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Embed Google Docs Viewer Plugin

Embed Google Docs Viewer is a plugin for embedding one or more Google Docs Viewers ( to Joomla articles. By using Google Docs Viewer it's possible to quickly view documents online without leaving browser. Adding the viewer to an article is very simple, just add the url of the document that you want to embed, and that's it! It's also possible to define the size of the document, mode of the reader (preview/edit), border layout and link to the full size document.

* It's possible to embed one or more Google Docs Viewer within an article.
* Supported formats: .doc, .ppt, .xls, .tif and .pdf.
* Supported Google document formats: document, spreadsheet, presentation, form, drawing and file.
* Set Google Doc Viewer's mode when embedding documents created or stored in Google docs. Supported modes are default, preview and edit.
* Define the language of the Google Docs Viewer interface when embedding documents that are not stored in Google Docs.
* Define the width and height of the viewer.
* Define the border width, border style and border color.
* Add link to the full screen version.
* Define the link label.
* Support for HTTP and HTTPS (with Google Docs Viewer only).
* Multilingual features (with Google Docs Viewer only).

Basic usage

To embed a Google Docs Viewer in an article use the following code:



Replace the "document_url" string with the url of the document that you want to view.


Google Docs documents

Supported Google document formats: document, spreadsheet, presentation, form, drawing, file.

If you want to embed a document stored in Google Docs do the following.

1. Sign in to your Goole Docs account.
2. Open the document that you want to embed.
3. Click File -> Publish to the web
4. Copy the link from the "Document link" field.
5. Paste the link between the google_docs tags.

The above steps don't work with forms. To embed a form do the following.

1. Sign in to your Goole Docs account.
2. Open the form that you want to embed.
3. Click Form -> Go to live form.
4. The form opens in a new tab/window.
5. Copy the URL from the browser's address bar.
6. Paste the URL between the google_docs tags.

Base URL

In the admin panel it's possible to define a base URL for the documents, which makes embedding the documents even easier as there's no need to type in the full URL for each document.

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Reviews: 1
We've got some user guides for publishing and maintain Joomla! in Goolge Docs, due to excellent co-writing capabilities.

Then copy and pasting such docs into an Joomla! article are tedious, especially on many sites.

This plugin solved our distribution problem perfectly, by making an application in ZOO that can be distributed to all our customers. Thank you!
Reviews: 2
I have tried to get this to work but, it's simply not working.

My install is Joomla! 2.5.19.

I have tried both Single Article and K2 Item. Neither work.
Owner's reply

Hi TekMiL, I'm sorry to hear about your problem with the plugin. Can you please post a more detailed description of the problem at the support forum?

Petteri Kivimäki

Reviews: 1
Thank you!!
Very easy, very quickly and exactly what I needed!!

Solved a huge issue!
Reviews: 53
This product works exactly as expected and makes it a breeze to embed Google docs like spreadsheets, etc.
Reviews: 13
Easy to install and setup. Use to display PDF documents from own web site rather than google docs. Works well, apart from sometimes PDF documents timeout when display, although PDF documents display immediately when try retry option.
Reviews: 4
The product works like it suppost to. Easy configuration and easy to use. There was a very small problem, but the developer was quick to respond. The problem was not related tot the extension but to some problems with Google. He showed me a work-a-round.

I'm a happy user!
Reviews: 7
The title says it all. Solid product that really does what it says. Super easy to use. Not at all complicated.

Support is great. Super fast, super informative and my questions was a no brainier one and he did not make me feel dumb for that. Thanks again and keep up the great work!!!!!!!

Michael Pignataro
Reviews: 1
This plugin works perfect to embed PDF files in my content.
Reviews: 1
The installation of this plugin was easy.

I have not tested the other Google document formats - only presentations.

The tool currently does not support Google presentations in it's current form.

The developer has been super helpful in providing a work around / hot fix to this problem which I hope will appear in the next release which will follow soon.

I look forward to the next release and think that this plugin has considerable promise and potential. It is not quite there but I have not found other plug-ins that do what I wanted.

I really look forward to the next release.

Thanks and keep the updates coming Petteri.

Craig Gers
Owner's reply

Thank you for your feedback and for pointing out some issues related to some of the Google document formats. These issues are fixed in the latest release (version 1.1.0) that is available for install and update. The following Google document formats are now supported: document, spreadsheet, presentation, form, drawing, file.

Petteri Kivimäki