Viewing a PDF on the iPhone 5S?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Peter Franks, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. Peter Franks macrumors 65816

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    I don't ever remember having this problem on the iphone4, and viewing this same PDF on my MacBook is fine, and looked normal, but when I opened it on the 5S, this was how it looks, all the letters are all over the place etc.

    Now, I always thought the PDF was PDF for the reason that you see it how it is, that's why we stopped sending Invoices in Word, because they can be altered, so you use a PDF and it SHOULD look the same as it did when it left the author?

    Like I say, it's fine on the laptop when I opened it, but not the 5S where it looks like this

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  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Looks like a font issue.

    The default install of Acrobat (Reader and Pro) on a computer is to "Use local fonts." Viewing that PDF on your MB Acrobat is probably using local fonts to display it correctly. All PDFs are not made the same. Fonts can be embedded or subset (only the fonts pieces necessary to display the type in the document). In all cases, using local fonts forces the PDF to display using the fonts installed on the computer. If everyone is using the same fonts that's not an issue when fonts are NOT embedded. But send the document outside and things can happen depending on this setting on other people's computers and the fonts they have installed.

    The 5s can only run iOS 7.x or above. And Apple changed the fonts between iOS 6 and 7. It was probably fine on your iPhone 4 because the fonts were similar then. I'm not sure what font settings are used by any viewer on the iPhone.

    However, I would suspect if you looked at your document that the fonts are not embedded, but because they are installed on your MB you see it fine on the MBP.

    My guess anyway. I'm in Graphic Design so I deal with a lot of crap PDFs every day.
     
  3. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks. So we are looking at a downgrade from the iPhone 4 then as far as PDFs go.

    I used to be able to digitally sign my PDFs and send back contracts from the 4, but won't be able to do this now from Apple's latest and 'greatest' iPhone.

    Thank you for your reply.
     
  4. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    What app are you using to view PDFs on the phone? For most PDFs are working fine, so there might be something else going on there.
     
  5. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Don't think I have one. I just open from mail and it opens. Never needed app on the 4, I did try to see if it was different opening in the iBooks option but it looked the same.
     
  6. chabig macrumors 68040

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    Those were never features of iOS running on iPhone 4. If you did that, you were using a third-party app, and those are still available. So it has nothing to do with your new phone.
     
  7. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I know the sign part was an app yes. But we're talking basic viewing of PDF. That was never using a 3rd party app. It just opened them. But point being it doesn't do that as well anymore
     
  8. chabig macrumors 68040

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    It's probably that particular pdf.
     
  9. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Viewing a PDF on the iPhone 5S?

    Good point. I'll check others. mothers was a few that did that though. Any point to downloading adobe? Would they auto open in that instead of whatever it is iOS does?
     
  10. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Can't hurt to try.
     
  11. Peter Franks thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Spam-tastic, thanks!
     

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