Em DocsFlow brings the collaborative editing power of Google Docs to InDesign, providing dynamic linking from any InDesign story to a target Google Docs document, along with the almost magical ability to re-weave any Google Docs document changes into the linked story, on update. The breakthrough concept embodied by DocsFlow is to marry freely-available and popular web-based editing tools (Google Docs for now) to InDesign, giving you a zero-cost per-seat editorial workflow solution that is extraordinarily easy to manage. And using DocsFlow means you need no special resources to build, maintain or learn the editorial side (which is just Google Docs). Further, DocsFlow builds on the built-in InDesign story linking machinery to avoid any learning curve on the design side. With DocsFlow, both the InDesign story and the Google Docs (GDocs, below) document can be edited independently, and the links palette will show you the status of both at any point. When the GDocs document is edited, you'll see the link's status change to "modified" (showing a yellow alert icon), and you can update the story from GDocs with a double-click on the icon. Any changes on the GDocs side are merged into the the story, even if the latter has been changed. After each update, you can open the story editor with change marks showing, to see who changed what. Most of the text-level formatting in the GDocs document will import naturally, and GDocs block-level styles are mapped automatically to InDesign styles. GDocs comments import as InDesign notes.
What is new in this release:
- Fixes the Edit menu to display Undo Import rather than Undo Link Text Files after importing a Google Docs document. (InDesign CC and later only)
- Fixes a problem where deleting tables in a story could prevent the story from being updated.
- Works around a Google Drive problem where placing or updating a document could sometimes result in a “Download link is missing” error.
- Fixes a problem introduced with the 2.9.1 release where placing or updating a document could sometimes cause InDesign to shut down.
- Fixes a problem introduced with the 2.9.1 release where a Place might need to download the Google Docs document more than once.
- Fixes a long-standing problem where an uncommunicative Google server could result in a modified link’s status being shown as unmodified. Now, when no response is received from Google, the link status is marked as “pending” instead of being left as-is.
What is new in version 2.6:
- Adds support for InDesign CC 2015. The CC 2015 plug-in requires a valid DocsFlow CC 2015-level license. Please contact our sales department to purchase an upgrade license from a pre-CC 2015 plug-in or to see if you qualify for a free upgrade.
Abandons Adobe’s Extension Manager CC application as the preferred means of installing CC plug-ins. Because Adobe has deprecated Extension Manager, and, more importantly, because the latest Extension Manager update appears to break installation with zxp files altogether (not that it was ever all that reliable), we have decided to move away from Extension Manager and zxp-based installs.
While we work on creating our own, custom installers, we will be providing our CC plug-ins as manual installations. What this means is that you will need to select the download link in the sidebar that’s appropriate for your OS (Mac OS or Windows), expand the downloaded zip file, and then drag files out of the archive and drop them your InDesign app’s Plug-ins folder (for which you’ll need administrative privileges).
Step-by-step installation instructions are included in the readme within the archive.
On Windows, please pay particular attention to whether you’re installing into a 32- or 64-bit application as indicated in InDesign’s About dialog (it shows x32 after the version number for a 32-bit application, x64 for 64-bit). In the download, we’ve included both 32- and 64-bit plug-ins for CC, but only 64-bit plug-ins, the default, for CC 2014 and CC 2015. Please contact support if you find you need the 32-bit plug-ins.
What is new in version 2.4.2:
- Fixes a problem where updating a story containing anchored, linked pictures or text could damage the DocsFlow connection and result in a "missing base snapshot" error.
- Fixes a problem where updating a DocsFlow story would damage the connection of any DocsFlow-managed stories anchored within that story. With this fix, nested, anchored DocsFlow (or WordsFlow, for that matter) content is now supported. For example, an imported Google Docs sheet could now be anchored within a placed Google Docs document such that both the sheet and the document would be linked and either could be updated.
- Fixes a problem where a DocsFlow-managed story placed from a snippet, library, or an IDML file would always have a Story Status of "Text Modified".
- Fixes a problem where exporting a story with any last-line justification applied could fail with an "Unhandled exception (KeyError)" message.
- Fixes a problem where the "damaged" DocsFlow frame badge would only display if the story hadn't been edited.
What is new in version 2.4.1:
Fixes the drag'n'drop of documents from a local Google Drive folder.
What is new in version 2.4:
- Introduces a new, fully functional Pro-product trial mode with a 15-day evaluation period to replace our old feature-limited (single link) demo mode.
DocsFlow no longer asks for a license when InDesign is started; instead, DocsFlow now asks for a license only when it is first used. If no license is provided, your 15-day trial will begin. You'll then have 15 days to try all of DocsFlow's features in your fully functional, Pro-level trial.
Your DocsFlow trial will provide you with an opportunity to purchase (Get License will take you to our online store) and enter a license code once per day. You can purchase or enter a license code at any time during the trial, without re-downloading or re-installing DocsFlow, using the trial's License... menu.
You can check on your remaining evaluation balance at any time by bringing up DocsFlow's About dialog.
- Works around a Google Docs bug with numbered lists in exported text where the numbering reset was only affecting the first item.
- Fixes a problem introduced in 2.3.1 where merged cells within tables could be split for no apparent reason.
- Fixes a problem where cell styling could be lost during an update in rare situations.
What is new in version 2.3.1:
- Improves compatibility with OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) when signing in with a browser. (OS X only)
- Fixes a problem where the My Drive folder could wander into the Incoming folder on non-English accounts.
- Fixes a problem where updating an InDesign story would ignore content that had been added to formerly-empty table cells.
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