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Our workflow:
Several people draw plans in ArchiCAD and export them on the server, always in the same place using the automatic ArchiCAD Publisher. Someone creates the documentation in publisher with all the plans as PDF links that are constantly updated.
The problem:
As soon as a PDF is linked in publisher, ArchiCAD can no longer overwrite it (file cannot be calculated).
This was never a problem in InDesign and ArchiCAD showed the same message if the PDF was open or someone had selected the PDF in the Finder.
So it looks like the publisher is "selecting" all PDFs links all the time.
Is there a workaround for this (without embedding the PDF)?
Or can the software manage the links differently in the future?

Edited by Stefan Roos
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Hi Stefan Ross and Welcome to the Forums,

I ran this passed our QA team before replying just to see if this was expected behaviour and it isn't.  They also could not reproduce this when they tried.  Can you give me a bit more information about your server setup?  We should just be importing the PDF and then monitoring it for changes.

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This might be related to the probem related to the number of files Affinity Publisher can link to (especially on Windows version where there seems to be unncessarily applied and runtime library based default limitation) per process. It can be seen e.g. using Windows Task Manager that Affinity Publisher keeps linked files open during the time the .afpub document is open -- a behavior which e.g. InDesign does not show.

This behavior might also explain strange problems reported on this forum even in recent posts related to linked files (residing on cloud disks or NAS stations or network shares) causing problems when creating exports, and in worse case corrupting the whole .afpub document, once having become unavailable.

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