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Use the Canto Adobe Connector with InDesign


Restriction: You need to be signed in using an administrator's account or be granted the respective permission by an admin in order to use these functions.


This is an add-on integration. Please contact your account manager or submit a support ticket for pricing.


Window > Extensions > Canto Connector


The Canto Adobe Connector enables you to access your Canto account directly from within Adobe InDesign.

Note: Make sure that you have installed the latest version of our Canto Connector in order to use all the described features.


How to sign in to Canto from within InDesign

  1. In InDesign, navigate to Window > Extensions > CantoConnector.
  2. Select your Canto URL from the pop-up menu and confirm your selection.
  3. The following window will open in your browser (if it does not, you will need to adjust your pop-up settings for that browser).
    Type in your Account Name, Email Address and your Password. Confirm by clicking Sign In.
    Note: At this point you can also log in with the SSO function (Single Sign-On).
  4. Select your desired environment from the drop-down menu. Confirm your selection and grant access to your Canto account by clicking on Allow.
  5. If everything works, you will receive the following confirmation:
  6. You can now close the window and return to InDesign.


In the next section you will learn how to open the Connector in the application.


How to use the Adobe Connector

Make sure you are signed in to Canto (via Window > Extensions > Canto Connector).


  • How to add an asset to your InDesign document

    1. With the Canto tab selected you can browse through your Folder Tree to look for the asset(s) you would like to work with.
    2. Select the desired folder/album.
    3. Click on the arrow to hide the folder tree in order to view more files at once.
    4. Alternatively, you can perform a Global Search by selecting the magnifying glass or filtering your files by keyword, tags, and file status by clicking on the filter-icon next to the search bar.
    5. Hover over an asset and click on the circle in the top right-hand corner of the asset to select it.
      Tip: You are also able to select up to five files at a time.
    6. Choose between Insert and Replace.
    7. Alternatively, you can first draw a frame in InDesign and then select the asset you would like to insert.

      Note: When you insert an image that already lives in Canto to an InDesign document, Canto will automatically create and display the inserted images as related files.

  • How to make adjustments to assets you want to insert

    • Check Show import options before inserting an asset.
      Note: The import options can also be used when working with assets in bulk.
      Here you can access different settings which are grouped under the following tabs: Image, Color profile and PNG Settings if applicable.
      You can also make adjustments to a PDF's import options which are grouped in General and Layers.

    • By default, the Adobe Connector first inserts a low-resolution version of the selected asset into the InDesign document. In the Assets tab of the Canto Connector, you can switch between high and low resolution versions of the asset. To do this, click the square icon. The larger the square, the higher the resolution.
      Tip: You can toggle the resolution of several assets by clicking on the column title Resolution while holding the CTRL (Windows) / COMMAND (macOS) key on your keyboard.
      To change back from High-Resolution to Low-Resolution in bulk, you need to click on the column title Resolution while holding the SHIFT + CTRL (Windows) / COMMAND (macOS) key on your keyboard.

  • How to view assets that are used multiple times

    The same assets will be grouped and can be opened/closed by clicking on the arrow (v).

  • When using the Canto Adobe Connector for InDesign, files are cached on to your computer to save loading time. When you open an InDesign file and see that your assets are no longer linked, you can easily fix it by going into the Assets tab on the extension window, hold SHIFT + CTRL (Windows) / COMMAND (macOS) key on your keyboard and click Status to relink all your files or select only a few and click on Relink Items.

    This is also particularly useful when you are sharing InDesign files with other Canto users that use the Canto Adobe Connector or when opening InDesign files on a different computer.


  • How to switch to a portal/workspace

    1. Within the Connector navigate to Configuration > Logout.
    2. Sign in again and select the environment you would like to be displayed in your Connector.
    3. Click Allow.

Linked assets - naming convention

You may have noticed that certain identifiers are getting added to your linked asset's file names. Below you will find a list of these identifiers and what they stand for.If you do not see the tab Links in your InDesign environment you can open it via Window > Links.


Functions Breakdown


Canto Tab

  1. Hide/display folder tree
  2. Global search
  3. Filter
  4. Folder tree sorting options
  5. Refresh folder tree
  6. Folder/album content sorting options
  7. Thumbnail View/Masonry Grid View 
  8. Thumbnail size
  9. Hide/display folder tree


With asset(s) selected

  1. Amount of selected items
  2. Deselect all
  3. Show import options before inserting
  4. Insert selected asset
  5. Replace highlighted asset with the selected asset(s)


Detailed single asset view

  1. Close the preview
  2. Go to the next/previous asset 
  3. Show import options
  4. Replace highlighted asset with the selected asset(s)
  5. Insert selected asset


Assets Tab

  1. Name
  2. Resolution
  3. Status
  4. Relink Items


Upload Tab

  1. After you save your file locally, you may upload it back to Canto as a New Version of the original asset
  2. Or you may upload the edited asset as a New File to your Canto library
  3. Browse your computer to locate the file(s) you want to upload into Canto
  4. Upload the asset into your Canto library


Configuration Tab

  1. Shows you your user name
  2. Launch Canto in your web browser
  3. Clear cache removes downloaded files from your local drive. Linked files will need to be relinked from the Assets tab for future use (see further information above)
  4. Configuration is divided into three tabs (see below) 
  5. Logout/change your Canto environment (see further information above)
  6. See which version of the Canto Connector you are currently using


General Tab

Here you can set the default resolution for the import.

You may want to assign a different location for your assets' cache. Be sure to follow the instructions prompted and to close and restart the extension for the changes to take effect.


Tooltip & Preview Page Tab

Here you can configure what metadata you would like to see on assets when hovering over the asset or when previewing the asset


Video: Use the Adobe Connector with InDesign


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