SneakPeek Pro: Better InDesign Previews

We've gotten some emails asking about better previews from InDesign when using SneakPeek Pro. It turns out there is a simple way to get better previews, and here's how…

Go to InDesign's Preferences
(InDesign > Preferences > File Handling… ⌘K)

You can select between Small, Medium (Default), Large and Extra Large. We've found that going from a Medium preview for our sample 8-1/2" x 11" to Large only added about 59KB and from Large to Extra Large another 427KB. Your results may vary, but you may want to start off by storing the Large preview depending on your needs.

Here are a few samples to show what we found:

256 Pixel Preview
Medium (Default)
512 Pixel Preview

1,024 Pixel Preview
Extra Large

On a standard US Letter document, Medium previews began to Greek text below 24 point. On both the Large and Extra Large previews, text was still legible at 12 point. Further testing showed the Large preview would Greek text at 10 point and the Extra Large preview didn't start 'til 4 point text. That said, the Large preview should suffice for most.

That's all there is to it. This, of course, won't affect your previously saved documents. But moving forward, this should give you a better experience working with InDesign.

Oh… Just one more thing. In case you've forgotten what Quick Look looks like without SneakPeek Pro, here it is: