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Mikeenewt
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PDF Website Searching

Mar 16, 2012 11:57 AM

Tags: #pdf #searching

I have built a website which consists of lots of PDF documents... http://greatayton.wikidot.com/

 

I want to search within and across the PDF files.

 

If this was not on the network I would use Adobe Reader X - easy and excellent.

 

I have tried Google Advanced Search with File Type PDF and my website selected - it does not work!

 

I could buy a system that claims to index the documents & then to let you search - but I don't want to pay.

 

Any ideas?

 

Thanks

 

Mike

 
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    Mar 16, 2012 9:26 PM   in reply to Mikeenewt

    If you use the normal Google search, you can only find what Google has already indexed.

     

    You will have to integrate Google into your website for local searching; start here http://www.google.com/cse/

     
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    Mar 18, 2012 8:58 PM   in reply to Mikeenewt

    Sorry, I didn't even know that we had to pay for Google custom search engines...

     

    The other alternative is to use the basic Google search, and improve your site that it gets quickly indexed - start here https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/

     
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    Mar 19, 2012 12:55 AM   in reply to Pat Willener

    "Google Custom Search" is free, but displays banner ads on the results page. "Google Site Search" is a paid-for service without ads, which can index more than one site. Both will index PDF files in the same way as for any other site, but we can't give details of exactly how it parses the content within a PDF.

     
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    Mar 19, 2012 3:30 AM   in reply to Dave Merchant

    Thanks for the clarification, Dave.

     
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    Mar 19, 2012 4:31 AM   in reply to Mikeenewt

    It will be easier for Google and other search engines to find your PDFs if you have them in some sort of index, that gets updated automatically as you add more.

     
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    Mar 19, 2012 10:39 AM   in reply to Mikeenewt

    PDF IFilter anyone?  It integrates with IIS.

     

    http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4025

     
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    Mar 20, 2012 2:20 PM   in reply to Mikeenewt

    You need to read on how PDF IFilter actually works.  You can select multiple areas or servers and then do the indexing via IIS and search through that interface.  Now, if you want that indexing to be available in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader that is different.

     
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