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Google Docs Viewer Full Issue

Postby gemusehandler » Sat Jun 01, 2013 12:11 am

Hi Alec,
I love OJS 2.4.2. The Google Docs Viewer is a major improvement. And I really like the option to include a full journal issue. But somehow the PDF download of the full issue keeps using the old PDF viewer, whereas articles are using the new Google Docs Viewer. Am I overlooking something? Or do we need a tiny patch a this point?
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Re: Google Docs Viewer Full Issue

Postby asmecher » Mon Jun 03, 2013 11:55 am

Hi gemusehandler,

That plugin is only intended to replace the article PDF view; see plugins/generic/googleViewer for the implementation. (It's pretty short.) It's not a priority for us at the moment to extend it, but if you've got some PHP expertise on hand, we'd be very happy to include it in future releases.

Incidentally: thanks for letting us know that you use this plugin; we don't get a lot of feedback on these specifics and it's very helpful.

Regards,
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Re: Google Docs Viewer Full Issue

Postby gemusehandler » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:01 pm

OK Alec, here is the action.
http://www.projectbaikal.com/index.php/ ... ew/134/141
The Google Docs Viewer loads much faster.
(yes, to do so, it reduces the quality of the images, but when you download the pdf the image quality is still there)

The viewer works on an iPad! I think this is a major benefit.
The other PDF viewer doesn't allow scrolling on the iPad. It only shows the first page.

The Google doc viewer looks much better.
Opinions may differ.

It has also the expanded view option that provides an overview of the pages in the document.
https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http ... hrome=true
This provides better navigation.
Last edited by gemusehandler on Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:58 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Google Docs Viewer Full Issue

Postby asmecher » Mon Jun 03, 2013 1:52 pm

Hi gemusehandler,

Wow, that's some very nice-looking design work --

There's one major limitation with the Google document viewer that prevents us from endorsing it fully, which is the inability to use it with subscription or registration-requiring journals. I do hope that FOSS PDF embedding options will continue to improve.

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Re: Google Docs Viewer Full Issue

Postby gemusehandler » Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:08 pm

Your current solution seems fine. Give people choice which viewer to use.
I wouldn't mind that choice in case of the full issue as well :wink: .
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Re: Google Docs Viewer Full Issue

Postby asmecher » Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:10 pm

Hi gemusehandler,

Try the patch at http://pkp.sfu.ca/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=8243 (specifically, https://github.com/pkp/ojs/commit/80b19b336309723d5ad1c5f91ae7c06489f92264.diff); it should add the support you're looking for.

It looks like that installation has a complete Russian translation; ours is woefully out of date. Would you be willing to contribute the updates?

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Re: Google Docs Viewer Full Issue

Postby gemusehandler » Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:20 pm

Hi Alec, took me some time to figure out this Github thing. It works. Love it.
I will raise the issue with of the translation with my Russian counterparts.
I will speak them in two weeks time. Thanks!
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