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Configuring Content Station 9 file previews

Configuring Content Station 9 file previews

Controlling the preview delay

When selecting files one after the other, the preview for each file does not appear until after a brief moment. This is done to prevent the previews from being accessed, which can negatively affect performance.

The default delay is set to 100 milliseconds. To change this, add the following option:

  • File: WWSettings.xml
  • Name of option: PreviewDelay
  • Area: Anywhere between the <SCEnt:ContentStation> and </SCEnt:ContentStation> tags
  • Possible values: any numeric value
  • Example:

<Setting name="PreviewDelay" value="100"/>

Important: Make sure to validate the WWSettings.xml file for correct content. See Validating the WWSettings.xml file.

Removing the article preview in the Multi-Channel Text Editor

By default, the Multi-Channel Text Editor shows a preview pane in which a preview of the article as it is placed on the layout is shown.

Creating such previews requires InDesign Server. When InDesign Server is not installed, the Article Preview pane can be removed, thereby preventing the preview pane from appearing unnecessarily.

The Article Preview pane in the Multi-Channel Text Editor

Figure: When article previews cannot be shown in the Multi-Channel Text Editor because InDesign Server is not installed, the Article Preview pane (A) can be removed altogether.

To remove the Article Preview pane, add the following option in Enterprise Server:

  • File: configserver.php file
  • Name of option: ContentStationDisableEditorPreview
  • Area: SERVERFEATURES
  • Example:

new Feature( 'ContentStationDisableEditorPreview' ),

Setting the maximum PDF preview size

When a user previews a PDF in either Quick View mode or by viewing it in the Preview pane, the file size of the PDF determines what the user is shown:

  • PDFs with a file size of 1MB or smaller: the PDF is displayed with many of the Adobe Reader’s tools and context menus available (requires Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat to be installed).
  • PDFs larger than 1MB: initially, only a preview is shown (typically the first page of the PDF) or in case no preview is available, a file icon. The user can download the full preview by hovering the mouse pointer over the PDF and clicking the Preview button that is then displayed.

PDF preview button

Figure: When previewing a PDF that is larger than 1MB, a small preview is shown at first. To preview the PDF in full, hover the mouse pointer over the preview and click the Preview button (A).

The default threshold of 1MB can be changed by adding the following option in Enterprise Server:

  • File: configserver.php file
  • Name of option: MaxPDFPreviewSize
  • Area: SERVERFEATURES
  • Possible values: the maximum file size at which the automatic preview should be suppressed, defined in kilobytes.
  • Example: Here, the threshold is set to 1024 kilobytes (1MB):

new Feature( 'MaxPDFPreviewSize', '1024' ),

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