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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


Clearing cache

Uninstalling/ reinstalling InDesign Plugin

Connection issues

What’s New in Flight LHR

What’s New in Flight LHR

*Please note: as of May 22, Flight is now Canto. All references to Flight in this article refer to Canto.

The new Flight LHR release offers some major improvements and cool new features. The biggest focus of the latest update is the improved mobile accessibility with progressive web design. This update also introduces video trimming before download, selecting an album during upload, direct URLs for download and preview, improved DRM, and other exciting features.

Mobile accessibility

The most exciting update to Flight this time. Progressive – responsive web design based on browser, device, or feature detection. It detects your device and scales to it by rearranging the screen, adapting the layout to the viewing environment. The optimised features also include:

• Uploading files directly from your mobile device
• Sharing and approving

iPhone interface

Flight mobile filtering

Filtering search on iPhone




Upload options on iOS device

Upload options on Android device

Video trim before download

In Advanced Options of your video files you can choose to trim the video before you download it. Preview the video to cut at just the right time.

Selecting a 5 second section to be downloaded

The downloaded 5-second video

Select an album during upload

A new feature in Flight LHR – selecting an album you want your currently uploading asset to appear, in exactly the same way you add metadata to the uploading file. The asset will be automatically added to the album.

Direct URLs for preview and download

You can now copy the URL of an image or video asset and send it directly to a collaborator. You can also just paste in your html page without going through a third party website – especially useful for video files. Direct URLs provide a fast, global delivery of your assets.

Direct URLs for an image


Direct URL for a video file

Using direct URL of an image in WP

Direct URL of a video embedded into a page html code

Hyperlinked terms and conditions

You can now choose to have either a text box shown when clicked to view Terms & Conditions or a have a link going to an outside webpage.

A checkbox to agree to Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions showing as text


See your top keywords and tags in Reports

You can now view the most used keywords and tags.

Top keywords shown




Connect with Google Analytics

In Configuration Options you can setup Google Analytics tracking for your Flight pages. All you need is a tracking ID.