If you’ve ever had the need to embed a PDF, PowerPoint, Excel, or MS Word file into your site (something along the lines of what Scribd.com does), then this plugin is for you. The Google Doc Embedder lets you embed these four common file types and a lot more.
Embedding the files into your site with this plugin allows your readers to access them immediately without downloading them or requiring them to have Adobe Reader, PowerPoint, MS Word or any other software. (However, you can allow visitors to download the files.)
The files can be uploaded to your site through your media uploader, or you can link simply link to them no matter where they are on the web. You do NOT need to host your files with Google Docs or even have an account with Google.
How It Works
Activate. Once activated, you will see a new icon on your visual editor.
If you’d like to put a file on your server, you can simply upload the file with your media uploader. Once that’s done, copy the URL.
Insert URL. When you click the new Google Docs Embedder button, you get the following pop-up.
The Result. The following is an image of a PDF that I linked to from the IRS. I also uploaded my own files and the embedder worked just as well.
Below is a list of all the file types the Google Doc Embedder handles.
- Adobe PDF
- Microsoft Word (DOC/DOCX)
- Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT/PPTX)
- Microsoft Excel (XLS/XLSX)
- TIFF Images
- Apple Pages (PAGES)
- Adobe Illustrator (AI)
- Adobe Photoshop (PSD)
- Autodesk AutoCad (DXF)
- Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
- PostScript (EPS/PS)
- TrueType (TTF)
- XML Paper Specification (XPS)
- Archive Files (ZIP/RAR)
I tested a number of plugins when looking around for a good one that would do this, and I came across quite a few that had some type of issue or another. The Google Doc Embedder, however, worked liked a charm right out of the box.
Thanks to erat for the image.