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Display pdf newsletter on web page

Apr 23, 2011 9:35 PM

I'm currently working on a website for an organization that puts out a bi-monthly newsletter as a pdf. What I would like to do is display the current newsletter on the page itself so viewers can flip through it, and have links to the pdf past newsletters. I've found some info on this but the basic premise of it all is that I can convert a pdf to swf in Illustrator and add that to the page. The problem I'm having with that is it seems Illustrator will only load one page at a time and the newsletters are 4-5 pages on average. Is there an easy way that I can do this myself, or would my best bet be to pay for someone else to do it or for more software? I currently have the CS5 Master Collection and would think that something in there is what I'm looking for.

 

This is my first post here but hopefully I explained my issue clear enough that someone can help. Thanks in advance!

 
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    Apr 24, 2011 11:59 AM   in reply to aptcfr

    Try putting the current PDF in an iFrame.

     

    <iframe src="newsletter/current.pdf" width="100%" height="500"></iframe>

     

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    Apr 24, 2011 3:28 PM   in reply to aptcfr

    Embedded PDFs do not always show up.  Much depends on browser, preferences, plug-ins and supporting software used by your site visitors.

     

    For best cross browser results, provide a direct link to your PDF files.  Add a thumbnail image to give users some idea of what the page contains.  This is how Adobe does it:

    http://www.adobe.com/manufacturing/3dpdfsamples/3dsolutions/

     

     

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    Apr 25, 2011 6:08 PM   in reply to aptcfr

    aptcfr,

     

    The viewer on that site is built using Flash.  I don't have much experience with Flash, so not sure how hard it would be, but definitely possible.  I believe that you could also do this using some more advanced JavaScript.

     

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    Apr 26, 2011 10:18 AM   in reply to aptcfr

    If you convert PDF newsletters to Flash, they will  be inaccessible to a large group of people who cannot access Flash content. Flash is not natively supported by iOS devices (iPhones, iPads, iPods, iTouch), web assisting technologies like JAWS,  robot translators, or search engine spiders.  You'll reach more people with PDF alone than you will with Flash.  If you want total saturation, convert your PDF to HTML which everyone can see/search/translate.

     

     

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