Silicon Connector for Box User Guide

These instructions are valid for Silicon Connector for Box 2.1 and above. If you don’t have the latest version, you can download the latest from HERE.

Installation & Licensing Instructions

To install Silicon Connector for Box, close Adobe InDesign and other CC applications.

Double-click the installer and follow the prompts.

After installation completes successfully, launch Adobe InDesign to see the following dialog:


If you have a license key for Silicon Connector for Box, click Yes to activate, or click No to activate later.


If you activate your license later, choose Activate… from InDesign’s Connector menu.


To deactivate the current license, choose Deactivate from the same location. This will allow you to activate Silicon Connector for Box on another computer.


If you have further questions about licensing, check this article for an answer: 

Opening Silicon Connector for Box

From the main InDesign menu, choose Window > Extensions > Silicon Connector for Box.

You will be presented with a login dialog. Enter your credentials, and click Authorize to start using Silicon Connector for Box. To logout from your session, choose Logout from the Silicon Connector for Box flyout menu. To login again, you’ll find the menu item now shows Login. Choosing that will bring up the login dialog again.

Using Silicon Connector for Box

Once logged into Silicon Connector for Box, you will be presented with your Home location. You can navigate from folder to folder, or use the directory tree to go back to previous folders visited.

The Silicon Connector for Box flyout menu also offers a Home option to go directly to the Home location.

Once you’ve found an image, select and drag it to your InDesign document. Release your mouse button, and your cursor will load with a thumbnail of the image. Just drag to place it on your document at the size you want.


If you are working with Word files, or are a power user who needs InDesign’s “Show Import Options” for PDF or other image types, use this preference for more flexibility and options with drag and drop.

WordsFlow_with Import Options.jpg

Supported file types

The following file type extensions are able to be placed and linked from Connector.

ai, bmp, ct, doc, docx, emf, eps, gif, icml, idms, incx, indd, indt, inma, jpeg, jpg, pcc, pcx, pdf, png, psd, rle, rtf, sct, text, tif, tiff, txt, xlsx

Search for Assets and Images

If you want to perform a search on a certain file type or a given file name, you can choose Search from the Silicon Connector for Box panel flyout menu, or click on the magnifying glass search widget. Once you’ve entered your search terms in the Search field, clicking the Search button will list your asset results in the window below.


Preferences and Links Panels

Silicon Connector for Box has a number of customizable preferences to enhance your workflow.


Replace selection on place

  • Checked: Replaces the selected object with the asset you drag from the Connector panel.

  • Unchecked: Places the image you drag from the Connector panel as a new object on the page.

Show Import Options

  • Checked: Dragging an asset to the page will cause InDesign’s Import Options to display.

  • Unchecked: Dragging assets to the page places the asset without the Import Options dialog.

Asset View

  • Use Grid view:  Displays assets in a thumbnail gallery and truncated file names.

  • Use List view:  Lists assets with smaller thumbnails and extended file names.


  • Write to log file: When checked, creates a log file in your Documents/box_connector_files folder

  • Clear log file: Click this to clear the log file.

Asset Preview

Double-clicking an asset in the extension panel will open the asset preview. To download a copy of an asset from Box, double-click the asset you want to download to get an expanded thumbnail of your asset. Then click the download arrow to the left of the thumbnail to begin the download process to your Documents/box_connector_files folder.

Silicon Connector for Box flyout menu

The Silicon Connector for Box flyout menu has several options to assist the user.

  • About provides information about Silicon Connector for Box.

  • Home returns the user to the Home location.

  • Refresh refreshes the contents of your current folder.

  • Upload opens your System Browser to choose an asset to upload to the current folder in view.

  • View Folder in Box opens your browser to the folder in view.

  • Relink to Current Folder relinks local assets to assets of the same name found in the folder in view in the Silicon Connector for Box extension panel.

  • Preferences opens the Preferences window.

  • Logout / Login opens the authentication window.

  • Continue Search which shows after performing a search, gives you the next 20 assets on a given search request.

Edit Original 

When working in InDesign, users sometimes want to open up a placed image or Illustrator file for editing. Users can do this by using the native Edit Original option from the InDesign links panelUsers can work in Photoshop or Illustrator and use the Save command to update the local file and see their changes in InDesign. When complete, choose Finish Edit Original from the Connector for Box panel in Photoshop or Illustrator to save, closeupload the file to Box and restore the URL link in InDesign. 

Working with Connector in Photoshop and Illustrator

After installing Silicon Connector for Box, you’ll find the same extension in Photoshop and Illustrator. If you wish to edit an existing file on your Box account, Drag and Drop your asset like you would in InDesign. A copy of the file will be saved locally to the box_connector_files folder in your Documents folder, and then opened in your Adobe app. Currently, you cannot drag and drop from the extension panel to place a Box asset as a new layer. Make your edits in Photoshop or Illustrator and save. Versioning is not directly supported in Silicon Connector for Box, but if you upload directly to your Box account from the web UI, you will generate a new version as usual. If you want to upload from Silicon Connector for Box, save the file with a new name, and choose Upload from the flyout menu. Then just navigate to where you saved the file, and click Okay. You can upload any supported file types to Box this way.

Network Considerations

Since Silicon Connector for Box requires network access to Box and the Silicon Publishing licensing server, there are certain network requirements to consider. You may find that working from home, where there is not proxy or firewall, you can use Silicon Connector for Box without a problem, but at work you run into errors when trying to activate or use it.


You can configure your proxy settings in the file located in

/Users/username/Library/Preferences/SiliconConnector/ (Mac)

C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\SiliconConnector\ (Win)

This file can be edited with a basic text editor and is documented with definitions of each property. Properties should be formatted with key=value syntax, e.g.


If your company has a firewall, you will need to be sure to whitelist the Silicon Publishing licensing server. The url to whitelist is

Uninstalling Silicon Connector for Box

Silicon Connector for Box has two parts: an extension to provide the panel and the plug-in to provide the underlying linking technology.


If you do not plan on installing Silicon Connector for Box in the future, deactivate Silicon Connector for Box by choosing the menu item Connector > Deactivate from the main InDesign menu.

Remove the extension folder:

/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CEP/extensions/SiliconConnectorForBoxCC

Remove the plug-in folder:

/Applications/Adobe InDesign CC 2017/Plug-Ins/SiliconConnectorBox

Remove the box_connector_files folder:


If you do not plan on installing Silicon Connector for Box again, you can also remove the preferences located at:



If you do not plan on installing Silicon Connector for Box in the future, deactivate Silicon Connector for Box by choosing the menu item Connector > Deactivate from the main InDesign menu.

You can use the Windows Control Panel to uninstall Silicon Connector for Box like you would any other installed application.

If you need to uninstall manually, you can remove the following folders:

Remove the extension folder:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Adobe\CEP\extensions\SiliconConnectorForBoxCC

Remove the plug-in folder:

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CC 2017\Plug-Ins\SiliconConnectorBox

Remove the box_connector_files folder:


If you do not plan on installing Silicon Connector for Box again, you can also remove the preferences located at: