After Reading pdf on Ipad I cannot copy paste from pdf on Mac anymore!

Discussion in 'iPad' started by annamac, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. annamac macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2008
    Guys, I discovered a problem: I have plenty of pdf's that I store on dropbox. On my ipad, I open them on Goodreader, and mark them up, then sync them back to dropbox. When I then try to copy and paste something from those pdf's I only get symbols (but not BEFORE I read them on ipad, only after the sync).
    This applies to pdfs/docs with fonts not stored on the ipad, I think - it gets displayed perfectly, but through the ipad iteration loses the copy/paste readability for a word processor.
    I cannot install a font on the ipad, and I cannot change the font in the pdfs not produced by myself (can I)?
    What's the loophole for that? does the pdf file also lose searchability through this?
  2. Capt T macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2010
    are you 'flattening' the PDF when you upload it back to dropbox? That would cause it to be read only.
  3. annamac thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2008
    no, I just sync the folder with the pdf back to dropbox.
    I googled the issue, and people said it happens when the font isn't installed on the mac, but I have the font on the mac, and the ipad shows it correctly, but somehow it seems to lose information when being saved/worked on on the ipad???


    and: I can still highlight the text and copy it out, but it only pastes symbols in any text processor... (and fonts are embedded in the pdf)

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