Batch Preview InDesign Files & Generate High-Resolution Previews: ID Util macOS

You can batch preview InDesign files and generate high-resolution previews, using ID Util for macOS by Markzware:

Would you like to be able to see multiple pages of stories at the same time, when you preview InDesign, IDML, or InCopy files? Markzware offers an application to help users to preview individual or multiple InDesign, InCopy and IDML file pages, with legible text and high image resolution.

Markzware develops solutions that can help creative professionals in commercial packaging, labeling, publishing and related industry workflows. Markzware’s ID Util for macOS is a free, standalone application on the Mac App Store. With this app, users can view InDesign file previews, styled stories, linked images and used fonts, as well as export Adobe InDesign previews and styled stories to standard formats.

If you want to get a quick preview of your InDesign files, but don’t have the time to open a program, you can use ID Util. No need to wait for InDesign to startup and open a file, just so you can preview it. Learn more, by watching this video about ID Util:

Batch Preview InDesign Files & Generate High-Resolution Previews: ID Util macOS


Markzware‘s ID Util for macOS app allows users to preview CS5CS6 and a range of CC versions of Adobe InDesign, InCopy and IDML files. You can also export those previews as PNG, JPG or PDF files, to share with clients or colleagues who may not have InDesign.

Want to preview InDesign files, but don’t have InDesign installed on the computer? You can check INDD document previews without going through Finder’s “Get Info” process, by using ID Util for macOS.

How to Use ID Util
• Install Markzware’s ID Util for macOS.
• Select the InDesign, IDML, or InCopy file in Finder.
• To preview the selected file, click the spacebar. (For thumbnail-sized previews, view your files in thumbnail view. To see more detail, zoom in. To see multiple pages at once, zoom out.)
• Batch Previews: To preview more than a single file at a time, just drag and drop multiple files onto ID Util’s drag and drop area. (To select files for previewing, click File > Open, then press Command-Click or Shift-Click.) ID Util will display each file’s preview in a separate window.

ID Util’s Preview Window Displays the File Preview, Page Size, Zoom Controls,
File Name, InDesign Version, Export Button, Print Button, and Resave HD Option:

Markzware ID Util for macOS Preview Window

Helpful Keyboard Shortcuts for Previewing with ID Util
Command + Semicolon: Show ID Util window or bring it to the front
Command + O: Open a file for viewing
Command + 1: Zoom out to 25% size
Command + 2: Zoom out to 50% size
Command + 3: Zoom to 100%
Command + 4: Zoom to 200%
Command + W: Close active window
Command + Comma: Bring up Preference window
Command + C: Copy current selected preview to Clipboard

ID Util for macOS is a lightweight app that allows you to preview pages of InDesign, InCopy and IDML files, without requiring Adobe app installation. If InDesign is on your system, you can generate high resolution previews of your documents through ID Util.

“Powerful app allows you to preview… InDesign documents and related assets—without needing InDesign.”
– Jamie McKee (mackeycomposition.com), book designer & typesetter, U.S. university presses
Source: InDesign Magazine, Issue 90, InReview: ID Util

Some Benefits of Using ID Util for macOS:
• Get a fast preview of your INDD documents, using ID Util.
• No need to buy more software or have a Creative Cloud subscription, just to view InDesign file previews.
• You can export InDesign previews as PNG, JPG, or PDF, for printing, with ID Util.

Batch Preview InDesign, IDML, InCopy Files, Stories, Images & Fonts in High Resolution via Markzware ID Util for macOS:
Batch Preview InDesign, IDML, InCopy Files, Stories, Images & Fonts in High Resolution via Markzware ID Util for macOS

Easily preview printing and publishing layouts (brochures, books, catalogues and other DTP assets) that were created in Adobe InDesign. ID Util’s data preview capability eliminates the need to install and launch InDesign, in order to preview these files.

Features of ID Util for macOS
• Preview Adobe InDesign, IDML and InCopy files.
• Zoom Page Previews: You can zoom in (to see InDesign, IDML, or InCopy file previews in more detail) or zoom out (to see thumbnails of multiple pages at once), by using ID Util’s easy-to-use features. When viewing a Document’s previews, you will see the Zoom Tools at the bottom of the Preview Window. To zoom in and out, you can use the slider or click on one of the hot keys for preset values. Zoom in to view page details or zoom out to see thumbnail views of a multiple page document.
• Export Previews as PNG, JPG or PDF.
• View Styled Stories from InDesign Files.
• View Previews of Linked Images.
• View Page Previews: Modify your InDesign preferences to save all page previews at high resolution for better preview support.
• View Used Fonts: Show a list of the used fonts. Show the status of the font, found / missing. If the font file path is found, ID Util will show it and “Show in Finder…”, as well as include a preview of the selected font below the list.
• View Document Version: See the InDesign version that was used to create the document.
• Print Document Previews.
• Resave Document with HD Previews: If you have InDesign installed, you can resave the document with high-resolution previews of all pages.

Quick Look Previews allow you to view InDesign, IDML, and InCopy document previews from any Finder window with the push of the spacebar. Turn on thumbnail previews from the ID Util preferences and view thumbnail previews in any Finder window. Quickly and easily find the specific file you are seeking, even if you do not remember the exact file name.

Many creative organizations have InDesign files stored on their systems or receive InDesign files from clients. Even if an organization does not have the InDesign application itself, users can still view INDD files, using ID Util for macOS. With Markzware’s app, you can view page previews with the documents stories and images!

Zoom In To View Your InDesign Page In More Detail, with ID Util for macOS:
Zoom In To View Your InDesign Page In More Detail, with Markzware ID Util for macOS

ID Util for macOS supports InDesign, IDML, and InCopy versions for Adobe:
• CC 2015
• CC 2014
• CC
• CS6
• CS5.5
• CS5
• CS4
• CS3
• CS2

Review InDesign page layouts and compare design changes in your INDD documents. ID Util helps to speed up the process of creating designs and sharing them with customers worldwide. To learn more about ID Util for macOS and its many features, visit the ID Util page.

Resave High-Resolution HD Previews of InDesign Documents
With the Resave HD feature, sharper previews of InDesign text and images can be displayed. Using ID Util does not require you to have Adobe apps on your system, but, if InDesign is installed, you can generate high resolution document previews via ID Util.

InDesign’s standard preferences often cause text to be displayed as gray lines. After running Resave HD, text is usually quite legible.

How to Resave InDesign Documents with High Resolution HD Previews, via ID Util
ID Util’s Resave HD section (below the file version section in the Preview Window) allows you to generate high resolution previews for InDesign files. To use this feature, an appropriate version of InDesign must be active on your computer. The keyboard shortcut for Resave HD feature is Shift + Command + S.
• When viewing an InDesign document’s previews, with InDesign installed, click the “Resave HD” button in the Toolbar. ID Util will attempt to startup the appropriate version of InDesign and create high resolution previews (1024 x 1024 pixels) for all pages in your InDesign document.
• If the resaved document has missing images, click on either the “update links” or “don’t update links” button in the InDesign’s “missing links” message that pops up. ID Util will continue the Resave HD process.

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You can access ID Util on the Mac App Store and download it for free. See more Adobe compatible solutions for the macOS platform on the Markzware Products page.

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