The articy:server

In a nutshell

You require one articy:server for your multi-user environment.

The articy:server does...
  • ... store a list of user accounts and their user rights.
  • ... store a list of projects and their meta information.
  • ... manage multi-user licenses and assigns them to user accounts.
  • ... connect with license server for license validation.
  • ... manage collaboration, store claims and broadcast user activities.

The articy:server does not...
  • ... store the actual project data (story flow, assets, ...).
    This is done by the repository system.

articy:server - For server administrators

In a nutshell: articy:server runs as a Windows service on a server-machine connected to your company network. It can be administrated by any articy:draft client, since all clients have an integrated server administration front-end. Run the server installer on this machine and choose to also install an administration client if you desire. It may become handy to have an admin front-end on the server machine itself.

The administration client is the standard articy:draft client launched with command line arguments that shorten the login process for server administrators.

Please click here to learn more about server administration.

articy:server - For designers

When you launch articy:draft, you'll be asked to connect to a "server". This refers to the articy:server, so you need to know how to find it in the network. Ask your server admin about this. As soon as you're successfully connected, working with the server is integrated smoothly into the articy:draft GUI.

The following sections illustrate some of the multi-user effects on the GUI that the articy:server has:

The welcome screen MULTI-USER

articy:draft starts at the welcome screen. In multi-user mode, this screen leads you through 3 steps before opening your project:

  • Connect to a server 1
  • Log in as a user 2
  • Select the project you want to work on 3

Connecting to articy:server

The first page is the server page. You need to have the server information (address and port) at hand and fill it into the fields. The "Login automatically" option 4 makes articy:draft skipping this server page in the future and automatically connect to the now selected server. Of course, even if this option is active, you can always go back to the server page via the "Back" button on the following page.

A drop-down list of recent servers is a convenient way to connect to several frequently used servers.

Logging in

On the user page you introduce yourself to the server with your user credentials. You need to have your user name and password at hand and fill them into the fields. If you don't know your user credentials ask your articy:server administrator.
Checking "Login automatically" lets articy:draft skip this page in the future and always use your default credentials for the selected server. Yet, you can always go back to the users page via the "Back" button on the projects page.

Multi-user-related info in the main-menu MULTI-USER

Those elements of the master toolbar are only displayed in multi-user mode:
  • 5 Connection / login info: Displays your current user (and rights level) as well as the server you're connected to.
  • 6 Connectivity status: The signal light indicates the connectivity status. (see below for a "disconnected" example)
  • 7 Recent activity: Informs you about the last claiming/publishing activity of other users.
If you loose connection to the server, the connectivity status 8 will change:

You can still save your changes (locally) and reconnect later to publish your changes to the server, so no data loss will occur. In order to reconnect, you have to close the project and go back to the server page of the welcome screen.