Preview assets using the software interface

Last update: 2023-12-06
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You can use Preview to see how a digital asset that you have uploaded looks when it is viewed by a customer in their own web browser. The default embedded, cross-device viewer that is assigned to the asset is used for the Preview.

A viewer is a collection of various settings or presets, such as the viewer display size, zoom behavior, color schemes, borders, and fonts. These presets determine how users view rich-media assets on their computer screens and mobile devices.

Besides using the dedicated Preview feature for video, spin sets, and image sets, you can also preview an asset by using viewer presets that you have created. Or, use image presets to preview renditions of images.

NOTE

When you are on a webpage (Sites) in Adobe Experience Manager, you cannot preview assets in Edit mode. Go to Preview mode by clicking Preview in the upper right-hand corner of the page.

To enable or disable viewer presets in the user interface, see Manage Viewer Presets.

To preview assets using the software interface:

  1. From Adobe Experience Manager, on the Navigation page, select Assets, then Files to access assets.

  2. Near the upper-right corner of the page, from the View drop-down list, select List View.

  3. (Optional) Use the Type column to sort the assets by the type you want to preview.

  4. Under the Title column, click the title name (not the thumbnail image) of the asset you want to preview.

  5. Depending on the asset type you clicked, do any one of the following:

    Asset type you clicked
    Able to preview asset in a particular rendition? Able to preview asset in a viewer?

    3D

    No Yes

    To preview a 3D asset in the Dimensional viewer

    • Near the upper-left corner of the page, click the icon so the drop-down list appears. Select Viewers from the list, then select the Dimensional viewer.
    • Select Reset if you want to return the image to the original zoom.
    • Select Fullscreen to maximize the viewer on the display device.

    Navigating the 3D scene

    • Turn your 3D camera - Orbit your view around the 3D scene and objects.

      Mouse: Left click + Drag

      Touch-screen: Press + Drag

    • Pan your camera - Pan your view left, right, up, and down.

      Mouse: Right-click + Drag

      Touch-screen: Two-finger press + Drag

    • Zoom your camera - Zoom your camera so you can move in and out of areas in the 3D scene.

      Mouse: Scroll wheel

      Touch-screen: Finger pinch

    • Recenter your camera - Orbit your view around the 3D scene and objects.

      Mouse: Double-click

      Touch-screen: Double-select

    Image

    Yes Yes

    To preview asset in a particular rendition

    • Near the upper-left corner of the page, click the icon so the drop-down list appears. Select Renditions from the list, then select a particular rendition that you want to preview.

    To preview asset in a particular viewer

    • Near the upper-left corner of the page, click the icon so the drop-down list appears. Select Viewers from the list, then select a viewer that you want to apply to the asset.

    Use the + and icons to increase or decrease the zoom of the selected image, respectively. Select Reset if you want to return the image to the original zoom.
    If you are on a touch-screen, double-select the image to zoom in by steps. When you reach maximum zoom, double-select the image again to reset the zoom state. Drag across the image to pan.

    Multimedia Yes Yes

    To preview asset in a particular rendition

    • Near the upper-left corner of the page, click the icon so the drop-down list appears. Select Renditions from the list, then select a particular rendition that you want to preview.

    Selecting a higher-resolution video rendition to preview may cause the video to appear truncated. This issue is because the rendition preview shows you the exact resolution that your customers are going to see all in the context of the embedded viewer that is used for the preview.

    When you preview an adaptive video set at the Asset level, the renditions are grouped into one playback experience. That is, the adaptive video is sized properly for viewing and played back using the best resolution in the context of your viewing device and connection speed.

    To preview an asset in a particular viewer

    • Near the upper-left corner of the page, click the icon so the drop-down list appears. Select Viewers from the list, then select a viewer that you want to apply to the asset.
    Image set No Yes

    To preview an asset in a particular viewer

    • Near the upper-left corner of the page, click the icon so the drop-down list appears. Select Viewers from the list, then select a viewer that you want to apply to the asset.

    Use the + and icons so you can increase or decrease the zoom of the selected image, respectively. Select Reset if you want to return the image to the original zoom.
    If you are on a touch-screen, double-select the image to zoom in by steps. When you reach maximum zoom, double-select the image again to reset the zoom state. Drag across the image to pan.

    Spin set No Yes

    To preview an asset in a particular viewer

    • Near the upper-left corner of the page, click the icon so the drop-down list appears. Select Viewers from the list, then select a viewer that you want to apply to the asset.

    Use the + and icons to increase or decrease the zoom of the selected image, respectively. Select Reset if you want to return the image to the original zoom.
    If you are on a touch-screen, double-select the image to zoom in by steps. When you reach maximum zoom, double-select the image again to reset the zoom state. Drag across the image to pan.

    Mixed Media set No Yes

    To preview an asset in a particular viewer

    • Near the upper-left corner of the page, click the icon so the drop-down list appears. Select Viewers from the list, then select a viewer that you want to apply to the asset.

    Use the + and icons to increase or decrease the zoom of the selected image, respectively. Select Reset if you want to return the image to the original zoom.
    If you are on a touch-screen, double-select the image to zoom in by steps. When you reach maximum zoom, double-select the image again to reset the zoom state. Drag across the image to pan.

    Carousel set No Yes To preview an asset in a particular viewer
    • Near the upper-left corner of the page, click the icon so the drop-down list appears. Select a viewer that you want to apply to the asset.
    360 Video
    Yes Yes

    To preview asset in a particular rendition

    • Near the upper-left corner of the page, select the icon so the drop-down list appears. Select Renditions, then select the rendition that you want to preview.

    To preview asset in a particular viewer

    • Near the upper-left corner of the page, select the icon so the drop-down list appears. Select Viewers, then select a viewer that you want to apply to the asset.

    Use the + and icons to increase or decrease the zoom of the selected image, respectively. Select Reset if you want to return the image to the original zoom.
    If you are on a touch-screen, double-select the image to zoom in by steps. When you reach maximum zoom, double-select the image again to reset the zoom state. Drag across the image to pan.

Preview assets using a keyboard

  1. From the Assets user interface, navigate to a folder that contains an asset you want to preview.

  2. In the folder, press the <Tab> key or arrow keys on your keyboard to select the asset.

  3. Press <Enter> so you can open the selected asset in Preview mode.

  4. Do any of the following:

    • To zoom in, press <Tab> to move focus to the zoom in (+) icon, then press <Enter> one or more times to zoom in incrementally.
    • To zoom out, press <Tab> to move focus to the zoom out (–) icon, then press <Enter> one or more times to zoom out incrementally.
    • To move the view of a zoomed asset horizontally or vertically, press the respective arrow keys.
    • Press <Shift> + <Tab> so you can reset the view and place focus back on the asset.

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