Every environment is a little different. You will need administrative rights to your local computer, internet access, and prerequisites to set up Typefi Server for Desktop.
- Download all required files (see the Download list) (Windows and Mac)
- Install the supported version of Adobe InDesign. Check the Typefi system requirements and product support matrix for details.
- On Windows, disable UAC on the system (Windows Only).
- Restart the system.
- Collect all serialisation materials, including:
- Typefi Server Installation ID.
- Typefi Typefitter serial number (if part of your purchase).
The Typefi FTP is used to distribute all binaries. Each named user is granted access. If your FTP account is missing resources, please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Typefi Server for Desktop:
- Typefi Designer:
- Typefi Writer (if required):
- Typefitter (if required):
- Typefi Server plug-ins from https://ftp.typefi.com. These are “*.war files”. Although Typefi publishes all available plug-ins, download only the required ones since installing unnecessary plug-ins is not recommended.
- Deliverables (scripts, fonts, and other materials used for projects):
Install - abbreviated procedures
These procedures are designed to help system administrators quickly deploy a Typefi Desktop Server.
1. Run the installers
- Run the Typefi Designer installer accepting all defaults; there is no need to change the installation path. This is a simple defaults only installation and will complete in a few seconds.
- If required, run the Typefi Writer installer.
- If required, run the Typefitter installer.
- License Typefitter. Typefitter requires a serial number which may have been issued with your purchase or is available for purchase online at http://www.typefi.com/typefitter. When serialising Typefitter, right-click Adobe InDesign and Run as Administrator.
- Confirm the successful installation of the components.
- Open Adobe InDesign, click the Window menu, confirm the presence of Typefi panels.
- Open Microsoft Word and confirm the presence of the Typefi Writer ribbon.
- Run the Typefi Server for Desktop installer. It is our recommendation to accept all default settings. Once the installer completes, Typefi Server for Desktop will launch as a background application. Typefi Desktop installs key configuration and data files into c:\ProgramData\Typefi. This folder may be hidden on your machine.
- Reboot the machine.
- Once back up, verify Typefi Server for Desktop is running in the background by opening your internet browser and going to http://localhost:8080.
- Open Adobe InDesign and minimise it. Leave it open.
3. Configure Typefi Server for Desktop
- Open your web browser and visit http://localhost:8080. The Typefi Server Web UI should open to the Files page.
- Go to Admin → Licenses. Click Add and enter your Typefi Installation ID, and then click Request License. The license key will be requested from our activation server and e-mailed to your organisation’s Tech Rep. A new tab will open with “License request Successful”. You may close the new tab, and a license box will be visible in the previous tab you had open. You will paste your key into this box. You can click request again if you accidentally close the window; however, subsequent requests will show “License request Unsuccessful”.
- Verify your license. Click on Admin → Licenses and verify that the new license is present.
- Click on the Admin tab, and click Plugins. Click Add Plugins to install the additional WAR files provided in your Deliverables. You will have a few of them. Each time you add a file, the process may take a moment and will populate the new action on that screen with an auto-refresh. Do not cancel or manually refresh the page. If you do not see the files uploading, this means a local security setting is affecting the system. As a temporary workaround, you may go to
C:\ProgramData\Typefi\DesktopServer\webappsand paste all the WAR files into that folder. You will see them self-extract within a few moments. If this happens, make a note of the issue so it can be resolved.
- Go to Admin → External Applications and select InDesign. Click New Engine and configure your InDesign by:
- Name your engine
- Select the version
- Click the Refresh button and confirm that PDF Presets are populated. If you do not see a change, verify Adobe InDesign is started.
4. Run a test job
As a best practice, we recommend building a test workflow to make sure your Typefi Server is configured correctly. In addition, we strongly recommend using the Create InDesign document workflow action to test the system’s core functionality.
If your workflows are not running, check the job log. If you see this error, Could not run workflow (workflow.typefi_workflow). Invalid license. Contact Typefi to obtain a valid license., then go back to the Admin → Licenses page and delete all licenses except for the most recent one.
Then, rerun the test workflow.
If deleting the old licenses did not fix the issue, please contact your Solutions Consultant.
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