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Understanding the Desktop Proofing Viewer

The information on this page refers to functionality not yet generally available. It is available only in the Preview Sandbox environment.

The Desktop Proofing Viewer is designed for proofing interactive content, but you can also use it to proof static and video content. We recommend that you proof interactive content in the Desktop Proofing Viewer rather than in the Legacy Proofing Viewer, which will no longer be available near the end of 2018.

Unlike the Web Proofing Viewer and the Legacy Proofing Viewer, the Desktop Proofing Viewer is an application that runs on your workstation. However, you access it from Workfront or from Workfront Proof when you launch proofs, rather than running it as a standalone application (for more information, see Installing and Updating the Desktop Proofing Viewer). 

Comparing the Desktop Proofing Viewer to Other Proofing Viewers

Desktop Proofing Viewer vs. Legacy Proofing Viewer

The Desktop Proofing Viewer includes the following enhancements over the Legacy Proofing Viewer:

  • Review unsecured (HTTP) sites, not just secure (HTTPS) sites.
  • Review iFrame-protected sites (sites that cannot be viewed within an iFrame).
  • View content with preconfigured resolutions for various devices. For example, you can see how content displays on various standard desktop resolutions, or on individual devices such as an iPhone 8.

Desktop Proofing Viewer vs. Web Proofing Viewer

Two main characteristics distinguish the Desktop Proofing Viewer from the Web Proofing Viewer:

  • The Desktop Proofing Viewer lets you review interactive content such as a website, a streaming video, or an applet; the Web Proofing Viewer lets you review only static and video proofs. For more information, see "Interactive Content." 
  • The Desktop Proofing Viewer runs on your local computer as an application; the Web Proofing Viewer runs in your browser.

NOTE Proof management tasks such as creating and browsing through proofs occur in Workfront or Workfront Proof. The Desktop Proofing Viewer is only for reviewing proofs.

For more information about the capabilities of the various proofing viewers, see "Understanding Differences between the Various Proofing Viewers."

Recommended Workflow for Installing and Using the Desktop Proofing Viewer

  1. The system administrator configures the Desktop Proofing Viewer as the default viewer for these users.
    See "Desktop Proofing Viewer" in "General Proof Settings."
  2. The next time users launch a proof, they are prompted to download the Desktop Proofing Viewer and open the proof in the Desktop Proofing Viewer. Make this more specific when Andrzej fixes backoffice setting. 

Configuration Settings for Opening the Desktop Proofing Viewer

NOTE The settings explained below are available only for users who have had access to the Legacy Proofing Viewer. For new users, the Legacy Proofing Viewer is not included and Desktop Proofing Viewer is the default viewer for interactive proofs.

Until the Legacy Proofing Viewer becomes unavailable, it will remain as the default viewer for interactive proofs launched from Workfront or Workfront Proof. After it becomes unavailable, the Desktop Proofing Viewer will be the default viewer for interactive proofs. 

System-Wide Setting for Launching Interactive Proofs

We recommend that the system administrator configure the Desktop Proofing Viewer as the default viewer for interactive proofs. With this configuration, users experience the seamless launching workflow they already know: when they open a proof in Workfront or Workfront Proof, the Desktop Proofing Viewer launches with the proof displayed. 

For instructions on configuring this setting, see "Desktop Proofing Viewer in the article, "General Proof Settings."

User Setting for Launching Non-Interactive Proofs

If the system administrator configures the Desktop Proofing Viewer as the default viewer for interactive proofs, as described above, users can configure the Desktop Proofing Viewer to launch when they open static and video proofs, as well. For more information, see "Configuring the Desktop Proofing Viewer as the Default for All Proofs" in the article, "Modifying Web Proofing Viewer Configuration Settings."

**Update all Legacy info when it is removed

This article last updated on 2018-06-22 20:30:51 UTC