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Getting started with INX2FO Plug-In

After INX2FO Plug-In correctly installed on your computer as described above, launch Adobe InDesign. You should see the main panel of INX2FO Plug-In (see Fig. 1). If you do not see this panel choose Window menu and check INX2FO menu item to make it available in Adobe InDesign (see Fig. 2).

Fig. 1 INX2FO Plug-In main panel
 
Fig. 2 Choosing INX2FO Plug-In menu item

INX2FO Plug-In main panel

Main panel of INX2FO Plug-In (see Fig. 1) contains some controls affect current INX2FO Plug-In run only:

   
 

Output folder

 

This is a folder to store output files during INX to XSL-FO transformation. This field value overrides output folder value from Settings dialog. If it is not specified then corresponding field from Settings dialog will be used.

   
 

View resulting document after transform

 

If this check box is checked then after successful transformation resulting document file will be opened with associated program.

Main panel also contains buttons to change Data binding and global Plug-In settings and buttons to start data source converter, preview resulting document, run transformation process and show resulting log.

 

Settings dialog

If you click Open Settings dialog... button on INX2FO Plug-In main panel Settings dialog will be opened (see Fig. 3). On this dialog you can set various parameters which will affect current and next INX2FO Plug-In run. All settings from this dialog will be stored in InDesign settings storage.

 
Fig. 3 INX2FO Plug-In Settings dialog
   
 

Path to XEP

 

At this field you have to specify full path to xep.bat batch file from RenderX XEP package or to XslDriver.exe file from RenderX XEPWin package.
Also the full path to Saxon.jar will be automatically set to default value relatively to xep.bat path root folder (if Path to Saxon.jar is empty).

   
 

Path to Saxon.jar

 

At this field you have to specify full path to Saxon.jar file.

   
 

Path to INX2FO stylesheets

 

At this field you have to specify path to folder where INX2FO stylesheets are installed.

   
 

Path to default output folder

 

At this field you have to specify path to folder to store all resulting files during INX2FO transformation process. This folder must exist before starting conversion process. This folder will contain INX file, resulting XSL-FO, generated document and LOG file with transformation results. If you specify path at field Output folder on INX2FO Plug-Ins main panel then that path will be used as output folder path for current INX2FO Plug-In run.

   
 

Java options

 

At this field you can specify some additional options for Java (for Saxon XSLT processor and for XEP formater).

   
 

Output document format

 

This combobox allows you to select type of resulting document. By default output format is PDF.

   
 

Make FO file

 

If this check box is checked then FO file will be also created during INX2FO process (through individual Saxon XSLT processor call). Otherwise all required transformation from INX to resulting document will be made without additional creation of FO file. In this case transformation process will be finished more quickly.

   
 

Use current document folder as output folder

 

If this check box is checked then all temporary and resulting files (.inx, .pdf, .ps, .fo and .log) will be stored in the same folder with source document. Activating this option will replace value and disable Path to output folder field. If you specify path at field Output folder on INX2FO Plug-In’s main panel then that path will be used as output folder path for current INX2FO Plug-In run.

   
 

Overwrite existing output files

 

If this check box is checked then all resulting output files will replace existing once without additional prompt. Otherwise before overwriting existing file user will be prompted about it. If user cancels overwriting then INX2FO transformation process will be terminated at once.

 

Data binding dialog

If you click Open Data binding params dialog... button on INX2FO Plug-In main panel then Data binding dialog will be opened (see Fig. 4). Controls on this dialog will be enabled only if active document has external data source bound to it.

 
Fig. 4 INX2FO Plug-In Data binding dialog
   
 

Folder for output database XML file

 

INX2FO Plug-In can correctly process InDesign documents with external comma-separated (CSV) and TAB-separated (TXT) data source files. It is needed to convert source CSV/TXT file to XML since INX2FO stylesheets can only work with XML data. In this field you can specify path to folder where resulting XML data source will be stored. If this field is not specified then Settings dialog’s or main panel’s output folder value will be used instead.

   
 

Use existing XML data source file check box

 

If you already have XML file with correct data for active document then you can check this check box and specify path to existing XML file. This file will be used instead of original data source bound to the active document. See also “Data source converter” section of the “INX2FO User Documentation Part III - Plug-In” for details

   
 

Generate merged document for records

 

This section is used to specify range of records to generate output document. Field from is used to specify start record number. If you wish to define end record too you have to check to check box and specify last record number. Otherwise the last record of generated document equals to last record of data source. Only positive numbers are supported for both from and to fields.