I'm trying to set up my Drupal website to host files (more specifically, PDFs) at clean URL's and have some download statistics about them. For example, I would like "test.pdf" to be available at "/publications/test.pdf". I read about all the file managers such as IMCE, but they do not seem to provide this feature. Therefore I'm now trying to set up a Publication content type with just a single field of type File, use the URL path settings to get the clean URL and use the Download Count module to provide me some download statistics. However, I cannot seem to have Drupal return the PDF in the file field when a user visits the URL of such a node. The closest I get is rendering a link to the file, using the display settings of the file field.
Is this the way to go for what I want to achieve? And if so, how can I provide the contents of a file field at the URL of the node containing that field?
Thanks in advance.