Using the Android Reviewer

Mag+ allows you to push content directly from the desktop to a mobile device for an immediate, true preview of what your content will look like on a tablet or smartphone.

Before you begin

  • Make sure your Android device and the computer running InDesign are on the same network
  • Download the latest version of the Mag+ Reviewer app from Google Play

Reviewing layouts from InDesign

1. Launch the Mag+ Reviewer on your Android device.

2. Tap on the screen to bring up the top navigation bar.

Tap on the screen to bring up the top navigation bar.

3. Tap on the icon in the left-hand side of the navigation bar to show the Reviewer menu.

Tap on the icon in the left-hand side of the navigation bar to show the Reviewer menu.

4. Tap on "User Settings" to show the Device Push Address and make note of it.

Tap on "User Settings" to show the Device Push Address and make note of it.

5. In InDesign, show the Mag+ Settings panel.

In InDesign, show the Mag+ Settings panel.

6. Click on the "+" button under the heading "Push Review to Device".

Click on the "+" button under the heading "Push Review to Device".

7. In the window that appears, enter the IP address from your Android device.

In the window that appears, enter the IP address from your Android device.
Note: Except in unusual circumstances, the port will always be 5000. The only time to change the port is if your systems administrator determines there is a conflict with this port and advises you to use another.

8. Click on the "OK" button to save this device to the drop-down menu in the Mag+ Settings panel.

Click on the "OK" button to save this device to the drop-down menu in the Mag+ Settings panel.
Note: You can add multiple devices to this menu so that you can preview on different Android devices. Simply select the device from the list to make it the device the Mag+ plugin will use when pressing the "Review" button.

9. In the Mag+ Vertical panel, you can now press the "Fast Review" or "Full Review" buttons to push the layout to your Android device.

In the Mag+ Vertical panel, you can now press the "Fast Review" or "Full Review" buttons to push the layout to your Android device.

Things to Note

  • "Fast Review" will have the InDesign plugin generate previews of your images, which can be lower resolution, but the push will go faster
  • "Full Review" can invoke Photoshop (if you have it configured) to resample images so that they will be of higher quality
  • "Fast Review" and "Full Review" will push the Vertical to the device you have selected in the Mag+ Settings panel
  • Your Android device should be on and the Mag+ Reviewer running in order to successfully receive layouts pushed from InDesign
  • When moving your device from one wireless network to another, your Push Address ID will change -- update the push settings in InDesign in order to push content to the device again

Reviewing a Mag+ MIB file on your device

Send the MIB file to your device using email or an url link (e.g. Dropbox public link).

  1. Make sure that the latest version of the Mag+ Reviewer app is installed on the device.
  2. When the MIB file is downloaded to the device, select the MIB file on your device and choose to open it using the Mag+ Reviewer.

1. Send the Mag+ MIB file to your device via an email attachment, a link in an email, visiting a URL, or by calling it up in an app like DropBox.

Send the Mag+ MIB file to your device via an email attachment, a link in an email, visiting a URL, or by calling it up in an app like DropBox.

The example above shows a link to a MIB file hosted on a Box account sent via email to an Android device.

2. Once the MIB file has been downloaded to your device, tap on it to get a dialog asking if you would like to open it in the Mag+ Reviewer.

Once the MIB file has been downloaded to your device, tap on it to get a dialog asking if you would like to open it in the Mag+ Reviewer.

3. The Mag+ Reviewer will open the MIB file and add it to the Reviewer Push Library.

The Mag+ Reviewer will open the MIB file and add it to the Reviewer Push Library.

Clearing the Data/Cache on the Android Reviewer

If the Mag+ Reviewer app crashes while reviewing, you may encounter a situation where you need to clear the app's data/cache in order to have it run again. Follow the steps below if the Mag+ Reviewer stops working on your device.

1. Enter your device's Settings app.

2. Under the "Device" heading, tap on "Apps".

Under the "Device" heading, tap on "Apps".

3. In the list of apps that appear, tap on "Mag+ Reviewer".

In the list of apps that appear, tap on "Mag+ Reviewer".

4. Tap on "Clear Data" and "Clear Cache" to empty the app's data storage and cache.

Tap on "Clear Data" and "Clear Cache" to empty the app's data storage and cache.

5. Launch the Mag+ Reviewer app and push content to it again.

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