The iPhone CAN read PDF Documents!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by odedia, Jan 10, 2007.

  1. odedia macrumors 6502a

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    Just heard it on MacBreak with Leo Laporte. They had David Pogue there from the new york times. He's one of the fortunate few who actually PLAYED with the phone, and he officially acknowledged that the phone can read PDF documents.

    This is HUGE by my book. I've been DYING for a comfortable PDF reader for so long now!

    Woot Woot!

    Oded S.
     
  2. ArthurS macrumors newbie

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    Now if it only also is able to open Office documents (and comes with navigation software), it will be perfect
     
  3. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    Wow, that is BIG!

    Darn, and I can't get an iPhone for at least 2 years :(
     
  4. Cybix macrumors 6502a

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    wow, so impressive! :rolleyes:

    My Samsung D600 GSM phone can open PDF, word, ppt, excel (office suite) files...

    on another note, I'm flying from Australia to USA, JUST TO BUY the iPhone when it's released. Hope I can buy it outright!
     
  5. Maxwell Smart macrumors 6502a

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    Wouldn't it be easier to have a friend in the US purchase it? or even a member of the forums and then you pay a small premium.
     
  6. Tourist macrumors member

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    But it will be sim-locked so you will not be able to use it on a Network, also when you get back to OZ.......

    Also you will need an EDGE network to make this thing anything close to usable, the networks across the ditch here in NZ have jumped over EDGE and gone to 3G, without an EDGE network you will be back to GPRS speeds, which in real life aint much better than dial-up, which is not pretty....
     
  7. Cybix macrumors 6502a

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    GSM is fine by me mate!

    I'm assuming Apple will off the phone contracted with cingular, and unlocked RRP (high cost outright)...

    If I'm wrong, then thats just too bad!

    oh, I'm actually visiting the USA for the first time for a friends wedding, not 'just' to buy the iPhone... i just thought it would sound cool to say that :)

    Also wanna see silicon valley, cupertino, some disney's, some kick arse coasters (six flags?) hrmm
     
  8. MacVault macrumors 65816

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    PDF! Sweeeeet!

    I'm so glad to hear the iPhone will read PDF docs! I was thinking that would be a very useful feature! Now if Apple would only put the iPhone features and design (minus the cellphone part) into the iPod I would buy it yesterday! I will NOT touch any cell provider contracts with a 10 foot pole - I don't care if the iPhone could control gravity and turn lead into gold. NO CONTRACTS!
     
  9. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    But... wouldn't the gold pay for the contract?

    Anyway, the PDF ability should come as no surprise, given that they're using a chunk of OS X underneath. Plus, anymore, PDF capability is just table stakes.
     
  10. MacVault macrumors 65816

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    I don't object to paying for the service I use. I just refuse to be "locked in". Cingular would probably get my business for many years to come if I could sign up with not contract. Instead they won't get my business at all!
     
  11. mrwonkers macrumors 6502

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    It really didn't sound cool at all, it made you sound kinda psychopathic. Or should I say sychophantic.
    Remember to breathe and learn a little patience the iPhone will get to Australia like everywhere else, perhaps by then it may even be a Rev B or later product. Breathe slowly and deeply and make sure you don't crap your pants, it will arrive. Until then maybe stick to collecting coasters.;)
     
  12. elppa macrumors 68040

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    OS X uses quartz to draw 2D graphics, which is based on the PDF format anyway.

    So this functionality would probably be easier to put in than leave out.
     
  13. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Flash is key. Behind the scenes, I expect Adobe to be in some very interesting discussions with Apple at the moment especially when you consider points like this:


    http://www.thestreet.com/_googlen/newsanalysis/techsoftware/10332395.html
     
  14. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I agree - far more people would use Flash than PDFs (even though a lot would use PDFs).

    My own favorite dead horse to beat is Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). Vector graphics, animation, controls, codeable with JavaScript, XML-based, can be embedded within a single page's HTML, so no need for multiple fetches, open standard... it's a beautiful thing. It continues to irk me that browser support is still so lacking, especially on something like a touch-screen iPhone, where it could flourish as a web-app front end.
     
  15. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Wow, you're no fun, Mr Realistic.


    And its ability to read PDFs isn't even news, or at least it's not new information regarding the iPhone. It may be news to you, though. How can they use any version of OS X without it being able to read PDFs, right? And besides, others have reported it already.
     
  16. clevin macrumors G3

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    palm can read PDF, DOC. XLS, if iPhone to be better, it should be able to read all of them, altho I doubt the DOC and XLS part. :rolleyes:
     
  17. uNext macrumors 6502

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    Ohh my god it can read pdf files!!!!!!

    This is like the best news since we landed on the moon.

    A Couple more formats and you will be on your way to actually being useful.
     
  18. uNext macrumors 6502

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    if it would be able to turn lead into gold then you dont have to worry about contracts you can easily buy your own phone company. :)
     

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