Assets for InDesign is a plug-in that connects InDesign and InDesign Server to Assets Server.
In this article, the process of installing and uninstalling the plug-in in InDesign is described.
For connecting to Assets Server, a separate user license is required. For details, see About Assets Server licenses.
Upgrading from Elvis for InDesign
When installing Assets for InDesign on a system on which Elvis for InDesign is already installed, it is advised to first uninstall Elvis for InDesign. Both products are technically the same and it can be confusing to have both installed simultaneously.
For details, see Uninstalling the InDesign plug-in.
Step 1. Download the installer from the Client Install page.
Do one of the following:
- From the Avatar menu in Assets, choose Install clients.
- For systems on which Assets Server is installed, access the Assets Server launcher and click Client install page.
- Enter the following URL in a Web browser:
<Assets Server URL>/install/
Step 2. Installing the plug-in can be done in the following ways:
- By manually running the installer. This method is aimed at end users who want to install the plug-in on their system.
- By running the installer via a command prompt. (Windows only) This method is aimed at system administrators who want to remotely control software installations.
Step 1. Double-click the installer and follow the steps on screen.
Step 2. When done, click Close to close the installer.
Info: This method is available for Windows only.
Step 1. Make the installer available in a central location.
Step 2. Use the following command to perform the installation:
msiexec.exe /i "<path to installer>" /QN ADDLOCAL=<name of plug-in to install> <application ID>_PATH="<path to application>"
The following parameters are used:
- ADDLOCAL: The name of the version of InDesign into which the plug-in needs to be installed.
- application ID_PATH: The ID and path of the InDesign application into which the plug-in needs to be installed. Use ID for InDesign and IDS for InDesign Server.
Example: Here, the plug-in is installed for InDesign 2020:
msiexec.exe /i "C:\Assets InDesign.msi" /QN ADDLOCAL=InDesign2020 ID2020_PATH="C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe InDesign 2020"
Note: Installations for multiple applications can be run simultaneously. Here, the plug-in is installed in InDesign 2020 and InDesign CC 2019:
msiexec.exe /i "C:\Assets InDesign.msi" /QN ADDLOCAL=InDesign2020,InDesignCC2019 ID2020_PATH="C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe InDesign 2020" ID2019_PATH="C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CC 2019"
- Log file. A log file can optionally be generated by adding the following:
/L*V "<path and file name>.log"
Example: /L*V "c:\tmp\elvis_install.log"
Using the InDesign client requires a Standard or Pro license. Make sure that:
- Sufficient licenses are assigned in Assets Server
- The user or user group has this license type assigned
When using MacOS 10.14 Mojave or higher, make sure that the following security settings are set:
Step 1. In System Preferences > Security & Privacy, select Automation.
Step 2. In the list, locate AssetsInDesign and make sure that the check boxes for Finder and Adobe InDesign are selected.
InDesign Server startup
When the plug-in is used in InDesign Server, the Assets Server credentials need to be passed as arguments in the start-up command of InDesign Server. This should look as follows:
InDesignServer -port <port_number> -elvisserver "<elvis_server_url" -elvisusername "<elvis_username>" -elvispassword "<elvis_password>"
A sample start-up command is:
InDesignServer -port 18383 -elvisserver "http://elvis.woodwing.net" -elvisusername "username" -elvispassword "password"
To see if the log-in to Assets was successful, verify the console.
During installation, plug-ins are installed in the following locations:
- InDesign folder > Plug-ins > Elvis1
- InDesign folder > Plug-ins > WoodWing
1 Not applicable to InDesign 2022 or higher.
To make it possible to open layouts directly from Assets, the following file is installed:
- On Windows: C:\ProgramData\WoodWing\ElvisInDesign.vbs
- On macOS: /Applications/ElvisInDesign
Components added to InDesign
After installation, the following components will have been added to InDesign:
- A 'WoodWing Assets' entry in the main menu. It contains options for connecting to and working with Assets for InDesign as well as a Help option for accessing the documentation on the WoodWing Help Center.
Figure: The WoodWing Assets menu contains options for connecting to Assets Server and working with Assets for InDesign.
- Options to the Links panel. The following entries are added for displaying in the panel:
From the panel menu, choose Panel Options...
- WoodWing Assets ID. The ID of the linked file in Assets Server.
- WoodWing Assets Path. The path of the linked file on Assets Server.
- WoodWing Assets Server URL. The URL to the linked file in Assets Server.
Figure: The options in the Links Panel Options dialog.
Figure: The Links panel with Assets options shown in the Link Info pane.
- An About WoodWing Assets for InDesign... option in the InDesign menu (on MacOS) or Help menu (on Windows). This will display which version of the plug-in is installed.
Uninstalling the plug-in
To uninstall the plug-in, do the following:
- On Windows: In Add/Remove programs, choose WoodWing Assets for InDesign and select to remove it.
- On macOS: Run the following file: InDesign folder > Uninstall WoodWing Assets for InDesign plug-ins.
- 26 October 2021: Updated section 'Installed components' with a footnote about InDesign 2022.