Using Google Viewer to display PDF Files in your Web SiteI have been developing a site that contains several large PDF files. I wanted to have a quality version of the file for downloading and a lower quality for online viewing. The online version is a lower quality so that delay is minimised.
In doing this I discovered a few things.
- You can use Acrobat X to produce reduced size version that will start display the first page without waiting for the whole file to be made ready.
- All the browsers handle this file differently, and some not at all
I am using Weebly to build the site, and the Pro version has a feature to display PDF files using the viewer Scribd. THis is OK but appears to be Adobe Flash based, and it does not work on IOS (iPhone, iPad) platform. Therefore I looked for another approach. I noticed in testing the Google Chrome browser is that it uses its own Google Docs Viewer. This facility can be used in your own web sites.
This is the page being developed within Weebly Pro.
First you need to upload the PDF to Weebly. To do this I use the standard Weebly features to create a button and link this button to my PDF.