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Hi, when I prepare an InDesign file using "Share for Review" feature, the images are exported out rather low resolution / blurry as seen here:https://assets.adobe.com/id/urn:aaid:sc:US:913908ef-996f-4b5f-b99d-f730a011bda9?view=published
These images are quite hi-res in the original document and look fine in InDesign, but they are overly compressed when viewed in the review pane. The original source images are in PNG format.
And links were not broken at the time, ... right?
Thanks for replying Mike - to confirm, the image links were not broken:
I assumed that was normal, a rough draft to review content that dowloads really quickly.
I would expect some compression to occur in order to make it download quickly (say 80% or 85% quality). But in my example it looks too compressed (more like 10% or 20% quality) and it's difficult to get any proofing or review done with it.
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best do a bug report at:
Also come back when done and post the link to the report so that we can vote for fixing this.
My assumption is that InDesign has a problem with the high value for effictive ppi in your case.
That's not normal!
FWIW: Are you able to export to PDF with option [Smallest File Size] and not see this issue?
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Having the same issues, all links current. Even played with my view settings, etc. with no luck. Any updates here?
can you show a screenshot of the result in the review of your browser and another one when the image is selected in the InDesign document with the Links panel open so that we can see the value of Effective Ppi?
Oh, and could you do an export to PDF with [Smallest File Size], open the PDF in Acrobat Pro and check if the image shows the same blurryness?
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First one is the share view in browser and the second is a screenshot from Indesign.
I can confirm this is my experience as well. Image with effective PPI = 287, embedded in the document, looks terribly compressed in the web-based review tool.
could you compare the result in the browser with the result when you do export to PDF with option [Smallest File Size] ? Is there a difference?
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Sorry about the inconvience caused. This is an expected behavior, however, I will pass on your feedback to your Product team. Share for Review is to quickly share a design that is still a work-in-progress with the Reviewer(s) for quick feedback. Since the review opens in a browser for the reviewer, it has to load quickly even on slow networks, that’s why the image quality has been kept low deliberately so that the page loads quickly without long wait times. Using high-res views will slow down the loading of pages in the browser considerably, marring the experience.
Let us know if you have any further questions. We'd be happy to help.
Hi. I think the share for review functionality is great, but in many cases the image quality is poor enough that it's not sufficient for review. Why is this not in the user's hands to decide what quality to export the review document at?
Thanks for the explaination Srishti. My manager and I have also encountered "blurry" images in the share for review environment. While the concept of Share for Review is fantastic, in practice it has some shortcomings, this included. Ideas to improve the experience:
Share for Review, as you would have most probably guessed by now, is meant to gather quick feedback with comments from the Reviewers. It is not meant as the final output. An InDesign document may contain very high-resolution images, running into huge MB sizes. To quickly create a Share for Review link and for quickly loading it in a browser on all types of networks, it is essential to reduce the size of the Images. Uploading a hi-res image via Share for Review will take a long time in InDesign. Similarly, when viewed in the browser, a hi-res image will take a long time to get rendered, that's why Images are downsampled to a reasonable resolution of 100ppi so that they load quickly in the browser and at the same time, give a sufficient quality for reviewers to take a look and comment.
The Designer will need to communicate with their Reviewers & set the right expectations with them as far as Image quality is concerned in the Share for Review workflow. They will have to let them know that the images they see in the browser is not how they will appear in the final output and then use images with sufficient resolution in their InDesign files to ensure this.
The quality is set far too low. Many designers I've spoken to experience the same issue.
We are not able to pass reviews due to the poor quality of imagery.
What's strange is Adobe XD has this feature yet the image is incredibly high. Why should this be any different?
Exactly. We are using 150 DPI images for WEB PDFs and the image quality is so poor on design review, I cannot get sign off. The PDF's I create for final output are like 250kb and look great. We resorted back to Acrobat Review until it's addressed.
that Share For Review is doing low-res images only is one thing, but it seems that in one or more cases the result cannot be explained by that feature. A "totally blurry" image from a placed highres one ( 287 ppi effective ) should be not possible with downsampling to, I assume to 100ppi, JPEG, low quality. The numbers are just an assumption and taken from the pdf export preset named "[Smallest File Size]".
I think, there is yet another bug in the workflow.
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But to analyze the issue we need sample documents with the placed images.
Hm. Looked again into the details of the PDF export preset [Smallest File Size].
Transparency reduction is set to "Medium Resolution".
Perhaps this is also a factor if transparency is used on the page?
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We have the same issue. Unusable feature until the auto image compression is tamed to reasonable levels. Embarrassing to review with this image quality. Had to go back to Acrobat Document Cloud Share where the image looks fine.
Just check what the Auto PDF generation is setting image compression at. It's probably set to LOW to save bandwidth on cloud servers.
Share for Review is automated so we can't control the PDF output. Adobe has the image compression set way too low for usable reviews.
Same issue. I am a designer and this is a useless function with the sad blurry resolution settings. Ridiculous!
Just adding my 2 cents worth: By now in our journey through all this amazing computer software and the desktop/web publishing revolution, we have long since gotten used to clear images. To serve up otherwise to a reviewer is counter-intuitive and would have been unacceptable in the mid 1990s. Share for review should send out clearer, less-compressed, at-least-screen-rez images in the collaborative workflow.
The compression in Share for Review is excessive, and enough to raise concerns from proofers who don't understand it's a low-res proof. Provide quality options, Adobe.
Haha, I just discovered this function, then immediately abandoned it after seeing how the compression totally botched up my document. Great idea, awful execution.