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I do not know if this is already planned or suggested, but I think it would be really useful to be able to link images with a relative path if the image is located in the same folder (or subfolder) of the publisher file. I oftentimes have a folder per project where I gather all the images and such for that project. That way I could link images (instead of embedding them) and still be able to copy the project ot another location/computer. Currently my publisher just crashes when it cannot find linked images, but I guess that will be fixed one way or another when it is released.

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I like your suggestion, but there is one small timing problem: it can't work for images that you link before you first save the .afpub file.

It would also complicate Save As processing, as all the relative links might need to be modified in the new copy.

But if it could be implemented it would certainly simplify the user's life when moving project packages around :)

It would especially help when sending a package to someone else.


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Publisher should handle paths "smartly" (just like InDesign): paths can be stored as absolute, but the relative location to the file should also be stored / recognised.

This is especially important when switching between PC-Mac (different absolute path), moving projects around, ...

Thanks in advance!
 

EDIT: I can confirm that APub becomes unresponsive (1.7.0.139 on OSX) when relinking images (after the 1st or 2nd link).

Also, it would be nice to Skip a missing link, without interrupting the whole process. (The Resource panel doesn't have the same folder relinking behaviour.)

Edited by eph

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+1

Since we work usually together in teams, and we use for example Dropbox to share workfiles, it would be really great, to be able to open on multiple computers, on multiple OS, and be able to modify, update or publish.

With absolute link, we can not do so.

 

Thanks in advance!

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Sorry for digging deep in history with this topic!
But I thought that the issue of relative file paths doesn't exist anymore.
But obviously it does!

The Mac version (1.7.2) stores relative paths as the resource manager tells.
Working file is opening correctly with relative paths in Windows version (1.7.2) as well.

But after saving the working file in Win the files are linked absolute and breaking for Mac.
Could anyone confirm that behaviour?
 

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On 9/2/2018 at 9:24 AM, walt.farrell said:

it can't work for images that you link before you first save the .afpub file.

It can if absolute paths are tracked until the file is saved then converted to relative ones at that point.

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Don't know if this helps, but here is a free utility (Mac/Win) that can help with organization of your files before starting work in APub. I have found that should I have to relink my assets, it helps to have a consistent folder hierarchy to work with. https://www.digitalrebellion.com/posthaste/

It is customizable and you can make your own templates to generate a folder hierarchy before you even open up APub for storage of your supporting assets. The below is an example for one I created for my publication layout and design work:

ProjectName/ (Your main layout files go here. I usually name mine with a date and a numerical designation to indicate which draft it is. For example: "ProjectName_25Feb20_001.afpub")

  ProjectName/Assets:

     ProjectName/Assets/3D ("Models" and "Renders" folders go within)

     ProjectName/Assets/Fonts (Any fonts I use in the piece are saved in this folder)

     ProjectName/Assets/Illustrations ("Raster" and "Vector" go within; APhoto compositions go here--original photography used in a digital photocompostion goes below)

     ProjectName/Assets/Photos ("Original" and "Working" go within; I'm old school, so all photography not supplied by the customer goes into "Original" (see below for reason why). All altered images (converted from CMYK to RGB and otherwise altered to include additional retouching but NOT digital compositing go into "Working.")

--------------------

  ProjectName/CSR ("CSR" stands for "Customer/Client-Supplied Resources"):

     ProjectName/CSR/Copy (any copy and/or text files that the client has supplied to you for inclusion in their layout. RTF, DOC, DOCX, or TXT files, for example)

     ProjectName/CSR/Documents (Meeting Notes, recordings, emails with pertinent information saved to either PDF or text files should be saved here)

     ProjectName/CSR/Graphics (any vector files, PowerPoint files--yes, I have had the occasion--and/or high-resolution PDFs that the client has supplied to you for inclusion in their layout. Bear in mind that if any of these files require conversion into a different format best handled further in AD or AP--the converted documents are best saved in the "Assets/Illustrations" folder under either "Raster" or "Vector," as appropriate. )

     ProjectName/CSR/Images (any photos and/or raster imagery that the client has supplied to you for inclusion in their layout. Bear in mind that original photographic images given by the client should be stored here; any of these images that have processes such as RGB to CMYK conversion--for example--subsequently done should have THAT version of the file saved in the "ProjectName/Assets/Photos/Working" folder.)

     ProjectName/CSR/Spreadsheets (any spreadsheet files that the client has supplied to you for inclusion of tables or data in their layout. XLS, XLSX, or CSV files, for example)

______________

  ProjectName/Drafts (This is where your PDF proofs are saved for emailing to the client. This way--until the job is done--there is a visual record of changes from one draft to the next. If your client is enlightened enough to make changes to your PDF via notes and comments, store those files in "../CSR/Documents" and keep them separate from your original draft files)

 

As always, hope this helps.

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