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sidecar.xml generator

Jun 29, 2011 5:18 AM

Good Morning.

 

I present to you the sidecar.xml generator for Adobe's Digital Publishing Suite.

 

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This tool creates the sidecar.xml file for you after you entered all metadata for each article.

You can change the order of the articles by just drag-and-drop.

It is usefull for non-subscribers to DPS, who can only re-arrange folios with the sidecar.xml method.

 

It is a small website at:

projects.nordsueddesign.de/sidecarxml

 

Works in every modern browser. It uses many JavaScript, so use a fast browser, especially if you have a lot of articles.

 

I use it on my own and decided to release it to the public until Adobe comes out with a new Version of the Folio Builder Panel wich will then support re-ordering.

 

After you added some articles and metadata, click on "Generate sidecar.xml file" to get the raw text for your file. Paste the whole xml-content into a sidecar.xml file, put into it's own folder and import the folder with the "Import Multiple Articles" method. Then the metadata from sidecar.xml is pulled into your folio.

 

The generator creates a unique URL each time you make a change or click "save". With this (very long URL) you can come back later to the generator to make changes to your sidecar.xml file.

 

Please keep in mind that I made this tool in one day for myself. There might be some glitches when deleting articles from the list, always keep an eye on your data.

 

Hope this is helpful for some people working on folios as non-subscribers.

 

—Johannes

 
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    Jun 29, 2011 5:21 AM   in reply to Johannes Eckert

    You sir, are a superstar!

     

    Thanks for sharing that with the community.

     

    Bob

     
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    Jun 29, 2011 6:40 AM   in reply to Johannes Eckert

    Hi Johannes,

     

    Thanks for the generator it's much easier than handcoding the xml file and it's going to save a lot of time :-)

     

    Tony

     
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    Jun 29, 2011 7:01 AM   in reply to Johannes Eckert

    thanx for sharing!

     
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    Jun 29, 2011 7:01 AM   in reply to Johannes Eckert

    Johannes, super work!

     

    I have also made a tool for generation of sidecar.xml but using the Filemaker engine.

    Below is a screenshot of Article Entry View (with mock-up)

    sidecar_editor.png

    I did not publish it, because it looked like that functionality would be soon obsolete... It has a basic mock-up functionality, so one can test how the metadata fits in place. But I could not implement drag-n-drop of articles in Table View, as in your solution.  Congratulations!

     

    Tomek

     
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    Jun 29, 2011 8:06 AM   in reply to Johannes Eckert

    To Johannes,

     

     

     

    Could I ask were to find any articles I add to the sidecar generator.

     

     

    Would these articles be located on my local hard drive, or the acrobat.com server, having never used a .xml sidecar generator before where can I find these files for .xml conversion do I use my main indesign .indd file or the saved version within the folio builder any further details would be helpful.

     

     

     

    Regards

     

     

     

    Vividi

     
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    Jun 29, 2011 8:29 AM   in reply to Johannes Eckert

    Thank you! This is so cool. Thanks for sharing again.

    Just said "what adobe can't offer, the community does it itself"

     
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    Jun 29, 2011 8:38 AM   in reply to Anselm Hannemann

    Very cool -- thank you!

     

    -- Jeff

     
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  • Bob Bringhurst
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    Jun 29, 2011 9:56 AM   in reply to Johannes Eckert

    Excellent job, Johannes. I linked to your generator from help, which I'll update later today.

     

    With the next release, using the sidecar.xml file won't be necessary to re-order articles, but a lot of people still like to use the sidecar.xml file for importing a folio folder. It's especially useful if you end up needing to rebuild a folio for whatever reason. Thanks!

     
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  • Casey Jensen
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    Nov 1, 2011 12:00 PM   in reply to Johannes Eckert

    I just wanted to update this post to remind users this is a very useful tool, and resolves some of the major problems and frustrations with the Folio Producer in its current state (Slow, buggy, and crashes).

     

    We're using a modified iteration in conjunction with a SQL backend to persist the data (as there are limits to the length of a URL, and our users might forget to save the URL).

     

    Thanks again Johannes for your work on this.

     
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    Jun 18, 2012 11:45 AM   in reply to Johannes Eckert

    I've just tried it for the first time and... WOW! Johannes, You're Da Man! Thanks a lot

     
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