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I have a user that wants to upload PDFs to a website whenever he wants. Of course adding it myself is too easy... he wants to have the ability to add and delete PDFs on demand.

I thought about embedding a public google doc folder into the webpage but I am starting to find dead ends. Does anyone know much about this or have a solution for this particular problem?


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Are you using a CMS? since most have user permissions. – Simon Hayter Apr 8 '13 at 22:06
unfortunately I am not- wish I was in this case. – 40Alpha Apr 9 '13 at 9:09
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Here is a way :

  • Go to google Docs.
  • Upload your PDF file to a public folder.
  • Then click your file in document list.
  • A preview will be opened.
  • You will see a blue button named Open (right-bottom side)
  • Click that button. You will be transferred docs.google.com
  • Here you will see the top-menu like File, Edit...
  • Choose File → Embed this PDF file. Then you can get an embed code.

The user would just have to add/edit/remove the embed code

source : http://webapps.stackexchange.com/a/42097

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Thank you for the suggestion but not exactly what I was looking for.. . the user cannot touch any of the files. I don't trust them and nor do they trust themselves to. :) – 40Alpha Apr 8 '13 at 21:26
It will be difficult to upload a file without having access to the said file. – Michel Apr 9 '13 at 14:37
Yes, I was looking more for a route where i could embed a "widget" similar to twitter but for a dropbox or google drive folder. But I have decided it does not exist. – 40Alpha Apr 9 '13 at 19:08
So the user would have access to dropbox or google drive, upload his PDF file by himself, and automatically it would like display a link to this file on a website? I think you can go to dropboxwiki.com/Dropbox_Addons There you can find addons, php uploaders and folder viewers. Maybe this is it. – Michel Apr 10 '13 at 13:02

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