InDesign Server is a layout and composition engine that developers can use to build server-based solutions and automate everyday publishing tasks.
Typically described as a “headless” (that is, no user interface) version of InDesign, InDesign Server has the same robust design and typographical capabilities, but is adapted for server use with support for multiple instances, error capturing and logging, and communication through SOAP and CORBA.
InDesign Server can be integrated into established publishing workflows to serve as the behind-the-scenes engine for operations such as providing Web-based access to layouts and text. It can also be used to automate common labor-intensive tasks such as PDF and thumbnail creation.
Like its desktop counterpart, InDesign Server offers a rich development environment. It supports open standards such as XML, and it is highly scriptable and extensible. It can be extended with InDesign APIs to create C++ plug-ins, Java components, and Java-, Apple- and VBScripts.
With InDesign Server, developers can automate editorial workflow functions while ensuring the high output quality of Adobe Creative Suite applications.
MEI sells InDesign Server to end customers who wish to purchase a license rather than an integrated solution. We also can provide pre-sales support, consulting and custom-development resources.