Adobe InDesign

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The industry-leading page design and layout toolset lets you work across desktop and mobile devices to create, preflight and publish everything from printed books and brochures to digital magazines, iPad apps, eBooks and interactive online documents.



Available for CC 2014, CC 2015 and CC 2017.

This configurator drives Adobe InDesign. It is a processor that allows saving an InDesign job to PDF, or relink all images to an InDesign file. In addition it supports executing a custom JavaScript in InDesign, which allows automating most of the application's functionality from within Switch. The InDesign configurator supports incoming job folders in addition to individual files. In case of a job folder, the configurator expects that the folder contains a single InDesign file on its topmost level, and that all resources referred to from within the InDesign file reside in the job folder or in one of its (nested) subfolders. The "Package..." function in InDesign's File menu produces a folder that conforms to these requirements.

You can configure the Adobe InDesign configurator to run either 32 bit or 64 bit version of the application. Set the path of the application using the Set path to application option in the contextual menu of the configurator in the Flow Elements pane to the 32 bit or the 64 bit version of Adobe InDesign application.
When converting from 64 bit to 32 bit, make sure that the InDesign application is closed before setting the application path. 

Example flows

Enhance image quality with Elpical Claro and update links in InDesign

Input to this flow are the image files in TIFF format of which only RGB images will be processed by Elpical Claro in order to enhance the image quality. CYMK images will remain unchanged. The enhanced images are then used by the "Inject job" tool to trigger InDesign link update. After updating the links to the images in InDesign, the job files are saved under "Output" folder where you can also find the orignal RGB images in a subfolder.

Convert native layout documents to print-ready PDF files

Many production companies in graphic arts receive native page layout and illustration files from applications such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, QuarkXPress or even MS Word. Often these native-application files need to be converted to PDF for print production, distribution or other processes.

With this solution, Switch offers a single automated process where the native documents are automatically sorted to the right native application and a PDF file is produced serving a specific usage such as offset or digital printing (depending on the selected settings). As MS Word is not capable to create a print-ready PDF, PitStop Server is used to clean up the file ensuring black does not appear on all 4 plates, RGB images are correctly converted to CMYK, etc. 

In short, native jobs turn into print ready PDFs automatically and if there are any unsolvable problems detected, the final Preflight will stop the file from going directly into print.