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Portable Document Format (PDF) is an open standard for document exchange. This file format created by Adobe Systems in 1993 is used for representing documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating systems. Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout flat document, including the text, fonts, graphics, and other information needed to display it.

PDFs are a really handy file format for letting people view information exactly as you intended it across all platforms, they are great for things like forms for people to download and print off, menus and other forms of documentation. If you would like to include them in your site there are a number of free WordPress plugins which will do everything from offering your blog posts as PDF downloads to embedding them within your site. In this post I roundup 13 of the best …

PDF & Print Button Joliprint

Once installed, the plugin generates a button on each post and page. So your readers can save, share or even print a nice formatted PDF from each post or page.

PDF & Print Button Joliprint »

Easy FancyBox

Easily enable the FancyBox 1.3.4 jQuery extension on just about all media links. Multi-Site compatible. Supports iFrame and Flash movies.

Easy FancyBox »

Anthologize

Anthologize is a free, open-source, WordPress-based platform for publishing. Grab posts from your WordPress blog, pull in feeds from external sites, or create new content directly in Anthologize. Then outline, order, and edit your work, crafting it into a coherent volume for export in several ebook formats, including PDF, EPUB, and TEI.

Anthologize »

Print Friendly and PDF Button

The #1 Print and PDF button for your WordPress site. Printer Friendly pages without coding, css, or print.css. Fast, easy, and professional.

Print Friendly and PDF Button »

PDF and PPT Viewer

PDF and PPT Viewer helps you embed PDF documents and Power Point presentations easily. Does not require Flash to be installed on your computer, pure JavaScript! The plugin makes use of Google Docs undocumented feature.

PDF and PPT Viewer »

PDF24 Articles To PDF

This plugin enables your readers to convert one or more articles to PDF files. Therefore a little box is shown below every article, in the sidebar, on the top or bottom of each page or wherever in your wordpress blog where you place some peace of code.

PDF24 Articles To PDF »

Kalin’s PDF Creation Station

Build highly customizable PDF documents from any combination of pages and posts, or add a link to any page to download a PDF of that post.

Kalin’s PDF Creation Station »

Make PDF Newspaper

‘Make PDF Newspaper’ uses Five Filters PDF Newspaper to create printer friendly ‘tabloid’ edition of your WordPress blog.

Make PDF Newspaper »

Embed PDF

Will embed a PDF file using Google Docs Viewer Simply include the URL for a PDF document on it’s own line, or wrapped in the embed tag like http://example.com/file.pdf and the plugin will embed the PDF into the page using the Google Docs Viewer embed code.

Embed PDF »

RV Embed PDF

Embeds a PDF in your page or post when you insert it with the Add Media button.

RV Embed PDF »

WordPressPDF

WordPressPDF uses zviewer to embed PDF files converted to swfs. An easy iPaper-like interface for PDF documents, books, magazines. View live demo on plugin’s homepage.

WordPressPDF »

Google Docs Viewer

Once this plugin is activated you can easily convert a document link to be viewable via Google Docs by simply replacing http in the URL with gdoc (or gdocs if it’s a https address).

Google Docs Viewer »

Google Doc Embedder

Lets you embed MS Office, PDF, and many other file types in a web page using the Google Docs Viewer (no Flash or PDF browser plug-ins required).

Google Doc Embedder »


Author:

Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, a small internet company based in the UK. Kooc Media runs several high-profile websites including WPLift, ThemeFurnace and DesignersTalk.

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16 Comments

  1. thanks for the nice collections :D

  2. Anna Cohen

    I used scribed
    until I found that it simply doesn’t give facebook preview
    (on the news-feed). I found out about http://share.kagoon.com which
    publishes any document in 4-clicks and it works for me.

  3. I’m looking for a plugin that convert pdf to word and vice-versa…
    user uploads his PDF file, enters his email address and plugin can convert & send it…

  4. i am looking for something like: users enters the form fields and then after submit it generated a pdf option to download or print. do u know any best option for that?

  5. Nice plugin collecton, I choose PRINT FRIENDLY AND PDF BUTTON

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  7. Thanks!

    Great post! It helped me and I really appreciate your effort!

    Good luck!

  8. It seems Google Docs is still the best choice to view pdf without installing a browser add-on.
    it’s a good piece of reference. Thanks so much!

  9. Thank you very much. I did not know some of above plugins. I’ve used Print Friendly and PDF Button and Google Docs so far but some of the other plugins seem very promising.

  10. really nice plz share some Wp themes

  11. Thanks for this, it gives me a good choice to work through.

    John

  12. !This plugin hasn’t been updated in over 2 years. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.
    WordPressPDF

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  14. Nice post! Does anyone know if there is a way to display a non-optimized version of Google Doc? When I embed a doc upload to Google Docs, the images become very grainy. It looks like they are getting converted to gifs.

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