Adobe Experience Manager assets can be used by designers and creative users within their favorite Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications.
Adobe Asset Link extension for Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise extends the capability to search and browse, sort, preview, upload assets, check out, modify, check-in and view metadata of AEM assets within Creative Cloud applications.
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The following video illustrates a common workflow used by creatives working in Adobe Creative Cloud applications, and integrating directly with AEM using Adobe Asset Link.
Adobe Asset Link integrates with AEM Assets and Assets Essentials.
Adobe Asset Link auto-configures connection to cloud-based AEM environments (AEM Assets as a Cloud Service and Assets Essentials)
Adobe Asset Link is an extension that works within Adobe Creative Cloud applications:
Automatic authentication to AEM using their Adobe Enterprise ID or Federated ID
Browse and search for digital assets in AEM
Access file details for assets residing in AEM from with the panel:
Place, download or drag-n-drop assets into their layout
Modify assets by checking them out from AEM and working on them (WIP) within their Creative Cloud Assets account
Check an asset back into AEM after they have finished modifying it, and the new version will be reflected in AEM
Search for assets in AEM from the Adobe Asset Link In-App panel
Browse AEM Assets collections and smart collections directly from the Asset Link panel
Add newly created assets to AEM directly from the panel
Drag-and-drop assets directly into InDesign frames
Adobe Asset Link provides InDesign direct linking support between Adobe Asset Link and AEM. With InDesign direct linking support, you can place (Place Linked or Place Copy) or drag-n-drop digital assets into InDesign from AEM via the Adobe Asset Link panel. Also, introduces the *For Placement Only+ (FPO) rendition.
Use your Adobe Creative Cloud Enterprise ID or Federated ID only. Make sure you configure AEM for Adobe Asset Link.
You can place an asset to your InDesign layout using one of the below options:
Place Copy - Embedding an asset (using the Place Copy option) places a copy of the original asset into your InDesign layout after downloading the binaries to your local system. Adobe Asset Link does not maintain any link between the embedded copy and the original asset. If the original asset is modified in AEM, you must delete the embedded asset from the InDesign file, and re-embed the asset from AEM.
Place Linked - When working with InDesign documents, you have the option to reference the assets from AEM in addition to directly embedding the assets (using the Place Copy option in the context menu). Referencing assets lets you collaborate with other users and incorporate any updates made to the original asset in AEM. To reference an asset from AEM, use the Place Linked option in the context menu.
When large asset files are placed into InDesign Documents from AEM using Adobe Asset Link, creatives users need to wait for few seconds after initiating the place operation. This impacts the overall user experience. With Adobe Asset Link you can temporarily place a low resolution image of the original asset from AEM, thereby reducing the time taken to place an image. At the same time, it increases the overall user experience and productivity. The lower resolution image is placed temporarily and when the final output is required for printing or publishing, you need to replace the FPO renditions with the originals. If you want to replace multiple FPO images with respective original images, navigate to Windows > Links panel and then download the original assets. After the original images are downloaded, choose Replace all FPO’s With Originals.
FPO renditions are lightweight substitutes of the original assets. They have the same aspect ratio, but are of smaller size compared to the original images. Currently, InDesign supports importing FPO renditions for the following image types only:
If an FPO rendition is not available for a specific asset in AEM, the original high-resolution asset is referenced instead. For FPO images, the status FPO is displayed in the InDesign Links panel.
How Adobe Asset Link authentication works in the context of Adobe Identity Management Services (IMS) and Adobe Experience Manager Author.
Upon expiry of login token, Steps 1-5 will automatically invoke, authenticating the Adobe Asset Link extension using the Bearer token, and re-issues a new, valid login token.