Relinking assets when layers are locked

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Some linked asset files have been moved, so opening the parent document correctly says "cannot locate linked assets". But after relinking the assets and saving the document, I open it again and find that the assets still can't be located. So I relink again, but it still doesn't work. So I dig deeper and discover that the layers where these assets are placed are locked. Unlocking the layers allows the assets to be relinked.

There are two issues here: the first is that the relink dialog doesn't give any indication that the missing assets are on locked layers; the second is the question whether locking a layer should prevent assets being relinked. On this second point, I think that locking layers should prevent actions which involve image editing, but a missing asset is not an editing issue but a file integrity issue and so relinking should be possible without unlocking the layer.

Perhaps there is a usage case where relinking a missing should be prevented by locking the layer, but I can't think of one, so I would be happy to learn otherwise.

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Philip King

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