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    Is there a viewer for InDesign INDD files? Looking for a viewer that would open INDD files as a read-only without an InDesign program.

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    InCopy, but $250.00 is a lot of money on a viewer. Of course it would be
    a good excuse to move to an InCopy workflow.

    Bob

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    Try exporting as a PDF.

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    Looking for something other than PDF. I export to PDF for finish files, but was wondering if there is something out there for viewing the draft files, by a third party.

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    Other than InCopy and PDF, the last option is to have them install the 30-day trial.

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    If the file is going to be read-only, anyway, why not use PDF? Are you leaving stuff on the pasteboard you want them to see?

    You can enable commenting in the PDF, something that wouldn't be available otherwise.

    Peter

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    > You can enable commenting in the PDF, something that wouldn't be available otherwise.

    Just to clarify that...The full version of Acrobat is needed for to this.

    Bob

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    Here is a little explaination on how a viewer would be used.

    We use InDesign for creating a parts information catalog. Each page is a different file name.

    Pages are consistently being changed to keep up with manufacturer's catalog number changes, Vendor changing hands, specification changes etc.

    The personnel in our department may be working on the revisions of many pages at one time. Our new department head wants to be able to view our works in process, but all the InDesign licenses are being used.
    Converting them to PDF, which is what we do once a page in approved for completion, while they are a work in process would mean exporting every time before closing the file. That way the department head can see what was done to each page that was worked on at the end of each day.

    Any other suggestions?

    We do have the full version of Acrobat.

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    It may just pay to buy one license of InCopy for this. It'll pay for
    itself in the time you won't have to take up creating new PDFs.

    Another thing to keep in mind is that only one person can open an INDD
    file at a time using InDesign but that doesn't hold true for InCopy.

    For a bit more on that read this:

    http://indesignsecrets.com/incopy-as...ign-reader.php

    Bob

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    I'm sure it would also be possible to script a closing routine that would automatically export the PDF. InCopy does sound like a better choice, though, or even buying one more ID license -- you don't need the whole suite.

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