PDFs represent one of the most popular options to share content in a consistent and quality format to audiences around the world. The files are widely recognized and easily shared with friends and colleagues across a variety of platforms and mediums such as email, websites, and mobile apps. The documents are also flexible in terms of styling and branding. Popular content for PDFs range from marketing material and educational documents to presentations and abstracts; practically any type of content may be converted into a PDF for sharing with app users.
Uploading and managing PDFs in a mobile app requires few steps. The AppBurst Dashboard enables admin users to upload documents from his or her computer and add pertinent details such as title, categories, and tags. The documents may be organized however it makes sense for each company or organization; in many cases, providing multiple categories of PDFs helps app users quickly access the type of documents needed.
PDF documents may be shared via email and popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. Users are also able to save PDFs to their device for annotating and other advanced editing in 3rd-party applications. Other personalization options include the ability to bookmark favorite PDFs to a separate section of the mobile application.
Another important option made available to admin users is the ability to select whether PDF documents are downloaded with the initial app install or available on demand. The former option is helpful for must-have documents such as a facility map during a conference, while the latter option reduces app file sizes and enables companies to make hundreds--if not thousands--of PDFs available to users without creating a cumbersome download process. On demand PDF documents, once downloaded to a user's device, are subsequently available offline for access on flights and other instances of limited connectivity.
Documents may also be printed directly from iOS devices with printers supporting AirPrint.
Certain situations may require companies and organizations to limit internal PDF documents to designated internal employees or another subset of users. Consider implementing password protection or user authentication in cases where documents cannot be made available to anyone who downloads the app from the AppStore or Google Play. Making exclusive PDF content available to certain users also helps increase interest in the mobile app if the content provides real value.
- facility maps
- terms and conditions
- educational documents
- converted PowerPoint & Word Documents (for easier sharing)
- evergreen news and blog articles
- company initiatives
Successful mobile apps give users valuable content easily shared with others; download numbers and user retention depends on sustained levels of interest in app content. While native text content and interactive features in a mobile app provides great value to existing app users, PDF documents are more easily shared and accessed by a bigger audience to incentivize more people to download the app for access to more of the documents. PDFs also represent the gold standard in creating and consuming a variety of popular content types such as marketing material and educational documents--content that automatically creates value to any mobile app and helps companies achieve bigger goals.
Learn more about PDF integration and other benefits of mobile apps by speaking to an AppBurst representative: