Find & Relink Pictures in QuarkXPress

CodeWare’s PictureXTracker 5.1 is a €199 XTension for QuarkXPress 8/9 that searches your hard drive for linked pictures that are missing from one or more documents. You can control whether the search is case sensitive, includes file extensions or not, and whether to choose the file with the latest modification date.

You can also search for pictures based on resolution or color space using wildcards, and control whether Master pages and hidden or locked Layers are included in its search.

When it finds more than one possible file for one picture, it presents a list for you to choose from along with a preview and lots of picture information.

Also, you can choose to relink the picture file in only the active document or in all open documents, saving tremendous time when working on a project of related documents.

Another helpful feature: You can replace complete or partial picture paths, making it easy to replace low-res images with high-res versions in a different folder, for example.

Jay Nelson is the editorial director of, and the editor and publisher of Design Tools Monthly. He’s also the author of the QuarkXPress 8 and QuarkXPress 7 training titles at, as well as the training videos Quark includes in the box with QuarkXPress 7 . In addition, Jay writes regularly for Macworld and Photoshop User magazines and speaks at industry events.

5 thoughts on “Find & Relink Pictures in QuarkXPress

  1. Geir Rosset

    This looks good on paper, but it is not very intuitive, and it looks like it was designed by en engineer. Why do “all” Quark Xtensions look like they haven’t been worked on since the 1990s.

    The main window gives no clues as to how it works and the thumbnail is wrong. These things might not matter to a lot of people, but for 199 Euro they sure matter to me. I don’t like spending money on a product that looks like it is no longer being developed.


    I have an image which comes up as missing. I highlight it and there is nothing to indicate what I can do about it. No tips, no contextual menu, nothing. Just two poorly designed buttons which tell me nothing about what they actually do. And what happens when I press them. The magnifying glass tells me there are lots of missing images. That is great, but what can I do about it? A new column of red lights show up with check boxes next to them. Whn you place a mark in the box the light turns green. Then I press the button that says reassign. It tells me the two images I checked have been reassigned, but what has it done? Nothing as far as I can tell. They are still missing when I double click them in the document.

    Go ahead and try the demo, but I will keep looking for something else.


  2. L Reagan

    I use Quark/Utilities/pictures to list missing/modified images. Select an image; read info text below which might list its current and/or prior locations. If so, retrieve image from that area. If NOT, enter exact image name in Finder/spotlight to view all image versions plus locations, dates, res, sizes, etc. From the Finder list, drag the correct image into your Quark project/pictures folder. Next, either use Quark/Utilities to re-import image OR do a NEW “Import Image” with “keep attributes” checked. Often, Q will ask “Import other “missing or modified images in that folder?” Say yes to retrieve other missing/ modified images all at once.

  3. LKReagan: nice tip!

  4. Soe

    For the QuarkXpress 8:

    Click image > Utilities > Usage > Search image where the miss link files > Update > Close..


  5. Soe: nice tip! If you have to do this very often, then the XTension mentioned above saves lots of time. Plus, it provides dramatically more powerful search/filtering options.

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