Share PDF documents online using FlowPaper Cloud

Sharing PDF documents online can pose a number of problems. Large PDF documents can cause long download times and there is no way to see who visited your publication when uploading the original PDF document. FlowPaper's cloud service makes it possible to publish and share very large publications and have them load instantly. No technical skills are required to use the cloud service.

Uploading to the cloud service

This tutorial will show the essential steps in uploading your publication to FlowPaper cloud. To get started, make sure you have the desktop publisher installed on your Mac or Windows PC. You can get the desktop publisher here.

1. Import a PDF

Import any document that you would like to share by clicking the "Import PDF" button in the top left corner. We have choosen to import a document called "Business Report.pdf".

2. Preview the publication

The preview should show the publication in the center of the publisher once you have selected how you would like the import the PDF. This allows you to style and modify the look of the publication. You can also set your Google Analytics tracking code here among a range of other settings.

Click the 'Publish' button in the top right corner when you are done configuring and styling your publication.

3. Creating the final copy

This dialogue lets you set a few final settings before creating your final copy. The top text field is typically filled in with your custom domain if you have a Zine license. It doesn't need to be filled in with a particular domain name since we're publishing to FlowPaper cloud, so just type "flowpaper" and click "Publish".

4. Uploading the publication

Its now time to upload the publication to the internet, once the publisher is done creating the final copy.

Click on 'Share on FlowPaper Cloud' and then 'Start Upload'. This will upload the publication to the cloud service.

You can preview the publication in your web browser by clicking the "View Online" button that appears once the publication has been uploaded.


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        height="400"
        width="500"
        src="http://YOUR_UPLOADED_PUBLICATION" allowFullScreen>
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5. Embedding the publication using an iframe (optional)

If you don't want to link to the full page version of the publication, then you can embed the publication into any of your own web pages by using an iframe.

The HTML code snippet to the left shows an iframe tag that you can use. Just replace the "YOUR_UPLOADED_PUBLICATION" with the url that you got from the desktop publisher after you completed your upload. Adjust the width and height to values that suit you and copy the final code snippet into any of your web pages to make the publication available on your web site.