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.
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/
Thanks for your reply. I can see that it is a solution but as far as I can see I would have to pay an annual fee.
This website is for a local history group in the village of Great Ayton and I am not keen to pay - any other ideas?
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/
"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.
Thanks to you, Pat & Eric
I built the website in Wikidot which puts adverts around the pages unless you pay so much a year - not very much. So we are paying to be advert free. Thus the solutions so far are not appropriate - don't want to pay and don't want adverts.
I have bought Adobe Acrobat X Standard. One option included is that you can index a PDF file - would this help?
Any other ideas?
I thought Google Advanced Search would work as you can point it at a site and say search on PDF files but it does not work?
I am retired now but in my former life I was an IT Manager at ICI & IBM but never dealt with PDF files on the web!
PDF IFilter anyone? It integrates with IIS.
I bought Adobe Acrobat X which provides for indexing and then searching with Adobe Reader X then works great. However these don't provide a solution I believe when your PDF documents are all linked on a website.
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.