Try DocsFlow!

Thank you for your interest in DocsFlow, which David Blatner said “…is one of those plug-ins that can literally be life-changing in how much it improves your workflow.”

DocsFlow is a plug-in for Adobe InDesign that marries Google Docs’ shared editing power to InDesign’s layout prowess, giving you on-line, two-way story links to Google Docs documents.

Here’s how to test-drive DocsFlow with a full-featured trial license, and how to convert that to a real license if it proves useful. (Note that we strongly encourage you to try before buying.)

  • Your first step for learning more is to visit the product page, and the user guide. If you’re in a hurry (aren’t we all?), see the “Getting Started” first section of the user guide; it covers the basics in a few paragraphs.

    At its simplest, using DocsFlow is a matter of using File > DocsFlow > Place from Google Docs… instead of File > Place…. When the linked source document is changed, you’ll see a link-changed icon in the Links panel. Double-click that icon to merge in the changes, without losing your work. That’s it, in a nutshell.

  • You can download and install the full plug-in from the “Downloads” sidebar on this page, or on the product page. Just find your InDesign version and your platform (macOS or Windows) and click on the appropriate link, to download. Double-click the downloaded installer to complete the installation. It shouldn’t take more than a minute or two for the whole process.

    Once installed, (re) start InDesign, and, on first use when prompted by a licensing dialog, press the Demo button. You then have 15 days to try out DocsFlow with all (including Pro) features enabled.

  • If you do decide to purchase a license, use this link for our online store, or use the Buy DocsFlow button in the sidebar of this page or the product home page.

    Note that we have a 60-day money-back guarantee, so you can purchase with confidence knowing it won’t be wasted money. (And you’ve already evaluated it and know it works for you, right?)

    If you’ve already installed DocsFlow for a trial, just enter your real license the next time you’re prompted (or go to File > DocsFlow > About… > License… and enter it there). You don’t need to re-download or re-install.

  • If you decide you don’t want to use DocsFlow (and we’d love to know why), you can uninstall it any time (on macOS) by deleting the Plug-Ins/Em Software sub-folder in the InDesign folder, or (on Windows) using the standard system uninstaller.

We offer free lifetime support for license holders, and for anyone in the evaluation (or even pre-evaluation) period. Contact us at (or, better yet, use File > DocsFlow > Send Email to Support) with any questions, problems, issues, ideas, or kudos. We’re here to make you successful.

DocsFlow has been shipping since late 2011, and has thousands of happy users around the world.

Em Software is a small software developer that’s been in the publishing business since 1990 (three decades!), and in the plug-in business since before InDesign 1.0 was even released. We pride ourselves on great products and personal customer support. We’re not perfect but we’re always striving!

We’d love to hear from you no matter what you decide.

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