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.
List 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.
Extracts text and image information from InDesign files so that text can be searched and also links/containing docs can be seen in the Details Window. For configuration details, see Configuring Xinet Metadata ID on Client Systems.
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.
(Because of browser limitations, we have stopped supporting Firefox browser versions after 45 (ESR), and will not support Firefox after Xinet 19.)
A plug-in for InDesign that allows users to “drag and drop” images from the Web preview directly into InDesign documents on the desktop.
Xinet Contextual Menu (CM)
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 versions that work with Safari and Chrome. (Because of browser limitations, we have stopped supporting Firefox browser versions after 45 (ESR), and will not support Firefox after Xinet 19.) To find the Chrome extension, search for “Xinet CM” in the Chrome web store.
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.