Need to embed a file into a blog post or web site in a tasteful document viewer? Increo Solutions has come up with embedit.in, a simple and straightforward document embedding app. You may remember I blogged about Increo’s handy and elegant Backboard application for moving through a design or creative approval process.
Increo Solutions will be announcing a new version of the app this week. I heard about this new release last week so went straight to the beta site to check it out.
embedit.in lets you start uploading and embedding right away. The site does not require registration: All you need is a Google or Yahoo account, or an OpenID.
I experimented by uploading a PDF version of my resume and then embedding it into my Typepad blog.
The problem with the the old embedit.in viewer was that the width was fixed at 466 pixels (400 pixels high) and was too wide for more narrow blog content columns.
The new version has a slider to adjust size as well as the ability to customize the player background color. The new version also gives you three ways to display your document:
1. as an embed;
3. as a thumbnail, linking to full document.
1. Markup. You can annotate the document prior to embedding it into a site, calling out a portion of the PDF, for example, with a red markup pen tool.
2. Analytics. You can get some deep and interesting stats about how users are interacting with your document, including a “heat map” overlay that can show you the most read areas of a page, a map showing where readers are coming from who view the document, where the document is embedded, and a graph measuring additional activity.
With embedit.in, you have full privacy and security controls, including control over whether your document can be printed or downloaded, and even where the document can be embedded.
For publishers with links to many documents on their site, embedit.in offers a single line of code that will automatically display all normally linked documents as embedded docs using the embedit.in player.
embedit.in is free of charge, can deal with almost any type of document of image file up to 20 MB in size, and uses Flash so should work with nearly any browser.
It wasn’t until I was on the phone with the company’s CEO, Kimber Lockhart, and going through a visual presentation of the new embedit.in that I realized how young the company team actually is. I just had to add how impressed I am with it. While we might say “age is just a number,” it is exciting to see young people with creative ideas, the skills and talent to execute well, and the ability to get financial backing for their work. Kudos to Increo Solutions.
Now go and enjoy embedit.in, and let us know what you think in the comments. I think you’ll be impressed, too.