I have in the past email PDF new letters to friends and them be told by them that they can’t read the PDF as there is not a PDF reader on the machine they are using and they don’t know how to install one, or their IT department will not allow a PDF read to be installed.

So how do I let them read a PDF newsletter?

I am looking for a web app that lets me upload a PDF, and then give me a web link I can email to people. I want that web link to work even if the person does not have a PDF reader. (It is not safe to assume they have flash etc)

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    Flush ? Do you mean flash ?
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There are plenty of different ways of doing it and in addition to neo's answer, there is a very easy way of getting a public link to any of your files using Dropbox and afterwards using the link (http://docs.google.com/viewer?url={url})

But, I think the fastest way is:

  • Send the PDF file to your self using Gmail
  • Click the view button next to the attachment
  • I like the ideal of just email the PDF to my self, then giving out the link, assume that the list lasts for long enough etc Commented Jul 21, 2010 at 13:08

I think you can do all that with Google Docs. They have a PDF viewer and they also allow you to share docs by link.

Here's a bit more info on PDF viewing from an older blog post of theirs: http://googledocs.blogspot.com/2009/09/view-online-files-using-google-docs.html


An even easier option could be ZohoViewer. They allow you to upload a document, get a link and even set an expiration date on it. Pretty slick really and very single focused to this sort of thing. http://viewer.zoho.com/


One possibility is to upload the pdf file to any webspace and then point to Google pdf viewer (which supports now even .doc) http://docs.google.com/viewer?url={url}.

You could also upload the files to Google Docs. There should be a public link to share.

Another service (which allows you even to upload the files there) is scribd, which doesn't seem to use flash anymore.


Google Docs would certainly work. I can think of two other options that would certainly address your issue.

  • Scribd: Has a desktop uploader that allows bulk uploads
  • Docstoc

Both these allow you to embed your documents on other websites.


There is no need to any online tool just drag and drop the pdf in chrome browser and you will be able to see this pdf

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