Scribd and iPaper

Scribd is a free, web-based, document sharing community and self-publishing platform. A kind of YouTube for e-books, Scribd lets you publish, distribute, and share your own documents with the world.

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Scribd is a great tool for teachers and students. It lets you publish and discover documents online. It is like a big online library where anyone can upload and download. You can upload one or more documents without even signing up. Scribd supports PDF, Postscript, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OpenOffice, Rich text, plain text, and other OpenDocument formats. After you upload a document, Scribd converts it to an iPaper format so that it can be viewed inside a web browser or embedded into your Website or blog. Scribd can also convert your document into several downloadable formats including PDF, Microsoft Word, and plain text. You can print your document, view it full-screen, and even hear them read aloud. If you do sign up, you can see various analytics about your documents, such as how many people read them and from what locations.

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Like the YouTube video player, the iPaper viewer utilizes Adobe’s Flash technology. Originally, Scribd used FlashPaper technology developed by Macromedia. Since Adobe brought Macromedia in 2006 and discontinued the development of FlashPaper. As a result, Scribd developed its own iPaper from the ground up – with better document fidelity, better features, and a better interface. Unlike traditional document formats, iPaper is viewed inside a Web browser and does not require additional software. Furthermore, the iPaper is fast, lightweight (about 100 KB and is 1/1000th the size of Adobe’s Acrobat Reader), and is designed with Web users in mind. In my opinion, iPaper is an outstanding document viewer which could be a total Acrobat killer. To see an example of iPaper, you can view my Call for Chapter Proposals on Scribd or the iPaper file as shown below.

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About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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9 Responses to Scribd and iPaper

  1. nancysblog says:

    I think this site is very exciting. I can see how this type of document sharing could benefit anyone gathering or wishing to post information or articles of a professional nature. Since adobe will allow you to insert video in a .pdf file this can really add to the type of document you are posting. I think teachers and students alike would really like this site. I like the flash technology it uses too. As an amateur writer, I like this site because I could publish my own work which would be wonderful if I wanted a test audience. I think this website has a lot of potential for the way we share information. As an English teacher, I would use this to collect documents my students good use as well as documents that walk them through how to cite electronic sources like this site. I think MECA and other conferences could use this site to share documents before and after the actual conference.

    I looked up some literature documents and there were a good many. The sites copyright says 2007 but when did the site first appear. I have to say Dr. Yuen you really find some of the coolest sites on technology. I hope to use this site to publish my stuff and when I get a classroom to publish my students work. I guess you could do that. I’m not up on all the security and legal hoops you would have to jump through to do that. I think this type of document sharing would be a excellent way to showcase work.

  2. James M. Thompson says:

    As an educator and a graduate student, I thought of the many useful ways that I could actually use Scribd in both personal and professional settings. This website appears to serve more of an educational purpose opposed to using YouTube to post something related to academics. I believe that many educators would find this website to be of great use to have a site where they can post their documents for others to have free access to it. I find it very appealing that you do not have to register for this site in order to use it. Teachers could get their students involved by asking them to submit their assignments on this site. Other viewers would have an opportunity to view the students’ material. Students could get a sense of satisfaction by monitoring the number of viewers that actually read their document. I am wondering if viewers could actually type their comments or even pose questions to the authors of the documents.

    I have a question that deals with copyright law. If I have a book that I want to publish, should I post that information on this site? The reason I am posing this question is to determine if other individuals could possibly take my content and have it published as if it were their original work. As any published work, I believe that users must be mindful of copyright law and honor the integrity of other people’s work. Although this may be difficult, individuals must be educated regarding this matter.

  3. houbinfang says:

    Undoubtedly, I love this tool. First, I would like to say the group who create this is genius. It does like iPod, but I think it is also like wiki or other software which allow users to contribute. This is a self-publishing network which is a self-professed Silicon Valley startup founded in 2006 by Trip Adler, Jared Friedman and Tikhon Bernstam and as the story goes, “The idea was inspired when Trip and Jared wanted to publish some of their school papers online and couldn’t find an easy way to do it. They hit upon the idea of making a website designed for people to share their documents with the world. I learned form this story. I always have problems, but never converted them into miracle . From the home page , we can see what Scribd has to offer from Free Unlimited storage, the ability to work with most of the major formats such as MS Office and Open Office plus PDF’s as well as jpg, jpeg, png and gif’s. There is little if any publishing options left out of the equation as it reaches out to offer everyone the option to use it (Scribd) to their individual or corporate advantage.
    There is also a broad expanse of categories to choose from ranging from Humour, Culture, Medical, Business, Law and Computers to name a few. Scribd also provides the option to subscribe to the feeds for your favorite categories.
    Also, some people are worrying about the negative of this program. Scribd is doing a good job here: Scribd takes potential copyright infringements seriously. In today’s world of technology, it is all too easy to alter the work of others and claim it for yourself. Not that we all do it but there are certain low life that devoid of their own talents tend to pray on the hard work of others for personal gain. As we know it is almost impossible to stop such criminal activities but Scribd has ensured the options are there to protect you as best as they can.

  4. Lou Ellen says:

    This is such a neat site! I have enjoyed wandering around on Scribd. This site will undoubtedly become something I will use in my classes and my personal research. This YouTube-esque free site is very easy to use. I particularly enjoy the fact that you can search through by categories or key words, and all of the browse categories are very helpful. And, like other sites, you can join or start a group on any particular topic or interest, which can help get some online conversations going about any number of issues. You can create your own profile and upload and share your own documents. Lucky for its users, Scribd accepts documents in any major format, and it can even download it into other formats. This takes a huge load off of a student that has to have a document in a particular format.
    This will be a huge benefit to educators and students. Sharing documents with such ease, will hopefully enhance and create more conversation between people. Children today have so many opportunities to grow and develop their studies, and web sites like Scribd can only help further their goals.
    It seems like the site is growing at rapid speed, and I’m left to wonder, where will this site go next? Like James, I was concerned about copyright laws and publishing concerns. It seems like it would seem way to easy for someone to take your work and publish it as their own work.

  5. Christopher Tisdale says:

    I would never have imagined there was such a website. I guess I never really thought about it, but I am amazed at the concept and actuality of this. This is an excellent way to express your work with the world without going through a publisher. I have a few friends that write short stories and articles. This website would benefit them tremendously.
    This would also be a great source for research. Since it is described as an online library, I could see educators enveloping this within their research processes for their students. It will broaden the sources and allow students to be more involved when it comes to technology.
    Scribd is excellent for beginning writers as well. They can get ideas and upload their work as a published source. Many aspiring writers are intimidated by publishing companies. Some publishers discourage the writer by telling them that their work is not worth printing for the world to see because they do not believe that it would produce enough revenue for the company. However, many writers write because they just want to express themselves in words and are not looking for monetary value in it.
    iPaper is also good because there is no additional software that has to be downloaded. This saves time and money in most cases. iPaper appears to have been developed with the customers in mind. The creators could have easily utilized the Adobe concept and allowed the contents to appear in a separate window or browser, but since it is all contained in one window, it eliminates the clutter of having many windows opened at one time.
    I believe that an English teacher or, better yet, a creative writing teacher would benefit tremendously from having a website like this incorporated into the classroom. I also think that the students would appreciate it as well, because they could see their work published right before their eyes.

  6. Mark says:

    Things You’ll Need:
    http://www.Docuter.comaccount
    1. Sign up for an account at the Docuter Home page (www.docuter.com). If you already have an account, simply log into your account. Click on the “Upload” button at the top of the page.
    2. Next, click on the button labeled “Click to Select Files” and browse your file which you want to upload
    3. Click on “Upload Files” button to upload the file. You will see the upload progress and then conversion status.
    4. You will then see a Describe Document window, where fill in the document details and enter the folder if any where you might want to save the document. Click on “Save” button. You can also skip this step by clicking on “Skip” button. You will now see your document under “All Documents”. The document is already published now.
    5. Click on Document to go to the document page. Click on the Embed button to get the “Embed Codes.”
    Here you will see an Embed Code, which you can use to put document on yoru blog or website and a link code which you can use to link to the document from anywhere. Copy the Embed code.
    6. Log into your blog site, and Open the post you want to embed the Docuter Document into, or create a new post. Click the tab to switch to HTML mode. Press “Control + V,” which will paste the code into your blog. (for Macs, press Command + V). Click on Save or Publish and your document is embeded into your blog.

  7. 鴻如 says:

    Scribd是一個文件分享的網站,有人稱它做線上文件的Youtube,可以說是一個線上的文件圖書館。可讓我們將自己的文件檔(PDF、DOC、TXT、HTML、JPG、PPT)甚至音樂檔,上傳到Scribd,在部落格裡嵌入embed ,然後您就可以與他人分享你的文件了。可以直接線上就觀看檔案內容,還有幻燈片顯示功能,也可以全螢幕觀看,效果還不錯。除了直接嵌入語法就可以分享之外,還提供了下載成 PDF、Word、Text 和 MP3 檔,幫你做轉換檔案的程序。有趣的是,Scribd 引進了社群概念,只要是 Scribd 的註冊會員就可以申請建立一個文件分享的群組,讓加入群組的網友們一起分享文件,這就好像一群愛好閱讀的朋友組成線上讀書會一樣,讓喜歡某些主題的網友們 可以更容易的找到他喜愛閱讀的資料,也讓存在於 Scribd 的文件更有組織的分類。當然,既然有了社群,讓大家瞭解是誰在分享這些好東西也是挺重要的,Scribd 也提供了上傳文件者的排行榜,甚至可以結交朋友唷!
    但他最神奇的是可下載成MP3檔案,可將上傳的文件翻譯成語言檔,它竟然可以將文件內容裡的英文幫你讀出內容來,然後提供你下載成語音檔,神奇吧,讓我們這些偷懶而且英文又差勁的人,放上原文檔案直接幫我讀出英文並且轉換成MP3來聽真是方便。故用在語言教學應該十分合適!
    其中,Scribd的iPaper就是把各種文件轉成Flash的格式,方便我們檢視及分享。其實很多網站都提供類似的服務,就像Slideshare就讓我們以這形式,分享PowerPoint檔案。感覺他跟PDF的功能有點雷同,當然,以Flash來顯示文件內容,當然比PDF格式好,因為Flash比較經巧,在瀏覽器上的Flash Player亦比Acrobat Reader快速。但Scribd的iPaper除了PDF的功能之外,iPaper更支援Microsoft Office、Open Office、PS檔案、純文字檔案,以及圖像檔案(包括JPG、PNG以及GIF)。這麼多元化的支援,對用家來說就更方便。iPaper只是一種技術,但Scribd則是一個服務,一個以iPaper技術為基礎,分享Flash文件的服務。情況與YouTube大同小異。大家都把自己的文件在上面分享,那就組織成一個很大的內容庫,從而吸引瀏覽訪客。當訪客人數多時,就會吸引更多人把自己的創作放到上面。在教學的文件分享上又增添一項新的常識,這個分享介面讓我覺得還不錯!

  8. 鴻如 says:

    Scribd是一個文件分享的網站,有人稱它做線上文件的Youtube,可以說是一個線上的文件圖書館。可讓我們將自己的文件檔(PDF、DOC、TXT、HTML、JPG、PPT)甚至音樂檔,上傳到Scribd,在部落格裡嵌入embed ,然後您就可以與他人分享你的文件了。可以直接線上就觀看檔案內容,還有幻燈片顯示功能,也可以全螢幕觀看,效果還不錯。除了直接嵌入語法就可以分享之外,還提供了下載成 PDF、Word、Text 和 MP3 檔,幫你做轉換檔案的程序。有趣的是,Scribd 引進了社群概念,只要是 Scribd 的註冊會員就可以申請建立一個文件分享的群組,讓加入群組的網友們一起分享文件,這就好像一群愛好閱讀的朋友組成線上讀書會一樣,讓喜歡某些主題的網友們 可以更容易的找到他喜愛閱讀的資料,也讓存在於 Scribd 的文件更有組織的分類。當然,既然有了社群,讓大家瞭解是誰在分享這些好東西也是挺重要的,Scribd 也提供了上傳文件者的排行榜,甚至可以結交朋友唷!
    但他最神奇的是可下載成MP3檔案,可將上傳的文件翻譯成語言檔,它竟然可以將文件內容裡的英文幫你讀出內容來,然後提供你下載成語音檔,神奇吧,讓我們這些偷懶而且英文又差勁的人,放上原文檔案直接幫我讀出英文並且轉換成MP3來聽真是方便。故用在語言教學應該十分合適!
    其中,Scribd的iPaper就是把各種文件轉成Flash的格式,方便我們檢視及分享。其實很多網站都提供類似的服務,就像Slideshare就讓我們以這形式,分享PowerPoint檔案。感覺他跟PDF的功能有點雷同,當然,以Flash來顯示文件內容,當然比PDF格式好,因為Flash比較經巧,在瀏覽器上的Flash Player亦比Acrobat Reader快速。但Scribd的iPaper除了PDF的功能之外,iPaper更支援Microsoft Office、Open Office、PS檔案、純文字檔案,以及圖像檔案(包括JPG、PNG以及GIF)。這麼多元化的支援,對用家來說就更方便。iPaper只是一種技術,但Scribd則是一個服務,一個以iPaper技術為基礎,分享Flash文件的服務。情況與YouTube大同小異。大家都把自己的文件在上面分享,那就組織成一個很大的內容庫,從而吸引瀏覽訪客。當訪客人數多時,就會吸引更多人把自己的創作放到上面。在教學的文件分享上又增添一項新的常識,這個分享介面讓我覺得還不錯!

  9. fadi ahmad says:

    there are many free useful tools in the internet but some times utilize by others on the wrong way like youtube ^-^

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