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Making OCR-ed PDFs searchable using the Search Block

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Site URL: http://www.granvillehistory.org/

Hi, I run the website for our local historical society, and we have uploaded OCR-ed PDFs of our quarterly journal.  I would love to make those PDFs searchable through the SquareSpace search block so that people can find the issues they are interested in, but it seems that the search block will only find content on pages, not on linked/uploaded files.  Is there a way to do this or a work-around that someone can suggest?  

Thanks,
--Bill
 

 

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Thanks for your reply.  Such are the joys of SquareSpace, I suppose: the big things are usually drop-dead simple and easy, while the smaller details and special cases can often be literally impossible.  I appreciate your responding!

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As far as I know, SquareSpace's search block doesn't currently have the ability to search the contents of uploaded PDF files. But you can use a third-party search tool, such as Swiftype or Algolia. These tools can index and search the contents of your PDF files, making it easier for visitors to find the issues they're interested in. As for me, I use the app developed by https://smartengines.com/, as it's the best match for my needs. So, the decision is up to you. It may take some extra effort, but it will provide your visitors with a more seamless search experience.

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