Thursday, August 30, 2007

How to Upload Large PDF Files to Your Blog

You cannot actually post a raw PDF file directly into your blog. The other thing to consider if you're able to convert a very large pdf file to html or txt is the page size limit. Fortunately there's a lot of ways to get around with it. Here's my story..

A few days ago, I was struggling to post a large PDF file into my blog. This file has 774 pages!! Yes you read it right, but I did it with a dash of patience and and a pinch of persistence. It's a complete list of successful examines who passed the 2007 Nursing Board Exam (Philippines). I tried to convert the file to both text (txt) and HTML files using Adobe Acrobat Pro and upload it in this site, but the file size exceeds the limit. Well, just imagine how many pages, but my idea was to put it inside a box and you can scroll it to view the file. Anyways, that simply didn’t work.

So with my googling power, I stumbled upon the following solutions. I tried each one of these to find out which can do the job.

SaveFile is a free File Hosting Website where you have to register for an acoount... upload the file up to 60mb... they will provide you a link to embed in your site. To view that file, click the link which leads you back to their website, and while there, you have to find another link to access the file. Duh… Not Recommended, more cons than pros.

Gmail account. If you already have this, just login to your account, compose an email, attach the file to that email, send it to youself, open the attached file as HTML, then copy and paste it to your website. Easy huh. But it only converts, from PDF to HTML, 3 pages of my file. My verdict: Very handy and recommended for small files.

Scribd is another File Hosting Website that works for large files. With this, you can upload any file type, upload multiple files at the same time, and convert to flash files which can then be embedded in your site. While viewing, you can pan, scroll, adjust the view size, search a word or name within the file, print, download the file as PDF, MS Word, Plain text or MP3, print, email it... Wow!! For me it is more convenient than downloading the file locally and viewing it using Adobe Reader or even Foxit. Check out the post where I used it.

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Peter Chen said...

Hi Dnis,

Thanks for commenting in my post Add spreadsheet, documents, PDF files to blog post and for alerting me to this post. I have published a post at Embed PDF file into post and have acknowledge your contribution at the bottom and linking to your profile. It is at the bottom of the post. I will like to ask you if you prefer me to link to the homepage of your blog or to this post.


Peter (Blog*Star)
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Dnis aRCol (akosidnis) said...

thanks peter, you can link to this post.

Peter Chen said...

Hi Dnis,

Thanks for the link. I will edit my post when I get the time plus there will be more posts with links to this site. One to whom I link reported back he got a lot of hits from my site. Hope you get the same.

Peter (Blog*Star)
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Marcelo Castro said...

Thanks for your tricks.
If I don´t want to expose my files, what should I do SCRIBD ???
Is there any setting for privacy ?

Rose said...

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. I haven't tried it yet, but I checked yours - I also have a large file, legal brief to upload and link to - will let you knowhow it turns out!

PaulaSchmitt said...

hello. thank you much for the tip on scribd - it is extremely fast and efficient. i am amazed. but being an IT ignoramus, i dont know how to put that pdf file into my blogger blog. i saw what you did with the nurse list but i have no idea how to replicate that. would you be kind enough to let me know how? thank you very much

Cris said...

Thanks, thanks Dnis! Yup the Scribd thing works! Your blog post is so useful. Keep it up!

- Cris

Anonymous said...

Why not using an applet allowing to resume broken upload ? If your upload fails then you can restart from the last offset received. You also need a server-side script able to resume. You can find both:

Upload applet with PHP or JSP upload scripts

andre said...

Thanks Dnis, Scribd is a great tool, thanks for sharing it!

Anonymous said...

Cool ... But it says File doesn't exist when I clicked "Download as PDF" option

akosidnis said...

Ssorry guys, been sooo buzzy 4 the past months and not able to answer all your queries. Actually you can download it as pdf, i just did something on my scribd file before and chose not to share it. just try it and play with the options. Thank you all for checking my site.

Melissa said...

Thanks for the info. Just what I'm looking for. I'll try it and see what happens.

Lytle Area Democrats said...

Thanks, I'll try it. What I have is a map of our county in Texas with political subdivisions.

mrs. r said...

you are a genius! thank you!!!! you saved me.

PS said...

Thank you so much! Scribd works. Googledocs does not.

Shabbir Hazari said...


Thank you very much for this useful post.

Best Regards,
Shabbir Hazari

I will use your techniques in following blogs:

Masoom Syed said...

Amazing ... Till now it was a puzzle for me on how to upload pdf and mp3 files to my blog. U made it so simple

Rekha's Page said...

Thanks for ur post buddy. Just searching in the net for uploading the pdf documents got ur blog. Great Article. Good work.

Nüket İyigün said...

Hi I was reading your post and it was very helpful but than I found which which helps you to publish your documents magazines in your blog and enables you to view them fullscreen.. Best Regards

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LJ said...

Thanks! This was really handy :)
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Stevio said...

Thanks it works great...couldn't get Scribd to change the Flash to a book format even though I did in options. But scrolling looks good too.

cbare said...

Scribd is amazing! Just discovered it via your blog post and it has been working amazingly for me. Thank you!

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