Hi there! And welcome to our PDF Viewer Plugin tutorial.
If you haven’t done so already, please watch our System Overview Video first before continuing. It lays down all of the plugin basics you’ll need for this video.
Now, onto the PDF Viewer Plugin.
- The PDF Viewer Plugin allows you to link to external PDFs.
- This is useful for linking in guides, important documents, homework assignments, presentations, or any other reason you’d need your users to access a PDF.
- All you need to do is copy and paste in the link to your PDF.
Creating a PDF Viewer Plugin
Let’s first create the PDF Viewer plugin. To add one to your app, go to Plugins and Add Plugin. Search for the PDF Viewer Plugin in the search field, click add, then name it. If you’d like to also add this plugin to your Side Menu, you can simply check this box. If not, no worries, we’ll go over how to add it to the Side Menu later on in the video.
Here you’ll see a field for the link to your PDF.
Just navigate to wherever your PDF is hosted, copy the link in the URL, and then paste it here. Then click validate.
This check box determines whether to open the PDF in your app or not. If you check the box, then the PDF will open within your app and users can simply tap a back button to return to the previous screen. If you uncheck this box, then your PDF will open up into their default mobile browser.
And with that you’re all done with creating your PDF Viewer Plugin! Don’t forget to click Publish to push out your changes. If you haven’t upgraded, please upgrade so that you can publish your changes.
Adding Your PDF Viewer Plugin to Your App
Now if you just created the plugin and did not add it to the side menu or to a Folder, it’s not yet accessible to users because you haven’t placed it anywhere in your app. You will need to add it to the app on the Home Plugin, in a Folder Plugin, and/or to the Side Menu. If you already know how to do this, feel free to skip this next section.
If you have the Launcher or Folder Plugin selected for your Home Plugin, you can add it to the Home Plugin by clicking on Home Plugin. Once you’re there, scroll down and click “Add Plugin Instance”. Now find the Plugin you created by searching for the title you gave it, selecting it, and clicking “Apply” at the bottom.
To add it to a Folder Plugin, navigate to any Folder Plugin you’ve created and click on “Add Plugin Instance”, then search for the title you gave it, select it, and click “Apply” at the bottom.
To add it to the Side Menu, go to Plugins then Side Menu and click on “Select Plugin Instance” and, you guessed it, search for the title you gave it, select it, and click “Apply” at the bottom
Congratulations! Your PDF Viewer Plugin is now accessible within your app. Thank you so much for watching. Be sure to check out our other Help Videos and we’ll see you next time!