In this movie, Mike shows the options for viewing and sharing Publish Online documents in a web browser. The option to allow PDF downloads is shown, as well as how to fix potential problems with the appearance of interactive elements in the downloaded PDF.
- [Instructor] In this movie we'll take a look at the options for viewing and sharing Publish Online documents. So far in this chapter we've seen how to export and upload an InDesign document to Publish Online. And our example is this nice travel guide that was created by Diane Burns for her course on Publish Online. In my browser I'm viewing the first page of the document. And if I leave my cursor still for a few seconds, the navigation controls will disappear. I can just move my cursor to bring them back. At the bottom left is the document title that we chose in the Publish Online dialog box.
And I can see that I'm viewing page one of five. I have the option to view page thumbnails. And these are clickable to navigate to the other pages. So I can jump to page two or page five or any other page. When I don't wanna see the thumbnails anymore, I can toggle them off. And there are controls for zooming in and zooming out. There's also the option to view the document in full screen mode.
And, again, if I don't move my cursor for a few seconds, the navigation controls go away and all I see is the document. I can press Escape or click the full screen button again to go back to normal mode. Clicking the Share button brings up the same options that we saw in InDesign once the upload was complete. So I see what the shared content will look like, with a thumbnail, title, and description. I can select this URL and send it to someone else or use it as a link on my own website. And I have sharing buttons for Facebook, Twitter, and email.
Since I enabled the option to download a PDF version of the document, I can click this button to do that. I'll zoom out a little so I can see the whole page. And the PDF immediately downloads to my browser, but as I mentioned earlier, this PDF has been using one of the print PDF presets, so notice there's no animation. And there won't be any interactive buttons or multistate objects working either. On the second page, we see no trace of the buttons or the multistate object. This is because I used a default preset called High Quality Print to make the PDF.
If I switch back to InDesign, you can see it if I choose File, Adobe PDF Presets, Define, and click High Quality Print, and I'll click New to duplicate this preset. See here in General Settings, Interactive Elements, Do Not Include. This is what makes the buttons and multistate objects disappear in the PDF you can download from Publish Online. If I switch this choice to Include Appearance, I'll get static versions of my interactive elements, which in some cases will be better than nothing.
And while we're here, let's also include options like bookmarks and hyperlinks. And save this as a new PDF preset. We'll call it Publish Online PDF Download. And click OK. Click Done to save the preset. And we'll try it out in the next movie. For now, let's go back to the browser. And we'll see another potential problem that even a custom PDF setting won't solve. If I scroll down to page four, the large image of the alligator, which is animated to shrink down in the Publish Online document, stays full size here, and it messes up the appearance of the page.
In some cases, you might be able to prevent this from happening by choosing different animation properties so the starting state of the animated object looks the way you'd want it in the PDF. In other cases, you won't be able to prevent this, and you might just have to decide whether having a particular animation is worth having a messed up page in the PDF people can download. There's one more sharing option I wanna show you back in the Publish Online document. So I'll click on that, put my cursor down in the bottom right, and click on the three dots.
This is where I can get embed code to embed a Publish Online document on my website. Click Embed. And you can choose from three different preset sizes, small, medium, and large, or you can enter in your own size, like, say, 600 pixels wide. Notice you can still navigate here to see what each page of your document looks like at the new size, which is a pretty nice feature.
You can choose a different start page and disable the full screen option if you want. Click the code to select it all, and then copy it to your clipboard for pasting into a page on your site. So here we took a look at the viewing and sharing options for Publish Online documents. Next we'll look at how to update Publish Online documents.
- 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