Usually caused by an "illegal" character, like a slash or asterisk, in a file or folder name, but can also be caused by extremely long paths to the links.
Anybody out there that can help me with this.
When packaging a file in indesign 5.5 - Error message - Cannot copy necessary linked file(s)
Have never had this happen before and I have packaged 100's of files,
How do I fix this, it says all my links are good, same with fonts.
Do I need to go through all my ad files and see if I have an illegal character somewhere, is there any way to isolate where?
Can you select all Links in the Links Panel
Use the Flyout Menu on the top right of panel.
Choose "Utilities>Copy Links to"
And see if that works.
Found it, it was in an ad name.... Thanks SO MUCH for your help!
I just received the same error message and have read a dozen threads to find out how to solve the problem. I'm using MacOSX 10.10.3 and InDesign CS6.
I'm currently working on two annual advertising projects that I update once year for over 20 years. Never seen this message before. I've tried all the fixes that have been suggested -
Removed all odd characters from file names (which were NEVER a problem before!).
Shortened all file names.
Used a new LINKS folder.
The Packaging process shows no problems with fonts, or colour, etc. Just with links!
In the one project, I removed all the new elements and then packaged it (advertising flyer). It worked! Then I added each new element one at a time. Each time it worked. Until the final one which had the same font, logos and photo elements as the first time it gave me the "cannot copy..." message. This time it worked. What's going on here?
I'm trying to do the same with the second advertising flyer, but it has more new elements which will take me longer to package it over and over.
Both of these design projects are done in InDesign CS6. For years I used OSX10.6.8 and then upgraded to 10.10.3 a few months ago. Could this be the source of the error message?
What is the name and path of the problematic file?
It was never allowed on Mac OS X to use :/\| in file name, neither in Mac Classic, but it was tolerated and caused often problems on other computers.
For over 15 years I have designed several annual brochures using MacOSX with Adobe InDesign CS4 and CS6 that have included links such as:
•Burntwood LogoH 2c.eps
Mystery Country Map2/4c.eps
I NEVER had a problem with packaging the files or with the printer who received them. Until I received this error message last week. It took me 6 hours to find out what the problem was!! A huge costly waste of time. There was/is no indication in the error message what the problem is or what linked file was being referred to. Why did this suddenly become an issue now? Is it because I upgraded to 10.10? Strange.
It would be extremely helpful if the error message would link to the problem file or if the InDesign application would allow for ALL the other files to be packaged and then the "corrupted" files/links not to be packaged. It does identify font problems and incorrect colour files.