Silicon Connector for Dropbox User Guide
Installation & Licensing Instructions
Before installing Silicon Connector for Dropbox, close Adobe InDesign and other CC applications. To begin installation, double-click the installer and follow the prompts.
Once Silicon Connector for Dropbox is properly installed, launch InDesign to see the following dialog:
If you have a license key for Silicon Connector for Dropbox, click “Yes” to activate now, or click “No” to activate later.
To activate the Connector license, select Activate from InDesign’s Connector menu. To deactivate the current license, use Deactivate from the same menu.
To learn more about licensing Silicon Connector, please visit the following website:
Opening Silicon Connector for Dropbox
From the main InDesign menu, choose Window > Extensions > Silicon Connector for Dropbox
You will be presented with a log in. Just type in your credentials for Dropbox to start using Connector.
This will launch the Silicon Connector for Dropbox extension. To logout from your session, choose Log Out from the Silicon Connector for Dropbox flyout menu.
Using Silicon Connector for Dropbox
Once logged in, Silicon Connector for Dropbox will display your Dropbox Home location, where you can navigate from folder to folder, or search for specific files.
Once you’ve found an asset you want to place, drag it from Connector to your InDesign document and release your mouse button to begin the drop process. Connector will start loading the place cursor with data from the DAM. This takes longer than getting data from your local drive, so be patient. Once the data has been downloaded from the DAM, InDesign will display the place cursor. Click or drag to place the asset.
Note: If you click before the place cursor appears, InDesign will place the asset at 100%, as if you clicked the place cursor.
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
To search for a certain file type or file name, just click inside the Search field. Once you’ve entered your search term, clicking the magnifying glass will display the search results.
Silicon Connector for Dropbox Preferences
Silicon Connector for Dropbox has a number of customizable preferences to enhance your workflow, accessed from the Preferences flyout menu option.
Replace selection on place: When checked, replaces any selected object with the asset you drag onto the page. When unchecked, dragging an item allows placement as a new object on the page.
Save to Documents/dropbox_connector_files folder: Saves downloaded files to your User Documents\dropbox_connector_files\downloads folder. When unchecked, Connector opens the System browser, so you can choose a folder.
Use Grid view: Displays assets in a gallery.
Use List view: Displays individual assets in a list, providing file name and smaller thumbnail.
Write to log file: When checked, creates a log file in your Documents/dropbox_connector_files folder
Clear log file: Click this to clear the log file.
To download a copy of an asset from Silicon Connector for Dropbox, double-click the asset for an expanded view. Then click Download to save a local copy.
For more information on where these files are saved, see Download Options above.
Silicon Connector for Dropbox Menu Listings
The Silicon Connector for Box flyout menu has several options to assist the user:
Log In / Log Out manages authentication to the user’s Dropbox account.
Refresh reloads the contents of the current folder.
Upload to Dropbox opens your System File Browser to upload an asset to the folder currently showing in Connector.
Preferences opens Silicon Connector for Dropbox Preferences (see above).
About shows the version, a link to siliconpublishing.com, a link to the user guide (this page), and the support email address.
Working with Connector in Photoshop and Illustrator
Silicon Connector for Dropbox allows you to download Photoshop and Illustrator files as well. If you wish to edit an existing file from your Dropbox account, Drag and Drop your asset from the Connector panel. A copy of the file will be saved locally to the user’s Documents folder, at the dropbox_connector_files\downloads folder. Once the download is complete, the file will open in the Adobe app being used. Once edits have been made in Photoshop or Illustrator, save it to update the downloaded file. Now that your local file is saved, you can choose Upload Photoshop Document (or Upload Illustrator Document) from the Connector flyout menu, and add it back to Dropbox. If a file of the same name already exists, a new version of that file will be created for you.
Uninstalling Silicon Connector for Dropbox
Silicon Connector for Dropbox has two parts: an extension to provide the panel and the plug-in to provide the underlying linking technology.
Remove the extension folder:
Remove the plug-in folder:
/Applications/Adobe InDesign 2020/Plug-Ins/SiliconConnectorDropbox
You can use the Windows Control Panel to uninstall Silicon Connector for Dropbox, 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\SiliconConnectorForDropbox
Remove the plug-in folder:
C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe InDesign 2020\Plug-Ins\SiliconConnectorDropbox
Since Silicon Connector for Dropbox requires network access to Dropbox and the Silicon Publishing licensing server, there are certain network requirements to consider. You may find that working from home, where there might not be a proxy or firewall, you can use Silicon Connector for Dropbox 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 SCDropbox.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