The Elvis InDesign client is a plug-in that connects InDesign and InDesign Server to Elvis Server. With it, you can perform the following tasks:
- Edit InDesign layouts containing links to Elvis 6
- Restoring an archived layout to Enterprise 10 from Elvis 6 Server
- Open InDesign layouts from the Elvis Pro client
This article describes how to install the plug-in for the first time and how to upgrade an existing installation.
For information about compatibility of the Elvis InDesign client with Elvis, InDesign and Smart Connection, see the WoodWing Compatibility Matrix.
Each InDesign instance requires a separate user license. For details, see Elvis 6 license types.
Step 1. Download the installer from the Client Install page of Elvis 6 Server.
Do one of the following:
- From the Avatar menu in the Pro client, choose Install clients.
- Access the Elvis Server launcher and click Client install page.
- Enter the following URL in a Web browser:
<Elvis 6 Server URL>/install/
Step 2. Unzip the downloaded file, run the installer and follow the steps onscreen.
Using the InDesign client requires an Elvis Pro license. Make sure that:
- Sufficient licenses are assigned in Elvis Server
- The user or user group has this license type assigned
InDesign Server startup
With the startup command of InDesign Server you also need to pass the Elvis server credentials as arguments. The command should look as follows:
InDesignServer -port <port_number> -elvisserver "<elvis_server_url" -elvisusername "<elvis_username>" -elvispassword "<elvis_password>"
A sample startup command is:
InDesignServer -port 18383 -elvisserver "http://elvis.woodwing.net" -elvisusername "username" -elvispassword "password"
In the console you can find a line that indicates if the login to Elvis was successful or not.
Components added to InDesign
After installation, the following components will have been added to InDesign:
- An "Elvis" entry to the main menu. It contains options for connecting to and working with Elvis. For the InDesign client version 3.2 and higher, the menu also contains a Help option for accessing the documentation on the WoodWing Help Center.
Figure: The "Elvis" menu contains options for connecting to and working with Elvis.
- Options to the Links panel. The following entries are added for displaying in the panel:
From the panel menu, choose Panel Options...
- Elvis Path. The path of the linked file on Elvis Server.
- Elvis ID. The Elvis ID of the linked file.
- Elvis Url. The URL to the Elvis object of the linked file.
Figure: The Elvis options in the Links Panel Options dialog.
Figure: The Links panel with Elvis options shown in the Link Info pane.
- An About Elvis Plug-ins... option in the InDesign menu (on Mac OS X) or Help menu (on Windows). This will display which version of the Elvis InDesign client plug-in is installed.