In this case, I temper the "bad practice" statement in my earlier post. If your client gets any corruption of by-copy graphics, they can probably just rerun the automated system to "refresh" them. In most cases, however, by-reference is preferred.
Rick Quatro Carmen Publishing 585-659-8267 www.frameexpert.com >I understand what you are saying about referenced images, but... > > We built software that exports a file out of filemaker and then imports > into frame. We wanted to eliminate the problems that folks have had in > the past of the referenced images displaying a gray box when the file is > moved from one person to another or to a print shop. In the Industrial > Distribution business, which is 95 percent of our clientele, do not have > the network structure to run a frame network per se nor the graphic and > computer understanding to eliminate these linking problems easily. > > We built this automated system to make it easier for the end user who > knows very little about databases, image management and desktop > publishing. With some frame training that I provide, our customers can > get a 1000-page catalog done by themselves -- a real pain point for this > type of business in the past. You have to realize here that we are > dealing with mid-million companies who know only one thing -- how to sell > products. > > With that said, we are developing our latest version where we are going > to look into several new enhancements including running referenced files. > > For us and our customers this works best. > > Scott White > Media Production Manager > Implementation Coordinator > 210-704-8239 > swhite at alamark.com