Did you package your file? You should move the whole package on the drive you want to open it later.
I would also recommend not to use extended characters (ÄÖÜäöüßÁÉÍÓÚáéíóúÑñ…) or characters which are reserved for paths in any computer OS (like :, /, \) nor spaces in any file name, not a linked one, not a INDD.
Where do my files have to be in order to use creative cloud and not have my indesign links break? I'll need to use Indesign on different computers and my images won't be traveling with me... will I need to relink every image every time?
Standard practice is to use File>Package and then save to drive/location that suits you. If you need it to travel with you bring the entire folder.
The InDesign file will link to the folder where the Links folder is situated.
Also,,, why do I need all these plugin's once I use an icloud version of indesign when I've saved the file on my external hard drive, and then open the exact same file from the exact same hard drive? The file never opens and is corrupt which means I have to rebuild the entire thing or physically travel back to that computer which has the indesign cloud.... It's baffling.
The file isn't corrupt. The Craeative Cloud version is a newer version than you have on your computer at home. That's why the plugins are missing, as older versions don't have the same plugins as the newer version of InDesign.
If you want to work on a version created with CC - then you need to use file Export/Save and choose IDML - then open that in earlier versions of InDesign.
However, you could install the Creative Cloud on your computer at home and use the same version of InDesign - this would solve your problem without any extra work.
And another question... how does adobe not have a live support number to call and ask questions? I've been in the same "click-loop" now forever and I can't ever get to an actual useful forum.
InDesign has never offered user support in using the software. It's telephone and helpline service is not for that purpose. InDeisgn is a professional graphic designer/typesetter/whateveryourjob is tool.
Like any tool you need to have specific training to it's end use, most people used to do an apprenticeship/trainee position going to college to learn the software and the fine principles of lithographic/screen/flexo/gravure printing and the use of images/text/graphics etc on the web.
It's a professional's tool that requires professional training. Much like I wouldn't go out and buy a carpenters tool set and then complain that none of the tools do what I want them to do, like hammering in a screw.
Package is not the solution here. Just put all your files on a server disk. You can then open it from everywhere and your links will stay linked!
You can then open it from everywhere and your links will stay linked!
Assuming you can connect to the network.
Package is not the solution here. Just put all your files on a server disk
Uhm...where the issue is independent portability, packaging is certainly the solution. An inexpensive USB thumbdrive is all you need to literally hold your links-maintained files in the palm of your hand.
I'm not even sure I know what is meant by "server disk;" especially one that is accessible from "everywhere." Come to think of it, however, that's exactly what "the cloud" is supposed to be, so it's no wonder there's confusion and frustration. Cloud storage is one of the worst ideas I've ever seen put into practice. It's good in principle, except for the part where you completely give up first-hand control of your files.
There's a lot of misunderstanding about how this works in the cloud.
Services such as Dropbox, OneDrive and Creative Cloud do store your files in
the cloud but they are there for syncing and access. These files are
primarily stored on your own local drive. If you're on line they will sync
automatically to all connected devices. I always work in a Dropbox folder
for backup protection and revision history.
I agree there are beneficial uses for people who know how to control their files in the first place. But many users don't have that level of understanding, and with each concept comes its inevitable opposite. "Syncing" opens the possibility of being out-of-sync; and "access" could just as often mean "inaccessible."
Just my opinion of course, but In many workflows, and with the cost of "local media" as low as it is, ongoing file-exchange with the so-called cloud is an entirely needless layer of complexity and connectivity dependence.
OK I agree, there must be a connection. For use outside the company I am using Dropbox for a long time!