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Installing AssetBar on Windows

Overview

This section goes through how to install the new OpenAsset AssetBar application.  The first thing to note is that this is an application in it's own right, unlike the old Java based AssetBar which ran exclusively in a browser window.  As a result it must be installed on your machine before you can use the Drag & Drop feature with it.

Windows: Click "Drag & Drop" to start the installation

The first step is simply to click the Drag & Drop button, which is mainly found in OpenAsset on the search results page Ribbon bar, or on the image Carousel where your selected images are.

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Once you've done this you'll notice a popup appear that tries to find the AssetBar application on your system.  You may also be asked to click on a 'Launch AssetBar' button depending on the configuration of your system.  Once the launcher finds that you don't have the AssetBar application installed it will present you with the dialog below.

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Simply click the download link you are presented with to download the installer file.  You will then be presented with something similar to the screenshot below:

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Select 'Run', or save the file and then double click on it once it's downloaded.

Running the AssetBar Installer

Run the OpenAsset_AssetBar_Setup_x_x_x.msi installer and you'll be shown the following dialog:

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Select 'Next' to begin the installation.  You'll then be asked to confirm the location you'd like to install to as below:

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After clicking 'Next' you'll be prompted to click 'Install' to complete the installation.

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Click 'Finish' to close the installer.

Running the AssetBar Application for the first time

Once the AssetBar application has been installed, close the installation dialog in OpenAsset if it's still open.  Now you can click 'Drag & Drop' in OpenAsset and the AssetBar will launch with your selected images. 

Internet Explorer

Please Note, if you are using Internet Explorer you will need to restart your browser before the 'Drag & Drop' button in OpenAsset will work.  You only need to do this the first time the AssetBar application is installed, subsequent upgrades to the application will not require this.

When launching for the first time you may be prompted with an IE dialog similar to this:

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Make sure to deselect the checkbox 'Always ask before opening this type of address' and then click 'Allow'.  This will stop you recieving this dialog every time you launch the AssetBar.

Chrome / Safari

When running for the first time in Chrome / Safari you may get prompted with an 'External Protocol Request' dialog similar to the one below.

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Make sure to select 'Remember my choice for all links of this type' and then click on 'Launch Application'.  Subsequent AssetBar launches will just happen instantly and not show you this dialog.

Please note that depending on how long you take to click on 'Launch Application' may mean that the AssetBar Launcher dialog times out and shows you the AssetBar Installation dialog again - even though the AssetBar has launched successfuly.  Don't worry, just close the install dialog - as long as you selected 'Remember my choice' on the above 'External Protocol Request' dialog, this won't occur again.

Firefox

When running for the first time in Firefox you may get prompted with a 'Launch Application' dialog, an example of which is shown below.

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Make sure to select 'Remember my choice for assetbar links' and click 'OK'.  

Please note that depending on how long you take to click on 'OK' may mean that the AssetBar Launcher dialog times out and shows you the AssetBar Installation dialog again - even though the AssetBar has launched successfuly.  Don't worry, just close the install dialog - as long as you selected 'Remember my choice' on the above 'External Protocol Request' dialog, this won't occur again.

Chrome / Safari / Firefox specific general information

When initially clicking 'Drag & Drop' in Chrome, Safari or Firefox you may be presented with a dialog shown below.

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If you have the AssetBar application installed then this dialog will disapear once the application loads with your image selection.  However if the application is not installed then this dialog may appear for ~12 seconds before displaying the AssetBar Installation dialog, which contains the link to download the installer.

Deploying the AssetBar over a network

The Air AssetBar's installer is standard Microsoft Installer (MSI) file which can be deployed over an entire network or to specific users, computers or groups via GPO deployment, for more information on deploying the Air AssetBar via GPO please view our information page "Deploying the Air AssetBar via GPO" page.  This is our recommended way of distributing the application to windows-based networks and would highly recommend that this be the primary choice for deployment.

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