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This is easily accomplished with Data Merge. You need to copy your file names into a excel spreadsheet, and name the column with '@ at the beginning, so InDesign will recognized that they should be images. Then set up one module on the page, and you will be good to go.
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Another option would be to use generic filenames such as: image1, image2 etc. Each different project would use the same image names, but have different folders for the images.
Adobe Bridge can easily sequentially number + rename the separate files in separate folders as a batch, however the order of the images may or may not be a concern.
Then you could easily update all images once they are swapped out at the file system level.
That is a perfect solution - I wouldn't have thought of that. It's very important that each image be unique and not accidentally relinked with another, so I would have to be extremely careful, but I have to anyway the way I do it now (relinking each of the 50 links manually). I may have to try that next time. Thank you!
I have no experience with Data Merge, but it sounds like it's the proper way to go. Thank you for your reply!
Your comment seems like the way to go. I have a larger scale of the same issue... I have a 308 page book with many hundreds of photos linked within it. They are all linked per "J:\Folder1\Subfolder\imagename" and "J:\Folder2\SubfolderA\SubfolderB\imagename" .... Where if I could just change "J:" to "I:\FolderX" They would be straight.
My hope is that there is a group-selection process for linked files.
Then I can take them into Excel as you described.
Then I can change the source name for the files by a "find-all: J: ; change to: I:\FolderX" where the images now are retained, so that they can all have new names with the appropriate fronts on them.
Eek! I know, kinda complex. Especially the first part about the group-selection process, (I have a collective book file bringing together many idd files. I would understand working independently in each idd file. That still, is anywhere from 8 - 148 files in each that I hope to eventually relink.).
One more path~ (Thanks Lynda.com!)
Right click the first link from the link panel, then click relink. That takes you to the explorer window (in pc) putting the root-name into the search function not only finds it in its new location, but also has a cool option at the lower end (in both pc and mac) that asks if you want other links in the same folder to be relinked! I was getting dozens per hit.
Works great for when you've moved a folder and it's directory path has changed.