Posts Tagged ‘digital document’

Issuu Now With Better API’s

August 10th, 2009


It is nice to see that issuu continues in the race for the Digital Document space. The last big update was when they unveiled Smart Look ending 2008 with a bang. Now they seem to be doing well because they finally will let you upload documents via API. That means those using Issuu for their Online Magazine, Gazette or Whatever can now integrate issuu directly from their end and that if someone want to build a Issuu powered application, they can do so because the API now supports  Searching, Viewing (or calling a Issuu Viewer) and Uploading.

Good all around. I think issuu new improvements now should come from having their viewer widget adapted for Mobiles and to be ready to be finger friendly in big screens now that Tablets, Convertibles and Touch Enabled Monitors will begin to surge with Windows 7 release later this year.

Issuu API


via TC updates: adds hosting, analytics and document tools

June 29th, 2009


Back in January of this year i wrote about as a simple  but good document tool that allowed you to make a flash widget out of any url, image, text or document. not a  scribbd replacement at all. this last bit has now changed and now it offers a lot more.


Now it also counts with:

  1. Hosting (20mb per file)
  2. Advanced Privacy Settings (print, download, public options)
  3. Advanced Widget Settings (size,color, display option)
  4. Drawing Marker (Scribbling, underlining, highlighting )
  5. Analytics (obtain advanced information about the document you are sharing)

With those changes now it can really be used as a scribbd and docstoc alternative which makes it a interesting and powerful option in the digital document space.


It still lacks better document management, user profiles, better social networking options, high spread sharing and maybe prettier design. but it is free, it is useful and it is service with lots of potential.

To know more about the service read on my first post on the service.

via CNET (Josh Lowersohn) Make Any File or URL a Widget

January 20th, 2009

tmp1668 is a service to make any Document, Image, Text and URL into a widget. and not only a widget. but a flash widget capable of letting you see it in full screen.

If you put in a URL. it will give you a snapshot of all of what it can get to capture of your page at the time the widget loads.


You then can zoom in to real size or more and even use the widget in full screen.


if you load up a file. you then get a Document Viewer Widget alike to one by Docstoc or Scribd


As a online document viewer widget and online document converter, i find it capable and good thanks to the fact it has full screen support. but if you are interested in Online Documents and Digital Documents. you are well better off with Issuu, Scribd and Docstoc. but as a Website Snapshot service it comes off as a great and simple service to use because it assigns you a widget landing page and it is not just the simple screenshot of a at a time browser area but the full website and because it can be viewed in detail inside a widget. not much more you could want on that respect.

I still find the lack of any High Spread Sharing support and Customization disappointing because it would have elevated the service up a notch from Good to Great overall. 

If you are hesitant to try this service because of your personal data. don`t fret. the service uses Delegated Identity Services. so you can choose from Open ID, AOL and Google to use the service. it also don`t has a eminent risk of going away overnight because this tool is supported around another services called BackBoard. this service is offered to you when you have your first Document turn into a widget. the service is a Digital Document Collaboration Service based around Feedback (document commenting) that could be compared to Office Live Workspaces.

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