With Brightspot's preview tools, you can see how your assets look before actually publishing them.

This information has been updated as of Brightspot v.4.5.0.

Brightspot’s preview pane displays how your content appears on a specific date. You can use the preview pane to view an item in different media and in different contexts, as well as to share an item’s preview.

To open or close the preview pane:

  • In the Editorial toolbar, click visibility.

The following features are available in the preview pane, although your version of Brightspot may have different features.

  • Share (launch)—Displays the current preview in a new browser tab. You can share the preview’s URL.
    • To set the date when the preview URL expires:
      1. Click the Set expiration calendar in the upper-right corner of the full-screen preview.
      2. Select a date from the date picker that appears.
      3. Click Set. The expiration date is now set and is displayed.
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        Setting the preview link expiration date for an asset
  • To see a list of the preview links you have shared, click your username in the upper right corner to expand a list of available actions.
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    Shared preview link
  • Click Shared Preview Links to open the Shared Preview Links window. This window lists all of the shared preview links you have generated.
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    Shared preview link window
  • Do one of the following:
    • Click the link to open the preview.
    • Click remove to delete that link from the list.
    • Click Delete All to delete all of the preview links.
  1. Date picker (date_range)—Displays the item selected in the Context picker as it will appear on the selected date. For example, if you scheduled different versions of the item for publication at different dates, and you select May 31, 2019 in the Date picker, the preview pane displays the item as it will appear on May 31, 2019.
  2. Media picker—Displays the preview as it appears in various media, such as a desktop browser, a tablet in landscape orientation, or a tablet in portrait orientation.
  3. Context picker—Displays the preview as it appears in the context of a referencing item. For example, if a headshot is referenced by an author’s bio, selecting the bio in the Context picker shows how the headshot appears in the context of the bio.

Brightspot’s Mirror Preview feature generates a QR code for the asset currently in the content edit page. You can scan the QR code with mobile device, and then view the corresponding asset in the device's browser.

To preview content with Mirror Preview:

  1. (On devices other than an iPhone) Install a QR code reader app on the tablet or phone, and start the QR code reader.
  2. Search for and open the asset in the content edit page.
  3. In the header, click your username. A menu appears.
  4. Click Mirror Preview. A widget appears with a QR code.
  5. Using the mobile device, scan the QR code. The QR code contains a URL that mirrors your Brightspot session.
  6. Depending on the QR code reader you are using, open the URL or paste the URL into a web browser.

The device’s browser displays a preview of the current item in the content edit page. The styling for the page is media responsive, so it may appear different from the preview that is inside Brightspot’s preview pane.