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Installing the InDesign extension and plugins

InDesign integration requires installing plugins into Brightspot and a Brightspot extension into InDesign.

Administrators perform this task.

Installing Brightspot's InDesign plugins
Procedure. To install Brightspot's InDesign plugins:
  1. From the Navigation Menu, select Sites & Settings.

  2. In the Sites widget, select the site with which you want to integrate Adobe InDesign, or select Global to integrate InDesign with all sites.

  3. Under Plugins, under Content Plugins, mark Express: InDesign.

  4. Mark Express: POC. This plugin provides content types, such as Newspaper InDesign Document, that integrate with InDesign. (These sample content types may require additional customization to work with your version of Brightspot.)

  5. Under Feature Plugins, mark Brightspot: InDesign.

  6. Click Save.

Installing the Brightspot extension in InDesign

To integrate Brightspot with InDesign you need to install a Brightspot extension.

Procedure. To install the Brightspot extension in InDesign:
  1. Ensure you have an Adobe Creative Cloud account and Adobe InDesign CC version 13.1 or greater.

  2. Go to Adobe Exchange at

  3. Search for Brightspot CMS to InDesign in the Marketplace.

  4. Follow the instructions for installing the extension into InDesign. (An alternative procedure for installing the Brightspot extension is at Download / Install this extension using an Extension Install Utility.) The Brightspot CMS panel appears.

  5. In the Configuration panel, enter your Brightspot tool URL. For example, if editors log in to Brightspot at, enter that URL in the Configuration panel.

  6. Click Update. A confirmation message appears.

Editors can now log in to Brightspot from InDesign, and can synchronize content between the two applications.