iXcontrol® FAQ

Thank you for your interest in our extension iXcontrol® for Adobe InDesign. A list of frequently asked questions can be found below. Please select the desired category.

Is iXcontrol an extension to Adobe InDesign?
Yes. It is an add-on or extension with its own interface (panel).

Which InDesign Server versions are supported?
iXcontrol not only supports CS6, but all CC versions as well.

How is iXcontrol installed?
The extension is installed via the extension manager or directly from the Adobe add-on store. The extension can be downloaded from the Adobe add-on store for CC2015/CC2017.

Which operating systems does iXcontrol run on?
On Windows and Mac. Please note the system requirements.

Which languages is iXcontrol available in?
German and English.

Can I set a restriction on which document elements are editable?
Yes. You can define how a given frame can be edited at the frame level.

How does iXcontrol work?
iXcontrol is an extension for Adobe InDesign Desktop. The extension enables you to assign unique names to the frames and it lets you define the rules you want. This can be done in a single operation when creating the layout. These rules are stored “in” the InDesign file and also move with it. Our editor components, iXedit and iXcopy, then import these rules and respond accordingly.

How are the corporate design standards for the document ensured?
You can also use the frame rules to define the corporate design. You can define which elements are editable, which are not, and what the user is allowed to do within a given frame.

Which elements can be tagged with iXcontrol?
As a basic principle, we distinguish between text, image and table frames. The latter can also be “broken down” into cells. There are various rules with different settings for each element.

Can text formats be restricted?
Yes. You can restrict the selection of text formats so that users cannot select one arbitrarily.

How are rules for image frames set?
You can specify the InDesign-typical customisation rules for image frames. When images are inserted or replaced, the image is automatically adjusted according to the rules.

How do I prevent image resolution from being too poor?
You have the possibility of entering a minimum DPI value in tagging. This value is used in the online editor and a warning is sounded if it is not met.

Are there rules for dynamic frame behaviour?
Yes. For example, frames can automatically extend in height as more text is entered. In addition, other frames can then change their position, for example, by shifting accordingly.

Can several frames be defined in a single work process?
Yes. In this case, a consecutive number would be added to the assigned name for the frame, since the names of the frames must be unique. You can also differentiate between texts and images as well as visibility.

Are there functions to adjust page sizes?
Yes. For example, elements can affect the height of the page, such as when a display has different amounts of bullet points.

Are right-to-left texts supported?
Yes. For example, Hebrew or Arabic. You can configure the frame accordingly. Please note that you need a special version of InDesign to be able to define paragraph formats that run from right to left.

Is training in the use of the extension necessary?
No. However, it is useful to know which parameters cause what. A brief introduction should suffice.

Is there a cost for iXcontrol?
No. You can install and use it free of charge.


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