Well, this is the requirements bar we set at Stream It:
Must provide full in-line PDF document preview with scrolling.
Must support expanded larger view with one click.
Dynamic preview sizing in tables.
Drag-and-drop additions; no custom or document-dependent formula edits.
The number-one requirement from users I’ve spoken with is the ability to scroll (or swipe) in the preview thumbnail because that’s how users find specific passages. Lacking the ability to perform a full text search, this is obviously the next best thing.
With the URL for each file, it’s now possible to embed the document into a canvas field.
In the example document, I’ve embedded the formula in each canvas item for demonstration purposes, but at Stream It, we tend to use canvas templates in cases like this. There’s a good discussion of templating canvasses here and here
As I mentioned in the article, this demo doc was prepared with the formulas for each record embedded in the canvas itself. I went on to say this is probably not the most ideal approach and you are seeing this first-hand.
I suspect there’s a way to remove the individual embeds and replace with a column formula, or follow those links to fabricate a more templated approach, one we use at Stream It but which I have no authority to share openly.