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Using the Desktop app of Content Station 10

Using the Desktop app of Content Station 10

Info: This feature requires Content Station 10.8 or higher.

The Content Station Desktop app is used for setting up the communication between Content Station and other applications.

The Desktop App

Figure The Settings window of the Content Station Desktop App.

It can be used for the following features:

  • Defining which version of InDesign should be used for opening layouts
  • Defining if articles should be opened in Content Station or InCopy
  • Automatically opening all types of files in their native application
  • Setting up a connection to Enterprise Server through a proxy server

For more information about these features, see:

Requirements

Using the Desktop Application and its features requires the following:

  • The Desktop app itself is available since Content Station 10.8 and can only be used when Content Station is run in Google Chrome.
  • InDesign version. Requires Content Station 10.15 or higher.
  • Article editor. Requires Content Station 10.8 or higher.
  • Proxy settings. Requires Content Station 10.16 or higher.

Installation

The Content Station Desktop App comes in 2 parts:

  • The Content Station Desktop App itself
  • An extension for Google Chrome

Installing the Content Station Desktop App

Step 1. Download the file named Content Station Desktop App 1.x.x-bx from the Release announcement of Content Station 10, unpack it and double-click the file it contains.

Step 2. Do one of the following:

  • On Mac OS X: In the installation window that appears, drag the Content Station Desktop App to the Applications folder.
  • On Windows: Run the installer and wait for it to complete.

Installing the Google Chrome extension

The Google Chrome extension is installed by launching the Content Station Desktop App.

Step 1. Do one of the following:

  • On Mac OS X: Run the application from the Applications folder.
  • On Windows: Run the application from the Desktop shortcut or the Start menu.

The following takes place:

  • The Content Station Desktop App is added to the system tray (Windows) or menu bar (Mac OS X)
  • Google Chrome is opened
  • The Web store and the extension for the Content Station Desktop App is accessed

The Chrome extension

Figure: The extension for the Content Station Desktop App in the Chrome Web store.

Step 2. Click Add to Chrome and confirm that you want to add it.

The extension is added to Chrome and appears in the toolbar.

The extension added to Chrome

Figure: The extension added to Chrome.

Setup

To use the Content Station Desktop App, it needs to be set up. This is done through the Settings window.

The Desktop App

Figure The Settings window of the Content Station Desktop App.

Step 1. Access the Settings window by clicking the Desktop App icon in the menu bar (Mac OS X) or in the system tray (Windows).

Step 2. Make the following settings:

  • Set the version of InDesign in which the layouts should be opened (available since Content Station 10.8).
  • Choose the article editor to use for opening articles: the Content Station 10 Print editor (default setting) or a version of InCopy (available since Content Station 10.15).
  • (Optional but recommended) Define that the Desktop App should be launched on system start-up (this is the default setting).
  • (Optional) Set the socket port through which the communication between the Chrome extension and the Desktop App should take place. When in doubt which port to use (if any), contact your system administrator.

Note: You can also set this by clicking the Chrome extension icon in Chrome.

Step 3. Open Content Station 10 and log in. (When already logged in, refresh the page).

Step 4. Test the features by opening a layout, an article and files of other types from Content Station 10.

Document history

  • 21 February 2017: Added information about setting the proxy settings.
  • 6 February 2017: Added information about opening articles in InCopy.
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