Silicon Connector for Box User Guide
These instructions are valid for Silicon Connector for Box 3.0 and above. If you don’t have the latest version, you can download the latest from HERE.
Applications: InDesign 2022+, Photoshop 2022+, Illustrator 2022+ OS: Mac, Windows
Installation & Licensing
Install Silicon Connector for Box by running the downloaded installer (Mac pkg or Windows exe).
Once Silicon Connector for Box is properly installed, launch InDesign to see the following dialog:
If you have purchased a license key for Silicon Connector for Box, click Yes to activate now, or click No to activate later.
If you activate your license later, you will choose Activate… from InDesign’s Connector menu.
To Deactivate an activated license, choose Deactivate from the same menu. This will allow you to activate Silicon Connector for Box on another computer.
Opening Silicon Connector for Box
The Connector Interface
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 folder path dropdown to go back to previous folders visited.
You can always get back to the root level (Home) using the Home icon. The Silicon Connector for Box flyout menu also offers a Home option to go directly to the Home location.
You have the option to switch between a tile view and a list view. The tile view shows large thumbnails of each file and its file name. The list view shows the file name, when the file was last edited, and the lock status.
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
Searching for Assets
The flyout menu contains a number of features to help your workflow. Access the flyout menu using the button in the upper right of the Silicon Connector for Box extension panel.
Home Takes the user to their Home/Root directory.
Upload from Disk opens your System File Browser to upload an asset to the folder currently showing in Connector.
Upload InDesign Document Uploads the active InDesign document to the folder currently showing in Connector.
Upload Selected Uploads the selected asset in the document to the folder currently showing in Connector.
Relink to Current Folder Relinks the document’s local assets to assets of the same name in the folder currently showing in Connector.
Upload All Non-HTTP Assets Uploads any assets not in Box to the folder currently showing in Connector.
View Folder in Box opens your browser to the folder in view.
Preferences opens the preferences options described below.
Log Out will log you out of Box in Connector.
Silicon Connector for Box has a number of customizable preferences to enhance your workflow.
- General Options
- Hide files that cannot be used for placement – This setting will filter the files shown in the Connector panel so that it only shows files you can place.
- Place Options:
- Replace selection on place – This will cause a selected item on your document to be replaced with the asset you place from the Connector panel.
- Import Options:
- Show Import Options – When you import a file, the options will show.
- Download Options:
- Open file on download (if possible) – When viewing the preview of a file in the Connector windows, there is a Download button. If a file is not locked and is a type that can be opened, Connector will open the file once it is downloaded.
- Save to box_connector_files/downloads folder – Downloaded files will be saved to your Documents folder, under box_connector_files/downloads.
- Write to log file – Causes Connector to write to a log file with debug information as you use it. This will accumulate until you click the Clear Log File button. We recommend leaving it unchecked unless you’re experiencing issues and need to provide the log file to support.
You can use the Edit Original feature of InDesign with linked assets. Right-click on a selected asset and choose Edit Original or use Edit With -> Photoshop (or Illustrator) to open the asset in that Adobe application.
After you have made edits to the image, choose Finish Edit Original from the flyout menu of the Silicon Connector for Box extension in that application. This will trigger the save of that edited image back to Box.
Return to InDesign and you should see the asset updated to the latest, edited version.
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 no 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 SC.properties file located in
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. sc.http.proxy_server=proxyserver.com
If your company has a firewall, you will need to be sure to whitelist the Silicon Publishing licensing server. The URL to whitelist is https://licensing.siliconpublishing.com.
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. These instructions will explain how to remove Connector from your system.
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. This frees up the activation of the license, allowing it to be activated on another computer.
- Quit InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.
- Remove the extension folder:
- Remove the plug-in folder:
/Applications/Adobe InDesign 2023/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:
We highly recommend you can use the Windows Control Panel to uninstall Silicon Connector for Box like you would any other installed application.
If the standard uninstallation does not work and 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 2023\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: