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What file format to send to an iPad?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: September 30, 2010 02:07PM
I've got a large format piece a client wants to see the high res version of. He's on an iPad. It's a pretty simple piece, and is only a 1.7MB PDF. Apparently you can't view PDFs on an iPad. I could send him a JPEG, but then it's an extremely large file that may take him years to download with ATT's slow 3G.

So what format can I send him that wont be huge AND be readable on his iPad?




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Re: What file format to send to an iPad?
Posted by: IronMac
Date: September 30, 2010 02:18PM
He doesn't have an iPad pdf reader app?
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Re: What file format to send to an iPad?
Posted by: clay
Date: September 30, 2010 02:20PM
You can view PDF's on the ipad, don't know where you got that piece of misinformation. JPEG's will work as well. Do you have an ipod touch on hand (or know someone that does?)? You can test your file on that type of device first, as the ipad will handle the same files.

If you want your client to be able to carry the pdf/jpeg around with him, it can be done especially easily if he has a dropbox account. on the ipad, you can select the file as a "favorite", and it can always be viewed, even if there's no network connectivity.
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Re: What file format to send to an iPad?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: September 30, 2010 02:20PM
Guess not.




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Re: What file format to send to an iPad?
Posted by: sekker
Date: September 30, 2010 02:27PM
I would go pdf for the time-being. There are free pdf readers for the iPad.
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Re: What file format to send to an iPad?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: September 30, 2010 02:29PM
Goodreader for iPad will also allow connections to Google Docs, or any WebDAV server, and will view PDF's.

I don't recall doing anything but clicking the attachment in iPads mail to read a PDF... but I don't know if that was before, or after, I installed some other apps (like Goodreader, Pages, etc), on my moms iPad.



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Re: What file format to send to an iPad?
Posted by: (vikm)
Date: September 30, 2010 02:35PM
The best way to view a pdf as far as I know (and I just tested it to make sure I remembered it correctly) is to use iBooks.

I sent myself a test pdf and viewed my mail with the attachment. You click on the file in Mail. Then up in the right hand corner, it gives you the option to "Open in iBooks".
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Re: What file format to send to an iPad?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: September 30, 2010 03:19PM
Ok, well, I'm not the owner of the iPad so I can't install anything.




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Re: What file format to send to an iPad?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: September 30, 2010 03:21PM
True... but you could suggest to your client that Goodreader, or the already installed iBooks would make sending him proofs easier.

Or you could just email him the PDF and let him figure out that he can open it just fine.



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Re: What file format to send to an iPad?
Posted by: kj4btkljv
Date: September 30, 2010 03:27PM
Can you upload the PDF to a web server? If so, you should be able to use Safari on the iPad to locate the online PDF and open it.

I can do it on my iPhone 3GS, iOS 3.1.3, but maneuvering through the actual document is a little rough on the small screen.

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Re: What file format to send to an iPad?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: September 30, 2010 03:30PM
I'll put it on a web server and see what he says. Thanks.




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Re: What file format to send to an iPad?
Posted by: Seacrest
Date: September 30, 2010 03:38PM
Won't it just show up in an email?
Have you tried a small test file?

I just looked at a message on my touch and the PDF shows up just fine.





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Re: What file format to send to an iPad?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: September 30, 2010 03:45PM
I've sent him multiple PDFs via email. He can't read any of them.




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Re: What file format to send to an iPad?
Posted by: Seacrest
Date: September 30, 2010 04:03PM
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M A V I C
I've sent him multiple PDFs via email. He can't read any of them.

Well, could be a PEBVKAC issue.





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Re: What file format to send to an iPad?
Posted by: sekker
Date: September 30, 2010 04:38PM
iBooks may not be installed, depending on when the iPad was purchased.
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Re: What file format to send to an iPad?
Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: September 30, 2010 04:51PM
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Seacrest
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M A V I C
I've sent him multiple PDFs via email. He can't read any of them.

Well, could be a PEBVKAC issue.

grinning smiley

Never!
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Re: What file format to send to an iPad?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: September 30, 2010 05:50PM
I sent him a link to the PDF, and that didn't open either.

When I send him JPEGs, he can open them just fine.




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Re: What file format to send to an iPad?
Posted by: J-J-
Date: October 01, 2010 08:11AM
apparently your client is the only person who owns an iPad that cannot view pdfs on it.

your client really should update the ibooks app and then sync his iPad.

either that or tell your client to call Apple Care as there is something wrong with his iPad.
Unless you are also his tech support....
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