Anybody got iPad to show PDFs yet?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by steffi, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. steffi macrumors 6502a

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    iBooks isn't showing a PDF tab for me.

    Is it true that iBooks can only see PDFs that are opened in Mail and NOT synced via ITunes?

    lame.
     
  2. Julien macrumors G3

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    I just copy about 60 PDF's from iTunes to my iPad but I see nothing. I see all of my iBooks but no way to switch to PDF's. I've tried swiping in all directions but nothing. I copped them all and they are all checked in iTunes. How do you switch to PDF's?:confused:
     
  3. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816

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  4. steffi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's clear to me that Apple doesn't want you syncing PDFs to the iPad.

     
  5. steffi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    elborate on how they get into your shelf
     
  6. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    PDFs on iBook require both iTunes 9.2 and iOS 4 for iPad (which is not released publicly yet).
     
  7. Julien macrumors G3

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    It does NOT. That isn't the problem.
     
  8. Julien macrumors G3

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    Finely, I deleted iBooks, reset iPad, reinstalled iBooks, reloaded all my iBooks/PDF's and they now finely show up. What a PitA.
     
  9. steffi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Any PDFS known to the iTunes Library that aren't in the Books folder seem to not sync to anything. So you're forced to copy them to the Books folder by importing them from whereever they are already (even if they are in the iTunes library as PDFs) to Books.

     
  10. Julien macrumors G3

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    Why are you quoting me when I referring to something else altogether :confused: I know and have all my PDF's copied to iTunes/iBooks. I was disputing silverback's incorrect claim that you need iOS4 to view PDF's in iBooks.
     
  11. steffi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    To answer your question you were complaining that your book were not syncing. It was not clear that the books you were trying to sync were in fact known to iTunes as Books and not just PDFs in the library. I have many PDFs in the library that show up as things you can sync as Books to the iPad but they never will unless they are also shown as Books in the iTunes library.
     
  12. steffi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Actually you weren't specific so it was possible to interpret your argument that you didn't need iTunes 9.2 to sync PDFs to the iPad.
     
  13. shadowness macrumors regular

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    Three options to choose from! Intact I have not synced my iPad yet! Just opened with goodreader.

    1.copy files from your Mac/pc into the books folder in iTunes library!
    2.email a PDF to yourself and open via iPad Mail app
    3. If you have good reader or similar app installed go to manage files, select a PDF and use open with, you will see an option with iBooks.

    After the first PDF file is saved in iBooks, you will have the books|PDF switcher next to the store button in iBooks.
     
  14. hsotnicam8002 macrumors 6502

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    This is easy. First close iBooks on the iPad. Then on the Mac drag your pdfs across to the iTunes Library. (They will actually appear under Books in the Library). Then sync the iPad. Open iBooks on the iPad - there will be a new button at the top left of the screen for PDFs - there they are!

    You need iTunes 9.2, iOS4 and iBooks 1.1, of course.

    You can then delete the same pdfs from Goodreader or whatever other App you use because iBooks is a much more convenient place to store them and they look great (books, magazines etc).
     
  15. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    My bad. Didn't realize iBook was updated to 1.1 today, which made the difference.
    Got it working after the update, but it seems to be very limiting with PDFs. It cannot flip pages, and won't display two-page view in landscape mode.
     
  16. steffi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If I have PDFs in my iTunes library already which it shows when you select which books you want to sync it should sync them but it currently requires that I import those PDFs again directly into Books in order to sync them to the iPad. Any PDF outside of the Books folder regardless of whether it's checked will not sync to the iPad.

     
  17. superstrikertwo macrumors 65816

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    All I did was update to the new iBooks then drag and drop any PDF's I had into iTunes.

    I then synced my iPad and they were imported to iBooks.

    Even worked on my iPhone.
     
  18. tuxing macrumors member

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    PDFs in iBooks works but sux
    No fullscreen, doesn't remember pages size while scrolling
     
  19. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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  20. illitrate23 macrumors 6502

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    use Calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com/) to convert your pdfs into ePub books then you can read them within iBooks as if they were a normal book
     
  21. steffi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Anybody who's tried this knows that Calibre doesn't do a good job of coverting PDFs to ePub files.

     
  22. Pkaras macrumors newbie

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    Agreed. Took about two minutes to figure out. Just drag into the goodreader app panel in itunes and voila! Just like you do for pptx's and docx's etc etc
     

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