Our connector for Adobe InDesign CC allows you to easily access and place images directly from within QBank DAM into any InDesign document, using InDesign CC 2021. When you are finished, you can save the document back into QBank DAM. This article describes the setup and functionality of the Adobe InDesign connector.
Our QBank Adobe CC Indesign Plugin supports the following Adobe Indesign versions.
- Adobe CC Indesign 2020
- Adobe CC Indesign 2021
QBank will provide you with Indesign Plugin Package that has already been configured to connect to your instance of QBank DAM.
Setup and installation
Installation Files for both Windows and Mac OS are provided.
- Download Anastasiy's Extension Manager from https://install.anastasiy.com/ and install it. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP if you already have Anastasiy Extension Manager installed, always pick the latest available version.
- After the Anastasiy Extension Manager is installed, you can drop the QBank Installer .zxp file that QBank provided you with into Anastasiy Extension Manager's Window. After a few moments, you will see the successfull installation message.
- Open Window Explorer -> Go to ProgramFiles -> Choose Adobe Indesign -> In the Plug-Ins folder, Create a folder QBank-DAM and Place all the content from .zip file inside the QBank-DAM folder.
MAC OS Installation
- Run the QBank Panel for Adobe.pkg and follow the steps in the installation wizard.
- Run the QBank Plugin for Indesign 20201.pkg and follow the steps in the installation wizard
After installation, you should see "QBank-DAM" in the title menu of Adobe InDesign.
I have installed the plugin, but I cannot see any assets (white screen in connector)?
Most likely this is due to connectivity issues between your computer and QBank due to firewall or antivirus policies. Please consult with your IT department.
Set up the panel options (one time only)
Open panel options under links and make sure the two QBank checkboxes are checked.
Import QBank Assets into Indesign(Open from QBank)
The plugin connects to QBank using a service account. The rights and access of that account controls what assets you will see when you open the mediapicker. Click on Open from QBank to launch the mediapicker. To use an image stored in QBank, just drag and drop the image from the mediapicker directly into the work area of your document.
When you place in image from QBank DAM, a proxy version of the image will be used in a lower resolution than the originally stored image. You can mix images from your local harddisk as well as images from QBank. In the links panel, images that are placed from QBank DAM will have a corresponding QBank-logotype next to them (see below).
Save document to QBank
If you want to store the InDesign document in QBank after you have worked on it, simply select the "Save document to QBank" option. InDesign will automatically transfer the file, as well as any locally sourced images and import them into QBank DAM. In addition, a low-resolution PDF file will be generated and grouped together with the asset.
(Uploading back an InDesign document to QBank DAM is optional.)
Switching between low- and high-resolution links
When you are finished with your document, and would like to send it for print, you first need to switch to high-resolution links. Select the "High-res" option and the plugin will automatically replace each low-res image with its high-resolution counterpart. After that, follow normal procedures to generate a PDF for print.
When working in low-resolution, you can send only the INDD file to anyone who also has the plugin installed, no need to include all the images since low-resolution images are linked directly to QBank DAM.
Fetch the latest Assets from QBank
You are working on an Indesign document and the linked assets in QBankDAM are updated. E.g a new version of the assets is available. You would also like to update the local asset in Indesign to get the latest version of the asset. You can just click on ‘Check for New Media’ from QBankDAM Menu. The assets that require an update will have a red mark (QBank icon) on their right side in the link panels as shown in the following screenshot. The connector allows you to update each asset separately. Double click on the QBank icon of the assets that you want to update and it will pop-up a confirmation message.