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Each document should have a shareable link directly to freshly compiled pdf without source view

At the moment, each document has two shareable links: one leads to an editable view, the other to a read-only version of source and compiled document. But sometimes you only want to give someone access to the (continually updated) pdf/compiled version of the doc. For people who don't need or want to see the source. My suggestion is to add a third shareable link; one which leads directly to a pdf file (compiled fresh from the current source) and nothing else.

This is different from sharing on figleaf as you may want to share a window to work-in-progress as it happens as opposed to 'final' or milestone versions. It is also different from the writelatex gallery as this would just be a pdf which you don't necessarily want to make visible to the public, only to those with whom you share the link.

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      • gogolama commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just a sidenote to my last comment:

        while the document is being compiled the link gives a error message in some browsers saying the pdf is being displayed errornously.

      • gogolama commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Workaround for v2:

        1. klick onto menu
        2. under Download right-click the PDF button
        3. copy link to a texteditor and remove everything after the .pdf ending

        This link displays the last compiled version available exactly as described in the question.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Tyler's trick does not seem to work in v2. Is there a different link that works?

      • Tyler Read commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In case anyone is still interested in this, you can use the read-only link of a document, change "read" to "docs" and then add append the url with /pdf.pdf

        This should become a live link to your document.

      • Andrew MacFie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Try this: Go to read-only view, at the end of the url, replace the # and everything after with /pdf.pdf

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just adding one tip, when sending out work to reviewers that should add comments or changes, a workable way is to: for each reviewer, make copy, tag a version, distribute read-write link to the copy. This way I can compare several reviewers additions to the original version.

        In fact with git its possible to clone each reviewers copy to a local git project, create patches and apply these on the original.

        Cheers!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Agree! This would be a really good feature.

        I could add that two cases are obviously useful:
        1) link to pdf of the latest version (follows development)
        2) link to pdf of tagged version (means reviewers can review a stable version)

        Cheers!

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