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How to use Dash with Adobe products

Learn about accessing your Dash assets from within Creative Cloud

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Written by Charlie Pinker
Updated over a week ago

You can access your Dash assets from within the Adobe Creative Cloud product suite using our integration with LinkrUI.

What can you do with LinkrUI?

With our LinkrUI integration, you can access your Dash assets from within external applications and download assets straight into your documents. With LinkrUI, you can:

  • Search and browse your Dash assets from within support Adobe applications (see below for the full list).

  • Download Dash assets directly into your documents.

  • Upload modified assets back to Dash as a new version of an existing asset.

What applications are supported?

LinkrUI for Adobe supports the following applications:

  • Photoshop

  • Illustrator

  • InDesign

  • Premier Pro

  • After Effects

What operating systems are supported?

LinkrUI supports both Windows and MacOS.

How much does LinkrUI cost?

Here are the prices for LinkrUI for Microsoft Office applications. All fees are annual and renew automatically until cancelled:

Currency

Annual price per user

GBP

£162

USD

$224

EUR

€204

CAD

$285

AUD

$306

LinkrUI is charged annually as a separate subscription to your Dash subscription.

Is there a free trial?

Yes, all new LinkrUI activations come with a two week free trial. Once the trial period expires, your LinkrUI plugin will expire unless you request to sign up (so there will be no automatic invoices if you forget you had a trial!).


Setting up the integration

1. Download the plugin

The plugin can be downloaded from within Dash - just go to Admin > Integrations.

2. Log in to the plugin

  1. Now you've got the plugin installed, open up your Adobe application (we'll use Photoshop as an example)

  2. Open the LinkrUI panel by clicking "Window > Extensions (legacy) > LinkrUI"

  3. Enter your Dash URL, for example "planto.dash.app" and click "Authenticate"

  4. You'll be taken to a webpage where you should log in to your Dash in the way you normally do.

  5. If successful, you should see a "Authentication complete. You can now use LinkrUI." message. You can close the browser tab and return to Photoshop where the panel should now be showing your Dash assets.


Using the integration

Searching and browsing

You can locate an asset in various ways:

  1. Simply browse the folder structure until you see the asset you need.

  2. Use the search box to enter any search term. This will search all of the same asset metadata that the usual Dash search does.

Browsing your collections

You can browse your Dash collections by clicking the Collections dropdown list to the left of the search bar.

This will show your list of collections, which you can then choose from to see the assets in that collection.

To search for assets within the collection, first select your collection then enter a search term and the list will be filtered.

Downloading assets

Once you have found the asset you'd like to add to your document, simply drag it to the document area to place it. Alternatively, click the three dots to the right of the asset filename and choose "Place" (to place it within an existing document) or "Open" (to open it as its own new document).

Your asset is now added to your document or opened in a new one 🙂.

Uploading a new version of an asset

Let's say you've made an edit in Photoshop to an asset you have downloaded via LinkrUI, and you'd like to update your Dash asset with the new version, using Dash's versioning feature. Here's how you do it:

  1. Make sure you have saved the updated image in Photoshop. This should be saved as the same image format as originally used - don't convert it to a different format such as PSD.

  2. You will notice a red triangle shows in the panel by the asset, indicating there is a version discrepancy now between the local asset and the lcoud asset.

  3. Click the three dot menu to the right of the filename and choose "Update".

  4. The local asset will be uploaded to Dash as a new version.


Using cloud links

LinkrUI keeps track of every asset you add to Dash, so it always maintains a link between the locally-downloaded asset and the corresponding asset that exists in Dash. This is useful if you have opened the document on a different computer and want to carry on with your work, for example uploading new versions back to Dash.

To view the links relating to your document, click the Links icon at the bottom of the LinkrUI panel:

From here, you can:

  • Relink the local asset to the cloud asset

  • Relink the cloud asset to the local asset

Storing InDesign documents in Dash

You can store your InDesign documents in Dash. This works exactly the same as an asset itself - if you update the document locally, LinkrUI will inform you that the cloud version is now out of date and gives you the chance to update it.

Here you can see that the local file has been updated:

To update the Dash/cloud version of the document, click the document icon and then click "Update".

If a linked asset is removed from Dash

If a linked asset is removed from Dash, it will remain in the local inDesign document. You will see that it has been


LinkrUI User Guide

A full user guide provided by LinkrUI can be downloaded from here.


Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if a new version of a Dash asset is added to Dash by another user while I'm working on it locally?

In this scenario, LinkrUI will spot this has happened and will automatically ask you if you would like to update your local version of the asset with the new version from the cloud.

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