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Share docs in your blog, including previews
13 Feb 2010 at 08:30

Klaus Neumann

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You are a blogger and want to share documents with your blog posts? Embedding rich content files, such as Adobe PDF, isn’t always as trivial as it could be. Additionally, quite many users either don’t have the browser plugin installed necessary to view these docs. Or they are afraid of the Adobe Acrobat security issues that have recently been discovered (once again).

With the TxtBear plugin for WordPress, embedding and sharing docs with your audience is much easier. Inserting a document is as easy as:

Clicking the Embed document icon,
Browsing your hard disk for a document file — or alternatively enter its Web URL —,
Hitting the Upload button,
Choosing an embed style, and
Pressing Insert. Nothing easier than that.
For your readers, viewing and reading the shared document is as easy: They can click the document thumbnail visible within your post, and the lightweight viewer launches with no delay. Even for documents with 800 pages!

Stay tuned for step-by-step guides about the TxtBear WordPress plugin in the coming weeks.

You can download the TxtBear plugin from the official WordPress Plugin Directory.

Social documentation
12 Feb 2010 at 08:59

Stefan Thomas

Technology

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The best documentation I’ve ever encountered is that of PHP. Hands down. And that’s curious because it’s not particularly unique. It has consistent navigation, sure. It is very complete, sure. All those are important points, but what really makes it incredibly useful is the community participation it gets. Very often the comments on any given page of PHP documentation address exactly the issue you’re having.

Needless to say this is a role model we wish to emulate. So in true startup mentality, we slapped a set of Disqus Comments on there. Took five minutes and it enables users to interact with our developers directly. Eventually, we’ll put in a comment system that isn’t JavaScript based and hence allows the comments to be indexed by search engines. For now however, this is a very quick and hopefully very useful support feature.

So take a look at our API documentation and please share your experiences with it, so others can benefit!