Adobe Asset Link provides creative users with the ability to browse, search, check out, and check in assets stored in AEM Assets using the in-app panel in InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Get introduced to Adobe Asset Link panel’s UI and its capabilities.
Hi there. In this video let’s take a quick look at some of the features and options within the Adobe Asset Link panel for a creative user. Adobe Asset Link streamlines collaboration between creative professionals and marketers in the content creation process. It connects Adobe Experience Manager Assets with the Creative Cloud desktop applications like InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. The Adobe Asset Link panel allows creatives to access and modify content stored in AEM Assets without leaving the apps they’re most familiar with. Let’s get started and let’s launch Adobe Photoshop from your system. From the product toolbar options, choose window and then select extensions. From the extensions menu, select Adobe Asset Link panel. If everything looks good, you should be able to view the Adobe Asset Link panel open up within your application. Let’s explore some of the operations you can perform using the panel. At any point, if you do not see the panel or if it is hidden for some reason, you can always access the panel from the top toolbar by navigating to Windows extension and then select Adobe Asset Link panel. Let’s click on the hamburger menu within the panel and explore the list of options. Help points to the Adobe Asset Link documentation and has pretty good information about how to use the extension. If you need to know what version of extension you are currently using, select the about the extension and it displays the version number. If you are not on the latest version, you can reach out to your admin for updating the version. And they can do it for you without you having to do any additional configuration. Creatives often work with different organizations and they need to manage all their projects within their Creative Cloud application. What that means for a creative user is that they need to switch between multiple AEM Assets environment for respective organization or for the respective project. With the manage AEM environments option, a creative user can manage all the AEM Assets environment in one place, and easily switch between them. Adding a new AEM Assets environment is quite easy. You need to have the URL and the name for your environment. The environment name is customizable and can be modified later. Creative users needs to check out an AEM Asset before making changes to them. During such a checkout operation, a user decides whether to save all the work-in-progress for an asset within your Creative Cloud files or in your local hard disk. All right, now let’s check out some of the other panel options. For quickly searching files, you can use this search field. Type a keyword in the search field and press Enter. A search query gets executed against the AEM Assets environment and your Creative Cloud assets. All assets that match the search keyword gets displayed under separate tabs based on their source. We perform the search from the panel at the root level of files. The same search conducted at a folder level inside AEM Assets might yield different results. When searching, you can either refine the search location to a specific folder in AEM Assets, or you can perform a search across entire AEM Assets. Search results can be sorted alphabetically, by size, or by last modified. You can further filter the search result using file types, and/or by a last modified date. For the date range, you can select either from one of the predefined presets or provide a custom date range. Within the panel, you also have an option to view your current file directory. You can quickly jump from the current directory to any of its higher folder directories by using the dropdown field. Based on how you want to view your files, you can switch between a list view, a grid view or a gallery view. I like the list view when I want to view more of the metadata associated with the file and choose a grid view or gallery view for viewing the assets as it provides a broader view of the asset itself. At the bottom of the screen, you have an option to perform a refresh to get the latest files from the AEM Assets environment. If you have an open document in your Creative Cloud application and you want to upload the file to a specific folder from your local system, you can navigate to the desired destination folder using the panel, and then use the upload file operation. Let’s click on an asset file and select the context menu. The context menu displays various activities available on this asset. You can check out an asset and make changes to an asset. The check-in option is available for an asset when you’re ready to commit your changes to AEM Assets.
You can download a copy of the asset or get more details about the asset than what’s shown in the panel.
You can also perform a place copy operation, which adds a copy of the asset to your Creative Cloud applications file. Or, you can also find assets that are very similar to the current asset that you are interested in.
From your Adobe Asset Link home screen panel, you can also get a quick glimpse of some of the assets that you have checked out, making it easier to find the files that you’re currently working on. I hope I was able to give you a good enough description of some of the features and options within the Adobe Asset Link panel for a creative user. -