Instead of moving the links, use the Copy Links To Folder command in the Links panel menu to make copies of the existing links in the new locations and to relink to those new copies. You can then delete the old ones if you like.
Hi Peter, thanks for that.
I am aware of the moving links, however I would have to do them one at a time depending on what folder they will land up in.
What I planned to do was go into the links folder for the given document set to icon view in OSX large determin what kind of image they were and move to the appropriate folder in the new structure then point the document to the top level of that new folder structure.
Without trying it I am sure that indesign is unable to look more than a folder deep?
I don't suppose there are third party tools that would ease this pain is there?
There might be a scripting solution, but I think you better explain, or diagram, for us just waht this new folder structure looks like. Sounds like you are sorting links into different folders based on file type rather than having all links in one location for each document. Seems odd to me to do that, so if that's really true, what's the rationale?
the rationale is that frequently, i.e. very often the links are the same link. The consequence I have perhaps 200gigs of data that could reasonably be 20 if I had been more tidy in the first place.
The folder structure will be kinda simple once organised. It will be a 'master' folder of a kind, called for the sake of argument 'link files'
Within here will be 'photos', 'vector art', 'marketing' etc. Then within say photos will be 'cakes', 'bakery', 'salad' etc etc.
Out side of this entire folder strucutre will be other folders for the various documents and books in use, all linking to the master awesomeness.
The key issue is right now all them various documents and books, links to a multitude of link folders. It works for me, but won't work for the company moving forward.
OK, that's not an unreasonable approach (and makes some sense in a collaborative work group). I suspect it's going to be painful to implement though. You ought ask over in scripting, though if it's possible to point to the top level folder and search down through the subfolders.
Thanks Peter, I will have a think about what I need to achieve before asking script guys, they might rip me a new A hole.