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InDesign Preview For Finder

There really should be an InDesign preview for Mac Finder. This should be a requirement for your software and should not be considered a feature request.

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  • Noel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes - please add thumbnail-sized document previews for InDesign documents when the software is open but no files are open. This already works well in Photoshop 2019 and Illustrator 2019. It even works with some of my InDesign docs (about 1 in 5), but it would be very helpful if the previews of all INDD docs were automatic.

  • Ken Maynard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes, please. While you're at it, please standardize menus, windows and shortcuts across InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop... at least a little better than they are currently.

  • George Floyd commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I added the feature request as follows:

    InDesign Preview For Finder

    There really should be an InDesign preview for Mac Finder. This should be a requirement for your software and should not be considered a feature request. Sure would be nice to have a preview of document in finder for MAC. PLEASE HELP THIS SHOULD NOT BE A PROBLEM WITH ALL THE SKILLED TECH AT ADOBE!!!!!!

  • Jason Carreiro commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    OMG. Please already, Adobe! An entire creative community held ******* for decades using sketchy feature plugins for this?! Meanwhile we're all paying $50 a month for a CC subscription. WTH? Divert some of that stock price money — or just BUY one the plugins, clean it up and rebrand. What's the problem?

  • Myrna commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Bravo! and thanks for keeing diligent on this issue. It is a real pain to try to scroll thru InDesign files and not be able to quickly preview.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agreed. Basic functionality that has been included for many years in other programs, why not Adobe? Affinity has done this quite well and makes a great case for switching.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would be a huge benefit to me as I need to quickly compare PSD and INDD Files multiple times a day. I have no idea what a INDD file is without opening it and refuse to pay some 3rd party for the ability to do this. This should have been implemented a long time ago. Adobe really needs to focus some time on insuring their CC suite is consistent across all apps with features like this.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It would help when browsing through a lot of indd files without having to open them until we find the right one.

  • Steve Edwards commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I just started using the Markzware ID Util program which seems to work really well. Thanks Colin!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Using High Sierra on MBP early 2011.
    Really would like thumbnail previews for Indesign. You give the option in prefs, but to no avail.

    What's the problem? Other Adobe products have them.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    You should be able to see a preview/thumbnail of the first page of an INDD file from the Finder with the space bar and Apple's Preview app, just like you can with PDFs, JPGs, even Word docs (partially). Agree, this should have happened a LONG time ago and you shouldn't have to buy an add-on product or use Bridge (which I don't use) to accomplish this.

  • Lindsey Thomas Martin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    In the meantime, for those of us who can't stand using Bridge, Quick Look can be enabled for InDesign previews by Jenny Hofer's inddPreview (US$3.99).

  • Andreas commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Jongware: InDesign has an option to save preview *images* with documents. That makes it possible to see those images in InDesign even when the actual links are missing. As I recall that works fine. If it's that setting, that you think of, it has nothing to do with previewing documents in the operating system or in Adobe's own software. Is there another setting?

    I can't see a great purpose previewing InDesign documents in the file system – isn't that what bridge is for?

  • ihajo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Adobe Bridge can preview indesign files and you can open all the linked files inside the indesign file which is good feature.

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