Learn how to prepare your InDesign document for publication via Publish Online. Diane Burns explains the ins and outs of getting your document ready for publishing and how to avoid unexpected results. See how InDesign's interactive elements can be included, such as buttons, multi-state objects or animations.
- [Voiceover] Throughout this course I'll be working with this document, an online brochure for a travel agency, the Southern Travelist. You can download this document in the exercise files for this course. My workspace is set to digital publishing, which you can choose from the Workspace menu. The good news about preparing your document for publishing online is no special preparation is required. You can use any kinds of fonts, including true type, postscript type one, open type, or type kit fonts, but of course it's always best practice to stick to open type or type kit fonts if you can.
No special treatment is required for image preparation, and the really fun thing is, you can include all kinds of interactivity, as I've done with this document. The most important thing about preparing your document is that you preview every page before you share the URL with others. If you want to do a quick preview of your document, go to the Interactive menu and choose the EPUB Interactivity Preview panel. By default, this panel will bring up the current page of your document, but you can preview the entire document by clicking on this icon in the lower right hand corner.
Then, click the Play button to reload the preview. The nice thing about this is that you can check your document, especially if you have interactivity included, it'll all be there. So we can scroll from page to page, click on these buttons and everything looks good. So this is the quick way to preview your document, but you should always actually preview it in your browser using Publish Online. Let's click on the Publish Online button, and we'll talk about this dialogue later. For now I'm just gonna click the Publish button.
Once you publish your document, click on the View Document button. The document will be launched in your browser, and now you can check every page to see what it's going to look like in Publish Online. You want to always do this because once in a while there are little glitches. For example, at the time of this recording there's a little glitch with video files in Safari. The page jumps a little bit when you first preview it. But honestly, by the time you see this video that may be fixed. So you want to always check in your browser, and if you have multiple browsers, check your document in each browser that you have.
Even if your document doesn't contain interactivity, please be sure and always preview it before you share it.
Learn what Publish Online can and cannot do, and how to adjust the publication settings to make sure documents look the way you want. Find out how to upload documents to the web and then share them via Facebook, Twitter, or email. Then look at the navigation and interface options used when viewing published documents, and learn how to update your published documents online. Author Diane Burns concludes with some advanced techniques, such as embedding published documents in websites and creating customized thumbnails for document navigation.
- Previewing real-world Publish Online documents
- Changing the publishing settings
- Uploading documents to Adobe servers
- Updating published documents
- Sharing documents via social media and email
- Using the Publications dashboard
- Understanding document analytics
- Viewing documents online
- Embedding documents on websites
- Adding projects to Behance