Many users, if not most, use PDF or Portable Document Format to share and exchange documents. Adobe Systems created the PDF file format in 1993 to present documents that does not need other forms of hardware, operating system, or software to view it. It has proven itself so efficient and useful that it has become the standard of document sharing since them. A PDF file is already complete, with all the needed components such as font, text, graphics, and other kinds of information included.
PDFs are great in the sense that others can view your files in exactly the way you want them to view it, regardless of the platform they are using. PDFs are useful when you need to download and print certain documents such as application forms, menus, contracts, and others.
You can use include PDFs in your WordPress site by using the free plugins that are currently available. With these plugins, you can share PDF files to for your readers to view, download, and print. I have here thirteen of what I consider are the best pdf plugins right now.
With this free WordPress based publishing platform, you can grab your WordPress posts, get external site feeds, or create content and convert it into a book. You can edit your content, create outlines, put them in order and then export your ebook in several formats such as PDF, TEI, and EPUB.
As the name of the plugin tells you, it lets you save on ink and paper when you are creating or printing a PDF file. It’s very easy to use and you won’t need codes or print.css. Just install the plugin, activate it, and customize the settings.
With the WordPressPDF plugin, you can use the zviewer in embedding PDF files that have been converted to swf files. It has an interface similar to iPaper and you can view a live demonstration by going to its homepage.
The Google Docs Viewer lets you convert document links that you can view via Google Docs. Just replace the URL’s http with gdoc, or gdocs in case of https addresses.
The Google Doc Embedder plugin embeds PDF, Apple pages, archive files, MS Office, and other file types in your WordPress site with the use of the Google Docs Viewer. It does not need PDF plugins or Flash for your readers’ online viewing or downloading.
With this plugin, your readers can convert your posts or WordPress articles to PDF files. Your readers can do this in two ways, via email or direct download. With the email method, your reader can enter the email address where he/she wants the file to be sent. With the direct download, no email address is needed and your reader can download the PDF file directly.
The Easy FancyBox plugin supports PDF and SWF files as well as enables the jQuery extension for most of your site’s media links.
This plugin lets you create customizable PDF files from your WordPress posts or pages. Your readers can pick certain posts or combine several of them and create a PDF file from them. It will also add a link so that your readers can download that particular post in PDF.
This plugin, using the Five Filters PDF Newspaper code, lets you create a “tabloid” version of your WP site, in a two-column newspaper format. It is also printer friendly.
The RV Embed PDF plugin embeds a PDF file in your WordPress post or page when you insert a link using the Add Media button.
The Embed PDF plugin lets you embed PDF files using the Google Docs Viewer easily. Just include the URL for your PDF file on its own line or in an embed tag such as http://example.com/file.pdf
The plugin will then embed the PDF file into your page using the embed code of the Google Docs Viewer.