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Groups, Smart Groups, and Searching in Links Panel

The links panel should support Groups and Smart Groups. Large numbers of links in projects -- especially those that include a lot of InCopy assignments -- get unwieldy.

Ideally you would be able to make groups and manually move links into them, and also create smart groups that would automatically update. Ideas for common filters that smart groups would be used for:

All CMKY images, all non-CMYK images, all InCopy links, all links that need to be updated, all links that are embedded or not, all links that are currently on a Hidden Layer or hidden via conditional text, etc.

Also, just having a simple text box that can be typed into and have the visible Links narrowed down according to that search would be a big help -- similar to the way the Quick Apply interface works as you type.

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      • Adam Jury-Last commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        @Brian -- hot dang! That is a _great_ idea, as sometimes you want to organize things based on filetype, but other times you want to organize things by content type ("maps," "master page elements," "sidebar textures") and keeping those things sorted out (especially elements that are globally used in a line of books) is one of the major flaws of the single "Links" folder.

        You next-leveled the idea, kudos!

      • Brian Smart commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Great idea! And I'd suggest the option to keep those link groups when packaging the book file. I understand that the package function is designed for delivering the file to a printer, but it is also a handy way to gather linked files together when working from different network sources.

      • Glen Saville commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Nice idea just finished a project that would have suited this my grouping would have been by icc profile :)

      • Alan Gilbertson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Yes, we need all of the above! The "live search" UX would speed up working in the Links panel the same way it does in the font dropdown, Quick Apply or any browser search field.

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