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Simpler iPaper


The Simpler iPaper plugin was created out of the need for a simpler way of embedding Scribd iPaper documents
in blog posts. Other existing plugins used inefficient regular patterns instead of the Shortcode API that
is standard in WordPress versions 2.5 and above. This plugin makes use of standard Shortcode syntax as well.

The plugin uses a clear and simple format: [scribd] added in 1.1

[ipaper id="integer" accesskey="string"]
[scribd id="integer" key="string"]

Additionally, height="integer" and width="integer" are optional parameters.

IMPORTANT: in version 1.1, the plugin adds support for the [scribd] tag using key rather than accesskey in order to be compatible with the embed code. Users can now copy the Scribd-provided code for and use it on their blogs. See the screenshots.

Some examples of usage (you can copy these into a blog with this plugin installed to test):

[ipaper id="6256195" accesskey="key-n4w95bnu9dca1kibehz"]
[scribd id="6021840" key="key-14q8adj2w58ue6mtwlel" height="650" width="480"]


  • An example embed code (compatible with the Simpler iPaper plugin) from Scribd.
  • The embed code pasted into the post editor, in WordPress 2.7.
  • An example output of the plugin showing the iPaper document embedded on a blog page.


Here’s how to install the plugin and how to make it work.

  1. Upload the scribd-ipaper directory to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
  3. Add the shortcode to your post: [scribd id="document ID" key="access key"].
    If you are using WordPress mu, you can place the plugin file scribd-ipaper.php in the /wp-content/mu-plugins/ directory
    so that the plugin is globally enabled.


Is the accesskey=”” parameter required?

Yes, it is. Without the access key, Scribd will refuse to embed the document. This is not a limitation of this
plugin; Scribd enforces it for all Flash embeds.

Can I change the default height and width?

Yes, you can. Although there is no administration panel at the moment (we’re keeping the plugin simpler and light),
you can edit the scribd-ipaper.php file and change the height and width variables there.

The default height is 600 pixels, and the default width is 450 pixels.

Is there any difference between using the `[ipaper]` and the `[scribd]` codes?

Yes, there is. The [scribd] tag was added to support key as a shorter form of accesskey, to be compatible with the code, and to be future-proof, wheras the [ipaper] tag is retained for backwards-compatibility.

In simpler terms, you must specify accesskey when using the [ipaper] tag, and you must specify key instead when using the [scribd] tag.

Contributors & Developers

“Simpler iPaper” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • Added ability to style embeds using the simpler-ipaper-embed CSS class


  • Updated compatibility to 2.9’s trunk build
  • Removed behaviour when a non-null $content parameter is encountered