Use Adobe Content Viewer to preview folios. The Adobe Content Viewer is available as a desktop application (called the “Desktop Viewer”) or as an app on a mobile device. The Desktop Viewer is installed automatically when you update the DPS Desktop Tools. The viewer for mobile devices is available for download in the iPad App Store, Google Play Store, and Windows Store. Search in the device store for “content viewer.”

Tips for previewing DPS content

  • Desktop Viewer or Device Viewer? Use 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, and the Windows Store (8.1 only). The Desktop Viewer has been deprecated and no longer previews content accurately.
  • 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 or iPhone to your Mac OS computer and use Preview on Device. Preview on Device is not available on Windows computers or for Android or Windows devices.
  • 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 Folio Overlays panel or File > Folio Preview, you preview only the layout in raster format, not the article or folio. 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.

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 DPS content on the iPad or iPhone. This viewer is updated whenever a new DPS version is released. The Adobe Content Viewer does not support devices with iOS 5, including iPad 1 models.

Note:

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 lightning bolt icon in the folio thumbnail indicates a folio downloaded from the Folio Producer server. A blue plug icon indicates a folio loaded through Preview on Device. Folios published to the Distribution Service do not include blue icons. Any folio published as Retail does not appear in the Adobe Content Viewer.

Adobe Content Viewer
The icons indicate the source of the folio.

  1. On your device, download or update the Adobe Content Viewer from the App Store.

  2. 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.

    Note:

    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.

Preview AEM folios

If you're using an Adobe Experience Manager (AEM) workflow, you can preview AEM folios without having to publish them to the Folio Producer Service.

  1. In then Adobe Content Viewer, tap AEM.
  2. Sign in using your AEM account. Specify your AEM username and password. For the URL, use the http://<IP address>:<AEM port number> format.
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The following navigation techniques work whether you’re using the Adobe Content Viewer or a custom viewer.

  • For dual-orientation folios, rotate the mobile device to display either the horizontal or vertical version of the article.

  • 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 (sometimes called the "HUD" for heads-up display). Tap the Library button to jump to the library in a multi-issue app, or type the Home button to return to the first article in a single-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 viewer version display. For iOS viewers, triple-tap the title to reset the issue so that each article starts at the first page instead of the previously viewed page. (For v32 apps and later, you can create a button that resets the folio (use navto://relative/reset).

Adobe Content Viewer
Adobe Content Viewer for the iPad

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. 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

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.

  1. Download Adobe Content Viewer from the Google Play Store.

  2. Start Adobe Viewer on the Android device, 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.

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 Adobe AIR v20 release requires 64-bit applications on the Mac OS X. This is preventing the Adobe Content Viewer for Desktop to run on Mac OS X when AIR v20 is installed. A "The required native extension for this application is missing" error message appears.

The DPS team does not plan to update the Adobe Content Viewer for Desktop for previewing DPS content in InDesign. We recommend that you use on-device preview for a more accurate previewing experience.

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.

Preview on Device is available only using Mac OS computers to preview content directly on an iPad or iPhone.

  1. Connect your iPad or iPhone to your computer.

  2. On your iPad or iPhone, start the custom Adobe Content Viewer created using DPS App Builder.

    It isn’t necessary to sign in.

  3. To preview an article or folio, in the Folio Builder panel in InDesign, select the article or 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. A previewed folio remains on your device when you disconnect it. When you archive the folio, it’s removed from the library. A previewed article does not remain on your device when you finish previewing.

  4. 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. For Smooth Scrolling articles, use the Folio Builder panel, not the Folio Overlays panel, for previewing.

Preview using the 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. See Building DPS apps for Windows Store.

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