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Do I need to zip it and put it in a directory, or just place it in the directory as .pdf file?
Trying to figure out the most efficient way of creating a password protected download page, if anyone has any ideas I'd appreciate it.
I'm not sure how to .zip a file, or if it needs to be done (the .pdf file is 31 pages).
That said, if you want to zip it up you'll need to get a utility like WinZip [winzip.com] to do that for you.
But if you want the pdf to download with a simple click, rather than having to instruct visitors how to do it, a zip utility is the thing.
I know I need to have a password protected area, generated passwords, and the ability to let the viewers download a .pdf. I'm sure there are plenty of threads and articles online.
If anybody knows of any other factors to consider, maybe more efficient ways to deliver a .pdf file I'd really appreciate it. I'm trying to cover all the angles so there is less confusion down the road.
Thanks a lot oil/mivox.
Then spend your time looking for info about .htaccess password protection, and trying to find a password generator that will interact with it... That's the bigger (and probably more important) challenge for sure.
I prefer to use htaccess protection on private directories, but a script that handles protection and password generation in one package would probably be easier to manage for large groups of unique passwords.
Odds are that if they don't have winzip then they probably don't have the adobe acrobat viewer either.
I don't know if I'm going to zip it, I would rather not have my visitors pay for something just to get confused...kind of a hassle.
You have a good point "Odds are that if they don't have winzip then they probably don't have the adobe acrobat viewer either." But why make the visitor download two programs: winzip to unzip and Adobe to read it. I suggest just keeping it in Adobe and make it as convenient for your visitors as possible.
(edited by: DaveAtIFG at 3:06 pm (utc) on April 6, 2002)