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Replacing images: Preference vs. current type of placement

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When your document preference for images is Prefer Linked and you replace an embedded image in your document. Which type of placement should be used here? Linked? Embedded? Personally I prefer the preference-method over the keep-it-as-is-method. In fact the image remains embedded although the preference is linked.

More or less an academic question, because both sides could be right. ;)

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8 hours ago, Joachim_L said:

you replace an embedded image

Apparently there was a serious reason to change the default/predefined behavior, so why change him when exchanging pictures. For me, clearly leave embedded.


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7 hours ago, Pšenda said:

Apparently there was a serious reason to change the default/predefined behavior

This is the point. Since I like linked more over embedded I changed the preference to linked. So I would expect to respect this, when I replace an image in an opened PDF where all cointained images are embedded.

Apart from this: I wonder if it would be useful to have an option for extracting the embedded images, saving them into a standard folder and having them linked. A collection of loose images would be easy to work on. PDFlib used in Affinity products seems to be able to do this.

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Bulk link change is a task for Resource Manager rather than "changing" the link type when replacing individual images.


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The issue really is about use of language. "Prefer Linked" infers that the preference for new images would be to link unless otherwise specified. Consequently, I would expected images that were already embedded in a document to continue to be embedded and, if I were to update the file, to continue to work with any embedded images as embedded unless I manually changed that.

I have to ask the question why would you change the default preference midstream? It's the sort of thing you would make a note of doing before beginning a project, surely?

I'd also question the value of "extracting" embedded images from a file. It all sounds like poor preparation and planning before creating a project. Which leads onto how do users start projects? Just running around with no file organisation could be a recipe for creating problems. Personally, I write a set of project notes before starting so I know what I need to do and what is required. I create a project folder and copy any documents or images into it. I use "Prefer Linked" by default and as all my files are in one place there's no problem. Any adjustments I need to make to images are normally specific to my needs for the project so I'm happy for the original image to be elsewhere and left untouched.

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1 hour ago, CarlM said:

It's the sort of thing you would make a note of doing before beginning a project, surely?

I assume it is an imported (not own) PDF document.

2 hours ago, Joachim_L said:

in an opened PDF

Why would @Joachim_L "work" on a PDF, and not on native *.afpub?


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