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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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