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 the 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, you know, 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, or Markzware Q2ID
for 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.InDesignPlugin
and that comes from Adobe themselves. Now, of course, we recommend
you use FlightCheck, the stand-alone application, so, you know, 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, you know, 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 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, you know, 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. You know they made
a list and one of them, down here, is Markzware’s Q2ID. And that’s, you know, 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,
would be, you know, 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 it’s a… 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 plugin, the EM software, how they, 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 plug-ins 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.