InDesign CloudLink User Guide

InDesign CloudLink is a powerful extension to Adobe Creative Cloud applications that enables direct linking from InDesign to cloud-based assets in the NetX web application. Simply drag and drop or place NetX assets into your Creative Cloud documents and direct links are automatically created. With InDesign, when any linked asset is updated in NetX, the corresponding InDesign asset is also updated automatically. Using InDesign as the command center, you can just distribute the InDesign file, and leave the assets on NetX where they belong. As long as your colleague has InDesign CloudLink and access rights, the InDesign links simply work. For collaborators who don't have InDesign CloudLink, documents can be packaged with high-resolution assets for delivery.

Indesign CloudLink is specifically designed only to work with Adobe CC Panel. Please make sure that the Adobe CC Panel is installed before installing InDesign CloudLink. Adobe CC Panel 4 and InDesign CloudLink are compatible with NetX instances that are version 8.11 or higher. InDesign CloudLink is supported on Adobe CC 2017-2021.

InDesign installation 

To obtain the InDesign CloudLink plugin, contact your account manager for purchase. Please note, InDesign CloudLink is only supported for Adobe 2017-2021. See below for installation instructions for InDesign CC 2019-2021. If you need to install CloudLink for a previous version of InDesign, your account manager can assist you.

Mac Windows
  1. Contact your NetX account manager to obtain a license key and access to the CloudLink install files.
  2. Make sure InDesign CC is not executing. File > Quit out of InDesign CC if it is open.
  3. Open the .pkg to run the installer. This will install the plugin files inside /Applications/Adobe InDesign CC 2017/Plug-Ins/SiliconConnectorNetX/
  4. When you launch InDesign for the first time after installation, you will be prompted to activate the plugin. Enter the activation key that was emailed to you after purchase to activate.

Upgrading the plugin

To upgrade the plugin on either platform, follow these steps:

  1. Make sure InDesign CC is not executing. File > Quit out of InDesign CC if it is open.
  2. Delete any existing SiliconConnectorNetX folders out of the InDesign CC 2021 Plug-ins folder.
  3. On Mac, run the installer. On Windows, unzip the file, then copy/move it into C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe InDesign CC 2021\Plug-Ins.
  4. You may have to re-authenticate after upgrade.

Placing assets

Once you have the plugin installed, you can launch InDesign and the Adobe CC Panel and begin placing assets.

  1. Launch both InDesign and the Adobe CC Panel, and login to your NetX instance within the Panel. For assistance with basic operation of the Adobe CC Panel, see Related Topics below.
  2. Open the InDesign document you would like to place assets in.
  3. Locate the assets you would like to place in your InDesign document. To place them, you can hover over the thumbnail and click the Place action, or drag and drop from the Panel into the document. The place action will place an image within a rectangle frame if selected, otherwise it will drop the image onto the first page of the document.

Link management can be done from within InDesign's native Links panel, but the NetX column must first be enabled.

Enable NetX column in the links panel

  1. Launch the InDesign Links panel by clicking on Links within the InDesign workspace or clicking Window > Links on the toolbar.
  2. Open the Links panel menu by clicking the "hamburger" icon on the top right corner of the panel.
  3. Select Panel Options from the panel menu.
  4. In the columns frame, scroll to the bottom and you should see a NetX entry. Make sure both of the Show Column and Show in Link Info boxes are checked.
  5. Click OK to save your settings. You should now see an additional column in the Links panel that represents NetX settings.

High resolution vs. low resolution

When placing assets, users have an option to use low-resolution or high-resolution images. The benefit of using low-resolution images is that they place faster, and the resulting InDesign document is a much smaller size for temporary transport if need be. The Adobe CC Panel will provide low-resolution images in this order:

  1. FPO view, if available (more on FPO options later)
  2. When FPO View is not available, Zoom (1000px) proxy is used
  3. When FPO and Zoom not available, Preview proxy is used

To switch between high and low resolution on a single link, double-click the resolution button in the Links Panel under the NetX Column.  You should see the icon change and the reported size of the linked asset will change as well. If you want to switch all links to high or low, hold down Option (mac) or Alt (win) while double-clicking.

The full high-resolution version of all assets will be downloaded and included if a user packages their InDesign document.

FPO views

As mentioned earlier, For Position Only (FPO) images can be used when placing images in InDesign documents. This is achieved in NetX by using an AutoTask that generates FPO views for assets. There are several options available when implementing the AutoTask:

  • Include an FPO watermark
  • Choose whether to generate FPO views only on new imports or upon reimport/resync.
  • Specify a DPI setting so that FPO images fit correctly within frames
  • Specify JPG quality
  • Specify a pixel size
  • Choose specific file formats
  • Choose location of files that are processed, for example, only files that live in a specific top-level folder.

Example AutoTasks for generating FPO views:

This autotask creates a 72 DPI (screen resolution) JPG, at a medium quality (50%), while retaining the width and height of the original asset.

<task name="Generate FPO View on Import">
	<matchCriteria type="and">
		<criteria type="action" value="import"/>
		<criteria name="fileType" type="attribute" value="(jpg|jpeg|png|tif|tiff|psd)"/>
	<repurpose format="jpg" dpi="72" quality="50"/>
		<export name="FPO" type="view"/>


This is similar to the example above, but adds a custom watermark to the FPO file.

<task name="Generate FPO View with Watermark on Import">
	<matchCriteria type="and">
		<criteria type="action" value="import"/>
		<criteria name="fileType" type="attribute" value="(jpg|jpeg|png|tif|tiff|psd)"/>
	<repurpose format="jpg" dpi="72" quality="50" watermarkAlpha="0.4f" watermarkPath="/netx/templates/fpo-watermark.png"/>
		<export name="FPO" type="view"/>

Advanced settings

The InDesign CloudLink plugin includes a properties file that can be used to customize the plugin's settings. To download the file, use this link: If you don't have an account in the Service Portal, please register using the Register account button on the login screen.

Properties file installation

  1. Make sure InDesign CC is not executing.
  2. Unzip the file, it contains one file named
  3. Navigate to the /Users/<username>/Library/Preferences folder. The Library folder might be hidden depending upon what version of OSX you are running. If so, use Finder's Go > Go to Folder... menu item to navigate to the folder.
  4. Create a folder in the Preferences folder named SiliconConnector if it doesn’t exist.
  5. Move the file that was in the ZIP file to the SiliconConnector folder (/Users/<username>/Library/Preferences/SiliconConnector), overwriting any existing file.

Log files

If you run into an issue with CloudLink, our support team may request that you attach logs when submitting a ticket. To generate logs, follow the instructions below:

  1. Create the following files in the Adobe Creative Cloud application’s root folder (for example, /Applications/Adobe InDesign CC 2018). Make sure that they don't have an extension.
    1. LogHTTPCalls
    2. LogHTTPState
  2. When the InDesign runs, and the user attempts to place an asset, the following two files will be saved to the /Users/<username>/Documents folder (Depending upon where the error occurs, the user might not have the HTTPCalls.log file):
    1. HTTPCalls.log
    2. HTTPState.log
  3. Attach these files to the support ticket as requested.
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