CI HUB | Advanced Adobe Integration

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Installation

Reach out to support@brandfolder.com to configure your account.

Once enabled, you will be directed to a page where you can download the plugin. Quit any Adobe applications in use, select the installer to run, and follow any setup instructions. 

You can find the extension under Window > Extensions > CI HUB in your Adobe application.

Navigating the integration

Connections

Connections allow you to choose which service you'd like to connect to - in this case, Brandfolder. You can activate or deactivate the connection at any time, and the connection will be saved. 

Select Add New Connection and scroll down to Brandfolder. This will open a page in your web browser that will prompt you to enter your API Key.

Find your API key in your profile under integrations

 

Finding your content

Navigation allows you to choose where you are looking for your content.

 

Search 

Searching in CI Hub works similarly to searching on Brandfolder. If your search query pulls in too much content, try narrowing down your query with strict searches. You can do this by putting asset names and tags in quotes:

“DEMO” AND “2018”

You can also use pinned searches and queries by selecting tags or using advanced filters in Brandfolder.

tags.strict:"08"

(tags.strict:"Sky" OR tags.strict:"Outdoors") AND filetype.strict:"jpg"

A history of recent searches can be found on the search bar's right side.

Folder navigation

Folder Navigation allows you to sort through the content hierarchy of your Brandfolder visually. This method can find assets in a specific section or collection.

Link navigation

Link Navigation shows the linked images in your document that are also connected to Brandfolder. Placing images using CI HUB will automatically populate this list.

The red icon will indicate when a local copy of the linked image is unavailable. This typically signifies that another designer is working on the InDesign document. You can relink these images individually or all at once using the blue sync buttons on the right side of the panel. Doing so will pull the most current version of the asset into your document.

 

Filter

The filter dropdown allows you to narrow down the results when sorting through the content in your Brandfolder.

Filter options change depending on which navigation option is currently active.

The filter checkboxes allow sorting by generic content types (Images, Videos, Layouts, etc).

Filtering by Keywords (available when using Folder Navigation) pulls a list of tags for the area you are searching in, including a count for how many results you can expect to find with the rest of your filters active.

The Keywords bar will remain inactive when no other combinations of tags are possible. Selecting the X to the right of the tag will remove it from your filters.

 Making edits

Download file

The details tab is where you can interact with assets from Brandfolder. To bring content into your application, select download file.

Here you can choose how you want to bring content into the application and a location for the image to live locally. You can also drag and drop the image from the plugin to quickly place and link. The file will be downloaded to the default target folder.

Quick Tip! Option / Alt selecting will replace an image behind a selected image frame and match the existing cropping settings.

 

Update file

Update file will take either your active document or a local image and upload it as a new version of your asset. This change will be visible in the version history found under the workflow tab of the asset in Brandfolder.

Open in browser

Open in Browser will take you directly to the asset in Brandfolder.

Upload new asset

Add File will upload a new asset using your active document or a file on your local system. You must use the folder navigation to find the area where you would like to add the asset. Add File will be located above the result for that area.

 For Apple computers utilizing the new M1 chip, Photoshop only supports the new plug-ins (based on UXP, under Plugins in the menu) natively on Apple M1. If you want to use legacy plug-ins run Photoshop in the Rosetta mode. If you are a developer, check if you can migrate your plugins from CEP to UXP.

 

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