 2 Style.  So as it brings it in its Page 1 style, convert that to page 2 style. Perfecto. 

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Is there a way to update linked story without losing edits in Adobe InDesign 2020?

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Hi all! My goal is to have text update across pages and maintain the paragraph style on the page. 

 

As you can see in the above example, when I change the text (story) on page one (black text color) then try to update the link to page two (red text color) I get the message 'Edits have been made in linked story "<Page 1>".  You will lose these edits by updating. Update anyway?'  Which is telling me that my edits (paragraph style/red color) on page two will be lost when I update the link.  That's what I don't want!  I want to maintain the edits when updating the link so that the text on page 2 stays red (or sized differently etc) even when the text (story) changes. 

 

I tried using the 'Link Options: Story and Objects' (pictured below) panel by selecting both links in the links panel, right clicking and selecting 'link options' which gives me the checkboxes for Appear under 'Preserve Local Edits while Updating Object Links'  This seems like it is exactly what I'm looking for... however, even after checking these options and clicking OK, there is no change and, just as before, when text (story) is updated for page 1 and the linked object on page two text (story) is updated, I get the same message:  'Edits have been made in linked story "<Page 1>".  You will lose these edits by updating. Update anyway?' and ultimately, the red color (or size edits) are not preserved.

LinkOptions.png

 

 

I also tried playing checking off 'Define Custom Style Mapping' clicking settings and going to the  'Custom Style Mapping' panel and playing around with options but nothing seems to make any difference. Map Styles.png

 

Please help thanks!  I need to make tons of pages that have the same text on each but is frequently updated on it but with different styles and going back to each page and updating the paragraph style would be a reasonable amount of extra work that I'm trying to save myself.  Any solution would be appreciated thanks! 

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Update: Solved using Custom Style Mapping Dialog! Just need to set 'Source Style or Style Group' from the original link to map to the style of the individual link. For example, the correct mapping for the image I posted above would be:  Source Style or Style Group: Page 1 Style, Mapped Style or Style Group: Page 2 Style.  So as it brings it in its Page 1 style, convert that to page 2 style. Perfecto. 

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If that's a linked Word document then you should be using em software's Wordsflow software. Worth every dime.

Otherwise, you're going to be in for a world of pain trying to maintain content and style.

The alternative is to move to InCopy for editors.

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Hi Bob, 

 

Thanks for your quick response! Would you happen to know a place (a tutorial or documentation) where I could learn how to use InCopy to solve this problem?

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Update: Solved using Custom Style Mapping Dialog! Just need to set 'Source Style or Style Group' from the original link to map to the style of the individual link. For example, the correct mapping for the image I posted above would be:  Source Style or Style Group: Page 1 Style, Mapped Style or Style Group: Page 2 Style.  So as it brings it in its Page 1 style, convert that to page 2 style. Perfecto. 

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Credit to original source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eANWvlCqp2M

In this tutorial, Anne-Marie Concepción explains how to work with the Place and Link feature in InDesign. Watch more at http://http://www.lynda.com/InDesign-...

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