Understanding the Brightspot-InDesign synchronization

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When you import content from Brightspot to InDesign, a process runs that pulls the text and images from Brightspot and pushes them to the corresponding object in InDesign. The process examines each object in the InDesign document and does the following:

  1. Determines the tag associated with the object.
  2. Looks up the field in Brightspot associated with the same tag.
  3. Retrieves the value from Brightspot for the field.
  4. Places the value into the InDesign object.

The following diagram illustrates an import from Brightspot to InDesign for three fields: headline, subheadline, and author.

Brightspot-InDesign field synchronization example

Once you import content from Brightspot to InDesign, Brightspot does the following:

  • Creates an InDesign item that mirrors the InDesign document
  • Associates copies of the imported items with the InDesign item
Brightspot-InDesign synchronization diagram.svg

Referring to the previous illustration—

  • An editor created three items in Brightspot. These items are intended for electronic publication.
  • A designer imported the three items into InDesign. When the import is complete, Brightspot maintains a placeholder for the InDesign document as well as the three articles exported to that document.
  • As the editor and designer collaborate on the items, Brightspot synchronizes their edits between the print document (in InDesign) and the electronic item (in Brightspot). The original items exported from Brightspot are not synchronized.

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