Administration Guide : Introduction

The Xinet asset-management and collaboration software provides secure, remote access to files on a server, while keeping the production workflow efficient and hassle-free. Customers, production partners and on- or off-site staff use Xinet to access portions of the file system through a standard Web browser and Internet connection. After a password-protected login, users can search for, download, upload, approve and reuse their assets from any location, 24 hours a day.
In this section:
For more information on using Xinet, see the Client Guide, Introduction to Xinet.
Customizing Xinet
Xinet has been engineered so that sites could change user experiences, in terms of both site appearance and functionality. Several options for customizing Xinet exist:
To quickly rebrand customer-facing sites, administrators with even just a little HTML knowledge can edit headers, footers and frames in any of the styles which ship with Xinet.
With more advanced knowledge of Web-site development, programmers can alter both the appearance and functionality of Xinet through Java Scripting. The Xinet Guide to Development APIs, available for download in the Customer or Developer Support sections of the North Plains web site,, provides background information.
Xinet Portal, an essential component of Xinet, provides the ultimate versatility in customizing Web sites along with added security. The North Plains Web site, provides more information about Xinet Portal—or, ask your Authorized Xinet Integrator for details.
For supported system and platform information, see the Xinet System Requirements and Supported Platforms Guide.
We use several typographical conventions in this manual to help readers distinguish what must be typed as is and what is simply a parameter to be substituted. In particular, readers should type text set in a typewriter-like font, like this, literally. For example:
# more README or c:\> type README
Readers should enter this command exactly as shown above (minus the shell prompt on Unix systems, #). Readers should substitute their own applicable text for text set in slanted typewriter type, like this. For example, when one sees
% ls directory_name or C:\> dir directory_name
one might type:
% ls doc or C:\> dir doc
On Unix systems
The two examples given above illustrate another convention: when a command must be issued by the superuser (root), you will see the prompt #; when a command may be issued by a normal user, you will see the prompt %. As in most documentation for Unix software, text references to Unix functions have the form more(1). The word in italic type is the name of the function; the parenthesized number is the section of the Unix Programmer’s Manual containing the function’s manual page.
Quick start
If you are interested in a quick run through of Xinet features, complete the following steps:
[optional] To improve load balancing for a distributed systems environment managing a large number of assets, set up a separate MySQL server to store your database. (Described in To install and license Xinet on a Dedicated DB Server:.)
[optional] Set up output queues and configure image replacement services on the server (explained in Output print queues through General global administration options for output queues.)
[optional] Establish database services. These services are necessary for many Xinet “automations.” (Get started with Xinet Statistics and Database Operations — the Database, Admin subtab.)
[optional] Set up Triggers and Actions ( See Actions and Trigger Sets Quick-start Guide.)