Collaborate with live story linking to Google Docs.

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DocsFlow Description

DocsFlow will provide users with an Adobe InDesign extension that brings collaborative editing power of Google Docs with dynamic linking from any InDesign story to a target Google Docs document, along with the almost magical ability to re-weave any Google Docs document changes into the linked story, on update.

DocsFlow’s breakthrough concept is connecting freely-available and popular web-based editing tools (Google Docs for now) with InDesign, giving you a zero-cost-per-seat editorial workflow solution that is extraordinarily easy to manage.

Using DocsFlow means you need no special resources to build, maintain or learn the editorial side (which is just Google Docs), and means no learning curve on the design side (since DocsFlow builds on the native InDesign story linking and story editing machinery).

And getting started couldn’t be easier: download and install the plugin, select Place from Google Docs…, log in, and start placing dynamically-linked documents.

With DocsFlow, both the InDesign story and the Google Docs document can be edited independently, and the InDesign Links palette will show you the status of both at any point.

When the Google Docs document is edited, you’ll see the link’s status change to “modified” (a yellow alert icon), and you can update the story from Google Docs with a double-click on the icon. Any changes on the Google Docs side are merged into the the story, even if the latter has been changed.

After each update, open the story editor with change marks showing, to see who changed what. Or, click the edit original icon in the palette to immediately edit the linked story in Google Docs.

Most of the text-level formatting in the Google Docs document will import naturally, and Google Docs block-level styles are mapped to default InDesign styles. You can control the basic character and paragraph-level style mapping using import options when placing.

System requirements

  • Adobe InDesign CS5 or above

Limitations in the unregistered version

  • Limited only to a single, updatable Google Docs story link

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