There is not really a standard out there for document presentation on websites. Many webmasters rely on widgets and scripts to display documents on their websites. This makes it sometimes confusing for visitors who have to deal with documents that they can only download and various interfaces for document presentations on the website itself.
Doc Shots tries to bring in more control by allowing webmasters to present documents on their websites easily. The visitor can view a selected document right on the website in an overlay with basic controls, such as downloading, printing, searching and zooming. It feels like a document viewer on the web and resembles desktop document viewers enough to make it easy for visitors to use it.
Webmasters have to be registered users of the service before they can configure Doc Shots for their website. Registration is free on the other hand and not problematic or time consuming at all. The configuration of the document presentation script can be customized by setting the width and height of the overlay window. Other options include the display of related items and document storing policies.
The first viewer will experience a small delay while opening the document as the conversion is initiated at that time. It is therefor a good idea to be the first viewer so that regular visitors do not experience the delay. Visitors can still right-click the document and save it to their computer system directly.
Update: The service does not seem to be available any longer.
A popular solution these days is to make documents publicly available on services such as Microsoft SkyDrive or Google Drive.
While that means that the document is not embedded directly on the site, a link leads directly to a viewer so that it can be read with just the click of the mouse button.
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