Using InDesign

Designers perform these tasks.

Installing Adobe Plugin

You should already have an Adobe Creative Cloud account and Adobe InDesign CC version 13.1 or greater.

  1. Go to Adobe Exchange at
  2. Search for Brightspot CMS in the Marketplace.
  3. Follow the instructions for installing the Adobe plugin from the Adobe Exchange.

Logging into Brightspot

After successful installation of the Adobe plugin, you will need to configure the Adobe plugin to point to a valid Brightspot instance. For default implementations, this will be the absolute URL (including protocol) to the Brightspot CMS. For example:

The plugin should open automatically. If it does not, you can open the plugin by selecting Window > Extensions > Brightspot CMS in Adobe InDesign.

After saving the CMS URL, click the configuration icon to get the Brightspot login screen.

Login Screen

Choosing a Template

At this point choose a template implementation or the Custom implementation provided by default. The Custom implementation requires tag mappings by hand and is not a recommended approach for day-to-day use. Its purpose is for testing.

Typically, you will choose one of the template implementations matching the InDesign document you are working in.

Choosing a template

Once the selection is made you will do the following:

  1. Provide a name for the document that will be created in Brightspot.
  2. Choose the content that will be used for import.
  3. Click the Import button to begin the import process.
  4. If you are working on a new document, after import you will be prompted by InDesign to save your document.

Upon completion the plugin displays the imported fields and the option to re-import.

Changes From Source Content

Source content is content you will choose from Brightspot and whose fields are imported into your InDesign document. Any changes within Brightspot to your source content are displayed in the plugin, in real-time, as a diff above the field.

Source Changes in Brightspot

In the above example, the Title field was updated in the Brightspot source content, such as an article with the first word changed from Accelerate to Turbo Charge. The text in green shows text that would be inserted on re-import and the red strikethrough text shows what would be removed.

Changes From InDesign

Every time you save the InDesign document, the corresponding document within Brightspot is updated with the changes you made.

Brightspot Document - saved

Continuing with the example, you have changed the first word of the imported Title field from Accelerate to Maximize and, as of yet, have not re-imported the change made previously in the source. The Maximize text is red with strikethrough text indicating the change saved in InDesign, while the Turbo Charge text is shown in green, noting the saved value in the Brightspot source.


If you swap an imported image with another, a message is displayed in the Brightspot document indicating the image change.


If the containing tagged object in InDesign, usually a Rectangle, is removed, then no notification of the update can be shown in the Brightspot document.

Image changes in the Brightspot source documents work just like text, and re-imports will replace the previously imported image with the new one.

Image Changed