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We're about to change our workflow using libraries. We'll be putting a lot of information into a library ... and depending on it. The question is, how many items can a library hold. Any recommendation is welcome....

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    We're about to change our workflow using libraries. We'll be putting a lot of information into a library ... and depending on it.
    The question is, how many items can a library hold. Any recommendation is welcome.
    Renee_Tanner@adobeforums.com Guest

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    We've tried more than 100 and it still works. You try going beyond that but what's the use? It would become difficult to find what you need.
    Arnold_German@adobeforums.com Guest

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    That's what we're trying to determine, though. At what point do we look for a subset within the library ... or just do a separate library.
    Thanks.
    Renee_Tanner@adobeforums.com Guest

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    It all depends on how you plan to work with the library. If, for example, you have a script that sorts through the items based on triggers in the text to insert/update content or even to take content from the text and format it according to the template in the library, then the length of the library is kind of irrelevant.

    I just wrote this script to see how large a library could be. Before running the script, I created and kept open a library named "Test" and then I set the script running on my 2Ghz iMac/20.

    myDoc = app.doents.add();
    myTF = myDoc.pages[0].textFrames.add({geometricBounds:[0,0,"1i", "3i"], contents:"This is a test"});
    myLib = app.libraries[0];
    while (true) {
    myCount = myLib.assets.length;
    myName = "Asset " + String(myCount);
    myAsset = myLib.store(myTF);
    myAsset.name = myName;
    if ((myCount + 1) % 100 == 0) {
    if (!confirm("Number of assets in library = " + String(myCount + 1) + ". Continue?")) {
    exit();
    }
    }
    }

    It was rather slower than I expected, but after about six and a half minutes, it reached 700 items. I'm running it again to see how long it takes to get to 800. I suspect that there is no actual limit on the number of items you can have in a library. It's a matter of what your workflow is and whether or not you can manage so many from a user point of view.

    It reached 800 after less than a minute and that's enough for now! If you want to go further, run the script yourself.

    Dave
    Dave_Saunders@adobeforums.com Guest

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