Putting PDF files on a website and self-publishing books

As some of my friends know, I've been working for years on a series of music education books. Part of the learning curve on that kind of undertaking is learning how to work with different kinds of files, among the most important being JPG and PDF files. In the project I'm working on, it's a big deal learning how to turn various application files such as MSWord (doc) files and CorelDraw (cdr) files into the JPG and PDF files which are so commonly used on the Web.

I plan to use CafePress to self-publish my books. Another place to self-publish your books which I've heard good things about is iUniverse. CafePress requires that you upload your books in PDF format, so, naturally, some of the files I worked with this past week are in Portable Document Format (PDF).

If you don't already have Adobe Reader, you can DOWNLOAD IT HERE so you can read the PDF documents. If you are using the Mozilla Firefox browser, there is a very cool PDF reader called Foxit which you can DOWNLOAD HERE. I use both Mozilla Firefox and Foxit, and have noticed that PDF documents open noticeably faster in Foxit.

What I did for today's blog is create a JPG image file 160 pixels wide, and then link it to a full sized PDF file of the same image. So when you put your cursor on the small image at the upper left of this blog, the arrow will turn into a hand, which means the image is linked to something and you will go to the destination if you click on the thumbnail image.

What happens when you click on the image is you will get a dialog box that looks like this:

Just ignore the "Nitro" bit in the blue bar at the top of the dialog box, because you might have Adobe, Foxit, or some other browser, and the word "Nitro" might not appear. Don't worry about that, the rest of the dialog box should be the same or very similar. When you see the dialog box, just click on the "Open PDF" button. If you are using the Mozilla Firefox browser with Foxit, the PDF document should open up within two or three seconds. If not, you may have to wait a few seconds longer before you can view the PDF document, which, in this case, is the first-draft cover of one of my "Musician's Field Manuals" books. You will notice that the PDF version of the image is much larger than the JPG version which appears in the image gallery of our Musician's Field Manuals website.

Last but not least, I cannot recommend Rick Castellini's website (helpmerick.com) too highly. The more I learn about computers, the more I find myself using his fantastic website. That's how I got the link to Foxit for this blog. I typed "pdf" in the search box on Rick's website, and immediately found what I was looking for. It saved me the time and effort of having to Google the information for myself. Any serious computer student should consider making Rick's website their homepage. Rick always has something interesting to write about.

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