Improved links panel (with Relink All)
Improved links panel. List all instances of a linked image under one 'primary' link, append the filename with " (xx instances) ". Use a chevron that points right to indicate that there are multiple instances under the "primary" one shown in the list. Clicking the chevron makes the chevron point down, and displays the list of all instances.
Clicking to select the "main" instance and clicking the re-link button should allow the user to replace all instances of the same image. Allow the user to expand the list downward as described above and select a single, or multiple instances to re-link. In this case, provide a pop-up dialog asking whether to relink all selected instances or re-link one at a time, incase the user wants to link different images.
If user relinks with different images, move those new links into their own instance grouping with a "primary" heading of its own.
Image mockup provided for clarity.
Mark Allender commented
i wish the links panel allowed options with a right-click. To relink an asset, i still have to go up into the menu to do it. Why do none of the panels support right-click updates?
Dean Morrison commented
Yes this would be so useful.
Dina Dembicki commented
Yes, like how InDe's links palette works. Please and thanks!!
Very similar to my own suggestion linked here:
The Illustrator links panel should have a "relink all instances" option just like InDesign, to relink an image JUST ONCE for multiple instances of the same link in one document.
While Adobe team fixes this, I can offer you to use a script that does it:
Please bring back this feature!! Or I'll have to downgrade Ai again. Its a nightmare to have to re-link images individually and although I've been told you can select all and replace in order, this is a real pain too.