It’s about time someone found a better way to display documents online. Several companies have tried it, but Scribd gets it right this time around. Previously, websites linked to PDFs, Word documents and other files that one would have to wait and download, find the file on their computer and open it up in their slow word processor or take a coffee break while Acrobat fires up.
Scribd uses Flash technology to stream the document straight into a website, embedded right in with the rest of the content. You can share documents with embed code just like YouTube, email it to a friend, zoom in, flip through pages and see all the pages at once.
It has great potential for government websites and research organizations that have thousands of files and manuals that visitors must download and labor through. Using the Scribd Platform, they can even convert the entire collection of documents at once and share them instantly. Free from the chains of outdated and clunky government websites, these documents are searchable and placed in context with similar documents…all automatically. If only agencies would move quickly enough and adopt the new method.