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I run a design studio. We have approximately 20 versions of our portfolio document, targeted towards different industries. These by and large follow the same format, with minor changes between each.

 

Let's say for example I have a "Current clients" page, which appears in all 20 documents. If we get a new client and I need to update this page, instead of having to update it 20 times, is there any way I can have that page pull from a separate master document? That way I only have to update the "Current clients" page in the master document, and next time I open up any of the 20 portfolio documents, it automatically updates the content accordingly.

 

Any chance this functionality exists? Or something similar? Thanks in advance for your help.

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Correct answer by Michael Bullo | Adobe Community Professional

Good news. Yes you can. You can easily Place an InDesign file inside of another InDesign file. This works exactly the same as placing a Photoshop or Illustrator file. Create a document for your current clients and place that file into your other documents. Having updated the clients document your other files should automatically update when you open them. If they don't, you can easily manually force the content of the client document to refresh in multiple ways, one of which is via the Links panel.

 

If you are repeating elements across multiple documents you might also consider putting that content inside of a CC Library and then updating that Library item when needed.

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Link page content to a master document

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I run a design studio. We have approximately 20 versions of our portfolio document, targeted towards different industries. These by and large follow the same format, with minor changes between each.

 

Let's say for example I have a "Current clients" page, which appears in all 20 documents. If we get a new client and I need to update this page, instead of having to update it 20 times, is there any way I can have that page pull from a separate master document? That way I only have to update the "Current clients" page in the master document, and next time I open up any of the 20 portfolio documents, it automatically updates the content accordingly.

 

Any chance this functionality exists? Or something similar? Thanks in advance for your help.

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Correct answer by Michael Bullo | Adobe Community Professional

Good news. Yes you can. You can easily Place an InDesign file inside of another InDesign file. This works exactly the same as placing a Photoshop or Illustrator file. Create a document for your current clients and place that file into your other documents. Having updated the clients document your other files should automatically update when you open them. If they don't, you can easily manually force the content of the client document to refresh in multiple ways, one of which is via the Links panel.

 

If you are repeating elements across multiple documents you might also consider putting that content inside of a CC Library and then updating that Library item when needed.

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Good news. Yes you can. You can easily Place an InDesign file inside of another InDesign file. This works exactly the same as placing a Photoshop or Illustrator file. Create a document for your current clients and place that file into your other documents. Having updated the clients document your other files should automatically update when you open them. If they don't, you can easily manually force the content of the client document to refresh in multiple ways, one of which is via the Links panel.

 

If you are repeating elements across multiple documents you might also consider putting that content inside of a CC Library and then updating that Library item when needed.

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Sep 03, 2020

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Hi Scott,

a variant of the suggestion Michael did:

 

Export a PDF/X-4 of a "master" InDesign page and place the PDF.

Every time you change the master, do a new PDF.

 

The advantage when working with a PDF/X-4:

If you are working in a mixed environment with several versions of InDesign a placed PDF/X-4 will give you no stress. It can be placed by all versions of InDesign. Not so with InDesign pages, import can fail:

Previous versions of InDesign cannot place InDesign pages from higher versions.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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A third method is to use the content collector tool. Collect the content from the master file and place as a link into the other versions, any changes to the master content will update the placed instances (upon link update). One advantage to this method is that you can still edit the placed content in the other versions, although doing so will break the link to the master.

A fourth method is to use layers for common and versioned content.

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