Are you using the same export settings? Have you checked the links panel to be sure the link is up to date?
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Regarding Peter's "be sure the link is up to date" because I was typing this after he posted:
Try placing a PDF into an ID doc, save the InDesign file, then reopen it. Select your placed file with the black selection tool, then go Window and select the Links panel. Looking at your linked image will tell you if InDesign can no longer find the image in the original location. (There'd be a yellow triangle with an exclamation point to indicate that the link is missing.) When you place your PDF into InDesign, a 72ppi preview of your linked file is saved in the INDD. In order to print, or export a good quality PDF, InDesign needs to be able to find the linked file.
So when you reopen, ID for some reason can't find the file. This could be caused by a wide variety of issues, but the most likely is that you moved either the InDesign file, or the linked PDF. Or perhaps your linked PDF is on an unavailable network drive? If you tell us more about your working environment, we might be able to figure out why the link is breaking.
I'm not too sure what is happening, but here's everything I can think of. What do you mean by degraded? If all you're doing is looking on the screen, you might want to check View > Display Performance to make sure you're looking at the right view. What do you do with the PDF that you placed? You don't throw it away? Losing the link to a placed image could cause a problem. Where do these PDF files come from? Acrobat? Illustrator? Photoshop?
Wow. Gargantuan help.
I checked and none of the 26 files PDF files in my document were linking.
I "PLACED" them in the document (rather drag and drop) so I thought they were 1) automatically linked and 2) would stay linked forever. Obviously not.
How do I put files, such as PDF, in an InDesign document, wherein they ARE linked, and STAY linked?
MANY MANY thanks.
File > Place... is, indeed the way to link them, so something is really wrong. They don't show in the links panel at all?
How are you closing the file?
Huh. When you say
I "PLACED" them in the document (rather drag and drop)
do you mean
"as opposed to drag and drop"
"in other words, I dragged 'em and dropped 'em"
Because drag and drop, when I do it on my Windows machine in CS5.5, creates a link just like File -> Place. Maybe you're dragging pages out of Preview on a Mac, which I think only pastes in previews? I dunno. Try using File -> Place, which is way more awkward than drag-n-drop, but is guaranteed to actually Make A Link To Your Placed File.
But if the files weren't placed properly the first time, the quality should not have been good on the first export, either. Something very odd here....
I tediously PLACED 26 PDF files in my document.
When I reopened the file, none of the files were linked, and their visual quality was thus degraded.
I make teaching materials and books and I grab stuff from all over over my computer, in files all over the place, as needed.
The files for a particular document or boo are thus never in ONE CENTRAL FILE. However, the files were PLACED and thus LINKED, I presume. So, I thought or presumed they would stay linked to wherever they were.
B) When I save the InDesign document, I have saving options. Just save as CS5.
I suspect that the culprit may be that all the PDF and JPGs on the document are not in one central file, which also contains the master document?
But do they show in the Links panel????
Are they stored on your hard drive, or someplace else? They don't need to be all together in one place or in the same folder with the .indd.
1. Yes, they show in the links panel.
2. They are stored on the hard drive.
3. It's odd. All files were PLACED, all files are not in the same folder. However, when reopening, about half the files were no longer linked.
4. The files show. Thus, I was able to find them with finder, and put them in a new folder that I could find, and then link to.
Baffled. At one time all files were linked, but upon reopening many files lost their link.
Are you seeing red circles with question marks (missing links), or yellow triangles with exclamation points (modified links) next to the link names? My bet is the latter, and there's something going on that is changing the file modification date. I think I recall that there was a problem with Suitcase that would cause that. Do you use Suitcase to manage your fonts?
If you see the yellow triangles, you can just update the links from the links panel after opening the file and all will be well again (until the next time). If the links are missing you'll have to find them to relink.
I see both yellow and red, but 95% are red. I cannot just click on them to relink because I generally have no clue where the files are.
So, I click on the red circle, and that gives me the name of the file, which allows me to search and find and put the file in a folder whose name I know. Then, I can link.
As an example of what's going on, I have one teacher's manual (40 pages) with 108 red circles.
I have never heard of Suitcase.
I just PLACED a jpg on an InDesign file. It does not show as linked.
Is something going on that PLACING does not automatically link.
Isn't PLACE supposed to link?
Would dropping and dragging from BRIDGE help?
Dragging and dropping from bridge is the same as File > Place...
What do you see in the links panel right after you place the jpg? Do you mean it loses the link when you close, or the link is never established?
I think that either ID is damaged, or your prefs are damaged. Create a new user account and log in with that. Open ID, make a new file, place something, save and close, then reopen and tell us if the link is still there, missing, or modified. That will tell us if the problem is at the user level or the application level.
I'm going to quit for the night very soon, but I will get back to you in the morning if you don't post again before I stop.
How do I create a "new user account"? In simple 1 ,2 ,3 steps if you can.
On Windows you do it through Users & Groups or User Accounts in Control Panel (depending on the version of Windows). There's something similar on Mac, but I'm not sure where it's located, in System Prefs, I think.
If Joel or Sandee or anyone is still with us, please feel free to step in while I'm sleeping...
Many thanks. I'm on Mac.
OK, I'm awake again and monitoring off and on. Have we made any progress?
Do you move the placed files later on your computer? Are they on a CD/DVD? They placed files must remain in the same place as when you place them, moving them to another folder for example breaks the link. You also can not change the name of the PDF later on, this will also break the link.
A good workflow is copying over all files you are going to place first to a folder on your hard disk, then place them. Do not move or rename this folder or any files in it.
You could also use the Package-method.
Your best bet would be buying or borrowing a good book on InDesign and understanding more how InDesign (or other programs) work.
Hi. Many thanks to all. I don't know why the files lost their links, but they did. But, now that I know that 'unlinked' is the problem I will be more fastidious about where I keep the files.
The origins are this, and info and counsel welcome. I have a 2010 Mac, 27 inch. As briefly as possible:
I make books of teaching materials, and in table of contents I have thumbnails of the activities.
1. At first, I made JPGs of screen shots, and scaled them down and used.
2. Then, to get greater clarity, I just copied and reduced the InDesign pages to 25%. This we extremely clear, but, a) slowed down the computer and b) some pages (with charts) could not be reduced.
3. So, I started saving the pages as PDF, placing and reducing to 25%. Bah-dah-bing! I'm there.
4. Then, when I reopened the file, clarity gone from most PDFs.
That is what led to my plea for help.
Many thanks to all.