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    Akeneo Web To Print

    Introduction

    Akeneo Web To Print extension acts as a connector between Akeneo and Adobe InDesign. Using this extension, you can export products from Akeneo PIM to Adobe InDesign. The products exported can be easily categorized into documents like print catalogs, brochures, magazines, and other print materials.

    Print catalogs are one of the efficient ways by which retailers can advertise their products, by providing the pamphlets directly into the hands of the consumer.

    Basic Requirements:

    • This module works with Akeneo 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x, 2.3.x, 3.0.x, 3.1.x, 3.2.x, 4.0.x and 5.x. Download Akeneo from here
    • This module is compatible with the Akeneo community and Enterprise(Flexibility) edition.
    • If you want to use this extension on Akeneo EE Serenity mode, please contact us.
    • For the Akeneo installation, your Akeneo server should meet these system requirements.

    Video Tutorials

     Check out the following video tutorials below:

    Akeneo Web to Print Installation on Windows

    Akeneo Web to Print Installation on Mac

    Features

    1. Create export jobs for exporting products data from Akeneo to Adobe InDesign
    2. Re-fetch export data from Adobe InDesign
    3. Send multiple images with the content
    4. Also works with product models
    5. Akeneo Web To Print is compatible with latest Akeneo version 5.0.x
    6. Filter products using categories, families, locales, identifier
    7. Source code open for customization

    Installing Module For Version 4.0.x to 5.0.x

    Please follow these steps for installing  Adobe Web To Print extension module in your Akeneo PIM platform.

    1 – Unzip the respective extension zip then merge the “src” folder into akeneo project root directory.

    src-magento-2-1-1-

    2 – Goto config/Bundles.php then add line:

    Webkul\Web2PrintBundle\Web2PrintBundle::class => ['all' => true],

    in return array.

    3 – Copy the “config” folder into akeneo project root directory for routing.

    src-magento-2-1-1-1

    – Run this command after ssh to your akeneo server by the terminal

    php bin/console Web2Print:setup:install

    5. If you are using php-fpm. Then you need to restart the php-fpm services and apache web server.

    For Akeneo 5

    sudo service php-fpm7.4 restart

    For Akeneo 4

    sudo service php-fpm7.3 restart

    Docker Installation Command :

    For Akeneo 5

    alias docker_php='docker-compose run -u www-data --rm php php';
    alias docker_yarn='docker-compose run -u node --rm node yarn';
    docker_php bin/console cache:clear --env=prod;
    docker_php bin/console pim:installer:assets --symlink --clean --env=prod;
    docker_php bin/console d:s:u --force;
    docker_yarn run webpack;
    docker_yarn run update-extensions;
    docker_yarn run less;

    For Akeneo 4

    alias docker_php='docker-compose run -u www-data --rm php php';
    alias docker_yarn='docker-compose run -u node --rm node yarn';
    docker_php bin/console cache:clear --env=prod;
    docker_php bin/console pim:installer:assets --symlink --clean --env=prod;
    docker_php bin/console d:s:u --force;
    docker_yarn run webpack;
    docker_yarn run less;

    Module Installation For Version 2.x to 3.x

    Follow the below steps for installing Adobe Web To Print extension in the Akeneo PIM Platform.

    1 – Unzip the respective extension zip then merge the “src” folder into akeneo project root directory.

    Web2Print Bundle

    2 – Goto app/AppKernel.php then add a line in function registerProjectBundles()

    new Webkul\Web2PrintBundle\Web2PrintBundle(),
    Adding Web2Print Bundle

    3 – Goto app/config/routing.yml then add these lines at the top of the file

    web2print_connector:
        resource: "@Web2PrintBundle/Resources/config/routing.yml"
        prefix:   /
    Code Update in routing

    4 – You have to navigate first to Akeneo installation directory (Ex: cd /opt/bitnami/apps/akeneo/htdocs). After SSH, you have to run the command to your Akeneo server by the terminal.

    php bin/console cache:clear--env=prod;
    
    rm -rf ./var/cache/** && php bin/console pim:install:asset --env=prod && php bin/console assets:install web --symlink && yarn run webpack && php bin/console d:s:u --force

    5 – You have to restart your web server like Apache, Nginx. Run the command for the Apache webserver.

    sudo service apache2 restart

    6 – If you are using php-fpm. Then you need to restart the php-fpm services.

    sudo service php-fpm7.2 restart

    Common Issues After Installation

    It might happen that even after proper installation, upon opening your Akeneo admin dashboard, you see a loading screen. In that case, do check for the following solution:

    1 – Webpack Installation: If you get the below error.

    Webpack error

    It means that a webpack is not installed in your system. Run the following command

    npm install --save-prod webpack
    npm install

    2 – Module routing.yml is not configured properly. Re-check the routing.yml file as mentioned in the 3rd step of Module Installation

    3 – Clear your browser cache.

    Creating Products in Akeneo

    To create a new product in Akeneo

    1 – Go to Products > Create after that select the Product option.

    select-product-1

    2 – After that enter SKU then choose a product family.

    select-family

    3 – Fill in all the production information for this new product.

    fill-product-information

    4 – Upload multiple images of a product

    upload-images

    5 – Select a particular category for the product. You can also choose more than one category for a product.

    select-category-1

    Web To Print Export Job

    Once you have created or imported the products in Akeneo, you can now move forward to the export process.

    Export Asset

    There are two jobs to export in the module

    • Web2Print Export with Zip File
    • Web2Print Export

    1 – Go to Exports>Create Export Profile then enter any code, label, and select the ‘Web2Print Export Job‘ option.

    Export-profiles-management-8

    2 -After that add details in the Global settings-

    Export-profile-Web2Print-Export-with-Zip-File-Edit

    3- Save the profile go to the Content section then select your channel where your products will be exported. Choose the locales for deciding in what language you will be sending the content.

    Filter Data

    4 – You can make use of filters to exports only selected products. You can filter products based on family, status, completeness, category, and time condition. If you want to export only one or more products, you can do that by entering the SKU value in the identifier section.

    Filter Products

    Run Export Job

    Once you have saved the export profile information, you can now click the Export Now button after that wait for the execution process to get completed.

    Export-profile-Web2Print-Export-with-Zip-File-Show

    You can see the progress of the export process as below. Moreover, if there is any error you can also see it here.

    Export-executions-Details-7

    Configuration For Adobe InDesign on Windows

    Follow the below process to configure Adobe InDesign for Adobe Web To Print extension on Windows.

    Step 1 – Turn on the Debug Mode For InDesign  –

    For CEP10 (CC 2021) –

    Open the registry key Windows => HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Adobe/CSXS.10 then add a key named PlayerDebugMode, of type String, and value 1.

    For CEP9 (CC 2019 & 2020) –

    Open the registry key Windows => HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Adobe/CSXS.9 then add a key named PlayerDebugMode, of type String, and value 1.

    or,

    Set debug mode on Windows from CMD (Command line) Copy

    reg add HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Adobe\CSXS.9 /t REG_SZ /v PlayerDebugMode /d 1 /f
    PlayerDebugMode

    For CEP8 (CC 2018) :

    Open the registry key Windows => HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Adobe/CSXS.8 then add a key named PlayerDebugMode, of type String, and value 1.

    or,

    Set debug mode on Windows from CMD (Command line) Copy

    reg add HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Adobe\CSXS.8 /t REG_SZ /v PlayerDebugMode /d 1 /f

    You should only need to do this once.

    Relocating web2print extension folder. Find the web2print extension folder in the zip file that you have downloaded. Now that the system is ready to load the custom extension, the last thing we have to do is copy our extension into the shared extensions folder on disk.

    Step 2 – Copy the extension folder into %APPDATA%\Adobe\CEP\extensions (If the directory CEP\extensions doesn’t exist inside Adobe, you can create it manually then put the extension folder web2print inside extensions folder)

    web2print

    Step 3: Restart the System

    Open InDesign, Go to Menu panel >> Window >>Extensions >> Akeneo Web2Print

    Configuration For Adobe InDesign on Mac

    Follow the below process to configure Adobe InDesign for Adobe Web To Print extension on Mac.

    Step 1 – Turn on the Debug Mode For InDesign  –

    For CEP10 (CC 2021) –

    Open the registry key Mac =>  ~/Library/Preferences/com.adobe.CSXS.10.plist then add a key named PlayerDebugMode, of type String, and value 1.

    For CEP9 (CC 2019 & 2020) –

    Open the registry key Mac =>  ~/Library/Preferences/com.adobe.CSXS.9.plist then add a key named PlayerDebugMode, of type String, and value 1.

    or,

    Set debug mode on Mac from CMD (Command line) Copy

    defaults write com.adobe.CSXS.9.plist PlayerDebugMode 1 && killall -u `whoami` cfprefsd
    PlayerDebugMode

    For CEP8 (CC 2018) :

    Open the registry key Mac =>  ~/Library/Preferences/com.adobe.CSXS.8.plist then add a key named PlayerDebugMode, of type String, and value 1.

    or,

    Set debug mode on Mac from CMD (Command line) Copy

    defaults write com.adobe.CSXS.8.plist PlayerDebugMode 1 && killall -u `whoami` cfprefsd

    You should only need to do this once.

    Relocating web2print extension folder. Find the web2print extension folder in the zip file that you have downloaded. Now that the system is ready to load the custom extension, the last thing we have to do is copy our extension into the shared extensions folder on disk.

    Step 2 – Copy the extension folder into ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/CEP/extensions (If the directory CEP\extensions doesn’t exist inside Adobe, you can create it manually then put the extension folder web2print inside extensions folder)

    web2print

    Step 3: Restart the System

    Open InDesign, Go to Menu panel >> Window >>Extensions >> Akeneo Web2Print

    Creating Print Document in Adobe InDesign

    Now that the extension has been configured, we are ready to create a print document in Adobe InDesign. Follow the below process:

    1 – After that go to Menu panel >> Window >>Extensions >> Akeneo Web2Print

    Adobe extension

    2 – Enter the Akeneo credentials then fetch data.

    Akeneo Credentials

    3 – After that click on “Add data to data merge” button.

    Data Merge

    4 – Go to ‘Data merge Panel’ in Indesign from Menu panel >> Windows >> Utilities >> Data merge

    Data Merge1

    5 – Create a template for a product, place placeholders in it by dragging them from Data merge panel

    Catalog name

    6 – After that click on Create merged document icon, Select options for data merge then Merge data.

    Merge Data

    7 – Then you will get the Merged Document.

    Product Catalog

    Support

    So, that was much about the User Guide of Akeneo web to print module for any queries or doubts reach out to us at [email protected]. You can also raise a ticket at our HelpDesk System.

    Please explore our Akeneo Development Services and Quality Akeneo Extensions.

    Current Product Version - 2.0.0

    Supported Framework Version - Akeneo 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x, 2.3.x, 3.0.x, 3.1.x, 3.2.x, 4.x and 5.x

    Blog Version - Akeneo 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x, 2.3.x, 3.0.x, 3.1.x, 3.2.x, 4.x and 5.x
    • Version Akeneo 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x, 2.3.x, 3.0.x, and 3.1.x
    • Version Akeneo 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x, 2.3.x, 3.0.x, 3.1.x, and 3.2.x
    • Version Akeneo 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x, 2.3.x, 3.0.x, 3.1.x, 3.2.x, 4.x and 5.x
    • Version Akeneo 2.0.x, 2.1.x, 2.2.x, 2.3.x, 3.0.x, 3.1.x, 3.2.x and 4.x
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    6 comments

  • Rohit
    I want to have an extension like this for my PIM software. Please help
    • Subhangi (Moderator)

      Hello Rohit,

      Kindly mail us your complete requirement at [email protected]. So that our team assist you in a better way.

      Thanks!

  • Merete Aarøy
    Hi.
    When is this module available for vs 4.0?
    • Adarsh Shukla (Moderator)

      Hello Merete,

      We are working on it. The connector will be available in the 3rd week of December 2020. Please send us an email for any other query at [email protected]

      Thanks!!

  • Louise Van Boor
    We tried to use this and found it overly complicated and instead went for pimsimple and it’s InDesign Client which was free and easy
    • Adarsh Shukla (Moderator)
      Hello Louise,
      Thanks for your feedback. Please let me know what you found complicated in our web to print module. You can raise a ticket here: https://webkul.uvdesk.com/en/
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