This has bothered me for years. Every time I get a new version of Indesign and open a file from an older version, I can't save the file without having to navigate to the origin folder EVERY TIME. I have thousands of files for hundreds of customers. Please Adobe, tell me a way to default save to a file's origin folder! I am losing years of my life from this.
Moved from the Creative Cloud to the InDesign forum. They will be able to help you here.
Actually, we won't be able to help you. There is nothing within ID that you can change to affect the behavior.
I believe there may be some programs you can add outside of ID that will give you more, or better, options for quick links in the OS dialogs, but I've never bothered with looking for them.
It just seems like such a simple option. I have thought each time that they would finally add this and it just never happens. Is there any reasoning behind it?
I found a script than can batch save to the origin folder. But then every file I have is last modifed on the same day, which removes a critical sorting option.
You CAN solve it if you have a Macintosh computer. Spending about $35 will get you Default Folder X from St. Clair Software will save you a ton of time with your problem.
Here's a review of the product:
Typically this only happens with a file operation that has not happened on a particular file previously, such as an initial save or export. Files that already exist should, in my experience, default to the folders where they live. The problem is most evident with legacy files you convert, or files opened from a template. Both are treated as new files (so you don't accidentally overwrite the originals), so have no location saved yet.
I agree that it's a pain, and I also think it ought to be possible to add a user preference like the one for relinking which sets a choice between the last used folder or the folder containing the link being replaced, which I find to always be set incorrectly for the current job, no matter how I leave it. You can make a request, though: Adobe - Feature Request/Bug Report Form