Release: Xtags 2.13 for InDesign 2020-2022

May 9, 2022 by

This release adds high resolution previews for auto-downloaded pictures.

Note: The original, May 9th release was replaced on May 17th to fix critical issues that are noted below. Check your product’s About dialog to ensure that you have the most up-to-date version.


  • Adds Create links for auto-downloaded pictures to the Xtags preferences panel that enables high resolution previews by saving the picture as a local file in a Downloads folder within the document’s parent folder, creating the folder if needed, and then creating a link to that file. If the document has no parent folder (if it’s a new document that hasn’t yet been saved, for example), pictures are saved to the user’s actual Downloads folder (~/Downloads) instead.

  • Adds a Prevent naming collisions option to the Xtags preferences panel which, when enabled, attempts to prevent confusion between like-named internet resources by creating a deep folder structure for all downloaded pictures within the Downloads folder that’s based on the source URL’s host name and path components. For example, the URL

    would, if it was actually valid, download to the path


    For comparison, with the option disabled, the same image would be saved locally as just


    [May 17th, 2022] This option is now enabled by default in new documents for maximum safety.

  • Shows URL download progress and adds support for cancellation.

  • Fixes a problem that could prevent a progress bar from being shown when importing with a Paste with Xtags.

  • [May 17th, 2022] Fixes a problem with the original release that was causing imports using old-style HFS paths to fail. (macOS only)

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