What I Learned at CreativePro Week About Publish Online
One of my very favorite events is CreativePro Week, and this year’s conference, held in New Orleans from June 4–8, was one of the best ever. It was a week of so many educational and entertaining sessions, and gave us all an opportunity to meet and chat with other creative professionals, along with great food and good fun!
Even as a presenter at this event, I always learn a lot. In addition to meeting with friends and colleagues, one of the best parts is meeting face-to-face with the Adobe team. This year, one of the members of the InDesign team from India, Varun Aggarwal, taught me a couple of new and interesting things about Publish Online that I wanted to share.
Ever wish you could add page transitions to your Publish Online document? Well, you can. Simply add “?transition” to the URL of your project, and desktop browsers will display your document with simple, sliding page transitions! Note this doesn’t affect tablet or mobile browsers.
Check out this example.
Publish Online requires an internet connection for viewers to browse the pages of your document. However, when you click on a page in a Publish Online project, the page fully caches in your browser. If you click on every page of your document, all the pages cache and can then be viewed offline! All internal links and navigation work beautifully, just as they would online. This means you could, for example, create a presentation document, click on each page to cache it, then show it to others without having an internet connection.
It would be nice if we could grab that cache and have an offline document to view and share, but unfortunately, different browsers handle the cache differently and not all have this capability. But perhaps some of you propeller-heads out there could figure out a solution to take advantage of this interesting cache behavior.
Let’s Make Publish Online Better
If using Publish Online documents offline would be interesting to you, let Adobe know! InDesign’s engineering team closely monitors feature requests that are listed (and voted for) on their User Voice portal. Check out the current feature requests and vote for those you think would be useful or add your own.