Administration Guide : About Xinet Client Extensions and Plug-ins

About Xinet Client Extensions and Plug-ins
Utilities and plug-ins are automatically installed when installing the Xinet client software on a local computer.
Pilot clients, with direct access to the server, can install Xinet utilities directly from the server onto their workstations. Macintosh users will find instructions about how to do this, see Macintosh: Installing Xinet Pilot on a Client Machine.
For a full up-to-date list of the Xinet plug-ins installed with the client installer, see the Xinet System Requirements and Supported Platforms Guide - Xinet Client Utilities and Plug-ins topic.
Descriptions of Xinet utilities
Works in conjunction with Xinet print queues and enables two functions:
Keep in mind that these features require that your server is appropriately configured and that the plug-in and extension have been installed on workstations. The plug-in and extension will only work with InDesign. For full functionality, they also require that the Xinet database is running on your server.
A plug-in for InDesign that makes working in an OPI environment easier for InDesign users.
Note: The Uploader Manager functionality (which configured desktop Xinet Uploaders) is now part of Pilot. Upload allows clients to upload a number of files and folders to the server at once. For more information, see Uploading Assets to Pilot.
To successfully configure a Xinet Uploader, you will need to know:
- The URL of the WebNative or Xinet Portal server
- The user’s WebNative login and password
- Any HTTP proxy information required for the user’s computer to use HTTP or HTTPS
- SMTP server information from the client, if you enable e-mail reports.
Note: System administrators must also configure additional Xinet database Permission Sets and assign them to users before clients can associate metadata with uploaded files.
Helps Xinet Support ID download files using FireFox. It also closes blank tabs and windows that FireFox leaves open if Xinet Support ID has opened them.
A plug-in for InDesign that creates previews for documents that have been saved after Xinet Support ID has been installed. These previews can be viewed through WebNative, and will contain links to images used in the document. Users can also “drag and drop” images from the Web preview directly into InDesign documents on the desktop.
Xinet Contextual Menu
A Contextual Menu plug-in for Xinet, offers shortcuts for working with the Xinet whenever you are manipulating files stored on mounted Xinet Volumes. It allows opening or revealing of items on mounted Xinet AppleShare volumes by control clicking on elements in a browser window.
Xinet provides a version that works with Firefox browsers called Xinet Contextual Menu for Firefox and one for Safari called Xinet Contextual Menu for Safari.
Makes full text searching of InDesign documents possible through Xinet Portal.
The following PPDs are installed on the Macintosh: XINET.PPD, XINETGRAY.PPD, and XINETPDFX.PPD. (XINET.PPD or XINETGRAY.PPD should be used when printing to a Xinet preview PDF, printable PDF, or TIFF/IT queue. The XINETPDFX.PPD should be used when printing to a Xinet output queue.)
Distributing Xinet plug-ins and extensions
Distribution of the various Xinet Client Software and Utility Software plug-ins and extensions are permitted under the Xinet End User Software License Agreement. (This agreement is available in the installer,) The software provides two ways to make this as easy as possible.
First, users with direct access to server-mounted volumes can log in to the server as the user macfiles and mount the MacFiles volume. They will find installers appropriate for their client systems there.
The following installers are available on MacFiles:
Uploader - A stand-along installer is available on MacFiles.
Second, for those with only Web access to the server through a browser, Xinet includes information about the Xinet extensions and plug-ins in its online Help file for InDesign previews, including a link so clients can download the packages for themselves. End users who upload files that have been saved on a workstation without the Xinet extension or plug-in will also receive a message about using them and a link. Although Xinet tries to automatically alert Xinet users about the extension and plug-in, you may want to tell them about them beforehand, since the programs offer users features that will enhance the way they view and work with documents and Xinet. Users can pick up the package for themselves by pointing their browsers to: http:Your_Xinet Server_Address/webnativedoc/doc/xt.html where they will find the same link mentioned above.
About Microsoft Office Previews
Xinet servers have been engineered to “talk” to software or software ) which renders Microsoft Office documents into previews that can then be stored in the Xinet database.
Besides the Xinet database, you must also have (version 4 or later with Solr enabled) or software installed on your server before users can preview Office files inside a Pilot. You can download a copy of software from you can download a copy of software from It’s best to download the package on the server where you will be installing it.
End users will not need to install any special software to preview Office documents. There are, however, some issues for servers.
Note: LibreOffice installed on CentOS v 7.x and Red Hat v7.x are not supported for Xinet v 18.1.
Important! Only one copy of software should be installed on your server and Solr Search must be enabled.
Note: Your server must have Java VM version 1.7 or higher installed.
OpenOffice 4.x (or later) installed in the following paths:
OS X: /Applications/OpenOffice
Linux: /opt/openoffice
LibreOffice 5.2.2 or earlier installed in the following paths:
OS X: /Applications/LibreOffice
Linux: /opt/libreofficex.X.X.X.X (X is the version number)
The officesync(8) man page provides details about the mechanisms that make these Web previews possible. For troubleshooting information, Problems with Office Web previews.
Server-side installation
As long as you have software or software in the right location (see Prerequisites), the Xinet installer should take care of everything else. If you don’t intend to use the Xinet installer, however, turn to the officesync(8) man page for details about manual installation or reinstallation.
OS X servers
Check to see whether you have the installed on your server. If it’s not already there, install it. Apple provides the program on the OS X installation as a custom option. You can also download the software from the Apple Web site. Download the application called XQuartz.
Download the appropriate OS X version of from or the software from
For OpenOffice: Open the .dmg file and double click on the icon to begin installation. A wizard will guide you through the instlallation process.
For LibreOffice: Open the .dmg file and double click on the icon to begin installation. A wizard will guide you through the installation process.
For OpenOffice:
# /usr/etc/venture/bin/officesync -install
For LibreOffice:
/usr/etc/venture/bin/officesync -libre -install
Red Hat and CentOS servers
Download the appropriate OS X version of from or the software from
tar -xvf OOo_4.0_LinuxIntel_install.tar
This will create a directory in /opt called something similar to:
A subdirectory resides inside this directory called RPMS.
a. Install the packages using the following command:
rpm -i *.rpm
su yum install libreoffice
# /usr/etc/venture/bin/officesync -install
To obtain Xinet previews for Office documents, you must enable the database on the Web volume you are using. Enabling the database on volumes provides information about that. You will also need to enable the option, Store Office Document Previews, as well as having either Store Small Web Preview or Store Large Web Preview enabled, as described on here .
As begins rendering files, it needs to have access to appropriate TrueType or Type 1 fonts in the correct repository; otherwise, it can not render documents accurately. On Unix systems some care needs to be taken to ensure that the appropriate fonts reside in the appropriate location.
For more information about fonts and, refer to:
For more information about LibreOffice, refer to: