Autofind Missing Links like in Indesign
When I'm relinking a missing image in Indesign, it automatically finds other missing links in the same folder that a relinked to. It would be life changing if Illustrator did the same. Currently you have to manually relink each missing link which can become very tedious.
+1 : Illustrator should search folder for missing links when relinking like InDesign
Matthew Cabaj commented
This should be priority over every single new feature. Please don't do anything else until you fix this.
Basic workflow inefficiency that I lose hours to every time a project folder gets reorganized or renamed.
Already present in InDesign, AE and Premiere pro, why not illustrator?
Kenan Daglar commented
After working with the corel application for many years, I switched to Adobe Ecosystem with a radical change. I can encounter many problems that my friends, who have been using Adobe products for many years, approve and see as justified. So I decided to send you these things that I see missing.
The first thing I will convey is this: For example, when I want to package an illustrator file that I am working on on Windows and continue working in the illustrator program on the mac operating system, it asks me for the links in the file one by one. However, if he scans the folder and finds it himself, as in indesign, the job will become more practical.
It's driving me crazy because some of my files have 30+ links. I'm up to date with the latest software version. Help!
The Odd Plot commented
Please give option to "Search for Missing Links in This Folder" like in InDesign.
Illustrator requires you to manually replace each file separately, one by one! It's a massive waste of time when this could be automated and an easy win?
Barbora Urbankova commented
Even just a year ago, Illustrator (Photoshop, After Effects) had a semi-automatic function, where, if you had unlikned files, linked the first manually, and Adobe saw that the file structure the link was in was the same as before, it'd look for the other files by name, inform you it found them, and asked if you wanted them replaced.
I used to use this to re-color assets for animation (copy the folder of assets, change their color, delete the original folder) -and the programs would "find" every single other file if I "showed" the program where the first correct file was located
For the love of everything, bring this function back, it's made it impossible to work with files older than a month (as now *every* link older than a month needs to be manually replaced) -which means I can barely use my existing projects.
Now, for example, I need to translate a manual (which, being a manual is long and has lots and lot of pictures) -but I cannot, because, even tho I never moved the file or its assets, Illustrator has un-linked them, won't refresh them, nor will it automatically detect them.
So now I have to translate in Acrobat!!!!!???!?! (at least the Acrobat files don't disintigrate over time -yet).
When I'm paying full price for Illustrator.
Why would I keep doing that!?
Yes we can build an AI but we cant give this as an option and yet the efficiency gains of doing so would be much better for humans... definitely better value to give our creative and skilled jobs to the AI though... makes those accountants feel real special
Meanwhile there's a script that does that. Search FastRelink. Voted
This seems like such an obviously needed feature. I have 8 different docs with the same links but need different copy. Every time I need to edit (which is often), I have to remake the links in the new Acrobat file even though the link copy has not changed.
In my opinion this would be the best possible update that Adobe could possibly do to Illustrator.
Court Knee Wooster commented
JUST DO IT!
Please just do as everyone else has suggested and make Illustrator links function as indesing links do. Currently I am regularly working with illustrator files containing over 50 links of the same file and when I need to update the link I literally have to manually go through and RELINK every instance of the same link? Why, this is pure laziness, just rip the functionality straight out of indesing and put it in Illustrator. They both are unique programs that serve a purpose in my workflow, but having to deal with the totally out dated linking mechanism within illustrator is inexcusable when I know how efficient it is in its sister program.
We need this feature so badly. I can't believe illustrator and in design are not more cohesive in their use of link files. We use linked files a lot in illustrator, and we seriously waste so much time relinking manually. it's absurd.
Each time there is missing link I have to manually rewrite the file name before it can be found, Illustrator knows what file is missing so surely it can automatically search the computer and suggest the correct file to replace? Would save a lot of time.
please do this!!!
Alfredo Remigio commented
You might have a look to this thread:
Mark Waterhouse commented
Make the links panel more intelligent so you don't have to import multiple instances of the same link again and again.
Premiere has a good system where you can select a folder and let it search automatically for the missing links. After Effects automatically searches folders and relinks files too, why can't this be applied in Illustrator too? It would save so much time.