1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 23, 2012 8:28 AM by peter minneapolis

    InDesign CS5 on two computers with same settings

    2vn

      Hi.  New to macs and adobe software, so please help if you can.

      Have a macbook air and a imac, both running indesign.

      Is it possible to have both machine use the same settings, workspace, layout etc. (ie when a change the workspace or preferences on one machine, it will be the same on the other machine)

      I understand about library and snippets, but wanting the main preferences, workspace, swatches, preflight etc etc to all be the same on both machines.

      I know you can export and import some settings, but this means i have to rememeber to update each computer.

      Looking for a way to have both machines access the setting from a common source.

      I have an external wireless drive that both machines can access.

      Is this possible???? thanks.

        • 1. Re: InDesign CS5 on two computers with same settings
          peter minneapolis Level 4

          2vn wrote:

           

          Hi.  New to macs and adobe software, so please help if you can.

          Have a macbook air and a imac, both running indesign.

          Is it possible to have both machine use the same settings, workspace, layout etc. (ie when a change the workspace or preferences on one machine, it will be the same on the other machine)

          I understand about library and snippets, but wanting the main preferences, workspace, swatches, preflight etc etc to all be the same on both machines.

          I know you can export and import some settings, but this means i have to rememeber to update each computer.

          Looking for a way to have both machines access the setting from a common source.

          I have an external wireless drive that both machines can access.

          Is this possible???? thanks.

          This sounds like a perfect opportunity for cloud-based applications. The app's on neither machine, but accessible to all subscribed users.

           

          You could try installing InDesign on the external drive and starting up from it, instead of the internal drives. Probably there'll be problems because each Mac model installs OS X specifically.

           

          InDesign's able to script startup operations, so you might be able to script copying the settings files from one location to the other, with perhaps a dialog box to confirm/ignore, depending on which location's got the most up-to-date settings. Or, perhaps a shutdown script that copies from each machine's session to "iacsettings" or "airsettings" stored files, and a startup script to choose when launching.

           

           

          HTH

           

           

          Regards,

           

           

          Peter

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