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Is there a program that can view .indd files?

New Here ,
Jul 22, 2013 Jul 22, 2013

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Besides inDesign or inCopy, I mean.  I'm aware that there are programs that will extract the preview thumbnails from the file, but are there any that will view the .indd file itself?  My manager doesn't want to spend the money on a copy of inCopy for all of our users, but wants to give people the option to view .indd files currently in progress.

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Community Expert , Nov 29, 2022 Nov 29, 2022

As of InDesign 2023 version 18.0 (October 2022) release
- you can now preview indesign documents. 

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/ie/indesign/using/whats-new/2023.html#doc-preview

There's lots of other solutions in the discussions.

 

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Community Expert ,
Jul 22, 2013 Jul 22, 2013

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Can you make PDFs for them? Very easy to make a pdf and put it on a shared file for them to digest over.

There is the Sneak Peak http://www.code-line.com/software/sneakpeek/

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LEGEND ,
Jul 22, 2013 Jul 22, 2013

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Sneak Peek also relies on embedded thumbnails.

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New Here ,
Jul 22, 2013 Jul 22, 2013

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NelsonNTS,

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

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New Here ,
Jul 30, 2013 Jul 30, 2013

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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".

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Jul 30, 2013 Jul 30, 2013

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File>Export.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 30, 2013 Jul 30, 2013

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NelsonNTS,

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

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LEGEND ,
Jul 30, 2013 Jul 30, 2013

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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.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 30, 2013 Jul 30, 2013

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Jongware,

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.

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Community Expert ,
Jul 22, 2013 Jul 22, 2013

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Hi

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!

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New Here ,
Mar 06, 2014 Mar 06, 2014

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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:

Thanks!

Matheau

P.S. We also have SneakPeek for iOS offers previews for InDesign and Illustrator as well.

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Participant ,
Jul 02, 2017 Jul 02, 2017

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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.

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Community Expert ,
Jul 03, 2017 Jul 03, 2017

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InDesign preferences allow you save thumbnails of all pages - you can change the preference in Indesign to show all - and you can preview in Bridge

Screen Shot 2017-07-03 at 09.21.40.png

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Community Expert ,
Dec 22, 2017 Dec 22, 2017

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Hi together,

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.

Regards,
Uwe

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Community Expert ,
Oct 25, 2017 Oct 25, 2017

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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.

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Community Expert ,
Dec 21, 2017 Dec 21, 2017

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"ID Util" is another option:

Free InDesign File Preview App for Mac: Markzware’s ID Util

https://markzware.com/id-util/free-indesign-file-preview-app-mac-markzwares-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."

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Community Beginner ,
May 10, 2019 May 10, 2019

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ArtView 3 by CodeLine (www.code-line.com) is good on a mac with quickview (spacebar).Screenshot 2019-05-10 at 12.27.53.png

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May 10, 2019 May 10, 2019

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Any current viewers that can add this capability onto Windows 10?

Mike Witherell

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Nov 30, 2022 Nov 30, 2022

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This is supposed to work in Explorer but it doesn't. At this point, I'm happy to just see real InDesign icons instead of white boxes.

I should note, this is my experience, but others may not be having issues.

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Nov 30, 2022 Nov 30, 2022

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I have the same and confirmed by Adobe tech who are looking this.

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Nov 30, 2022 Nov 30, 2022

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I'm sure they'll drop everything and get right on it. 🙂

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Nov 29, 2022 Nov 29, 2022

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As of InDesign 2023 version 18.0 (October 2022) release
- you can now preview indesign documents. 

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/ie/indesign/using/whats-new/2023.html#doc-preview

There's lots of other solutions in the discussions.

 

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