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Canto + InDesign: things you can do

Canto + InDesign: things you can do

The plugin

Canto InDesign Connector is like a bridge between your DAM and InDesign. This plugin will save you time going back and forth from platform to platform and downloading and uploading files separately into INDD projects. The Canto InDesign Connector now supports CC2018 and CC2019. Here are instructions on how to install the plugin.

 

How it works

After you’ve installed the plugin, you can place images straight into your INDD document via drag n drop. What happens next is your image is automatically linked to your Canto SaaS library, any changes that you make to that image will appear in your INDD document (you will need to click “update link” to apply the changes).

From your Connector window you can adjust the resolution, update the status of the image to the latest version. All changes that have been made to the image in Canto will show in the InDesign Connector window.

 

 

When sending the INDD document to someone else for editing, the recipient needs to click “update links” icon to receive all the Canto assets used in the document. Here is a helpful article on how to package and share InDesign files.

 

The Brand Templates

The last update of Canto brought us the support for InDesign Brand Templates. This add-on feature (additional charge) in Canto allow non-designers make changes to certain parts in the document right inside Canto without accessing InDesign.

 

How it works

After opening InDesign, you will need to install the PrintUI extension and log in using the credentials provided by databasics (please contact databasics to receive these credentials).

After designer creates the InDesign template in InDesign, he chooses elements that can be editable by those who will receive the document. Only local images can be used in templates, no embedded images.

Once the templates are created and uploaded into Canto, anyone with access can open them and edit them right within Canto. They are saved under the Documents and have a BT as an icon. To edit, open the document preview and click on Edit. Only parts permitted for editing will be editable, those permissions are set by the template designer in InDesign.

After editing you can either save or download the document.

 

Helpful resources

Troubleshooting:

Clearing cache

Uninstalling/ reinstalling InDesign Plugin

Connection issues