I’ve written an app for OS X that will take an Adobe Illustrator file with broken links / liked files, and run through those trying to relink them automatically.
- Open the Adobe Illustrator (.ai) file with Illustrator. This application has been confirmed to work with Illustrator versions CS3, CS4, CS5, and CS6.
- Choose “Ignore” or “Ignore / Apply to All” to the messages about the missing files when the document is opening. Those are typically something like “Could not find the linked file / Choose Replace to select another file or Ignore to leave the link unchanged.”
- Run the Fix Linked Files App that you downloaded / installed.
- You will be prompted for a directory to search (recursively) for the missing linked files. By default this is set to three levels up from where the Adobe Illustrator file with the missing linked files is located. Please note: If you choose the root folder ( / ) or a folder with many files in it, it may take some time for the system to search for the linked files. I would suggest choosing the most restrictive path possible to start with.
- After the app has completed, any linked files found will be updated (and will show up normally) in Adobe Illustrator.
- Save the AI file and the linked files will continue your workflow with all the linked resources now fixed!
- Next time you open this file all of the resources will remain fixed and you will not be prompted to relink them when re-opening the .ai file.
- Mac OS X
- Adobe Illustrator
Download / Purchase
The cost of this application is $15USD per license. One license should be purchased per user, but if you have multiple computers (where you are the primary user) you may use this application on each of them. You may purchase via PayPal and you will receive a link to download it immediately. You will also receive both the application and the sample project and resource files from the video / screen cast. You may not modify or redistribute this application. Please contact me if you have any questions.
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