Adobe’s Publish Online service gives InDesign users a simple way to publish interactive documents to the internet. There’s excellent support for interactive features, including Animation, navigation, buttons, and multi-state objects. And there are useful features for managing and sharing published documents, as shown in this movie.
- [Instructor] Adobe's Publish Online service gives InDesign users a simple way to publish interactive documents to the internet. There's excellent support for interactive features, and there's several ways to manage and share published documents. So let's check it out. The exercise file for this movie is one that I borrowed from Diane Burn's course Publish Online with InDesign. And after you finish watching this course, if you're excited about trying the Publish Online format, definitely check out Diane's course. And to show off the possibilities of Publish Online, Diane built some very cool interactivity into this file.
Starting on the first page, we have a large background photo that's set to slowly scroll to the left showing this cool landscape of the Okefenokee swamp. And I can see that animation if I select it and open the animation panel. Also the subtitle fades in. And we have a set of three navigation buttons that fly in from the top and allow us to navigate to different sections of this document. On the second page, we have more buttons that fly in from the right.
And they allow us to view a set of photos with animated captions which are contained in a multi-state object, right here. And I can see that by checking the Object States panel. And the third and fourth pages contain even more cool animated effects. So let's preview this document in the EPub Interactivity Preview Panel, which we can open by clicking the button at the bottom left of any of the interactive panels. Like Object States. In the preview panel, set the preview to Document mode, by clicking the button in the bottom right corner.
That way we'll get to preview all the pages. And then click the Play Preview button. The preview is created, and we see the animation opens on the first page, we can use the navigation buttons to jump to page two, and see those animations. Here we can use the buttons to see the photos with the animated captions, let's go to page three, and there's some more cool effects here.
And page four. And that all looks great. So let's export this document to Publish Online. To do that, we can either choose File, Publish Online. Or click the button in the Application bar, right here. You also have the option of exporting to Publish Online when you export to EPUb and PDF. So for example if I press Command or Control+E, to export this document and choose Format, PDF Interactive, and click Save.
Notice how at the bottom of the dialogue box, at the set of General Options, there's this choice here. Publish your documents online to the web, and you can allow publish online after PDF export. But since I don't want to actually export to PDF, I'll just cancel out here and use the button in the Application bar. Here's the dialogue box for setting options for your Publish Online documents. It's pretty simple with just two tabs, General and Advanced. In General options, we can publish a new document, or update an existing one.
Then when you choose Update Existing you'll get a list of your previous published documents to choose from right here. And when you select one, notice there's also a View button so you can see the document you are choosing to update in your web browser, which can be very helpful so you don't accidentally update the wrong document. If you're publishing as a new document, you can set the title, which I'll leave as "Southern Travelist" and a description, and you can choose a range of document pages or all of them. And if you're working with a Facing Pages document, you can export as spreads or single pages.
Next are some options for sharing the document after it's published. You can allow readers to download a PDF version of the document, by checking this box. Note that a Print PDF preset will be used to create the PDF, so there's going to be very limited interactivity in the PDF your readers can download. If you click on Advanced Settings, here you can choose which PDF preset will be used to create the downloadable PDF right here at the bottom. And you can choose from the default presets that come with InDesign or any custom presets that you create.
I'm going to use one of the default presets, High Quality Print. Back in General Settings, you can also choose to disable the Share and Embed option to limit what people can do with your document once it's published. And we'll see these options in a moment. For now I'll leave this unchecked. Back in Advanced settings, you can choose a document thumbnail. This is the image people will see when you share the document on social media. The default is the first page, but you can also choose any other document page, or a totally separate image.
And click on the folder button to navigate to the image you want. I'll stick with the first page. Under Image Settings, you can decide the format, resolution, and quality for images in the published document. Higher resolution and quality may look better, but they'll also take longer to render, and to download. So I'm going to leave these all at their defaults. And I'll click to publish the document. When I do, the document is first exported, and then it's uploaded. I can see my progress, or I can cancel out.
And I can also close this dialogue box and go back to my work in InDesign. I don't have to wait for the upload to finish if I have other work to do. So I can close this, go about my business, and then when the job is done, the dialogue box will come back. In the application bar, I can see that the file is being uploaded. Now it's done. The dialogue box comes back, and I can go immediately to view the document online by clicking here. Or I can copy the URL to share a link to the document, or I can share it via Facebook, Twitter, or Email.
And there's a shortcut to my Publish Online dashboard which we'll see in a later movie. I'll click to view the document, and it looks just like it did in the preview panel. With the layout, including all the images, and the text formatting, with the animations, and the interactive buttons. So in this movie, we saw how simple it is to export a layout with Publish Online and how it preserves the design elements and interactivity that you built in InDesign.
- Overview of interactive document types, including PDF and EPUB
- Creating interactive objects
- Setting up hyperlinks, cross-references, and a table of contents
- Working with media
- Publishing documents with Publish Online
- Creating EPUBs
- Following workflows for interactivity: interactive PDF, reflowable EPUB, and fixed-layout EPUB