Silicon Connector for Box enables Adobe Creative Cloud workflows

Box as a DAM

Box offers Cloud storage and file sharing services that enable individuals and businesses to securely share and distribute content. Due to enhanced security and ease of use, some say that it is evolving into a de facto DAM solution for many users, including creatives and art agencies.

Link your files in Box to InDesign

Given that, here’s the challenge: Adobe InDesign does not readily link InDesign documents to assets stored in the Cloud. It only supports digital assets on the local file system or network. Silicon Connector fixes that, by linking InDesign to Box simply and automatically. Beyond URL-based links to Box assets from InDesign, Connector enables access to Box from directly within Photoshop and Illustrator.

Work with your files from Box in InDesign.

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Simplicity is Sophistication

Before Silicon Connector, Adobe InDesign users had to link assets to an InDesign document locally, but when sharing outside of the network, they had to package the entire project as well as all the assets, creating redundant copies. This resulted in mass duplication of assets, long file transfers and versioning issues, challenges that were only compounded when sharing projects with multiple remote resources such as consultants, design houses or agencies.

With Connector, these barriers to collaboration are removed: everyone on your InDesign team shares assets via Box. Update an asset in Box, and the updated content automatically references the latest versions.


How to link files from Box to InDesign

Connector for Box lets you work with Adobe InDesign and assets in the Box cloud.

Connector lets you see your Box account from right within the InDesign application. You can search or navigate through your Box folders and find the assets you want to use.

Once you find the asset you need, just drag it onto an InDesign document creating a true URL-based link. You can even drop multiple assets onto an InDesign document at the same time. Because the assets are linked directly to Box, if anyone in your organization edits an asset, you'll be instantly alerted through the links panel in InDesign so you can update the link to the latest version.

Beyond the basics of linking assets to Box, there are some very cool features to help your workflow. For example, the relink to current folder feature helps you when moving to a cloud-based workflow by automatically relinking local file assets to the assets in Box.

You upload the linked assets to a folder in Box, navigate to that folder while the InDesign document is open, then choose relink to current folder. Connector does the rest, replacing all the file-based links with the new URL-based links to the assets in Box.

Another great feature is the new view folder in Box option, which allows you to open up your Box account to the location that you've navigated to inside of InDesign.


How to install Connector for Box

Installation is easy.

  1. You simply run the Mac or Windows installer and follow the prompts.
  2. When it's finished just choose Window > Extensions > Silicon Connector for Box.
  3. After you've logged in and allowed InDesign to connect, you'll see your Box account in the Connector panel in InDesign so you can search for the assets you want to place in your InDesign document.