Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) Assets uses:
These can cover a wide variety of tasks; for example, using an Adobe InDesign Server to process files.
To fully upload files to AEM Assets that you have created with Adobe InDesign a proxy is used. This uses a proxy worker to communicate with the Adobe InDesign Server, where scripts are run to extract metadata and generate various renditions for AEM Assets. The proxy worker enables the two-way communication between the InDesign Server and the AEM instance(s) in a cloud configuration.
Adobe InDesign comes as two products:
This allows you design page layouts for print and/or digital distribution.
This engine enables you to programmatically create automated documents based on what you have created with InDesign. It operates as a service offering an interface to its ExtendScript engine.
The InDesign Server can be integrated with AEM Assets so that files created with InDesign (
.indd) can be uploaded, renditions generated, all media extracted (for example, video) and stored as assets:
Previous versions of AEM were able to extract XMP and the thumbnail, now all media can be extracted.
.indd file to AEM Assets.
A framework sends command script(s) to the InDesign Server via SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol).
This command script will:
Execute InDesign Server commands:
Post the resulting files back to AEM Assets.
If the InDesign Server is not installed or not configured, then you can still upload an
.indd file into AEM. However the renditions generated will be limited to
jpeg, you will not be able to generate
idml or the page renditions.
After the extraction and rendition generation:
cq:Page(type of rendition).
To integrate the InDesign Server for use with AEM Assets and after configuring your proxy, you need to:
If required, configure the AEM Assets Workflow.
This is only necessary if the default values are not appropriate for your instance.
Configure a proxy worker for the InDesign Server.
To install and start the InDesign Server for use with AEM:
Download and install the Adobe InDesign Server.
InDesign Server (CS6 and higher).
If required, you can customize the configuration of your InDesign Server instance.
From the command line, start the server:
<*ids-installation-dir*>/InDesignServer.com -port 8080
This will start the server with the SOAP plugin listening on port 8080. All log messages and output are written directly to the command window.
If you want to save the output messages to a file then use redirection; for example, under Windows:
<ids-installation-dir>/InDesignServer.com -port 8080 > ~/temp/INDD-logfile.txt 2>&1
AEM Assets has a pre-configured workflow DAM Update Asset, that has several process steps specifically for InDesign:
This workflow is setup with default values that can be adapted for your setup on the various author instances (this is a standard workflow, so further information is available under Editing a Workflow). If you are using the default values (including the SOAP port), then no configuration is needed.
After the setup, uploading InDesign files into AEM Assets (by any of the usual methods) will trigger the workflow required to process the asset and prepare the various renditions. Test your configuration by uploading an
.indd file into AEM Assets to confirm that you see the different renditions created by IDS under
This step controls the extraction of media from the
To customize, you can edit Arguments tab of the Media Extraction step.
Media extraction arguments and script paths
ExtendScript library: This is a simple http get/post method library, required by the other scripts.
Extend Scripts: You can specify different script combinations here. If you want your own scripts to be executed on the InDesign Server, save the scripts at
For information about Indesign scripts see https://www.adobe.com/devnet/indesign/documentation.html#idscripting.
Do not change the ExtendScript library. The library provides the HTTP functionality required to communicate with Sling. This setting specifies the library to be send to the Adobe InDesign Server for use there.
ThumbnailExport.jsx script run by the Media Extraction workflow step generates a thumbnail rendition in .jpg format. This rendition is used by the Process Thumbnails workflow step to generate the static renditions required by AEM.
You can configure the Process Thumbnails workflow step to generate static renditions at different sizes. Ensure that you do not remove the defaults, because they are required by the AEM Assets UI. Finally, the Delete Image Preview Rendition workflow step removes the .jpg thumbnail rendition, as it is no longer needed.
This creates an AEM page from the extracted elements. An extraction handler is used to extract data from a rendition (currently HTML or IDML). This data is then used to create a page using the PageBuilder.
To customize, you can edit the Arguments tab of the Page Extraction step.
Page Extraction Handler: From the drop down list, select the handler that you want to use. An extraction handler operates on a specific rendition, chosen by a related
RenditionPicker (see the
ExtractionHandler API). By default, IDML Export Extraction Handler is available. It operates on the
IDML rendition generated in the MediaExtract step.
Page Name: Specify the name you want to have assigned to the resulting page. If left blank then the name is “page” (or a derivative if “page” already exists).
Page Title: Specify the title you want to have assigned to the resulting page.
Page Root Path: The path to the root location of the resulting page. If left blank the node holding the asset’s renditions is used.
Page Template: The template to use when generating the resulting page.
Page Design: The page design to be used when generating the resulting page.
The worker resides on the proxy instance.
In the Tools console, expand Cloud Services Configurations in the left pane. Then expand Cloud Proxy Configuration.
Double-click the IDS worker to open for configuration.
Click Edit to open the configuration dialog and define the required settings:
Click OK to save.
If the InDesign server and AEM run on different hosts or either or both these applications do not run on default ports, configure Day CQ Link Externalizer to set the host name, port, and content path for the InDesign server.
Access Configuration Manager at the URL
Locate the configuration Day CQ Link Externalizer, and click the Edit icon to open it.
Specify the host name and context path for the Indesign server and click Save.
You can now enable parallel job processing for IDS.
First you need to determine the maximum number of parallel jobs (
x) an InDesign Server can process:
To configure the number of parallel IDS jobs:
Open the Configurations tab of the Felix Console; for example:
Select the IDS processing queue under:
Apache Sling Job Queue Configuration
<*x*>(as calculated above)
Save these changes.
To enable the multi-session support for Adobe CS6 and late, check the
enable.multisession.name checkbox under
If there are multiple machines running InDesign Servers, add SOAP endpoints (number of processors per machine -1) for each machine.
When working with pool of workers, you can enable blocked list of IDS workers.
To do so, enable the “enable.retry.name” checkbox, under the
com.day.cq.dam.ids.impl.IDSJobProcessor.name configuration, which enables IDS job retrials.
Also, under the
com.day.cq.dam.ids.impl.IDSPoolImpl.name configuration, set a positive value for
max.errors.to.blacklist parameter which determines number of job retrials before barring an IDS from the job handlers list
By default, after the configurable (
retry.interval.to.whitelist.name) time in minutes the IDS worker is revalidated. If the worker is found online, it is removed from the blocked list.
For InDesign server 10.0 or higher, perform the following steps to enable multi-session support.
For InDesign Server integration with Assets, use a multi-core processor because the session support feature necessary for the integration is not supported on single core systems.
You can change the default administrator credentials (user name and password) for accessing the InDesign server from your AEM instance without breaking the integration with the Adobe InDesign server.