Publish Online creates a document on Adobe's cloud servers, where its unique URL can be accessed by any browser on any device. This video will show you the advantages and potential disadvantages of the platform, so that you can plan distribution of your InDesign document appropriately, and determine whether Publish Online presents the best distribution option for reaching your audience.
- [Voiceover] Before we get started with how Publish Online actually works, there are a few things about this unique publishing platform that are important to understand. The technology that is published online can be divided into two parts. One part is InDesign, which you need to create and publish your document, and which, of course, requires an active Creative Cloud subscription. The other part of Publish Online lives on Adobe's web servers. When you publish your document from InDesign, it's uploaded to Adobe servers as CSS and HTML, similar to, but not identical to a fixed layout EPUB.
Adobe web servers provide all the features of the user experience when your document is viewed, such as the navigation, including document thumbnails. Adobe Cloud servers also provide the web dashboard which is used for managing your documents. Now let's look at some specific characteristics of Publish Online, including its advantages over other publishing platforms, and some features that may be considered limitations depending on your specific needs. First and foremost, Publish Online is extremely easy to use. As you'll see in subsequent videos in this course, with just a click and a few simple setting options, your document is published for you online for all the world to see.
As I mentioned, it's very similar to a fixed layout EPUB, so the online version of your document looks exactly like your InDesign document, with all the fonts, images, and layout elements intact. Your document is published to its own unique URL, and it's not a URL that someone could accidentally stumble upon. It's got all these letters and numbers at the end, so it'll only be viewed by those that you share it with, and it's very easy to share via Facebook, Twitter, or email. You can even embed a Publish Online document in your website, all of which we'll be covering in a subsequent video.
To view your document online, all that's needed is a browser. No special reader is required. This is huge. No Acrobat, no e-book reader to fuss with, and any browser will work, whether it' s a Mac or Windows machine, a tablet like an iPad, or even an iPhone. No need for your audience to download anything, it's just there. And to me, one of the most exciting things about Publish Online is that it can include any and all of InDesign's interactive elements, including hyperlinks and buttons, audio and video files, multi-state objects, and even InDesign animations.
As wonderful as all this is, there are a few other things you need to know about Publish Online, including some limitations. Perhaps the most significant limitation for some people is that your Publish Online document can only live on Adobe servers. This is a deal killer for some users, especially if you have confidential corporate information that cannot be published outside a high security firewall. When it comes to security, you can't, at least at this time, password protect your published document. So even though the document is almost impossible to discover due to the unique URL, still, it's not secure, and there's no way to technically prevent someone from viewing it if they had the URL.
That's a problem for some users and some documents. If your document is a book or magazine that you want to sell, well, you're out of luck. You cannot monetize your Publish Online document. It's kind of related to the fact you can't password protect the document, in that there's no way to charge someone and limit how they'll view the document, and there's no store or other platform for Publish Online documents. There's a bit of confusion around whether or not Publish Online creates responsive pages. They do not reformat based on screen size.
Again, a Publish Online document is like a fixed layout EPUB. Most Publish Online documents happen to look beautiful on an iPad or other tablet device, and they look good on mobile phones too, but they can be hard to read. But for many users and for many kinds of documents, Publish Online is a perfect solution. Think of all the catalogues, resumes, portfolios and brochures that are published every day, and the fact that you can include InDesign's interactive features is a huge bonus. Unless you want to go the expensive route of developing your document as an app, there's no other solution out there that comes close when it comes to publishing engaging, interactive documents directly from InDesign.
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