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I don’t know anyone who does that and quite frankly I don’t understand why you do it, either.
The only thing I ever send out is a PDF.
All that said, you could always pop over to the scripting forum and see if anyone there can offer up a script for you.
Thanks for the scripting forum advice.
I should clarify...we switched to delivering PDFs about a year and a half ago, which has greatly simplified things (as you might imagine). But old habits die hard, and--in defense of my weird habit--having all the art, fonts, etc. neatly bundled up in a folder with the working file (versus having to re-link files stored on our main server or on other coworkers' computers) "feels" good to me. And it makes storing years' worth of newsletters nice and neat when the time comes to find artwork in prior editions, if need be.
I figured I was in the minority, but hey, we folks in the creative world rely on our idiosyncrasies, right?
So, why not just package everything once you’re finished?
Again, though….I’m not telling you how to work and hopefully someone will be able to help.
I agree with your method and yearning. Yeah, yeah, yeah Bob; send out a pdf; multiple instances of identical assets are a poor idea; etc.
In practice, I have peers who need me to perform more of a tasks beyond their ability to legacy files. That end product is a packaged folder. The final steps before handoff are typically cleaning up of the pasteboard(s), preflight(s) and package. Then, close the original document, export appropriate pdf's to the package folder.
Afer hounding clients for years to actually proof their handoff file, typically their pdf, rather than their working file, one gets anal about ensuring the last InDesign file they work in is that in the package folder; the point of the OP.
My 2 cents