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Tutorial: HOW TO create and edit HTML outputs & templates for Deep Exploration authored content

August 11, 2011


I am really glad to know that the tutorials have been useful to quite few of you and that you are closely following our blog. This encourages our efforts that we are pooling-in to update relevant content on a weekly basis. 
Based on your suggestion from few of you please see the tutorial created on using HTML templates, editing and creating HTML templates using elements from an existing HTML template.
This tutorial covers publishing ………..
• 3D HTML using existing templates in Deep Exploration.
• Editing HTML outputs using basic text editors like notepad.
• Editing HTML outputs using applications like Dreamweaver.
• Basics of style sheets (CSS) to manage / automate editing multiple HTML outputs.
• You can use these outputs as external templates for further use.

My experience is that Deep View enabled HTML output is far superior than a 3D PDF. I am more than eager to know your user experience with Deep Exploration and its use in your deliverables and workflow.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. Babu permalink
    August 11, 2011 4:43 PM

    Hi Madan,,,
    I have been going thru’ the tutorials from this site. Yes these are some of useful learnings
    Even I agree with your views on 3D PDF and Deep View output.

    Best Regards
    Babu K P

    • Madan permalink
      August 11, 2011 7:34 PM

      Hi Babu,

      Absolutely ! … keep it up & going on Deep Exploration usage !


  2. Adrian Williams permalink
    October 1, 2011 3:06 AM

    Hello Madan
    If I create a new template and put it into the “Plugins/HTM_Publishing” folder, do I also need to create a folder of the same name but with “_files” added to the name.

    So if I start from the template “steps_n_procs.html” and save this as my own template called “Remote Handling.html” do I then need to create a folder called Remote_Handling_files and also a .xml file called “Remote Handling.xml”


  3. Madan permalink
    October 3, 2011 11:18 AM

    Hi Adrian,

    A short answer for your question would be YES. You would need folder to store all the relevant style sheets, javascript files (if any) images, rh file etc. This is just an organized way of working to easily identify the relevant content. You would observe that when you publish a 3D HTML to your desktop, you would get a html page and a folder with all the content that the HTML page displays.

    I am not quite sure about the xml file that you are mentioning, There are no xml files in the “steps_n_procs_files” folder. Have you created a xml file?


  4. Roni permalink
    October 17, 2012 8:19 PM

    Hi Madan,
    Thank you for the very useful and professional tutorials they are very well explained and instructed.
    I have a question regarding publishing, will this HTML output work on an ipad/iPhone device?
    If not, is there a way to publish them to an iOS device?

    I would really appreciate the help and thank you in advance.

    • Madan permalink
      October 17, 2012 9:09 PM

      Hi Roni

      I am happy that you liked the tutorial.
      There is an iPad viewer application to view authored content published fro VE Author.
      The iPad viewer uses *.vds file format, which can loaded to an iPad via iTunes or upload the file in and download it to iPad using “box” iPad application.

      Please also refer to


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