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August 05
SharePoint 2013 Natively Supports PDF files (About freakin’ time!)

This blog post was written about the Preview of SharePoint 2013. This behavior may be different in the RTM version of the product.

Each religion has their own version of the creation story. They vary on the details, but I’m pretty sure they all agree on one point. The day after creation, everyone lamented that there wasn’t a fancy icon next to the PDF files in their SharePoint libraries. It’s been a problem that long. To make matters worse, SharePoint has also never natively indexed PDF files either. We’ve been forced to install Adobe’s free PDF iFilter (which might not be worth what we paid for it) or the much better Foxit iFilter, but it costs money. It was a tough decision that every business had to make, because every business has scads (I think that’s a metric term) of important information in PDF files.

In poking around in SharePoint 2013 I noticed both of those problems are finally resolved. I was setting up some search demos and I dropped some PDF files into a document library, just to see what happened. I was pleasantly surprised to see this:

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Keep in mind this is all out of the box functionality, I haven’t installed any software on this machine to deal with PDF files. That fancy icon came out of the box, and the ability to find results in a file came out of the box too. Glory be!




More PDF Fun

I attempted to change the fancy icon and it hasn't appeared yet but anyway, I implemented a PDF preview for the search results. The details are here:

 on 10/2/2012 10:01 AM

Re: More PDF Fun

Good link. Thanks for sharing it.

Todd O. KlindtNo presence information on 10/5/2012 4:37 PM

works like a charm in RTM

Can confirm same behaviour in RTM. All I now am looking to find is, where did the OCR capability of FAST disappear to?
 on 11/29/2012 9:17 PM

Re: works like a charm in RTM

Thanks for the follow up with the RTM. I'm not sure if SharePoint 2013 can OCR picture based PDFs or not.

Todd O. KlindtNo presence information on 11/30/2012 11:27 AM

PDF File Properties

Are PDF file properties other than Author and Title indexed? 
 on 12/14/2012 11:37 AM

Print to PDF menu option missing

I can see the fancy icon,  but the print to PDF menu item is missing. Is there some feature that needs to be activated?
 on 1/13/2013 3:07 PM

Interesting Problem

On foundation search works for PDF but only (so far)adobe pdf library 8.0 provides you with a summary in the view.
Here's what I've found
Adobe distiller 8.3.1 -pdf 1.4 -summary not shown -
adobe pdf library 8.0 ver 1.4 - summary shown
rcd pdf generator -summary not shown -

they all are indexes and proper results but the client is digging about the inconsistency>
 on 1/16/2013 10:22 AM

Re: Interesting Problem

Good information. Thanks.

Todd O. KlindtNo presence information on 1/17/2013 10:08 PM

Cannot save or checking

metadata integration seems good;however, I have noticed that if I use a site content type, acrobat throws and error preventing me from saving or checking in a document.
 on 1/23/2013 9:34 PM

convert to PDF

I use SharePoint 2010, need menu option convert to PDF

any helps

 on 2/20/2013 3:49 AM
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