Sneak Peek also relies on embedded thumbnails.
Creative Cloud can export a pdf, jpeg, or png from an uploaded InDesign file.
You can sign up for a free account and give it a try. creative.adobe.com
You can view small previews of them in Bridge. If you need to get previews of all the pages in a document, then you'll need to visit the InDesign preferences as the default is just to save a preview of the first two. In the Prefs, go to File Handling and you'll find a section in the detail area "Saving InDesign Files" and set that up as you need. If your docs have a lot of pages, I would choose the smallest possible thumbnails.
I hope that helps!
Thanks for the feedback, everyone.
Justin, how do I export an .indd file as a PDF in creative cloud? I've uploaded the file, but I don't see any obvious option for "export as pdf".
Interesting. I am almost certain that I tested this prior to answering the question.
It is likely that they removed the PDF option.
Cloud is not baked. The sync functionality was recently pulled and is still marked as "Comming Soon". I should suspect that they are still fine tuning this.
In lieu of downloading, you could use the share feature.
ADOview is also an option. Ive never used their desktop software; however, their mobile apps are fantastic. http://metadesignsolutions.com/products/indesign-viewer.php
It's hidden well (it's on the very last page of the manual, and not mentioned ipon the website) but ADOview *also* purely relies on the embedded preview thumbnails.
To be honest, there really isnt a good answer. Other then ensuring previews for every page.
Sharing a link to the creative cloud works without embedded previews; however, the resolution is not that great.
If I am not mistaken, a CC account for the year inlcudes InCopy CC and you get two installs. InCopy would make a lot of sense. Else running out PDF drafts would be the next option.
Greetings! Matheau from Code Line here.
Our product, Art View for Mac (formerly SneakPeek Pro), allows you to preview InDesign, as well as Illustrator, ASE, Freehand MX and others from Quick Look. It doesn't require you to have InDesign installed. For InDesign docs, it uses the built-in thumbnails which can be quite good if configured properly before saving. We talk a bit about getting better previews with InDesign on our blog.
Here's a link if you'd like to see how it works:
P.S. We also have SneakPeek for iOS offers previews for InDesign and Illustrator as well.
Adobe Bridge can show the thumbnail of file, metadata, used fonts and used swatches, but not browse pages. Adobe Bridge can browse page of a .PDF file.
If you just want others to view and not edit, you can use the Publish Online feature and send them a link to view it. You can also update the links as you make changes.
Hope this helps.
"ID Util" is another option:
Free InDesign File Preview App for Mac: Markzware’s ID Util
"Want to preview InDesign files (INDD documents), but don’t have InDesign installed on your Macintosh computer? With ID Util, you can quickly and easily preview InDesign, IDML, and InCopy documents, without requiring the Adobe InDesign program."
another option is a Acrobat Pro DC Cloud installation. :-)
You have to be online to do this.
Just open an InDesign file with Actobat Pro DC as PDF.
InDesign itself is not required.
The feature is using an Adobe Server process on the web.
Missing fonts would be a problem, substitutes could be used and the overall quality of the result is definitely not for e.g. offset printing. I did not test much, but I think, that overprinting elements will not overprint in the result PDF.