Publish Online is not intended for what you want to do
Upload your layouts to Creative Cloud and send the client a link. There they can see the layout and make comments. This is really about the only use I’ve found for Creative Cloud storage.
So what is it intended for?
And why can't it be improved to the point where it can be used for proofing, as well as whatever it's intended for?
Your cloud storage suggestion is OK - I already do this, but it's a multi stage process and I have to log into my adobe account every time (which entails decrypting a password database, looking up my password - which is too complex to remember - logging in, uploading, making it public, etc etc etc.
Publish Online is quick, easy and looks good and professional to my clients! I like it more than uploading to cloud storage.
At its heart, it’s an online EPUB reader not a proofing tool.
That's a very narrow-minded dismissal.
It could be a great proofing tool.
I have a bath in my house, but I also use it as a shower.
I’m not dismissing anything. I’m telling you what it is NOW.
It’s also considered a technology preview, meaning it is not feature complete and may never be. It could disappear as easily as it could be improved.
I'm sorry - you seemed to be dismissing the suggestion of improving it on the grounds I'm not using it for what someone else intended it for.
My argument is, it doesn't really matter what it was intended for - my suggestions for improvement are still valid and would have the secondary benefit of allowing me to use it for what I want it for.
Probably best to post your suggestion in the InDesign feature request forum: The specified item was not found.
P.S. Why are you using EPS's ?
OK - thanks. Will do.
EPS: for very old and historic reasons. It's sometimes not... desireable(?) to convert a 30 year old file to a modern format. For new stuff I make placable PDFs.
Been doing this since the late 80s. I've still got clients who have Illustrator 3 EPSs
Sandee – in your forthcoming book: Creating Animations in Adobe InDesign One Step at a Time (Adobe Press, Aug 20), as far as you've been able to test them, will all the animations you describe work in Adobe Publish Online?
[With apologies for hi-jacking]
Every single animation I have created works in publish online.
The only thing that hasn't worked, are hyperlinks applied to text.
But I've got buttons, animations, compound animations, MSOs, and more.
I'm really impressed by it.
I think it is a viable alternative to DPS.
Thanks Sandee (I attended your impressive session at PePcon this year).
Yes, Publish Online might be a game changer when they've polished it up a bit!
It could be a great proofing tool.
The demos I've seen position it as an easier to use alternative to DPS or EPUB. Looking at the page code it's all HTML/DIV/CSS with cut up svg files for the text—it's hard to imagine that as a viable print proofing alternative to PDF.
In terms of proofing, I find emailing a PDF link from Acrobat DC far better, and it comes with the option to download actual PDF. This means I can send a client the print ready file to proof check and not worry about file size. If all is fine with the doc the client can just forward the link straight to the printer. Best of all the PDF link seems to work on corporate systems (that would normally block Dropbox, WeTransfer or similar). I know what you are saying in terms of making things better and more of a proofing tool, but it's the wrong tool for the job (and one exists!).
Back to Publish Online, this is potentially really great for me. I'd love to create rich applications for corporate clients, but ages old IT systems (Internet Explorer gah!), and restrictive `security' prevents most 21st century options (like an EPUB or an actual app). This works, with a few caveats, given it's still a Beta. As a trial project I've created an interactive induction pack and it's great.
My asks would be to tidy up the graphics (getting lots of overlap on shapes) and work on compatibility a bit more (lots of problems with Safari and IE. Works a dream on Chrome). I really wish Indesign had a better way of managing hyperlinks too. I just don't get on with the way it does it now.
One thing I've noticed that's a bit issue for me, email links don't seem to work. Either as buttons or in the text. I've tried on different systems and browsers, but nothing.
I'd hope Adobe really give this feature some love.
Me, too. Certain online services have done the same thing to a treat - Issuu is particularly solid. I'm hoping Adobe will catch them and allow us to host our own files as well.