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Defining a custom Smart Connection folder for storing temporary Server files

Defining a custom Smart Connection folder for storing temporary Server files

When a file that is stored in Enterprise is opened in InDesign or InCopy, it is temporarily saved in a sub folder in the user’s documents folder so that it can be edited.

For sites that are using roaming profiles where the user’s folder is located on a server, this results in a degraded performance as the file is transferred at least 3 times across the network.

For such scenarios a custom local folder can be defined in which the files are stored:

Info: The information presented here applies to the following versions of Smart Connection:

  • Smart Connection 9
  • Smart Connection for Adobe CC
  • Smart Connection for Adobe CC 2014
  • File: WWSettings.xml file
  • Name of option: UseCustomBaseFolder
  • Location: anywhere between the <Settings> </Settings> tags
  • Value: the path to the local folder
  • Example:

For Mac OS


For Windows


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

Take note of the following:

  • The path is shared with all users using the computer. Using this setting in combination with the Offline Documents setting will lead to confusion and can cause potential problems. Use with care.
  • Using the ‘~’ character to point to a folder in the user’s home directory is not supported.
  • (Mac OS) When using this option, make sure that the folder is not indexed by Spotlight. This can be done by changing the Spotlight preferences or by adding '.noindex' to the folder name.

The most useful known folders are:

  • FOLDERID_Desktop
  • FOLDERID_Downloads
  • FOLDERID_LocalAppData
  • FOLDERID_LocalAppDataLow
  • FOLDERID_ProgramData
  • FOLDERID_Public
  • FOLDERID_PublicDocuments
  • FOLDERID_UsersFiles


The option


maps to:

C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Local\WoodWing

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