InDesign file previews in Finder (Mac)

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Jan 19, 2022 Jan 19, 2022

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This may be a really silly question, but are there any utilities/tips/hacks for showing InDesign file previews in the Finder? I can see tiny thumbnails of the artwork in Photoshop & Illustrator files. But just generic IDD icons for InDesign. It would save me so much time opening wrong versions, despite being pretty careful about naming them.

 

Cheers,

Dave

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Adobe Community Professional , Jan 19, 2022 Jan 19, 2022
Hey  @Laubender has a good suggestion I did find this - not sure if it still works or not https://creativepro.com/preview-indesign-pages-indd-preview-for-mac/

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Jan 19, 2022 Jan 19, 2022

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Hi Dave,

a workaround could be to view the InDesign files in Adobe Bridge.

 

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Uwe Laubender

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Thanks, Uwe.

Shamefully, I had no idea that Bridge was capable of the previews. You just saved my sanity, specially when opening files from clients. Owe you a beer!

 

Out of interest, only some previews show (see attached)  - I'm guessing the "save preview" button needs to be checked on saving in IDD?

 

Thanks again,

Dave

 

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"I'm guessing the "save preview" button needs to be checked on saving in IDD?"

 

Well, yes!

 

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Uwe Laubender

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Hey 

 

@Laubender has a good suggestion

 

I did find this - not sure if it still works or not

https://creativepro.com/preview-indesign-pages-indd-preview-for-mac/

 

 

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Eugene -

Wow, thanks! Just bought INDD Preview - best few quid I've ever spent!

Love that you can see the previews at a larger scale than in Bridge.

 

Appreciate this - 

Dave

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You're welcome

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I think, that the quality of the previews depends on the settings one does in InDesign Preferences > File Handling for a particular InDesign document. The maximum is 1024 x 1024 px. From my German InDesign 2022:

 

INDD-Preferences-FileHandling-PreviewSettings.png

 

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Uwe Laubender

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