I've been learning how the content collector works and this feature to me seems to replace the need of having a Library file or using snippets. The problem with Libary files and snippets is they use special formats, and accessing them can be problematic if you created them with earlier versions of InDesign.
With content collector, I can create a library of objects with normal InDesign files, or even have several items in a single InDesign file. For example, if I created a set of arrows, I could put all these in a single InDesign file. I could then use content collector to link or copy the arrows I want from the original file.
I just wondered if any experts have any comments on this workflow method? For me it seems to be a great solution to avoid compatibility problems.
A library file provides you with often used objects like frames or guides. There is no linkage to the first case where it was used. But library items remember exactly position (when placed via command) and layer (when remember layers is turned on). You can use whole pages as one item.
Link content requires to make changes in the original version and update the links in the link panel. Here you can target the styles to different styles. The focus is more on the content not on the layout.
Snippets don't support guides.
Library or snippets don't use a special format, they use the XML representation and there is no problem if you use them in a later version.
Thanks for that informative answer. I didn't know Library files supported so much. I guess a lot it boils down to how you're used to working with content and layout.