Sure there is. Select all the links in InDesign's Links panel, and from
the flyout menu choose "embed link". Now the links will become part of
the InDesign document itself, and no longer connected to Illustrator.
Next (optional), select all the links again and choose "unembed link".
You will be given a choice if you want to link back to the original
files, or to save the links in a new location. Choose the second option
and you will have a separate copy of your Illustrator files, meaning
that if you change the first set of Illustrator files, ID will no longer
ask you to update your links.
I can't select "Embed links" because it is greyed out.
I selected one object, some objects and all objects in the Links panel and no change. There must be something else to do?
Firstly, that's Mr Ariel Esq. 8-)
Secondly, you should be able to embed links. If you can't perhaps it's
because the links need to be updated first?
My apologies Mr. Ariel Esq. (I've been a legal assistant in a previous life!)
I guess I am hung then, because I >cannot< update the links if I want to save the old ones. It looks like one should not close the doc before going through all those operations?
Anyone else have a solution now that I seem to have burned the bridge?
Firstly, understand that links in a document are only placeholders; once you change the original link, the link is automatically broken (i.e., you can't keep "old" links in a document). If you made changes to the links, and saved the links with the same name (overwriting the original "old" links), you essentially have lost any attributes to those links--they must be updated in order to embed, print, etc. Likewise, embedding is not allowed except on up-to-date links, so they must be re-linked.
My suggestion is that if you are going to experiment with different variations of a linked file, you name them differently (i.e. Link-01.ai, Link-02.ai, etc.) so that you can link to the older files when needed. Unfortunately, it sounds like you have lost the option to use the previous links, since they seem to have been saved over themselves by using the same name. Indeed, it seems you have burned the bridge.
Do you happen to have an old pdf proof? Would it be possible to make your marks and comments on a pdf rather than in InDesign? Your old grayscale values would still be there along with your new comments.
Just a thought as a last resort.
BonsaiGuy8, if you are saying that nothing will change in a .pdf upon opening and re-opening such a doc, then that is a very good idea! Please confirm that this is the case? Thanks.
That is correct. -But do you have a pdf that was created before the links were modified? If so, then you are good to go. If not, you can still create a pdf without updating the links but the images will be low resolution. It may be good enough for your purpose. It is easy to add comments and markups to the pdf.
Hope that helps!
Bonsai - a matter of life and limb.
No, I didn't make a .pdf, but note that I also >have not< modified the links. Every time I open this doc, I click on Do Not Update Links. I had no idea low res would be an issue!