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Using the Content Viewer to preview a folio

From: InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

Video: Using the Content Viewer to preview a folio

You wouldn't print a book or launch a web site without proofing and testing them first to make sure that everything came out the way you wanted. The same goes for DPS projects. After you build folios and articles, it's important that you preview them. You can quickly get a sense of the look and feel of your publication by previewing it in the Content Viewer application. The Adobe Content Viewer is a separate application from InDesign. It comes in both mobile and desktop versions. The desktop version of the content viewer is an AIR application that's automatically installed when you install the Folio Producer tools.

Using the Content Viewer to preview a folio

You wouldn't print a book or launch a web site without proofing and testing them first to make sure that everything came out the way you wanted. The same goes for DPS projects. After you build folios and articles, it's important that you preview them. You can quickly get a sense of the look and feel of your publication by previewing it in the Content Viewer application. The Adobe Content Viewer is a separate application from InDesign. It comes in both mobile and desktop versions. The desktop version of the content viewer is an AIR application that's automatically installed when you install the Folio Producer tools.

If you want to preview your folios on your mobile device then you can download the mobile version of the Content Viewer for free from the app stores for your device. In order to preview a folio with the desktop viewer the articles in the folio must all have the same aspect ratio and orientation. So you won't be able to preview a folio that has both a horizontal only article and a dual-orientation article. In this situation you could just preview the articles individually, but you couldn't preview any links between articles. Another limitation of the desktop viewer is that it doesn't support articles that use the PDF image format, but even with those limitations it's very useful to preview articles and folios in the desktop viewer.

To do this I'm going to go into my Folio Builder panel and what I preview depends on what I have selected in the panel. If I select a folio, I'll preview the folio. If I select an article I'll preview the article. Here I'd like to preview the whole folio. So I'll go up a level to the folio level. Now I'll click Preview > Preview on Desktop. This launches the Content Viewer application where I can see my folio, I can swipe through the pages, I can view it at different sizes, so I can fit it inside my screen.

I can test buttons and links, swipe in- between the articles, and I can navigate. Here I can see the title and the byline and the description. I can swipe in between and click to navigate to an article. There is really a plenty of different ways to navigate and see your content, and since this was a dual-orientation folio, I can view it in either portrait or landscape.

Let's close the Content Viewer and go back to InDesign and look at some other ways we can preview. One is through the File menu where I can just choose File > Folio Preview to preview the current document in the Content Viewer. I can still view the different orientations, but I can't go to different articles since I just previewed this one article. Also, if I go back to that menu I can see right under Folio Preview I have Folio Preview Settings. These are going to control what I see when I choose Folio Preview.

So let's take a quick look at those; and I can choose a format, JPEG, PNG, or Auto, and if I choose Auto or JPEG I can choose a quality and I can choose to preview just the current layout or all layouts in the document. Another way to preview DPS content is through the Folio Overlays panel. So if I select my scrollable frame here and go to the Folio Overlays panel, I can see that there's a Preview button down in the bottom left. I can click that and I can preview the current document regardless of whether or not it's included in the folio.

The entire document is exported and previewed in the desktop viewer, and again since I'm just previewing one document I won't have access to other articles in a folio since those would have to come from other documents. The only way to preview an entire folio in the desktop Content Viewer is through the Folio Builder panel. Now that we've made our folio and previewed it locally it's time to take the next step towards publishing it to tablet devices and that is to use the Folio Producer tools.

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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files and scripts
      43s
  2. 22m 41s
    1. Case study: tomaxxi's InDesign shortcuts guide
      4m 19s
    2. Case study: The Magic of Reality app
      3m 20s
    3. Exploring PDF digital magazines: InDesign Magazine
      2m 45s
    4. Looking at digital newspapers: BostonGlobe.com
      3m 44s
    5. Reviewing digital magazines: National Geographic
      4m 58s
    6. Exploring iamboundless.com
      3m 35s
  3. 21m 56s
    1. Setting preferences for interactive documents
      6m 32s
    2. Customizing the workspace
      5m 48s
    3. Understanding intent and presets
      3m 5s
    4. Working with images and swatches
      5m 2s
    5. Installing scripts
      1m 29s
  4. 37m 24s
    1. Using Liquid Layout
      9m 17s
    2. Creating alternate layouts
      4m 4s
    3. Using primary text frames
      3m 49s
    4. Using the Content Conveyor
      5m 42s
    5. Linking text
      4m 32s
    6. Linking page items
      3m 19s
    7. Fitting frames to content
      3m 33s
    8. Using style mapping
      3m 8s
  5. 49m 48s
    1. Reviewing what we're going to build
      1m 56s
    2. Previewing with the SWF Preview panel
      4m 51s
    3. Presentation design tips
      2m 41s
    4. Setting up a presentation file with layers
      4m 53s
    5. Creating a navigation system
      8m 32s
    6. Creating a title and content slides
      7m 57s
    7. Overriding master page items
      5m 59s
    8. Setting page transitions
      4m 34s
    9. Creating hyperlinks
      3m 40s
    10. Using the slug for notes
      4m 45s
  6. 37m 40s
    1. Understanding what we're going to build
      1m 11s
    2. Building an interactive table of contents
      5m 9s
    3. Building a navigation system
      4m 5s
    4. Creating PDF-only buttons
      3m 33s
    5. Using a SWF slideshow in a PDF
      9m 33s
    6. Placing a video and using the Media panel
      5m 44s
    7. Setting navigation points
      4m 28s
    8. Placing a video from a URL
      1m 21s
    9. Creating hyperlinks from URLs
      2m 36s
  7. 18m 6s
    1. An overview of PDF forms
      2m 6s
    2. Creating text fields and signature fields
      3m 13s
    3. Creating list boxes and combo boxes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating checkboxes and radio buttons
      3m 47s
    5. Creating tab order for PDF forms
      3m 14s
    6. Creating Submit, Print, and Clear Form actions
      1m 51s
  8. 53m 36s
    1. Exploring the Animation Encyclopedia script
      10m 57s
    2. Using the Animation panel
      6m 56s
    3. Animating on a motion path
      3m 57s
    4. Animating a list
      4m 29s
    5. Creating navigation buttons
      5m 15s
    6. Creating a multi-state object
      6m 23s
    7. Creating a page number indicator
      2m 57s
    8. Animating an opening page
      3m 9s
    9. Creating a multi-purpose button
      3m 11s
    10. Exporting your presentation and embedded fonts to SWF
      3m 46s
    11. Working with transitions and animation
      2m 36s
  9. 40m 34s
    1. An overview of the DPS workflow and the publishing process
      4m 31s
    2. Creating hyperlinks
      5m 17s
    3. Creating slideshows
      3m 25s
    4. Using the Image Sequence feature
      4m 58s
    5. Adding audio and video
      5m 6s
    6. Creating panoramas
      4m 21s
    7. Adding web content
      3m 56s
    8. Panning and zooming
      4m 1s
    9. Creating scrollable frames
      4m 59s
  10. 27m 18s
    1. Using the Folio Builder panel
      5m 28s
    2. Creating a folio
      5m 28s
    3. Adding articles to a folio
      5m 47s
    4. Using the Content Viewer to preview a folio
      3m 53s
    5. Using the Folio Producer
      4m 54s
    6. Viewing a folio on an iPad
      1m 48s
  11. 49s
    1. Next steps
      49s

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