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    How do I create relative links in inDesign?

    By default inDesign uses absolute links (i.e. includes the complete path to the root).

    - Is there any work around in inDesign that makes it possible to create relative links to external files in inDesign, or at least make the links absolute at export to Pdf format?
    - Is there a 3rd part plug-in that makes it possible to create relative links?

    I hope that you don't tell me that the only solution is to work in FrameMaker instead, that uses relative links by default....
    The other work around, to create all links manually in Acrobat is not realistic as my 300 page document in the future will be translated into 15 languages....would become a huge amount of links to define!'

    BR
    Hans
    Stockholm, Sweden

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    Is there no one that have experienced this problem?

    /hans

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    Greetings
    I have the same problem. I have a folder in which my indesign file and linked images are stored. when i copy this folder to another location, the links continue to point to the old location.

    If anyone can help indicate how to set relative links in this soft, i will be gratefull

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    For a long time I have expressed a wish here for an "Adobe Link Manager" that would adjust links following a change of folder name or location from within the Link Manager program. It would be even more useful in Premiere. It's a nightmare revisiting old projects there.

    Failing that, an option for relative links would be welcome.

    Never got any support before but I'm happy to add myself to this request.

    I've got folders for publications that have continued since ID1.5, that I cannot change the names or location to, because I know it'll cost me in time to re-link.

    It doesn't sound so complicated. All it takes is a few people to sign on to the idea.

    Finally, for those who are thinking I should be more organized, I maintain files pretty well. The problem, in fact, is just that - I want to organize, but am not permitted to, by having to maintain these prima donna Adobe links. Nothing against Adobe - quite the opposite -- just complaining about a few features.

    ....oh well, another waste of time logging to the forum, probably....

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    I agree that the work to relink files is a possible workaround....but in my case, no! My original inD book file is 350 pages thick, containing approx 400 pics, and will be translated into 15 languages (400 x 15 = 6000 links to fix....).
    I need a plug-in, or will be forced to change to FrameMaker....

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    If I understand, the problem is that your links are scattered through numerous folders and you want to be able to move them around, which presents major problems. Using "Package" will of course move all links into a single folder in the same directory as the document file, and that directory can be moved at will.

    Peter

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    Not really necessary though. You can simply open the flyout menu from
    the links panel and choose copy links to. You can pick and choose which
    links you want copied and InDesign will automatically link to the new
    location.

    Bob

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    Hmm, I think I have to clarify...

    My problem is that when creating links to external files in inDesign, they are by default defined as "absolute links", i.e. refers to the root of my work area on my company's server. Therefore, when I create pdf:s and publish them externally, the links still refers to the correct file BUT via the internal company server. Therefore, the links do not work as they refers to wrong root!

    Therefore I have today to relink all links manually so that they do not include the internal server's root path. OK work now, but unrealistic when translating into 15 languages in a close future.

    So the core question remains:
    How do I create RELATIVE LINKS (not absolute links) in inDesign that by default remain through the translation and publishing procedure?

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    This would be a powerful feature. I often create multiple versions of links (say, greyscale and CMYK) for different publications. It would be nice to just be able to copy the .INDD to a new container folder and have it use the links inside the new folder, instead of continuing to point to the old one.

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