Many organizations have PDF documents on their web properties. Although PDF is a reliable format for storing and distributing content, when the browser is left to determine it, the consumption experience is unfortunately contradictory.
Depending on the device, browser, and user software preferences, the PDF can be:
Open in an existing window or tab, take them away from your web experience.
Download directly without opening them on the device (ie: in the “Downloads” folder), possibly lost.
In the preview or background, open a new window or a new tab.
As a site owner, none of these situations are predictable or ideal.
To make matters worse, a PDF sent to a new tab, window, or local folder becomes an analytical black box. You have no idea how people are interacting with content.
There is a better way.
The PDF embedded API solves this discrepancy by creating an experience of viewing equally high loyalty for all users, regardless of device.
Not only do your PDF browsers look great and open as you intend, but the PDF embedded API also gives you complete control over experiences, including interpretation, analysis, collaboration, and archiving. Control, and more.
Try the demo to get a sense of what the PDF embedded API can do. Oh, and did I mention it’s free to use?
But what about all the PDFs on your site? How can you view all the PDFs posted there without manually coding each one to take advantage of these new features? From here, Adobe PDF Embed API and Adobe Experience Platform Launch work beautifully together.
The Adobe Experience platform enables launch brands to centrally deploy scripts, data collection, and marketing technologies in all of their features.
The instructions below assume that you are already familiar with the Adobe Experience Platform launch. If you’re not sure what it is or want a refresher, check out the launch homepage or product documentation to find out for yourself.
What will we do
Create an Adobe PDF embed API key.
Create an Adobe Experience Platform Launch Roll to deploy the PDF embedded API.
Before we start
You’ll need access to your organization’s Adobe Experience Platform Launch Console. If you do not have access, please contact your organization’s Adobe Administrator.
Assumptions and warnings.
Step 1: Get an Adobe PDF embedded API key.
If you already have your PDF embedded API key, go to the next section.
Go to the PDF Embed API homepage and click. Get free credentials. Button, or use this direct link.