• Installing & Requirement
  • Logging in
  • The Interface
  • Preview from Origami Design
  • Adding an OEP
  • Channels
  • Private Channels
  • Settings
  • Languages
Origami View Channels

Installing & Requirements

Origami View is a mobile App available in the iTunes App store and on Google Play. To use it, you will need an Origami Engine Account (Free or Paid) and you will need to download the app to your device.

What is Origami View?

Origami View primarily does 2 things. It allows you to preview and test documents you create with Origami Design. You can transfer them via WiFi or USB. Secondly, Origami View allows you to access Channels. Channels are areas where users publish documents either to the public or privately.

What Origami View is not

Origami View is not for creating anything, it is only for viewing. You can not design with Origami View, you can not publish to the app store with Origami View.

Logging In

To use Origami View you will need to create an Origami Engine account. Origami Engine will work the same with a Free or a Paid plan.

Origami View Signin
Enter your Origami ID on this screen. From here you can also signup for Origami Engine or if you forgot your password, you can retrieve it.

The Interface

This is the home screen. Here you will find all of the OEPs you have added via Origami Design.
This is the button to open and close the sidebar. You can also slip horizontally near the edge to open and close it.
This is the name of the area you are in. It will show the main screen, channel list and channel area name.
This is where you browse and subscribe to channels.
Once you subscribe to a channel it will appear in this list. The lock icon here shows the channel is private so only users invited can view this content.
This is a public channel you have subscribed to. Swipe to the left it unsubscribe to the channel.
This is an OEP document. Thesea re created using Origami Design and uploaded directly to Origami View or published in a channel.
The interface on Phones and Tablets are the same, likewise the same between iOS and Android.
The blue icon shows you can download this document to your device.


When you click on the document thumbnail you get a detailed view of the document. Use the X here to close the detail view.
This is the document thumbnail. This is what users will see in the channel or in a live App.
Here is the document name and description. If you are the publisher, you can edit this in Origami Xchange.
This is the download or update button.
This is the channels list. Here you can see all publish channels, private channels you have been invited to.
Here you can toggle between subscribe and unsubscribe to a channel.

Preview From Origami Design

Origami Engine makes it very easy to preview your work on the devices directly from Origami Design as well as via other services such as Dropbox and Google Drive. There are four methods to getting your documents onto a device.


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WiFi + USB

When previewing or exporting your OEP to an iPhone/iPad you have two options to connect to the device. Either via WiFi network or by connecting your device to your Mac via a USB cable.

As long as your Mac and your iPad or iPhone are on the same WiFi network they you should see the name of your device in the preview dropdown. Then you can preview your document.

Likewise, when you connect your device via USB, it should appear in the preview dropdown menu as well. We suggest using USB transfer when exporting large documents, it will transfer much faster to your device.

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WiFi + File Transfer

When exporting from your Mac to a Android device you will be able to preview and export with WiFi in the same way you do with an iOS device.

Android does not handle USB in the same way that iOS does, so it transfer the file via USB, you will need to first export the OEP to your Mac and then transfer to the Android device via the standard file transfer method specific to your device model and manufacturer.

For more details about feature parity please check out the iOS & Android Compatibility Page.

Adding an OEP

This is an example of the different techniques for adding an OEP to your device.

Preview a Single Page
This is the fastest and most simple method of previewing. In the toolbar of Origami Design there is a preview icon, if your device is connected then when you click on it you will see the device name. Choose the device name and the page you are working on will be exported and uploaded to the device.

Click on the preview icon to see a list of devices available on WiFi and USB. Choose one and the page you are on will export and be sent to that device.
If you want to export all the page, a page range or specific lanaguge, orientation or device versions then use File > Export.

Export an OEP
If you want to export an entire document, page range or and other filtering then you choose File > Export or ⌘E then the export dialog will appear and give options to export.

In this dropdown you will choose the devices you want to export for. This will only work if exporting to a file.
Here you can choose to limit the orientation view you want to export.
With this dropdown you select the languages you want to export.
Here you can set or limit the pages that will be exported. You can choose a range 4-8 or you can choose single pages 3,5,7,9,11 ad a combination of the two.
If you are exporting to a file, then you will need to specify where you want the files to be saved.
Here you select either none to save as a file, or choose a device you want to export to.
Once you have specified what and how you want to export click on the export button and it will begin.
Once the export starts then you will see both a progress bar and a log of what it happening. If there are errors or triggers not set they will appear here. Each line in this log begins with language and page number so it's easy to track down errors.

More details about how to export can be found in this video tutorial.

Video Tutorial

Add via iTunes App
If, for some reason, you to want to add an OEP via iTunes desktop App, you can do that as well. Open iTunes with your device connected via USB. Choose Origami View from the devices App list then scroll down to File Sharing and click the + Add icon to add the file.

Side load via Dropbox or Google Drive
If you or someone has share an OEP with you via Dropbox or Google Drive, you can option the OEP on the mobile App that supports these services and then choose the Share icon ad select Origami View from the list.

Once you have an OEP file that is made for your device, then you can use Dropbox or Google Drive among other tools to share it into Origami View. Download the file to your device, select the share icon and then choose Open In... and scroll to find Origami View.


Channels are a fast and easy way to share content created in Origami Engine with anyone. You create a channel in Origami Xchange and then publish your content to it from Origami Design. It’s that simple.

You can either have a pubic channel where anyone using Origami View can browse and download your content. Or you create a private channel where only people you invite can see the content you create.

Channels are created for sharing prototypes, publishing concepts, sketches or ideas and distributing content to your team or clients.

Origami View Channels

This is an example of a channel published for a Chemistry 101 class. It includes both public channels with content that can be used by anyone interested in Chemistry. And several private channels that the professor has invited his students into.

A channel can have any number of documents, in any language and published to any device. Unlike an App content in a channel can be anything you want. If you publish a document for an Android phone the iOS users will not see the document. And if you delete a document from a channel, it’s removed from all users’ devices, regardless if they have downloaded it.

You can schedule documents to be published in the future and you can update documents as often as you want.

People can either subscribe to a channel which will add it to their Origami View sidebar, or they can just browse and download documents in publish channels.

Creating a Channel
Channels are a paid service, so you will need a full Origami Engine account and you will need to have connected Origami Engine to Amazon S3.

Publishing to a Channel
You publish to a channel by opening your OED file in Origami Design and choosing File > Publish  or ⌘U then you get the publish dialog box. Choose from the list of channels and then either update a OEP or create a new OEP.

This is the column where you choose to publish to either an App or a Channel.
These are the channels you can publish to. When you switch accounts then you will see channels and apps associated to that Organization.
To publish and create a new document you choose this + icon.
If you want to add an update to an existing OEP then you the one you want to update.
This is the name and details of the OEP you are about to publish.
Once you have selected the Channel and publish document type then you can click publish. Origami Design will then export the files and upload them to Origami Xchange.

Private Channels

Private Channels allow you to share content securely and privately with a predefined set of users. You invite users to join your channel, they are sent an invite via email and a notice is available in that users channel list.

Once a user approves a private channel request, it’s available in their sidebar channel list. The content in a channel is controlled by the publisher, if you remove a document from a channel then it will be removed from all users devices, even after it’s been downloaded.

Origami View Channels


You can access Origami Views settings at any time. They are found in the sidebar just under the Home button. In settings, you can change the language of the interface and adjust other elements like sleep and update notifications.

You can also logout of your Origami Engine account which will delete all of the content you have downloaded, remove subscriptions and other personal info.

When you logout of Origami View, all of the content and information connected to your account are deleted from the device.
Here you can set Origami Views interface language.
This is the Origami View version. When you are building with Origami Engine you should make sure that Origami Design and Origami View are the same version for the best results.
For some elements the interface will switch depending if you are right or left handed. You set this here.
Login to Social media services.
Auto Lock makes sure Origami View will not sleep when open. This is primarily used for presentations.
When this is on then when an update starts you will see a progress bar. This is on by default.


Origami View handles languages different than the White Label App Engine. In Origami View you can actively select any language of any Document. This is primarily for testing because in the White Label Engine App language is defined by the OX preferred language list.

If a document has more than one language, a flag will appear to the left of the download button. Click on the flag to see a list of all the languages the document is made in and switch to that language. This is the case for both the home screen and channels.