How to make Google index PDF files

Do you struggle to get Google to index your PDF publications with organic search? Then we have some great news for you. In our latest version of FlexPaper Desktop Publisher we have added a new option that will help your publication get a higher ranking, be easier to track in analytics and be indexed better.

Traditionally, when Google indexes your PDF documents, it will index your files as a whole and there is no way of collecting statistics on why and what people where looking for in a document. This is because the way the publication is generated.

With our new feature, FlexPaper Desktop Publisher will create a text only version of your PDF. This means that when Google, or any other search engine indexes your FlexPaper documentation, it does so on page by page basis which increases your exposure and hits. It will also allow you to collect data on how and why people land on your pages. 

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You can access this feature under the publish button in the desktop publisher. Expand the advance settings menu.

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Tick the “improve conditions for search engines to index your publication” box. Please note that you need to have PHP support on your server.

This option is available from version 2.2.3 version of FlexPaper Desktop Publisher. Give it a try, download our desktop publisher here

FlexPaper 2.2.3 Release Notes

We have started rolling out version 2.2.3 today. Our Zine viewer is the first viewer to be updated. The main enhancements in this release is the ability to create offline publications using desktop publisher, improved support for search engine indexing as well as a new social media sharing dialog for our turn page pdf viewer (Zine).

How to update:
This release does not require you to republish any of your documents so if you want to install the update without republishing your documents then simply copy and replace the following resources from the distribution file that you are using:

  • FlexPaperViewer.swf
  • js/     (directory)
  • css/    (directory)

Changes in this release:

  • Rendering quality for the HTML5 mode improved for Firefox in OSX

  • Issue fixed where custom links, videos and images would appear incorrectly positioned in mixed size publications when viewing the publication in HTML5 mode
  • Issue fixed where the Portrait mode would start on the wrong page in some scenarios
  • Multiple viewer instances now fully supported in FlexPaper Zine
  • New parameter added for enabling/disabling search abstracts (EnableSearchAbstracts)
  • Printing the Current page in Zine now prints both visible pages. It was previously only printing one of them
  • Mouse wheel scrolling area increased in the HTML5 and HTML4 mode for Zine
  • Issue fixed where creating links,images or videos by creating selections from bottom to top were creating incorrect sizes for the elements
  • Issue fixed added images would not appear in preview of the publication in Desktop Publisher
  • Issue fixed where using strikeout and then the note tool would create unintentional strikeouts when having StickyTools turned on
  • Issue fixed where it wasn’t possible to rotate the next to last page in the flash viewer
  • Correction so that FlexPaper AdaptiveUI classic non-customizable uses the right toolbar in touchable laptops
  • Adjustments to how the viewer is resized when reloaded using the $FlexPaper(‘documentViewer’).load() method
  • Offline publishing now available to unlimited license holders. Commercial license holders will be able to register a key for offline publishing during February.
  • Issue fixed where last page was inaccessible in SinglePage mode when using HTML4/HTML5 rendering
  • Issue fixed where the search marker in Zine HTML4/HTML5 mode would be appended and widened if the search result was clicked more than once
  • Improved ability to allow Google to index your publication from within Desktop Publisher. Expand the advanced settings in the “Publish & View” dialog to access new options for controlling this
  • Printing quality improved for printing in HTML5 mode
  • Small corrections to the signing php scripts to avoid mishandling headers on certain configurations
  • Small corrections for how touch based devices use Portrait or SinglePage mode when starting up in HTML4/HTML5
  • Small corrections to the asp.net set up package
  • Hint text for Download PDF added
  • Fixed an issue where getCurrPage() wasn’t returning the correct page when using Zine in HTML4/HTML5 mode for some scenarios
  • Social network sharing dialog added to FlexPaper Zine. Publications can now be easily shared to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and LinkedIn and embedded on any site
  • Progress info added to the print dialog when printing in split mode using Adobe Flash
  • Fixed an issue where the onCurrentPageChanged event would not fire in Zine when using HTML5 mode in portrait
  • New method (“getCurrentRenderingMode”) added for Zine returning either flash,html or html5 depending on what is being used
  • Mouse wheel scrolling improved for Zine & Classic in webkit based browsers when using the Flash rendering mode
  • Improved zooming motion into Zine flash publication so that it zooms into where the user clicks
  • Issue fixed where searching when in zoomed in mode on touch devices caused pages to render incorrectly in some scenarios for FlexPaper Zine
  • Tweaks to mobile browsers as to which uses native scrolling and which that does not

How to create and save a style template for PDF documents using Flexpaper Desktop Publisher

Often when you create a online flipbook from a PDF you want to use the style from your previous publications.

To save you time and to secure brand consistency Flexpaper Desktop Publishers makes it easy for you to create and save style templates. You can save one or multiple templates. 

Open the desktop publisher and locate the style settings area.

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All your options are located under the style settings menu on the right hand side. Please note that Flexpaper Desktop Publisher stretches your background per default.

The style bar menu gives you a range of options in creating a style that suites your publication and brand. Here are a few tips on what you can do in Flexpaper Desktop Publisher.

  1. Customize your background and panel color.
  2. Create an image background that emphasize your message, look and feel
  3. Customize your toolbar menu
  4. Use an interactive thumbnail preview of your publication
  5. Create a cool gradient color effect to your background

The example below gives you en idea how to re use colors and images from your publication in FlexPaper Zine.

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When you are happy with your style click the save style settings as new template button. The template will be saved in your documents folder. You can access your new template under the style template menu.

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A case study in creating PDF flip books: chasing the cursor or dragging the contents

There are a range of settings that can be done with FlexPaper in styles and behavior settings. The output format can be HTML5, HTML4 or Flash, colors and backgrounds can be set, icons can be changed and the viewer can start in different modes. This week we are having a look at the way your users can navigate inside your PDF documents when using page turn animations like in FlexPaper Zine. This tutorial uses FlexPaper Desktop Publisher which can be downloaded for Mac OS X and Windows from here:
http://flowpaper.com/flexpaper_flip_zine.jsp

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Start Desktop Publisher and locate the viewer behavior settings
Desktop Publisher has its settings divided into different sections for each of the type of settings that can be made. The setting we are after in this little tutorial is the “Zoom Dragging” setting which can be seen after scrolling down to the very bottom in the “Viewer Behaviour Settings” section.

This setting is turned on per default. When turned on, the viewer will allow the user to drag the document using its mouse when zoomed into a document. You can see this by clicking on the document so that the viewer zooms into the document and then use your mouse to drag it around. Another example of a PDF published with flip book effects where you can zoom in and use your mouse to navigate the contents can be seen here:

http://devaldi.com/zine/NZ_Tourism_2007.jsp?ro=flash,html5

This example renders in flash per default but you can easily switch over to use html5 if you prefer that.

If you on the other hand prefer to let your users navigate your publications by tracking their mouse movements then turning the “Zoom Dragging” feature off will allow you to do this. Turn the feature off and zoom into the PDF inside desktop publisher and you will see how the publication now tracks the mouse movements as you move your cursor. An example of this can be seen in the following publication:

http://devaldi.com/zine/Monash_Magazine.jsp?ro=flash,html5

 

What about mobile devices?
In mobile devices the publication will always allow the user to drag around the content, since there is no mouse cursor to track. In computers which have both (like in PC’s using Windows 8), both interactions can be combined if you set the “Zoom Dragging” feature to off.