I have a lot of .ai files. Each .ai file contains a lot of vectors, each vector comes as a file (eps/ai) which has been downloaded from Shutterstock-like websites.

We've lost all these eps/ai vector files (both HDDs died), but we still have a back-up of all finalized projects under different formats: .ai, .pdf and .indd packages.

Is there any way to get a vector's original filename?

• A lot of files which contain 1 vector (546546844132.eps) - all lost
• A lot of projects (books, banners - ai, pdf, indd packages) where we have used these vectors - we still have them!
• How can we extract the original filename for each vector from these final projects?

Any input, feedback, or lead is greatly appreciated.

  • .idd is actually .indd - the native InDesign format? Then you can see the original file names in the Links panel, although InDesign may complain the original files are missing.
    – Jongware
    Nov 24, 2014 at 22:37
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    I don't really understand what's being asked here. A file titled 546546844132.eps has that as it's name. Are you asking if there's internal meta data which tracks every name the file may have ever had?
    – Scott
    Nov 25, 2014 at 0:51
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about design.
    – Vincent
    Nov 25, 2014 at 7:21
  • @Jongware: I have renamed .idd to to .indd
    – Foae
    Nov 25, 2014 at 15:20
  • @Scott: I am asking if I can find out the original file name of each vector from an ai/pdf page or InDesign package. Something like metadata pointing to the original 4864314862.eps
    – Foae
    Nov 25, 2014 at 15:25


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