Make FontExplorer X and InDesign 5.5 play well together.
Recently, one of our clients wanted to start using a font management suite. They decided on FontExplorer X (FEX) Server as the solution. The thing is, they had also recently upgraded to Adobe CS 5.5, so would it work?
Currently, FEX can auto-install plugins for Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator 5.0 and below from the Plug-in Management tool right in the client app, so if you have 5.0 or below, the FEX client app will automatically detect them, and you can install the plug-in from the management tool. Great, but what if you’re running CS 5.5?
The FEX plugins for CS 5 work in 5.5, but the auto-install feature only works for Illustrator 5.1 (version for the 5.5 suite). For Photoshop 5.1 and InDesign 5.5, you have to manually install the 5.0 plugin (go to the app folder for the earlier version under “Plugin”, and copy the FEX plugin to the respective folder for the updated app).
This worked perfectly for Photoshop and Illustrator 5.1, but when InDesign 5.5 was launched, there was a notification that the FEX plugin wasn’t compatible.
It took a while to figure out what the issue was, but apparently the latest updates for InDesign 5.5 break the FEX plugin. To solve the issue, InDesign 5.5 was uninstalled, then re-installed to remove the latest Adobe updates, then the plugin was put back in the “Plugins” folder for InDesign 5.5. Problem solved.
If you use FEX and are thinking of upgrading to CS 5.5, wait to run updates for InDesign until a new FEX plugin is released that’s compatible with the 5.5 version. Hope this helps some folks going down that road.