Adobe CC Panel is a custom extension that allows Adobe Creative Cloud applications to communicate seamlessly with NetX. The panel is supported for use with InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. Adobe CC Panel is a licensed add-on module; please contact sales@netx.net for more information on how to purchase.

Adobe CC Panel allows users to perform the following tasks from within Creative Cloud applications:

  • Place NetX assets into CC documents
  • Upload CC documents into NetX (and automatically create relationships between the assets in those documents)
  • Check in/check out assets
  • Browse and search NetX
  • Create a selection of assets using a CSV

System requirements

Adobe CC Panel requires Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 or higher. A user level of Importer or above is required to use the panel with Illustrator or Photoshop. 

Installation

Mac OS X

  1. Download the installer package (.pkg file) from the link listed on our Product Downloads page. If you don't have an account on our Service Portal yet, you will need to register for one, and be approved as a licensee of the Adobe CC Panel product.
  2. Depending on your security configuration, you may be blocked from running the installer because it is from an unidentified developer. To bypass this, ctrl-click or right-click on the .pkg file and click Open.
  3. The installer wizard will launch and guide you through the installation. Click Close to finish the installation.

Windows 10

  1. First, follow this link to download the ZXP Installer tool for Windows.

  2. Next, download the Adobe CC Panel .zxp file from this page: Product Downloads.

  3. Once the ZXP Installer has downloaded completely, navigate to your downloads folder and drag the Adobe CC Panel zxp file to the installer, or navigate within the installer itself to install it onto your computer.

Uninstall the CC Panel

Uninstalling the CC Panel should not be necessary; updates to the CC Panel should be seamless. However, if you are having trouble with installation or find yourself needing to uninstall the Panel for other reasons you may follow along below for instructions.

Mac OSX

First, navigate to the Home level in your Finder window. If you are having trouble navigating the the Home level, select "Home" from the Go drop-down:

Next, navigate from Home, navigate to Applications NetXAdobeCCPanel. Delete the folder to uninstall the extension.  

Windows 10

Navigate to the C: level of your Windows machine. From here, navigate through the folder levels: Program Files (x86)* → Common Files → Adobe → CEP → extensions. Once inside the extensions folder, delete the files contained within and restart your computer. See below if you are having trouble finding your extensions folder.

*on some versions of Windows this may be simply Program Files, however the rest of the child folder navigation remains the same.






Launching the panel

To launch the panel from within a Creative Cloud application, click Window > Extensions. The location and contents of the Extensions menu might vary a bit between the three supported applications, but will mostly appear like this:

Accessing panels at startup

By default the Adobe Creative Cloud applications display a startup screen of recent files when there is nothing currently open. To access panels immediately on opening the application, a change is preferences is required. To change this preference, the following steps are required:

  1. Open the application's general preferences.



  2. Deselect the Show "Start" Workspace When No Documents Are Open button.
     For InDesign this is the first check box:



    In Photoshop, it is in the options list:



    And in Illustrator it is also one of the checkbox options:



  3. Click OK. 

Logging in

Adobe CC Panel users need to authenticate against NetX in order to use its service. The URL points to NetX and existing users log into the panel. The panel respects all permissions that are set inside the NetX for this user. To login, follow these steps:

  1. Enter the full URL for the NetX instance you would like to use with the panel. Don't forget to include http:// or https:// as part of your URL. The app will automatically add https:// if you omit it, but double-check to see if your site supports SSL before you try to login. Do not include any slashes at the end, such as /app or /flex. See the example screenshot below.
  2. Enter your username and password, and click Login.
  3. By default, the Remember me box is checked, so the panel will remember your username every time it is launched. If you would like all information to be cleared in these fields, clear the Remember me checkbox.

At this time, Adobe CC Panel does not support SAML or LDAP integration. To successfully login to the panel, you must use a local NetX account.

Configuring the cache location

By default, any NetX-based files that are placed into CC documents are pulled from the server and stored via a local cache directory. This folder can be local to your computer or on a shared resource on your network, such as a file server or network storage device. On initial launch, you will be taken to the Preferences page to configure this location. If you don't wish to customize the location where the cache is created, you can choose to take the default path. Otherwise, follow these steps to configure your cache path:

  1. Make sure you are viewing the Preferences page. To access this page, click on the gear icon on the bottom left of the sidebar.
  2. To change your cache location, click the Select button under Cache Folder.
  3. Browse to the new location, and click Open.
  4. Your cache will now be set to the location you chose in the previous step.

     

User interface overview

Adobe CC Panel users can locate the assets that they want to work with using any of the following means. It is assumed that Saved Searches and Collections pre-exist in NetX. Users can locate assets via the following:

  • Simple Keyword Search

  • Folder Tree

  • Saved Searches

  • Collections

When assets are located by any of the methods listed above, users are taken to a gallery view of the assets. The number of results is shown at the top left corner, and page browsing arrows can be found at the bottom right corner of the gallery frame. A vertical scrollbar can be used to scroll up and down on a particular page if the application window has not been resized large enough.


Gallery view hover actions

Depending on the format of the assets, hovering over the thumbnail will allow the user to perform the following options. Visibility of certain actions will be dependent on user level. See the table below for more details:

  • Preview: this will open the asset's preview image so that more detail can be seen.

  • Attributes: this option lists the attributes used and allows users to edit the attributes, if they are a Producer or above.

  • Place: this option is used to place assets in active InDesign document. This is specific only to InDesign. 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.

  • Open: this opens the asset in it's respective CC application. 
  • Checkout: this will open the asset in your application for editing, and block other users from editing the asset while checked out.

  • Cancel Check-out: this option is used to cancel an asset that has been checked out.

  • Check-in: this option is used to check the asset back into NetX and will version any changes made during check-out.

List of supported file formats for hover actions

ApplicationSupported File FormatsAvailable Hover Actions
InDesignindd, indt, jpg, tif, tiff, psd, ai, gif, png

Open/Check-in/Check-out: indd, indt

Place: jpg, tif, tiff, psd, ai, gif, png

Photoshopjpg, tiff, tif, psd, png, eps, gif, pcx, pdf, bmp, tga, wbmp, wbm, icb, vst, vda, sct, pxr, raw, pict, pct, pdd, jp2, dngOpen/Check-in/Check-out
Illustrator

pdf, dxf, dwg, fxg, gif, jpg, jp2, pic, pct, wmf, eps, ps, txt, tif, tiff, psd, pdd, bmp, pcx, pxr, png, tga, svg, svgz, ai

Open/Check-in/Check-out

Asset label

To choose the attribute that is displayed on the thumbnail in the gallery, go to Preferences (gear icon) and click on the Asset Label dropdown menu.

Folder tree

To browse folder contents, click on the folder icon on the sidebar. A list of folders will appear, click on one that contains assets to display those assets in the gallery. The find folder box at the bottom can be used to filter the folder display.

Returning to the top level

When browsing the folder list, you can click the Top Folder button at any time to collapse the tree and see the top level folders. When you are at the top level, a home icon will appear to let you know.

Resizing thumbnails

To change the size of thumbnails, use the slider in the upper right corner of the gallery.

Sorting the gallery

Sort the gallery contents by using the menu on the top right corner. Assets can be sorted by system and custom attribute, in ascending or descending order.

Sizing the folder pane

You might find that the width of the folder pane is not large enough to display longer folder/search/collection names. This can be changed by hovering the cursor near the edge of the pane until it turns into a bidirectional arrow, then clicking and dragging the divider toward the right to widen it. The pane can be hidden by clicking on the white arrow at the top.

Keyword searching

The search function in the panel functions similar to NetX's basic "keyword" search. The keyword search will search on any terms that are contained within an asset's keywords field.

To perform a search, simply type a term into the search field and hit enter. The results will be displayed in the gallery.

Viewing saved searches

You can view any saved searches that have been created in NetX by clicking on the search button in the sidebar. To check for new saved searches, click the refresh button above the list of searches.

Viewing collections

As with saved searches, you can view any collections that are in your favorites list in NetX by clicking on the collections button in the sidebar. To check for new collections, click the refresh button above the list of collections.

Check-in / Check-out 

Users can check out assets for editing in CC applications, then check them back in after changes are made create a new version of the asset. 

  1. To check out an asset, hover over the thumbnail and click the check-out action. When it is checked out, you will see the hover actions change: cancel check-out and check-in options will appear:



  2. The asset will open in the CC application that you are currently working in.
  3. Once you are done making changes to the asset in the CC application, click the check-in hover action to upload the new version to NetX.
  4. If you do not want to make changes, you can click the cancel check-out hover action.

Placing assets (InDesign only)

With NetX Panel, users can place assets from NetX directly into an open InDesign document. When an asset is placed, it will be downloaded to the cache and an InDesign link will be created in the document that references the path of the asset stored in the cache. 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.There are a few workflow options for placing assets:

  • Drag and drop onto an open document.
  • Hover over the asset thumbnail and click the place button (InDesign only).

Uploading documents

Documents produced inside Creative Cloud applications can be uploaded to NetX. When you upload a document that contains links to assets that exist in NetX, NetX will automatically create relationships between those assets.

  1. To upload a document into NetX, make sure you have it open in Indesign, Photoshop, or Illustrator, and click on the Upload button in the sidebar.



  2. Click the Select from open files menu, and choose your open document.
  3. Once your document has been selected, click Upload.

Creating a selection via CSV

In NetX, the Selection Uploader feature allows users to add a large number of assets to a selection using a CSV file as input. This feature has been ported to Adobe CC Panel, but instead of the assets being added to a selection, they are displayed in a gallery view in the panel. To use this feature, you must first make sure that Selection Loader is enabled in NetX. For more information on Selection Uploader, see Related Topics below.

  1. To create a selection of assets from a CSV, click the Selection Uploader icon on the sidebar.


     
  2. Click the Select file button and browse to your CSV file. Click Open after you find the CSV you would like to upload.
  3. Click the Upload button.
  4. A search will be performed based on the contents of your CSV. Any assets that are returned as results will appear on the Selection Loader page. 


     
  5. To clear your selection, click Actions > Clear Selection.

Troubleshooting and logs

Log directory

To assist in the troubleshooting process, NetX Support staff may request logs from your installation. The logs can be found here:

Mac: /Applications/NetxCCPanel/logs/

Windows: AppData\Local\NetxCCPanel\logs\