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Need native InDesign file viewer for Windows

Feb 18, 2011 5:21 AM

We are evaluating the usage of InDesign as a layout programm for web sites. At the moment we do create our mock ups using Photoshop.

A great thing about that: At least the flattened photoshop layout can be viewed by everybody in our company.

 

Now - as we do have .indd files there is a desire to have a look on the work results without having a full copy of InDesign installed!

 

At least for Mac there is http://www.code-line.com/software/sneakpeekpro/

 

But we still need a file viewer für native InDesign files on Windows!

Any suggestions?

 
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    Feb 18, 2011 5:38 AM   in reply to l-i-n-k

    Sorry, no such animal. The closest you'll come is Adobe Bridge with CS5 only if you adjust your prefs to preview all pages.

     

    BTW, why would you even consider InDesign for mocking up websites when there are programs fully dedicated to this.

     

    Bob

     
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    Feb 18, 2011 5:47 AM   in reply to l-i-n-k

    How about PDF?

     
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    Feb 18, 2011 6:40 AM   in reply to l-i-n-k

    Create your mock up in InDesign CS5 and export it as SWF after that. Your client may watch it in Web Browser and all the interactivity works, buttons, links, videos, animations etc...

     
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    Feb 18, 2011 9:30 AM   in reply to l-i-n-k

    Sorry, I don´t quite understand what you mean by saying  "reflect the date of export"...some kind of timestamp?

     
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    Feb 20, 2011 11:15 AM   in reply to l-i-n-k

    It's hard to believe that Sneak Peek Pro is a "native" document viewer. I bet all it's showing is the embedded thumbnails -- but, then again, these are assured to be always up to date.

     

    As some of the scripters have shown, it's fairly easy to extract the thumbnail and save it as a JPEG when you have opened the document. However, doing the same trick without InDesign takes some more skillz I had a couple of spare minutes (well, about two hours) so I wrote a quick-and-dirty program to first find, then extract these thumbnails, from a couple of CS3, CS4, and even CS5 I had laying around [*]. I'm on my Mac right now but tomorrow I'll be behind a PC, so I can compile it into a Windows compatible program.

     

    [*] .. In my test files, I found 3 different internal thumbnail names for these 3 versions. I don't have any files older than CS3 to test on; but can Adobe fricking finally decide under which name thumbnails get stored!?

     
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    Feb 21, 2011 2:20 AM   in reply to l-i-n-k

    1. You can change the preview size of your documents in Preferences -- it's under File Handling. Other than most of the preferences, this is a system-wide setting, so you don't have to change it per document. Opening, then forcing a file to save (you have to change something or use Save As) will update the previews in the file. I've read that CS5 allows you to save a preview of more than the first spread.

     

    2. http://www.jongware.com/binaries/extractIdThumbnails.zip (Windows) -- drop an InDesign file on this, and it will extract the preview (or previews) into the same folder the file came from. Only works, of course, if there *are* previews in that file. Seems to work fine with CS4, I only have one or two CS3 / CS5 files to test with and it theoretically *should* work with those as well.

     

    This doesn't bring the count of InDesign viewers to '1', though. The file format of InDesign is WAY too complicated to make a 'real' file viewer.

     

    ... How about Bridge? Did you try that?

     
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    Feb 21, 2011 3:40 AM   in reply to l-i-n-k

    Just thought of a tiny improvement --

    http://www.jongware.com/binaries/extractIdThumbnails.zip is updated, now you can drag and drop more than one file on top of it. All of the preview JPEGs will still be extracted to the original file location.

     

    It's not a script (which would still need InDesign itself), it's a full-fledged Windows executable, which means you can drag 'n drop ID files on top of it even if you don't have InDesign. At the moment it's a console program. If nothing seems to happen, it means it cannot process the file, and you cannot see its helpful message telling you why! Only if you run it from the command line ("Terminal", in Mac-Speak), you can read the output. Perhaps I should make it pop up an alert ...

     

    This one is for Windows but if anyone is interested I can also make a Mac version.

     
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