Automate Professional
Adobe InDesign CS4 Server powers automated solutions that
enable publishers to go beyond manual processes and create
new content and revenue streams. Easy to integrate with
standard development environments, it provides a robust,
flexible, and scalable engine for professional page composition.
Key features
InDesign Server offers all the
professional layout and typographical
capabilities of InDesign CS4, including
layer effects, transparency, and support
for multiple languages and native
Adobe file formats. Optimized for high
uptime on Windows and Macintosh
servers, it provides a flexible and
scalable development environment
with support for InDesign Markup
Language (IDML), SOAP, Java, scripting,
XML, and C++ plug-ins.
Automating professional design
Moving from desktop to server
The benefits of automated publishing
should not come with creative compromises.
Publishers today want to take advantage of
everything automation has to offer: lower
production costs, more personalized and
effective marketing, and the ability to generate
new revenue streams within their existing
businesses. With solutions powered by
InDesign Server, you can implement
automated processes, while still maintaining
a consistently high level of quality in your
finished products.
As a publishing engine, InDesign Server
does not include a built-in user interface.
Rather, you can have one created using Adobe
Flex®, AIR™,, Flash®, or HTML and tailor it
perfectly to your own specific needs. InDesign
Server also offers a rich development environment, including additional support for Java™
and SOAP. It has been rigorously tested to
deliver long periods of continuous uptime on
Mac and Windows® servers. Best
of all, InDesign Server can scale as your
requirements grow, with the ability to
add multiple instances on multiple CPUs.
A robust, flexible, and scalable solution
InDesign Server is a robust, highly flexible,
and scalable automated publishing engine
that provides all the capabilities of InDesign
CS4 in a server-based environment. As
a result, Adobe partners and in-house
development teams can now build solutions
that combine the professional design, layout,
and typographic capabilities of the desktop
software with the power of server-driven
automation. Solutions based on InDesign
Server can eliminate the repetitive tasks
associated with traditional publishing,
freeing up creative resources to work on more
important projects. As a result, publishers
can now create automated content that looks
exactly as if it had been crafted by hand.
Building a solution or buying
from a partner
With InDesign Server, you can choose
to work with an Adobe partner or build
your own solution. If you have development
experience with the InDesign desktop version,
an in-house solution can give you complete
control. But there are many Adobe partners
who have already created and deployed several
automated publishing solutions.
One of them may be able to help you come
to market faster at a lower cost.
System requirements
• 2GHz or faster x86 or x64 processor
(Intel® Itanium® not supported)
• Microsoft® Windows Server® 2003 with Service
Pack 2 (32-bit and 64-bit) or Windows Server
2008 (32-bit and 64-bit)
• .NET Framework 2.0 required for Windows
Service functionality
• 2GB of RAM plus 256MB per additional instance
• 1.8GB of available hard-disk space; additional
free space required during installation
• The Windows virtual memory paging file size
must be increased 2GB for each instance of
InDesign Server
• 1,024x768 monitor resolution with 16-bit or
greater video card
Mac OS
• Intel processor
• Mac OS X v10.4.11–10.5.4 Server
• 2GB of RAM plus 256MB per additional instance
• 1.6GB of available hard-disk space; additional
free space required during installation (cannot
install on UFS, ZFS, or HFS case-sensitive
formatted volumes or partitions)
• 1,024x768 monitor resolution with 16-bit or
greater video card
Related products
•Adobe Creative Suite® 4
•Adobe InDesign CS4
•Adobe InCopy CS4
•Adobe Flash CS4 Professional
•Adobe Flex®
• Adobe AIR™
•Adobe LiveCycle® Policy Server
•Adobe LiveCycle Reader® Extensions
Automated publishing solutions powered
by InDesign CS4 Server
Because InDesign Server is an engine that powers automated publishing solutions, its
potential applications are virtually limitless. Here are five typical ways companies
use InDesign Server today.
Personalized marketing
Also known as Variable Data Publishing
(VDP) or one-to-one marketing, personalized
marketing enables publishers to create
compelling content that speaks directly to an
individual rather than a broad group, with
different iterations of a publication for every
individual customer. Such differences range
from changing text and images on a page to
building entirely unique documents.
Where traditional personalized marketing has
often lacked the design and production values
of a publication created by hand, InDesign
Server enables marketers to automate professional design and layout. This creates engaging
communications that result in more effective
promotions and a more intimate relationship
with customers.
Catalog creation
Today, retailers and catalog companies are
under pressure to produce catalogs that are
more up to date and better targeted to specific
customers or opportunities. Catalog creation
solutions enable them to automate the
production of professionally designed catalogs.
These solutions can either be inexpensive
standalone applications driven by spreadsheets, or part of a broad and robust CMS,
PIM, or catalog management system.
InDesign Server enables such solutions to
dramatically decrease the time needed to
produce professionally designed catalogs,
without requiring the deployment of additional creative resources.
Brochure and collateral creation
For more information
For more details about Adobe InDesign CS4
Server, visit
Adobe Systems Incorporated
345 Park Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110-2704
The production of marketing collateral can be
a time-consuming process that detracts from
more business-critical tasks. Brochure and
collateral solutions, often called web-to-print,
provide a much more flexible workflow for
producing and making changes to marketing
materials. Creative professionals can retain
control over the look and feel of marketing
materials, while enabling nondesigners to edit
and change specific page elements. Writers,
editors, and marketing professionals can add,
edit, and change content such as logos,
addresses, or product information. These
solutions significantly improve the efficiency
of collaborative workflows, while enabling
brand managers to ensure the integrity of the
final product.
Self-service ad creation
Newspapers and magazines can greatly
streamline and enhance the production of
display and classified ads. Self-service ad
creation solutions enable readers to quickly
create their own advertisements online using a
wide variety of styles and templates and then
see an accurate preview of them before they
are placed. At the same time, newspapers and
magazines can accept ads much later in the
production process and also upsell customers
by showing them higher value options. As a
result, they can offer new advertising opportunities and a better customer experience,
without sacrificing quality or requiring
additional resources.
Editorial workflow automation
Book, newspaper, and magazine publishers are
using solutions powered by InDesign Server to
automate parts of their existing editorial
workflows to handle processor-intensive tasks
that would otherwise be taking place on the
desktop, such as PDF file and thumbnail
creation. Others are using these solutions to
enable writers and editors to work on stories
from a remote location via a web browser.
InDesign Server can provide them with an
accurate copyfitting experience that would
otherwise require a desktop version of Adobe
InCopy® or InDesign software.
Adobe, the Adobe logo, Adobe AIR, Creative Suite, Flash, Flex, InCopy, InDesign, LiveCycle, and Reader are either registered trademarks or trademarks
of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. Mac and Mac OS are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and
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