Use Adobe Content Viewer to preview folios. The Adobe Content Viewer is available as a desktop application (called the “Desktop Viewer”) or as a mobile device application. The Desktop Viewer is installed automatically when you update the DPS Desktop Tools for InDesign CS6/CC or when you install the Folio Producer tools for InDesign CS5/CS5.5. The viewer for mobile devices is available for download in the iPad App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon Appstore. Search in the device store for “Content Viewer.”
Tips for previewing DPS content
- Desktop Viewer or Device Viewer? Use the Desktop Viewer for a quick preview of content. For a better preview, use the Adobe Content Viewer on the target device. The Adobe Content Viewer is available in the iTunes App Store for iPads and iPhones, the Google Play Store, the Amazon Appstore, and the Windows Store (8.1 only). For Android, two versions are available: one for testing content for the new native Android viewer and one for the legacy Android viewer.
- Valid folio? As soon as you create a folio or article, you can preview it using the Desktop Viewer or the viewer on your mobile device. However, to preview a folio, the folio must be created properly. For example, if your folio includes a horizontal-only article mixed with dual-orientation articles, you cannot preview the folio. When you use the Desktop Viewer to preview an improperly created folio, an error message reports the problem.
- Upload/download or Preview on Device? There are two ways to preview content in the Adobe Content Viewer on a device. One method is to upload the folio to the Folio Producer and then use the same Adobe ID to sign in to the Adobe Content Viewer and download the folio. The other method is to attach the iPad to your computer and use Preview on Device (Mac OS only).
- Preview of layout, article, or folio? InDesign provides a number of methods for previewing content, and these methods result in different experiences. If you preview using the Overlays panel or File > Folio Preview, you preview only the layout, not the article. If you preview using the Folio Builder panel, you preview either the article or the folio, depending on what's selected. For Smooth Scrolling articles or articles with PDF image format, use the Folio Builder panel to preview, not the other methods.
Use the Desktop Viewer to preview content
The Adobe Content Viewer for the Desktop (also called the Desktop Viewer) is an AIR app that lets you preview folios, articles, or layouts on your desktop.
The Desktop Viewer does not support all DPS features. Use it for a quick preview. For best results, use the Adobe Content Viewer on your device to preview content.
You can also preview a document by choosing File > Folio Preview or clicking Preview in the Folio Overlays panel. It isn’t necessary to create an article beforehand. This method is especially useful when your computer is not connected to the Internet. However, only one layout is previewed in PNG image format. To preview articles or folios, use the Folio Builder panel.
Preview folios on the iPad or iPhone
The Adobe Content Viewer for the iPad/iPhone is a generic version of the viewer used for testing the digital content you create on the iPad or iPhone. This viewer is updated whenever the Folio Producer tools are updated. The Adobe Content Viewer does not support devices with iOS 5, including iPad 1 models.
When a new set of tools is released, folios you create using the newest viewer version may not work properly until Apple approves the new Adobe Content Viewer version. If you try to open the folio, a “Please update your app” message appears. If you have a Professional or Enterprise account, you can create a custom version of the Adobe Content Viewer. See Create a custom Adobe Content Viewer for iPad. Otherwise, create a folio using a previous supported viewer version.
The Adobe Content Viewer library checks two locations for folios—the Folio Producer server and the Distribution Service. The Folio Producer (hosted by acrobat.com) contains all folios that appear in your Folio Builder panel. The Distribution Service contains all published folios. A blue stripe with a lightning bolt icon in the folio thumbnail indicates a folio downloaded from the Folio Producer server. A blue strip with a plug icon indicates a folio loaded through Preview on Device. Any folio published as Retail does not appear in the Adobe Content Viewer.
Start Adobe Viewer on the iPad, and sign in using the same Adobe ID you use to sign in to the Folio Builder panel.
The folios to which you have access are available for downloading and previewing.
If your folio does not appear in the viewer library, check the folio for articles that do not match the orientation of the folio, such as a landscape-only article in a dual-orientation folio.
Navigate using the viewer
The following navigation techniques work whether you’re using the generic Adobe Content Viewer or a custom viewer.
Rotate the mobile device to display either the horizontal or vertical version of the article for dual-orientation folios.
Swipe up and down to read an article. Swipe left and right to switch to a different article (or to switch to different pages of a flattened article).
Tap or swipe interactive areas.
Tap a non-interactive area to display the navigation bars. Tap the Library button to jump to the library in a multi-issue app. Tap the Back button to return to the previous view. Tap the Table of Contents icon to view the table of contents. Drag the Scrubber to scroll through thumbnail images in browse mode.
Tap the title in the navigation bar to return to the first article. Double-tap the title to toggle between the title and title plus version display. Triple-tap the title to reset the issue so that each article starts at the first page instead of the previously viewed page.
A. Library button B. Back button C. Table of Contents button D. Scrubber
Remove folios from the viewer
To delete a folio from the viewer, tap the gear icon in the upper right corner of the library, choose Remove Issues from iPad, and then select and delete folios. (In pre-v25 viewers, tap the Archive button.) If the folio is still available on the server, the folio is still available to download in the viewer. If the folio is no longer available on the server, the folio disappears from the library.
To delete a folio from the iPhone library, swipe across the folio’s name from right to left. As you swipe, the View button changes to a Remove button.
Use the Android Viewer to preview content
There are two versions of the Adobe Content Viewer available: one for native Android viewers and one for legacy Android viewers.
- The Adobe Content Viewer for Android is used for testing the digital content you create on phones and tablets that run Android 4.0.3 or later. This version is used for testing content for the new native Android viewer.
- The Adobe Content Viewer for Android (legacy) is used for testing the digital content you create for tablets running Android 2.2 or later.
Use Preview on Device
Instead of downloading folios from the server, you can use the Preview on Device feature to copy a folio directly from your computer to the mobile device.
You can use a Mac OS computer to preview content directly on an iPad or iPhone. You can use a Windows or Mac OS computer to preview content directly on Android devices. Preview on Device with Amazon tablets is not supported.
To preview an article or folio, in the Folio Builder panel in InDesign, select the article folio you want to preview, and then choose Preview on [device name] from the Preview menu at the bottom of the panel.
The previewed folio is copied from your computer to your device. The folio remains on your device when you disconnect it. When you archive the folio, it’s removed from the library.
To preview only the current layout, open the Folio Overlays panel and choose Preview on [device name] from the Preview menu at the bottom of the panel.
The previewed layout remains on your device when you disconnect it. When you return to the library, the previewed layout is removed.
Previewing on Device from the Folio Overlays panel displays only the pages of the current layout in PNG format. Alternate layouts in InDesign CS6/CC are not included in the preview.
At this time, Preview on Device is supported only for the legacy version of the Adobe Content Viewer for Android, not the native version.
- Turn on USB Debugging. The location of the USB Debugging option varies depending on your Android device. For some devices, it’s located in Settings > Applications > Development.
- (Windows only) Install the necessary device drivers to allow your Android device to communicate with your computer. The Flash Builder help includes useful information at Debug an application on a Google Android device and Install USB device drivers for Android devices (Windows).
Watch Colin Fleming's video: Preview on Android Device
Preview using the beta Adobe Content Viewer in Windows 8.1
A version of the Adobe Content Viewer app is available in the Windows Store. In the Windows Store, search for "Adobe Content Viewer." This app is available only on devices running Windows 8.1.
At this time, the Adobe Content Viewer includes a limited set of features. Hyperlinks, slideshows, scrollable frames, and videos are supported. Web Content overlays are partially supported. Image sequence, pan and zoom, audio, and panoramas are not yet supported. Other DPS features such as social sharing, sections, and in-app purchases are not yet supported. See Building DPS apps for Windows Store.