I work crossplatform all the time and have never had an issue with links. What seems to be the problem?
Thanks for the reply Bob!
If the link is setup on a PC:
On the PC, the path is seen as G:\share\subfolder\file.jpg and works
On the Mac, that same link is seen as: G:/share/subfolder/file.jpg and does not work
If the link is setup on the Mac:
On the mac the link is: share:subfolder:file.jpg and works
On the PC: \volumes\share\subfolder\file.jpg and does not work
I have not tried this myself, is there something wrong with how they are linking the files?
Have you check by relinking.
Either you can package the file window machine and take it to MAC machine.
All I can tell you is that it works seamlessly for me but I’m only working through Dropbox.
I open the same file on Win or Mac with no linking issues. Could be your network and I’m not expert enough to know.
Win: E:\00-win8 dropbox\Dropbox\My9Months2013Epub_English (1)\13a-postpartumdepression\Links\A31_converted.mp3
Mac: Macintosh HD:Users:boblevine:Dropbox:My9Months2013Epub_English (1):13a-postpartumdepression:Links:A31_converted.mp3
My guess would be that the links are in a different location on the file server than how Bob is working. Bob is working in a fashion where the images are in a Links sub-directory of the layout where InDesign will automatically look for links if they are missing on open.
If this is a one-time change, then just select all links in the Links panel and use Relink to Folder.... Otherwise, you'll want to change your file organization or invest in a workflow solution that will manage the files for you (and automatically handle the cross-platform relinking events.)
That was just an example. I’ve linked to stuff in other folders as well. Again, just a simple Dropbox workflow. That said, if this was a really widespread issue, InCopy wouldn’t work at all.
Agreed, Bob. Though a lot depends on how your links are setup and what you've done. For instance (cited from the documentation, InDesign Help | Managing graphics links):
InDesign first looks for a missing link in the folder in which another file has been relinked in the current session. Next, it looks for a link in the same folder where the document is located. If it’s still not found, it looks in the parent folder of the document.
Its also possible that Check Links Before Opening Document is set to off.
In my own experience, InDesign's ability to resolve links on local drives vs. network drives can greatly vary.
Lastly, perhaps you can modify the Relink folder options to resolve the issue on open.
I agree. I just tested it on two random folders and it was fine…but again, that’s on my little dropbox network.