Update Adobe InDesign CS5 plugins
Learn what a plugin is and how to update your InDesign CS5 plugins in this how-to from Markzware:
How to Update Adobe InDesign CS5 plugins. Today, were going to learn how to update those Adobe InDesign CS5 plugins, but first of all, what is a plugin? We read here, “The InDesign plug-in modules are software programs developed by Adobe Systems, and by other software developers, working in conjunction with Adobe, to add FEATURES to Adobe Software… importing, exporting, automation, and special-effects plugins come with your program and are… installed in the Plug-Ins folder. In fact, most of the features you see in InDesign are provided by plugins. ” Source
Let’s go look at that over there in the Adobe InDesign applications folder now. OK, so here we are on our Mac in the “Applications” folder. Here I can see and go into the folder, Adobe InDesign CS5. Inside of the folder “Adobe InDesign CS5″ we see several other folders… One of which is the “Plug-Ins” folder just mentioned in the help page from Adobe themselves.
If we click on the CS5 Plugins folder, we see inside several sub-folders with regards to plugins. So how do we get Adobe InDesign plugins? How do we add features and functions to Adobe InDesign without bugging Adobe themselves?
Let’s go to a company’s site, an Adobe third-party developer who makes plugins. Markzware at markzware.com.
Plugin developer, Markzware, makes several plugins and extensions
for InDesign and other DTP or Desktop Publishing applications:
Let’s go into one Adobe InDesign CS5 plugin, in particular, which is Q2ID v5.5 (Quark to InDesign plugin). There we can read that Q2ID imports Quark files into InDesign. Q2ID will open Quark files in InDesign. So this is a handy CS5 plugin. We can buy Q2ID now. Once we get this plugin product, we’ll install it and show you how the plugin looks within the Adobe InDesign CS5 plug-ins folder.
Here is an example of an Adobe InDesign CS5 plugin. You see the “.InDesignPlugin” gives it away as an Adobe CS5 plugin. We see different versions of InDesign plugins, as well (CS5.5, CS4). Let’s go add this Q2ID plugin into our InDesign folder. Under or within the Plugins, and then the “Filters” folder, and see how that works.
OK, so now we have used the third-party developer’s installer from Markzware to install the plugin. In this case, we will go into “Filters” within the “Plugins” folder, and we’ll see in there several other plugins. You will notice that they all have the “.InDesignPlugin” extension. You will see that one of those plugins is the one we just showed you from Markzware, the Q2ID v5.5 plugin for CS5 (InDesign). This plugin will now show-up within our Adobe InDesign CS5 application.
That is how you can update Adobe InDesign CS5 plugins. By re-installing a version of that plugin. In this case, we did a fresh install. Alright, so how does a plugin look inside of InDesign CS5?
So, here we are within InDesign CS5, where you will see updated InDesign CS5 plugins. Installation location depends on the software developer or manufacturer. Built-in, InDesign CS5 plugins can work in the background within InDesign. Markzware, in this case, adds a “Markzware” menu item up top in the InDesign menu items. So, you see this updated InDesign CS5 plugin shows up right within InDesign from Adobe.
This has been how to update InDesign CS5 plugins. I hope this tutorial has been helpful. It is quite a simple process. You must go to the developer’s, or to Adobe’s, web page. Find the updated version of that plugin and do a fresh install, update or re-install the product.
Plugins are useful and can help you to enhance Adobe InDesign. (Q2ID v5.5 graph showing how this plugin provides an ROI of MORE than 1,000%!) Saving you even more time and money. This is David Dilling from Markzware on How to Update Adobe InDesign CS5 plugins.
How to Update Adobe InDesign CS5 plugins!