Once a project is completed, it needs to be published so that it can be shared and used outside of Squirrel. Not all Squirrel users have the option to publish locally, but for those that do, this guide will describe the process.
Watch the following video to see how to publish your project locally, or alternatively follow the step-by-step guide beneath the video if you prefer.
- Save your .sqrl development file and then switch to PREVIEW mode.
- Click the PUBLISH button in the top right hand corner of the interface and select Local.
- A dialogue box is shown, giving options for publishing to a local drive:
- The first thing is to specify a location to publish your Squirrel project to on your local drive. A default location is already in the Location field, click on the folder icon to select a different location if you wish.
- In the Name field, add a suitable name for your project.
Note: If you are overwriting a previously published project i.e. saving a project of the same name to the same location, then a warning dialogue box will show. Click OK to overwrite, otherwise click Cancel and amend the name or location.
- The next option is the Background property. Change the colour to tie-in with a theme or your brand guidelines. A background may be shown around your project depending on the dimensions of the project and size of the viewer that it’s situated in.
- The Project Position is by default set to a position at the top, middle of the viewer in which it is shown; this can be changed to top left if preferred.
- The final set of publishing properties give you some control over granting access to your published project:
- Adding an expiry date will terminate access to a published project wherever or however it has been shared from that date onwards.
- Check the Password Protect property to add a password. This will need to be entered for a user to gain access to the published project.
Tip: To make the project accessible after an expiry date, or to change the password, the project will need to be republished. Choose to overwrite the existing file, then extend or remove the expiry date/change or remove the password.
- The Fullscreen scaling option causes the published project to fill as much of the available space in the viewer as possible – it will retain its aspect ratio meaning that it won’t be stretched either way.
- A loading indicator is added by default to a project. This is useful if say, a large project with lots of data takes a little while to load in a browser window, adding this indicator lets you or other users know that it is currently loading. Set to Off if it is not required or necessary.
- Change the colour of the indicator to tie in with a theme or brand guidelines.
- Click the Export button.
- The Project Manager will open and you will see your published project added there.
That’s the end of this guide to publishing locally. For more tutorials on publishing, using the Project Manager and sharing your projects, visit the Publishing & Sharing page.