Creating a New System Volume


The assets uploaded to Xinet end up getting stored in the Xinet volume. Therefore, it is essential to know the options that Xinet provides while creating a volume.

This article describes how to set up the volumes for both web and local users. While you could repeat the steps in this article to create many volumes in the initial setup, Xinet suggests that in the beginning, you go through other administration tasks to give yourself an overview of the entire set of tasks before taking the batch approach.




  1. On Webnative, navigate to VOLUMES/USERS > System Volumes > new system volume.

  2. Use the Root Path to establish the location in the file system, and then the name of the new volume that you want to publish.
  • Alternatively, use the drop-down to navigate through the file system until you reach the desired location. The successive selections you make will be reflected in the pathname just to the left of the drop-down as you navigate.
  • You can go backward in the directory three (if you change your mind) by clicking on any folder or directory listed in your path (even back to the root if you would like).
  • You can use the New Folder option at the bottom of the drop-down if you would like to establish a new folder or directory in the file system. 
  • Enter the Shared Volume Name. This is the name the local users will see when they mount the volume on desktops.
  • Use the checkboxes and drop-downs to establish the volume settings.

    Checkbox Options Drop-Down Options
    • Support FPO View:
      • This option creates an FPO counterpart for high-resolution views.
      • Enable this on all volumes where you want the FPOs pre-made for image replacement workflows.
    • Support WEB View:
      • When you turn on this option, a separate volume will be available containing the auto-generated web-ready GIF or JPEG versions of images that have been placed in the high-resolution volume.
      • Xinet creates a GIF image typically for any image which contains a clipping path or mast; otherwise, it creates a JPEG image.
    • Make this a Global WEB Volume available to all WebNative users:
      • This option exists to save the administrators' time when they want all users to have access through the web to a given volume.
      • You will not have to attribute permissions on an individual or group basis. If you activate this option, you will need to do a bit of extra configuration, as described in step 7 below.


    • Use the following three drop-down options to establish restrictions. These options allow the system administrators to manage who will have access via AFP/SMB to the high-resolution access, the FPO access, and the web views of a public volume.
      • High-Res Access
      • FPO Access
      • WEB Access

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  • Set the FILE SHARE OPTIONS for mounting the volume through AFP/SMB.
    • For the level of access, you have the following options:

      • Read Only: Lets the users open the files on the volume, but it does not let them modify or create new files.
      • Read/Write: Lets the users open and write files.

    • For the group of users, you can leave the default value (Everyone) or pick another option from the drop-down that also lists the existing Access Control Lists.
    • The following functions are available in FILE SHARE OPTIONS:

      • Volume access mode: Select the level of access and also the group of users.
      • Use inheritance permissions (rather than Unix permissions): Makes permissions act the way they did before AFP v3. This setting automatically toggles the other two AFP v3 settings to off. Most sites find this to be the most appropriate setting.
      • Show custom icons over AppleShare: Mac users will see custom icons when looking at a volume in the Icon View. This includes the thumbnail images created by Xinet or MacOS image applications, e.g., Photoshop.

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  • Use the checkboxes to configure the DATABASE OPTIONS. This tells Xinet how the database operates on the volume.
    Keep in mind that if you have turned off a user's ability to access any particular previews, their experience may not agree with the preview settings you establish here.



    Enable Database It allows you to turn the database on or off for the selected volume.
    Store Small WEB Preview Small WEB Previews are the previews that (by default) the users see in Xinet's Short View. Small previews are, at most, 112 pixels in an either horizontal or vertical orientation.
    Store Large WEB Preview Large WEB Previews are larger GIF or JPEG previews whose resolution can be determined by navigating to VOLUMES/USERS > System Volumes > preview settings > OPTIONS FOR LARGE WEB PREVIEWS. They are typically smaller than the FPOs in the file size and do not contain image replacement comments.
    Remove previews from files' Resource after storing in DB

    When this option is enabled, it will decrease the file size of the assets stored on the particular volume (e.g., PDF and JPEG files). This happens when it is sufficient to have the previews stored in the database rather than the files' Resource forks.

    This is an excellent option to consider for volumes that are used primarily for asset management purposes and not for prepress work. This is because neither the FPO nor the web volume views can be accessed via AFP when the previews have been removed from the Resource forks.

    Store Office Document Previews This option appears only when the OpenOffice software or LibreOffice software has been installed on the server. If you do not have it, please check the Adding the Office Document Previews to the Database Options article.
    Page limit for multi-page documents If you would like to change the maximum number of page previews created from a single document from the default setting of 80 pages, enter a value in this field. This parameter applies to Office documents, PDF, InDesign, HTML, and video files.
    Store multi-page PDF Previews Storing multi-page PDF previews allow the users to click through small previews of pages within multi-page PDF files stored on the volume, including larger preview spreads — just as they can with InDesign documents.
    Extract and store searchable text

    When this option is enabled, it works in conjunction with the Xinet plugins for InDesign and Photoshop. This makes it possible to extract and store the text from the InDesign and Photoshop documents in the Xinet's database. This option also makes it possible to do the same for Office, PDF, Illustrator, HTML, CAD, and video files.

    The Xinet portal offers an interface that allows the users to search for any text held in this way in the database, displaying the results with the MView program.

    Store Video, Audio and Interactive Previews

    This option appears only when a server has been licensed for the video module for Xinet.

    It enables the video module plugin for Xinet. When enabled, Xinet processes the video and audio previews as well as the web browser documents.

  • Click the Submit button to register the settings and begin a synchronization of the new volume.

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    NOTE: If you have engaged the Global WEB Volume in step 4 aboveyou should temporarily see a previously hidden subtab called Global Volume Settings. This allows you to configure the web access privileges for the volume.
    If you need help figuring out these settings, refer to the article: Granting Web Access for Xinet Volumes.
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