Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Embedit - embed any file in your website or blog - free

Embedit is a cool site that lets you embed files into your website or blog, with some great features. You can mark up or highlight parts of a file to make sure your audience sees certain parts, there are analytics about how viewers are using your documents, and you can enable or disable downloading, printing and embedding of your documents.

(It is owned by now)

It's easy to use, with help available if needed, and you can sign in using your Google, Twitter, Yahoo, AOL, Wordpress, or OpenID accounts.

Documents can be viewed in multiple ways: embed directly, thumbnails that open in overlay, or links that open in overlay.

You can embed lots of different types of files, up to 20MB in size. File types include:

  • Documents: Word (DOC/DOCX), Excel (XLS/XLSX), PowerPoint (PPT/PPTX), WPD, ODT, ODP, ODS, PDF
  • Images: GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, PSD
  • Vector Graphics: API, EPS, PS
  • Text: TXT, RTF, CSV
  • Code: HTML, SQL, JS
  • Web: Web pages or other URLs

You can customize the size, background color, and other viewing options in the customize screen when creating your embed and any changes you make such as annotation, privacy and print and download permissions are automatically updated.

You can use it with the following browsers: IE 6+, Google Chrome, Firefox 2+, Safari 2+ and Opera. It does use Adobe Flash 9, but works in 98% of browsers. 

This is a great way to add files to your class site or blog so that students can access them and you can make them view only, downloadable, printable, and even annotate them. You can also see how many people are using your files. 

Check it out: 

Here is a file I'm using for a PD session today at another school that I used Embedit to create the embed code and even marked it up pointing to the main link I want them to make note of.


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