I have a file with many links in it. I have moved all of the links to various different folders on my hard drive. Is there any way for illustrator to AUTOMATICALLY search for and locate the linked files? It is a pain in the rumpola to have to manually search for and update each link. I should have organized the files better to begin with. It seems like AI should be able to search my hard drive and at least find all of the files with the same name of the file that it is missing... Then I would just be able to click on the proper file and update it. Currently, I have to type in the name of the file manuall and search my hard drive. Doing this for hundreds of files takes way too long. Does anyone feel may pain? LOL Are there any other solutions? Mac 10.6.8 / CS6
After doing some "digging", I found a solution to my problem, which seems to be working great. There is an application available at willshouse.com which does the trick. The program is called "willshouse update illustrator linked files". This program is very basic, but seems to be working great. But hopefully Adobe can add this kind of feature directly into illustrator.
Change this setting in your preferences. You will need to point Ilustrator to one fo the missing files, and the balance will be found if they are in the same folder.
Wills has the added benefit of searching all the enclosing folders, but you may get stuck a long time doing that if you have lots of files.
Thanks for the tip, but I have many links spread across many different folders and drives. When those links get broken, it is a nightmare to try to locate and update all of the files. I would like for illustrator, or another program, to search through my hard drives and folders and find the missing links. However on my drives there may be mulitple files of the image with the same name. So it would be nice to be able to set a preference to find the either the MOST RECENT file, or to have a feature that would show me the various locations of linked files and allow me to pick one of those links. I realize that it might take some time for illustrator to search through everything to find the files, but it would be way easier than searching for each missing link manually. I don't want to have to type in the name of every file that I am looking for... I want the program to do that for me. Does that make sense? The program at willhouse.com does a good job, but doesn't have a preference to find the most recent file, or to allow me to find all links with the same name, and pick which link I want to use. Also, if you use wills program, then make sure you turn on all of your layers, and unlock all of your layers, before running his program.
Atleast you learned the importance of keeping links organized, we all went through that at one time.
You have to be diligent with filenames. We never use the same filename to avoid the problems you are having with locating adn linking to the msot recent version. Use a revision number at the end of your file(eg: STB_TAG_Carton_69893_27aMG) to help.
Thanks for bringing willhouse to light and letting us know about the pros and cons of the software.