Publish Online was added to the 2015 release of InDesign CC. It gives users a new way to publish InDesign documents to the internet with support for interactive features and richly designed pages. In this video, an example of a Publish Online document is shown and the the advantages and disadvantages of the format are discussed.
- [Instructor] With the 2015 release of InDesign CC, Adobe gave users a new way to publish InDesign documents to the Internet with support for interactive features and richly designed pages. It was called simply Publish Online, and we'll take a look at the key points about it in this movie. The first thing to understand about using Publish Online is that the process is very simple and straightforward. There are not special preparations you have to make, no extra tools to master, and there are no additional costs. There's nothing to buy or subscribe to.
When you wanna publish your document, you just click a button in the application bar at the top of the InDesign window. This opens a small dialog box with a few options to set, and that's it. When you click the button to publish, your InDesign layout is exported and uploaded to Adobe's servers. And this is a key point to understand. Publish Online documents are hosted by Adobe. You can't host them on your own website. And you can't protect the document with a password. So if you have private information in your documents that you need to restrict to a specific audience, then Publish Online might not be the right solution for you.
There is, however, the option to embed the document on your own website in addition to it being hosted by Adobe with some HTML code that's generated during the publishing process. You'll also get a unique URL that you can share with other people to give them access to the document on Adobe's servers. And you have the option of allowing people to download a PDF version of your Publish Online document. However, this PDF will be made with one of InDesign's print PDF presets, so it won't support very much interactivity. Another key point is that Publish Online is not a commercial platform for selling content.
It's not an online bookstore, so there's no option to monetize your Publish Online documents. Publish Online documents also don't support features for accessibility. But maybe the most exciting thing about Publish Online documents is their support for the interactive features you can build in InDesign, things that don't work in interactive PDF, like animations and slideshows built with multi-state objects work perfectly in Publish Online documents. Buttons, hyperlinks, and cross-references work as well. On the downside, PDF-only features like forms don't work in Publish Online documents.
And there's no support for bookmarks, but there are some nice other features for navigation, including clickable page thumbnails, which we'll see when we look at an example in a few moments. You can update existing Publish Online documents, which is handy, since updated documents will use the same URL as the original. And you can manage your Publish Online documents via a web dashboard that you can see when you're logged in at adobe.com with your Adobe ID. The dashboard includes analytics where you can see statistics, like the number of people who have viewed your document, what kind of devices they're using, the total number of views, and the amount of time people spent viewing your document.
When it comes to viewing Publish Online documents on mobile devices, there's both good and bad news. The good news is that the interactivity works and navigation is easy, with gestures like swiping and tapping. The bad news is that Publish Online documents are not responsive, so they won't work like a reflowable EPUB does to accommodate a smaller screen. In this way, a Publish Online document is a lot like a fixed layout EPUB viewed in a web browser. And finally, access to Publish Online documents can be shared via email and social media, like Facebook and Twitter.
We'll go into the details of Publish Online in later movies, but for now let's just take a quick look at a Publish Online document. Here's a little digital magazine for folks who enjoy making candy. And I show how to make this as an interactive PDF in another one of my courses, called Creating an Interactive PDF Magazine. But what we're looking at here in the web browser is a Publish Online document that was exported from InDesign with just a couple clicks. There are hyperlinks on the cover to jump to the articles, and links to the table of contents.
There's a video I can play here on the page. And navigation buttons that were built in InDesign. And there are links to other websites like Wikipedia up here. Also notice that I have full fidelity to the look of the pages that I designed in InDesign. If I flip through some of the pages, you can see we have some complex layouts.
And we have nice typography, like this fractions in the recipes, which you can see a lot better if I zoom in, using the controls at the bottom of the screen. I'll zoom back out. And click on the button to show the page thumbnails that were created automatically when I exported from InDesign. So I can jump to any page in this document. I can navigate to another set of thumbnails. And check out this page, where each piece of candy is actually a button to show the recipe for it.
Note there are navigation buttons on the side of the window too. Also note that the interactive PDF form does not work. There are also buttons for viewing in full screen mode, and for sharing the document, and downloading it as a PDF. And these options can be disabled if you don't want them when you export from InDesign. We'll see more of Publish Online in later movies, but for now we've seen an example and covered some of the major strengths and weaknesses of the format.
If you're looking for something that supports animation and other interactivity, and is easy to create and share online, then Publish Online might be a great choice for you. Just keep in mind that your documents will be kept on Adobe's servers, they can't be sold, and they won't be responsive on mobile devices.
- 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