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Understanding Differences Between the Web Proofing Viewer and the Desktop Proofing Viewer

Workfront provides two different Proofing Viewers:

The following list can help you understand what Proofing Viewer you can use to proof certain types of content:

  • Interactive web content - URL: If you create a proof for web content using a URL and you want to proof the content interactively, you must use the Desktop Proofing Viewer.
  • Interactive web content - ZIP file: If you create a proof for web content using a ZIP file, you can use either the Web Proofing Viewer or the Desktop Proofing Viewer.
  • Static and video content: If you create a proof containing static content, you can use either the Web Proofing Viewer or the Desktop Proofing Viewer.

The following sections list and compare the capabilities of the three proofing viewers:

Static Proofs

Feature

 

Web Proofing Viewer

Web Proofing Viewer

Open static proofs ✓*
Single, magazine, and continuous views ✓*
Panning ✓*
Zooming ✓*
Rotate ✓*
Measurement tool ✓ (set a custom-sized area) ✓*
Thumbnail view ✓*
Static proof navigator ✓*
Document search ✓*
Post comment on multiple pages ✓ (available on all views) ✓* (available on all views)
Advanced static proof shortcuts ✓ (for more information, see "Keyboard Shortcuts") ✓* (for more information, see "Keyboard Shortcuts")

* This functionality works only if your Workfront administrator has configured the Desktop Proofing Viewer as the default viewer for all proofs.

Video Proofs

Feature

 

Web Proofing Viewer

Desktop Proofing Viewer

Open video proofs ✓*
Buffering ✓*
Review using time ✓*
Review using frames or time code ✓*
Review faster or slower ✓*
Volume regulation ✓*
full-screen mode ✓*
Range comments ✓*
Loop video proofs (videos finish and start automatically) ✓*
Advanced video shortcuts ✓ (for more information, see "Keyboard Shortcuts") ✓*

* This functionality works only if the Desktop Proofing Viewer is configured as the default viewer for all proofs.

Interactive Proofs

Feature

 

Web Proofing Viewer

Desktop Proofing Viewer

Open interactive proofs created from content bundled in a ZIP file ✓ (recommended)
Open an interactive proof created from a URL Not supported
View interactive proofs (created from content bundled in a ZIP file) in various screen sizes
View interactive proofs (created from content bundled in a ZIP file) for various devices Not supported
Review unsecured (HTTP) sites Not supported
Review iFrame-protected sites (sites that are protected from being viewed within an iFrame) Not supported

Commenting

Feature

 

Web Proofing Viewer

Desktop Proofing Viewer

Add, delete, and edit comments
Add and delete replies
Rectangle, arrow, line, freehand, and highlight markup tools
Polyline tool
Crop mask markup tools Not supported Not supported
Text selection markup tool ✓ Static proofs only ✓ Static proofs only
Change markup color ✓ (32 colors available)  ✓ (32 colors available) 
Change markup opacity
Change markup thickness
Cut, copy, and paste markups Not supported Not supported
Undo and redo last operation Not supported Not supported
Duplicate markups Not supported Not supported
Set actions to comments ✓ (Actions are visible on comments immediately after the action is set)
Set markup color as default
Resolve comments
Lock comments Not supported Not supported
Tag users
Resume comments
View the comment list in a compact view
View the comment list in a standard, full, or single view Planned for the future Planned for the future
Search comments
Filter comments by user
Filter comments and replies by user
Sort comments
Comment auto-updates

Decisions

Feature

 

Web Proofing Viewer

Desktop Proofing Viewer

Make decisions
Customize decisions

Compare Proofs

Feature

 

Web Proofing Viewer

Desktop Proofing Viewer

Compare different versions of proofs
Compare separate proofs

Proof Operations

Feature

 

Web Proofing Viewer

Desktop Proofing Viewer

Change the proof version 
Create a new version

Available only in Workfront Proof (planned for the future when proofing within Workfront)

Available only in Workfront Proof (planned for the future when proofing within Workfront)

Review proof details 
Review proof workflows
Edit workflow stages Not supported Not supported
Share proofs
Get team URL
Change email notifications
Download original file
Lock and unlock proofs and stages
Print proof summary
Delete proofs
Manage proofs from the same folder Available only in Workfront Proof Available only in Workfront Proof
Branding (custom logos)
(Workfront Logo on launch page)
Custom links (Workfront Proof only) Not supported Not supported
Basecamp integrations (Workfront Proof only)  Planned for future  Planned for future
Presence indicator 
Proof auto-updates (permission changes and new versions) ✓ 

Miniviewer

Feature

 

Web Proofing Viewer

Desktop Proofing Viewer

Embedded code Planned for future for static and native video proofs Not supported 

Translations

Feature

 

Web Proofing Viewer

Desktop Proofing Viewer

Supported languages other than English
This article last updated on 2019-03-14 23:02:16 UTC