Packaging links without duplicating them
When packaging a job it would be great if InDesign could move rather than duplicate links to a collected folder.
Currently after packaging a job for print and archiving I then go and delete the original files as I only need the one set. However it takes a while to sort through what I need to keep i.e. alternative images and layered images which I may need for future jobs.
The Links panel already contains the option to move/relink images, which could be done after packaging. As noted by Lukas, any images shared by multiple layouts would be broken, which is generally a worse result than having multiple duplicates of a linked file.
Also, the purpose of packaging was primarily for distribution to a 3rd party, such a printer, where the user would want their local files unchanged. Anonymous makes the case to using the package commands for purpose of archiving -- intentionally moving all links to one location AND immediately removing all linked files from their original locations.
Scott Falkner | ACP commented
I see no benefit for this, even as a non-default option.
Lukas Engqvist commented
This should be option not default. Often a link can be used in several indesign files so moving the link while packaging would break another document.