4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 27, 2012 11:03 AM by Joel Cherney

    Linked InDesign Files


      I have Indesign (.indd) documents placed inside one or more InDesign documents.


      I have 300-400 documents that get updates, so when I change this "parent" file I need away to find which files these "parent" files are linked to.

      I did a search in Bridge but it did not find .indd files. Bridge will find linked files that are PDF's but I could not find .indd files.


      I may not be making myself clear...Sorry


      If anyone has any ideas about the best way to go about this would be great.



        • 1. Re: Linked InDesign Files
          BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          There’s no way I know of to do that. It would be like trying to figure out which InDesign files a particular Photoshop file is linked to.





          • 2. Re: Linked InDesign Files
            Joel Cherney Level 5

            If you can automate the process of exporting IDML from InDesign, and can automate searching within IDML (or renaming IDML to ZIP and extracting the contents and searching within those) in your OS, then you'll find that each linked INDD has a LinkResourceURI in the XML. I find 'em in spread_???.xml. I then use a regular expression (within Notepad++, assuming I'm working in Windows), to find each linked file and build up a list.


            If you need to do this kind of update more than once, you may want to revamp your workflow to make stuff easier to track. Placed INDDs are great for single-use circumstances, but as you have found, it can easily explode into a version control nightmare if you don't have some resource-usage-tracking method in place.

            • 3. Re: Linked InDesign Files
              Peter Spier Most Valuable Participant (Moderator)

              I think what the OP is asking is for a way to take any random .indd file and generate a list of other files into which it was placed (preumably so he can update those?), sort of the inverse of your method.

              • 4. Re: Linked InDesign Files
                Joel Cherney Level 5

                I guess so... but if you were only running this on one INDD then you wouldn't need to automate the process of exporting 300-400 IDML files. Speaking of which, seems like I failed to add a handy link to my post, leading to a script that automates the process of exporting hundreds of IDMLs.

                if you step through this for all 300-400 documents, you do get a list of every placed INDD and know where every placed INDD is used, which is a far sight better than no list of any INDDs and not knowing where any INDDs are used. What's worse, too much information or not enough?