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Update InDesign CC Plugins, a How-to

How to Update InDesign CC Plugins

InDesign CC plugins are useful. Updating Adobe InDesign CC (Creative Cloud) plugins is not always easy. It was interesting enough back in the Adobe CS (Creative Suite) days. Today, with Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) still in it’s infancy, it can be even trickier.

 InDesign CC Plugin File

In this how-to video, we show several real-life workflow scenarios. We will show you how to update Markzware products that are plugins for Adobe InDesign CC. The instructor will also exhibit how other third-party developers extensions update. Included in this instructional video are:

Watch below how to update your InDesign CC plugins:

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How to update InDesign CC plugins

Transcription of Update InDesign CC Plugins: InDesign CC plugins are a fact if life.
We get asked these sorts of questions all the time about updating InDesign CC plugins. For that matter, it could be CS6 or other versions. How can I update my InDesign plugins to work with CC? So, that’s what we’re going to cover here today. But not only just for Markzware products, but just in general, how a plugin works and how the updating process can work.

The process actually begins on your desktop. On the Macintosh, that would be up here, under this little Adobe icon, which is for Creative Cloud. And if you click there, you can then open the updater. You’ll see there are thirteen updates. And it will open the Adobe Application Manager. In Adobe Creative Cloud, an update could be a major upgrade, because you’re paying a subscription, yearly fee, and with that, you’re going to have the ability to… any update could be a drastic change. So, you’ll need to research carefully, perhaps, before you update or, perhaps, upgrade your plugins.

You could see here all the different versions that I have installed on this system. And you could drill down, for instance, under Adobe InDesign CC. You see exactly what the update entails, what the update’s about. For instance, this update installs new Typekit desktop fonts integration features, EPUB interactivity features and improvements to hyperlinks creation and management in InDesign CC. And you just click “Update”. After entering your password, the update begins.

Now, it should be warned that before updating anytime via the Adobe application manager, your applications, like Adobe InDesign, you should check the third-party developer’s web page to make sure that the third-party plugin, or extension, as Adobe now calls them, will work in the latest version of InDesign.

So, plugin developers, extension developers for Adobe, have to constantly be on the lookout for new changes from Adobe to make sure that their third-party plugins, or extensions, will work within InDesign. So, you will want to check first, for instance, with Markzware to make make sure that our plugins Q2ID or PDF2DTP will work properly within the latest so-called, quote unquote, “update” from Adobe Creative Cloud for InDesign.

Alright, so you just let that thing download here, the update, as they call it, and you’ll see what happens in a moment here. Alright, and then you see we get this. The following applications were successfully updated. So, everything InDesign CC, Premiere Pro, everything I have here. Also, a plugin to allow Photoshop Camera Raw 7. So, you can import the raw files right into Photoshop. So, now we’re up to date on the application side.

Now, we need to make sure that our plugins are still working, in this case, the Markzware PDF2DTP (PDF 2 ID) or Markzware Q2ID (convert Quark to InDesign). So, for that, we launch InDesign CC and we’re going to go in there and check it out. So, here we are in InDesign and we can check, in the Markzware case, our plugins under the Markzware menu item, up top here. And if we go there, we can see our products PDF2DTP and Q2ID. Convert PDF file. And we can choose a PDF file, click Open, get the Preferences. It’s all good signs, and it’ll start converting this 37-page PDF file.

So, our products are still working. I don’t need to update the plugin, from a necessity standpoint. I might need to check and update this plug-in from a practical standpoint. Is it, you know, any bug fixes or new features? Alright, so let’s look further at updating plugins in InDesign CC.

So, what you want to do, then, is go into your Applications folder on your Macintosh. Then, you want to cruise into your Adobe InDesign CC folder. I’ll get rid of that [other item]. And within the Adobe InDesign CC Application folder, what you’ll find is a Plug-ins folder. Go in there. You get a whole bunch of sub-folders.

Now, most of these folders and what’s inside of them, for instance, under Prepress, the Package and Preflight InDesign Plugin that comes from Adobe themselves. Now, of course, we recommend you use FlightCheck, the stand-alone application, so, you don’t have to worry about plugins. It’s just easy to use and it checks, preflights, and packages more than just InDesign. We’re talking also about Photoshop, and Illustrator, and QuarkXPress, and CorelDraw, and, well, pretty much you name it, even the resulting PDF.

But, in any event, here’s an example of a plugin, and when you do a Command-I on your Mac, what you get is the information on that individual plugin. So, we see the exact versioning, the copyright information, the location where we are, the size, etc. So, this is important, sometimes, to understand which version, because if there’s a newer version, you might want to update it.

In Adobe’s case, with Adobe’s plugins, they’re going to, more generally than not, are going to be updated when you go up here to the Adobe icon, which is now gone, because we’re up to date. When you update all of your Creative Suite elements, the plugins from Adobe themselves will also be updated, but the third-party plug-ins will not.

And an example of a third party plugin, if we go into Filters, and we go into Markzware, you’ll see our plugins here. They’re up here in InDesign. They’re under the Markzware folder. Plugins can also be invisible. They might not work, unless a certain function is applied in InDesign.

You don’t always have to have a third-party-named folder here. In this case, we do. But that can also be tricky, because people might think, well, everything will just update when I update my Creative Cloud and my InDesign CC. My Q2ID and my PDF2DTP will just work. That’s not actually true.

So, for instance, under Q2ID, under Help, you might want to go over to the support website. And, by the way, you can also see the versioning. We’ll go over to the Markzware Support website. So, you get further about what you might need to do, what you might need. Is the plugin up to date? Yes or no. You see, what  you get here, Q2ID Help, or under PDF2DTP Help, you’ll get the versioning. So, you can then check that out.

Now, in the Markzware case, the way you can get the latest version is you can always go back to your unique download URL, which you got at the time of purchase, re-download the installer, because it’s the only place the installer will be. It’s a private and personal unique installer. And that will always get you the latest version. So, you can always see right away and get to it that way. You don’t need to really contact Markzware, in this case. But the same thing.

The problem is they look exactly the same as the Adobe, Command-I. You see these are all Adobe plugins, but an Adobe Plugin file looks exactly the same, of course, as a Markzware Plugin file. They’re all actually Adobe-sanctioned plugins. So, if we click on PDF2DTP, the Command-I, you’ll see it looks very similar, but it is now copyrighted to Markzware. The easiest thing would be to run the installer again in most cases. In a lot of other cases, the third-party developers need to take this out and drag in the new version of the plugin.

And when you restart InDesign, that new version will kick in. So, it’s that easy to update your plugins, in effect. It just can be a little bit confusing to see which are third-party and which are not. Even though, you see most of them are going to be Adobe.

Here was a recent article on 15 time-saving InDesign plugins. And what you’ll read is that, although InDesign is great, there are these third-party plugins, which will help you save time on common tasks that become a bit of a chore to do manually. They made a list and one of them, down here, is Markzware’s Q2ID [Quark to InDesign]. And that’s pretty cool, but there’s a bunch of other ones here. You can get a good idea from some good plugins you might need to use. And the way you update them would be very similar.

Now, if you go to any other third-party developer, they’re all going to have different ways of displaying the information, because they’re all third-party, individual. So, here you can download the latest version. Then, we go in there, when it’s done downloading, what they’ve included is a special download file, which automatically links to Adobe Extension Manager, an interesting way of allowing you to update and install any third-party plug-in, the EM software, how they do that, how that works.

Other plugins can also be updated directly through that Extensions Manager, as you can read here. In a nutshell, that’s how you can update plugins. There’s no one way for all plugins. Adobe InDesign plug-ins will be updated automatically when you do a Creative Cloud update, if you so choose so. Third-party plugins will be updated in various methods, from semi-automatic to automatic to completely manually.

So, this has been David Dilling from Markzware on how to update your plugins for Adobe InDesign CC. We hope this has been helpful, and that you can now get further on with your work, and wishing you a fantastic day! Take care.

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How-to Update InDesign CC Plugins, by Markzware.