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Enabling Folio builder in Adobe InDesign 5.5

When one of the lecturers here in the School of Computing at Robert Gordons Universityheard that we were entitled to the upgrade our Adobe software to version 5.5 we were asked to install it for a project student who was developing a magazine layout for the iPad.

The software was installed in our C11 project lab for the student to use where he complained that Folio Builder was not available as an option. As per usual this came in as an email to the Computing Support team who dutifully popped along and checked that it existed in the inDesign extensions.

To view if the option is available, click Windows and Extensions and a drop menu shows you the installed ones.

So, it is there; an email is sent back to the student about it….. Now forward on four weeks… Yeah, I know, that long… We are enow coming closer to project submission times.

Call comes in from the student again that Folio Builder is still not working. Now here we come against a common technical support problem… Yes, we are masters of installation and getting your PC working when it stops. What we are not, are masters of every software package and it’s various nuances… It’s impossible.

Now, although the Folio Builder is there as an option, it’s not quite installed all the components required for publishing. This was never checked for. But thats OK because we are pointed to the download link to get the Folio producer from here (note this is for Windows):

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=172&platform=Windows

From that page we get two downloads, The actual Folio Producer tool and a seperate download for the Folio Panel itself. Download the latest revisions of both.

Install the Folio Producer Tool first.

  • Unpack the ZIP file and run the Set-up.exe in the extracted folder.
  • An AIR installer will fire up; Accept the license terms and click Accept.
  • Then Click the Install button on the next page.
  • Clicking Done at the final screen end the installer.

Running InDesign at this point and trying to run Filio builder gives you the same message as before… We still need to install the Folio Panel.

A Very similar process is required for installing the Folio Panel except there is no license to accept:

  • Unpack the ZIP file and run the Set-up.exe in the extracted folder.
  • An AIR installer will fire up; Click the Install button on the displayed page.
  • Clicking Done at the final screen end the installer.

Thinking that was us done, we fired up InDesign and went to run Folio builder only to be met with a new message:

You do not have a compatible Digital Publishing Plug-in. Click here to download the Folio Producer tools.

Clicking on the link to us right back where we started…..

Queue Google Search… Initially, nothing..

Ran the Folio Producer again (getting desperate now) and noticed that the installer given points to an Producer tools for CS5.

Another Google search, this time specifically looking for Folio Producer tools for InDesign CS5.5 Windows. And came upon this download link.

http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5133

Download the Folio Producer Tool Patch.

  • Unpack the ZIP file and run the AdobePatchInstaller.exe in the extracted folder.
  • An AIR installer will fire up and isntall the patch
  • Clicking Quit at the final screen end the installer.

Running InDesign and loading the Folio Builder Extension now works. All you need now to get going is a Free Adobe ID.

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4 responses to “Enabling Folio builder in Adobe InDesign 5.5

  1. marta December 20, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    haha thanks so much

  2. Kristen January 29, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    There is one for CS5 too.

    http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5133&PID=4172469

    • Kristen January 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      You need the most current one or it won’t work. See the most current one for this list! http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=181&platform=Windows

  3. Liz May 4, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    This helped me tremendously. I had all the same problems, and now it works. Thank you so much!

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