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Publish Online

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  5. Share
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  6. Publish
    1. Export and publish
      1. Publish Online
      2. Export content for EPUB
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      1. Data merge
      2. Plug-ins
      3. Capture extension in InDesign
      4. Scripting

What is Publish Online?

With Publish Online, you can now repurpose your print documents by publishing them online. You can publish a digital version of an InDesign document that works on any device, in any modern web browser, without the need to install a plug-in.

For a richer document viewing experience, you can publish an interactive InDesign document that includes buttons, slideshows, animation, audio, and video using the interactive authoring features of InDesign.

After you publish your documents, you can provide the online document URL to anyone to view the document in a beautiful, yet simple, online reading experience, on any device and on any platform. You can even share the online document on social networks like Facebook and Twitter or over email with a single click. The document can also be embedded on any website or blog using the embed code provided on clicking the embed option on the viewing layout.

Here are two sample interactive documents published using InDesign CC 2015.

Multiple page spread

You can create an InDesign document that contains spreads with more than two pages, the published document displays multiple pages on a spread in the same way as they are displayed in InDesign.

Publish documents with multiple page sizes

Publish documents that contain pages with different sizes. The published document maintains the size of individual pages and displays the content on the pages appropriately.

Text hyperlinks

Hyperlinks created on text are supported in published document. InDesign maintains all types of hyperlinks in the published document:

  • URLs
  • Emails
  • Page destinations
  • TOC markers
  • Index markers
  • Cross references

Image resolution

The image resolution of the published output supports 96 PPI and is the default value for better quality images in the output.

Mobile & Tablet experience You get a rich mobile viewing experience of your published InDesign documents.

  • Smoother page transitions with swipe gesture improvements.
  • Share dialog displays on the full screen
  • Mobile optimized layout of thumbnails for better viewing and accessibility.

The tablet view includes an easy-to-use scrollable thumbnail view.

Mobile and tablet views

Sharing options

You can choose to share your published documents on Twitter and over email. You can also provide your viewers with the option to download your document as PDF.

Sharing options

You can choose to share your published documents on Twitter and over email.

Transparency effect

The published online documents support transparency and other effects with blending modes. The only exceptions are text frames, groups, buttons, objects with animation, and MSOs overlapping with objects containing transparency.

Update published documents

You can update a published document by updating the source and republishing it.

Publish an InDesign document online

  1. To publish the current document online, click the Publish Online button in the App bar or choose File > Publish Online.

    The Publish Online Options dialog box is displayed.

  2. In the General tab of the Publish Online dialog box, enter the following information:


    Title of the online document.

    This name is displayed as the browser title of the published output.

    The title is also displayed in the Recently Published menu (File > Recently Published) and the Publish Online dashboard.


    Description of the online document.

    This is displayed in the Publish Online dashboard and on Facebook if you share the document there.


    Choose to export All or a Range of pages from the current document.

    Export As

    Specify how pages are displayed online in web browser.


    Displays a single page at a time on browser


    Displays two pages at a time in the web browser.

    Allow viewers to download the document as a PDF (Print)

    Select this option if you want your users to be able to download your document in the PDF-Print format.

    Hide the Share and Embed options in the published document

    Select this option if you do not want document viewers to see the share or embed buttons on your published document.

    If you are republishing an existing document. Click Update Existing Document and select the appropriate document title from the Choose an existing document to update drop-down list. Change the publish online settings as required.

  3. In the Advanced tab, enter the following information:

    Choose Thumbnail

    Choose the cover for your published document. This thumbnail is displayed in Publish Online dialog with the title and description while uploading. This thumbnail also appears when you share the document on Facebook.

    First Page

    Specify that the first page of the InDesign document is used as the cover thumbnail

    Chosen Page

    Choose a page of the InDesign document to be used as the cover thumbnail

    Choose Image

    Select an external image as the cover thumbnail

    Image Settings

    Specify how the images of the documents are to be exported

    Automatic **recommended**

    InDesign decides how the document images should be exported, keeping in consideration performance optimization. The available options are JPEG, GIF, and PNG.


    Specify the resolution of the images. Available options are Standard (InDesign-optimized) and HiDPi (InDesign-optimized for high resolution).

    Note: HiDPi images might increase page loading time and the amount of data viewers must download.

    JPEG Image Quality

    When Image Format is set to JPEG, this option provides multiple options for image quality.

    GIF Options Palette

    When Image Format is set to GIF, this option provides multiple palettes for GIF rendering.

  4. Click Publish to publish the document online.

    The Publish Online dialog box is displayed:

    • The thumbnail, title, and description are displayed on the left side of the dialog box.
    • The process is displayed in the right side.
    The Publish Online dialog box

  5. In the Publish Online dialog box, click Cancel Upload to stop and roll back the upload process.

  6. Click Close to minimize this dialog box to the Publish Online button in the App bar.


    Minimizing the Publish Online dialog box does not stop online publish process. However, you can continue to work in the current or any other InDesign document.

  7. Click Publish Online in the App bar to open the Publish Online dialog box.

  8. After the document is published online, choose the following options in the Publish Online dialog box:

    A successfully published document

    View Document

    Open the online document in your default web browser.


    Copy the URL for the online document.

    Share on Facebook

    Share the document URL on your Facebook page.

    Share on Twitter

    Tweet the document URL.

    Email the URL

    Share the document using your default email client.

Output of online document

The published online document provides a number of viewing and sharing options.

Viewing and sharing options for a published online document

A (Toggle Thumbnails)

Show/Hide the thumbnail dock that displays the thumbnails for all the pages in the published output.

B (Zoom in)

Zoom into the current page.

C (Zoom out)

Zoom out of the current page.

D (Full Screen)

View the current page in full screen mode.

E (Share)

Open the Share Publication dialog. This dialog provides sharing options to copy the current document URL (and share it via email) or share the document on Facebook.

F (Embed )

Copy the code needed to embed the output on your site. You can also specify a start page for your document and the embedded output opens on the selected page number. Select Disable full screen for embed window if you do not want users to view the document in full screen.


(E and F) Share and Embed options are not available if you have selected Hide the Share and Embed options in the published document option while publishing the document. 

G (Download PDF)

Download the output in the PDF-Print format.

H (Turn OFF Volume)

Mute all audio and video in current document.

I (Report Abuse)

Open the Report Abuse dialog. This dialog provides the options for type of abuse and your details.

Recently published documents

The Recently published menu displays the list of the last five documents published.

Click a document in this list, to open the published output in your default browser.

  1. To view the Recently Published documents list, choose File > Recently Published.

Using the Publish Online dashboard

InDesign provides a Publish Online dashboard from where you can access all your published documents. To view the InDesign Publish Online dashboard, choose File > Publish Online dashboard. There are two tabs in the dashboard.

Document Trends

The Document Trends tab displays a listing of the documents you have published.

document trends
Publish Online dashboard


This tab provides analytics for individual documents you have published.


Open the Share Publication dialog. This dialog provides sharing options to copy the current document URL (and share it via email) or share the document on Facebook.


Copy the code needed to embed the output on your site. You can also specify a start page for your document and the embedded output opens on the selected page number. Select Disable full screen for embed window option under the Embed options if you do not want the users to view the document in full screen.


Delete the published document.



This tab provides insights for all the documents you have published.



Number of time your published documents have been viewed.


Number of users who have viewed your published documents.

Avg. Read Time

Average time spent by a user interacting with your published document per view.

Total Read Time

Total time spent by all the users wile actively viewing your published documents.

Views On Devices

Distribution of total views across desktop, mobile, and tablet devices.

Disable or enable Publish Online

By default, Publish Online is available when you install InDesign 2015. However, you can remove the InDesign user interface references of this feature.

  1. To open the Preferences dialog, choose Edit > Preferences > General.

  2. In the Preferences dialog, go to the Publish Online tab.

  3. To remove the user interface references, deselect Publish Online and click OK.

Publish online is now more secure!

On using embedded HTML content in InDesign documents, InDesign now supports select websites on publishing these documents online.

Any unsupported HTML content will appear blocked in the published document.

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