PDF Display Settings


Kiosk Pro supports displaying PDFs as documents. Using these features, you can customize the experience for your visitors. Embedded audio/video is not supported.

If you are using our Allow Multiple Tabs feature and navigate away from an open PDF tab, the PDF will be reloaded when you return. This is to maintain app stability.

In order to offer these features, Basic, Plus and Enterprise use an advanced PDF library in order to include the available features. Our Lite version uses the default PDF library that is included in the underlying WebView browser.


Common Questions

Show Thumbnails

This setting lets you display a navigation bar with thumbnails of .pdf pages.

Default: On

Thumbnails are dynamically linked to the pages they represent, providing the visitor a fast way to navigate an entire document.

Show Page Numbers

Page numbers overlay on the page in '# of #' format (i.e. '1 of 5').

Default: On

Background Color or Image

For PDF's not specifically sized for display on an iPad, a customized color or background image can be set. 

Colors must be entered in RGB format (255,255,255). Images can either be a local image file placed in the Kiosk Pro Documents folder or one on a remote server.  If the image set does not fill the screen, it will tile. 

Default: 0,0,0

For a PDF to be sized for display on an iPad, you must use an aspect ratio of 4:3 or a base size of 1024x786 ( taking into account the status or address bars if they are to be used). 

This setting also controls the background image shown in the multi-page PDF view accessed through the Navigation Bar.

Page Transition Style

Pages can be navigated in several ways depending on how you configure Kiosk Pro.


  • Scroll (default)
  • Page Turn
  • Hyperlink Only

‘Page Turn’ and ‘Scroll’ modes both rely on familiar swipe gestures to the screen to move through pages. ‘Scroll’ slides the page across the viewport and can be configured to work horizontally or vertically.

‘Page Turn’ offers an page-turn animation, moving through pages horizontally like a book. Due to a limitation of the library used to animate the page turn, we are unable to support zoom when viewing PDF's in this transition style.

‘Hyperlink Only’ mode relies completely on links embedded within your .pdf to navigate and will not respond to the traditional swipe gestures used in the other page transition styles. While this can make it easier to develop content in PDF format that looks and feels more like a kiosk application and less like a document, it is important that you check to make sure navigational links are available on every page as there is no other way for the visitor to move forward.

A sample .pdf designed to be navigated via 'Hyperlink Only' mode and created in Adobe InDesign can be viewed by clicking here. To download the original .indd file and screenshots showing the process of adding links in InDesign, click here.

Additionally if the Navigation Bar is turned on, an icon consisting of 4 squares will appear when a .pdf is displayed. Touching this icon will switch the visitor to a multi-page view allowing them to see larger thumbnails of several pages at once. These larger thumbnails are also linked to the page they represent and touching one will navigate the user to that page.

Scroll Orientation

PDF's displayed in 'Scroll' mode can be displayed either horizontally or vertically.

Default: Horizontal

Horizontal display arranges pages left to right. In this mode, each swipe moves the current page across the screen horizontally to display the next or previous page.

Vertical display arranges the pages top to bottom. In this mode, a swipe moves the page up or down to display the previous or next page.

Size to Fit

This setting allows you to choose how you’d like your page to fit on the screen, and is only compatible with 'Scroll' or 'Hyperlink Only' modes.

Default: Vertically
  • Horizontally - displays each page so that it’s touching the left and right sides of the screen, filling the full width of the screen.
  • Vertically - sizes the PDF so that each page touches the top and bottom of the screen.

As an example, if you’re displaying an 8.5” x 11” portrait PDF and have Size to Fit set to Horizontally, the page will fill the width of the screen in landscape orientation (as seen in left image below), requiring vertical scrolling to see the rest of the current page.

PDF Multipage Icon

When the Navigation Bar is enabled, and a PDF is being displayed, the multipage icon will appear. Tapping this icon will display a full-screen view of page thumbnails, allowing you to quickly navigate to a different page.

This icon is shown by default, and can be hidden using the Show Icons setting in the Plus and Enterprise versions.

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