I am working with cs5 Indesign. The printer asked for a format change. That was fine. As I was about to close the document I scanned the various pages and realized that there was a number of horrible deletions that occured somewhere along the process of working. Now 2 days later I am assessing the real extent of the self-inflicted damage.
1. I somehow deleted a crucial layer: a small box and number that runs throughout the document to identify photos.
2. Several 2 page spreads are empty of photos. And several pages have 1 or 2 photos missing.
I'd like to do the following:
1. Copy the layer that contains the small box and numbers from a separate version of the same project (a previous version) into the most current project version. I have already pasted one layer into place from one to the other but it brings both the images and the numbered boxes as well.
ALSO, is there a way to see previous versions? I'd really like to go to my last saved version of the current project from Friday evening at about 5 o'clock. Is there a history function available with InDesign like some of the video projects I work with?
Thanks for any assistance.
Layers are not page specific so you’d need to do this on a spread by spread basis. It could be scripted.
With a project like this, in the future, you might consider working in a dropbox folder. You can go to dropbox.com and find earlier versions.
There is no versioning built into InDesign.
InDesign saves your document change history internally, and it accessible only as a linear chain of "undo" steps back to the point at which the file was opened or a Save As command was issued, whichever is more recent, and it all becomes inaccessible when the file is closed. IF and only IF you saved a copy of the file as a separate version you can open that in the same way that you would open any other file, but if you overwrite the old versions with the new as you are working then you are just plain oout of luck unless you have a copy on a backup someplace.
ID also isn't really set up to move layers between files. You can copy an object from one file and paste that into another, and if you've enabled "Paste Remembers Layers" before doing so ID will create a new properly named layer to hold it if a layer with that name does not already exist, but you cannot drag a layer out of the panel in one file and drop it into another file the way you can in Photoshop. If there is any possibility of doing a wholesale move of all content from a specific layer across all pages to a new file, it would be through scripting, and you should probably pose the question inthe scripting forum: InDesign Scripting