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Adding applications installed on the system to Content Station 9

Adding applications installed on the system to Content Station 9

Any application that is installed on the system can be added to Content Station as a shortcut to access that application.

Tip: Adding a application this way makes it readily available and saves you from having to look for it outside of Content Station.

Note: Opening installed applications this way requires Enterprise Agent to be running.

Such Applications appear by their own icon or a custom icon on the Home page:

The InDesign icon as an application on the Home page

Figure: External Applications are represented by their own icon or a custom icon, such as the icon for InDesign CS6 shown here

Installed applications are added to Content Station by defining them between the <Apps> </Apps> tags of the WWSettings.xml file.

The following syntax is used:

<App name="name" location="application path" parameters="-nologin{USERNAME}" icon="{SERVER_URL}application path icon/">

  • App name is the name that appears with the icon on the Home page and as the name in the Tabs menu
  • location is the full path to the application, (On Mac OS, this needs to go down to the Contents folder, see example below)
  • parameters are values used for accessing Enterprise Server:
  • {USERNAME} is the username for the user as defined on the system (filled in automatically)
  • icon is the path to a custom icon stored on the server. When not defined, the default icon is used.
  • {SERVER_URL} is the path to Enterprise Server (filled in automatically)
  • Application path icon is the path to the icon to appear for the application in the Application pane.

Note: Make sure of the following:

  • The icon should be stored in the Enterprise Server directory "/config/images/appicons"
  • The file format should be PNG or JPG
  • The maximum dimension should be 32x32 pixels


Link to InDesign CS6 on Mac OS:

<App name="InDesign CS6" location="/Applications/Adobe InDesign CS6/Adobe InDesign CS6.app/Contents/MacOS/Adobe InDesign CS6" parameters="-nologin{USERNAME}" icon="{SERVER_URL}config/icons/applications/indesign_icon.png"/>

Link to InDesign CS6 on Windows:

<App name="InDesign CS6" location="C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CS6\InDesign.exe" parameters="-nologin{USERNAME}" icon="{SERVER_URL}config/icons/applications/indesign_icon.png"/>

Important: Make sure to validate the WWSettings.xml file for correct content. See Validating the WWSettings.xml file.

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