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Preview InDesign content in the simulator or on a device

Twixl Support Team Updated: - Created :

    You can preview the result of your interactive InDesign content either in the iOS simulator (on macOS only) or in the Twixl Viewer Classic app running on an iOS or Android device on your Wifi network.

    1. Preview from the plug-in

    Preview Article

    When selecting Preview  for an article or publication from the plug-in, you are presented with a list of devices running the Twixl Viewer on the local Wi-Fi network, as well as a list of simulators (on macOS only). So if you want to preview on a device, open the free Twixl Viewer Classic app first, then select Preview from the Twixl Publisher plug-in palette (whether for a single article or for a complete publication).

    If the device you are looking for does not appear in the list, you can select Use IP address… to manually enter the IP address listed in the bottom toolbar of the Twixl Viewer window on your device.

    2. Preview from the macOS app

    Selecting Preview in the macOS app presents a popup sheet similar to the list sheet in InDesign.

    Preview from Mac App 1
    Preview from Mac App 2

    3. Troubleshooting

    In order to test whether there are any network issues, go to your browser and enter the following URL: 

    http://[IP address of tablet device]:53652/


    You should get a result with the device type and the Twixl Viewer version number like:

      "info": "Twixl Publisher Helper 14.0 build 36460"


    If a soft- or hardware firewall is active on your network, and you seem to be unable to send a preview to a device, make sure to ask the network administrator to open TCP ports 53652 & 53654

    4. Where to download the Twixl Viewer Classic

    Viewer Classic
    • Twixl Viewer Classic for iOS (iPads & iPhones) is available for download from the App Store.
    • Twixl Viewer Classic for Android (tablets and phones) is available from Google Play.
    • A download link is available directly from the Twixl Publisher plug-in window as well.

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