Indesign has got a very good mechanism of spotting and warning broken links. Is there a mechanism where InDesign can automatically light up pics that are below a certain range of dpi?

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Not really.... You can set up error warnings, but nothing will present the "application stopping" alert warning similar to missing links.

You could manually select each image and then use either the Info or Links Panel to check each linked image's PPI.

You can also use the Preflight panel in InDesign. (Window > Output > Preflight)

You have to set up a Profile for Preflight (Using the panel menu Define Profiles)...

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There you can set conditions which will create an "error".

Once it's configured, you just need to watch the Preflight Panel. If there's a problem, it'll be listed there...

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For print, you can also export to PDF and then run the Preflight tools in Acrobat to verify the PDF meets the standards desired. But that's external and not really part of InDesign directly.

But ultimately, there's nothing that is application-pausing with front most alert forcing you to click cancel or OK before moving on the same way missing/broken images present an alert.

  • Isnt prefilight absolutely that option, so wouldnt tha answer be yes?
    – joojaa
    Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 6:43
  • @joojaa it presents warnings, but not the same way a missing image link does. A missing image halts the application until the user acknowledges the warning. Preflight only presents warning when you look for them. Even if there's a preflight warning, you can generate a PDF without ever seeing it. If there's a missing link, InDesign stops and forces the user to interact with the warning. So while the intent is the same, actual implementation by Adobe is vastly different.
    – Scott
    Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 6:53
  • It's really the first two paragraphs that don't really make sense. Your answer is basically: "Indesign doesn't have a mechanism to alert you about ppi.... Here's the indesign mechanism that alerts you about ppi". If you want to keep those 2 paragraphs, you may want to specify the type of alert you are talking about.
    – Joonas
    Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 9:05

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