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Print PDFs directly to iPod touch (and iPhone) iPod
I frequently want to print copies of maps, directions or other things to take with me on the road. Since I found the app Air Sharing for my iPod touch, I can save the docs to PDF, and then copy them to my iPod touch for offline viewing. I put together an Automator workflow [65KB download] that allows me to do this directly from the print dialog box.

To configure the workflow, put the (unzipped) downloaded file into the /Library/PDF Services folder. Open the workflow in Automator, and then set the IP address of your iPod touch or iPhone in the first line of the AppleScript action, and set the save to location in the last action to the desired location on your iPod touch/iPhone. (Note that you need to have the iPhone/iPod touch mounted via Air Sharing to use this workflow.) Finally, save the workflow with whatever name you want to appear in the PDF print button menu.

Now all you have to do to get an item onto your iPod/iPhone is to select Print to iPod (or whatever you called the workflow) from the PDF drop-down button in the Print dialog box.
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Print PDFs directly to iPod touch (and iPhone)
Authored by: greenldr on Sep 30, '08 08:55:12AM

The only thing I changed is I put the Bonjour address in place of the IP address since the IP address has the potential to change with each mounting... VERY useful workflow, THANK YOU!



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Print PDFs directly to iPod touch (and iPhone)
Authored by: PancakeMan on Sep 30, '08 03:35:28PM
I put the Bonjour address in place of the IP address
Could you elaborate on how you did that?

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Bonjour address
Authored by: greenldr on Sep 30, '08 10:11:07PM

In the Air Sharing app, it shows two options for connecting: the IP address, and the Bonjour address (as long as you don't have any apostrophe or other characters in your iPhone/iPod name - if you do, then the device will not broadcast a Bonjour address...)
In the first line of the workflow script, just replace the IP address that is already there with the Bonjour name (xxxx.local), and then (with the device mounted using Air Sharing and Bonjour in the Finder) choose the drive as the save location in the last section of the workflow before saving it according to the tip...

PS. if you do have an apostrophe or other character in your iPhone name, just mount the device and then click on the name in iTunes and change it. You should now be able to see the Bonjour address in the Air Sharing app...



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Bonjour address
Authored by: pbeyersdorf on Sep 30, '08 11:10:18PM

Thanks for the description. I originally tried to use the Bonjour address when I wrote the script but I have an apostrophe in my device's name and I couldn't get it to work, so I used the IP address instead and had my router assign it a static IP address. I guess it makes sense that the apostrophe is a problem, but it didn't occur to me until your post. Thanks.



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Print PDFs directly to iPod touch (and iPhone)
Authored by: asmeurer on Sep 30, '08 10:02:38AM

This is nice, but Air Sharing supports many file formats natively, so you won't necessarily have to convert a file to pdf to open it. Basically, it supports all the formats that the iPhone normally supports, such as office formats, as well as syntax colored files for some programming languages.



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Print PDFs directly to iPod touch (and iPhone)
Authored by: tommyw on Sep 30, '08 02:50:24PM

I'm glad of this one, thank you. But I'll use it for documents where the file type isn't supported in AirSharing or where the visual appearance is key.

I'll combine it with what I'm already doing. I have one folder which I call 'iPhone' in addition to the Public folder on my AirSharing drive. I also have this folder referenced on my Finder Sidebar. So it appears in all Open/Save dialogs on my Mac. For text files I'd sooner keep this method.

AirSharing does show the resource fork which is the one issue I have.



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Print PDFs directly to iPod touch (and iPhone)
Authored by: dethbunny on Sep 30, '08 09:38:35PM

Tap the gear in the bottom-right and turn off "Show Invisible Files."



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PDF Size Caveat
Authored by: Spencerian on Oct 01, '08 05:31:02AM
I'm an Apple tech that uses the massive service manuals that seem to choke the iPhone OS (I use a Touch).

A few weeks ago after finding Air Sharing, I thought that converting the PDF pages to smaller but readable JPGs would do for large files. Thus, see this link on Avatron's forums on how to use Automator to convert large PDFs before handing them over to Air Sharing.

http://www.avatron.com/support/read.php?9,1208

I've also learned that creating an ad-hoc wireless network is generally much faster and reliable in transferring files than using a common network, especially strained business networks with weak bandwidth.

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Print PDFs directly to iPod touch (and iPhone)
Authored by: billy.kessler on Oct 02, '08 06:47:58AM
Also see the App "Files" (http://www.olivetoast.com/Files/), which does exactly the same thing (for the same price BTW). I've used Files for a month now, with about 1Gb of stuff stored, including all kinds of files (pdf, doc, jpg, gif, html). It's quite robust and easy to use (also uses Webdav for file transfer like Air Sharing). I've loaded a 500Gb web tree, a clone of my entire website I can carry around.

The one thing Files needs is a "Back" button as on a browser: when you've navigated somewhere down a web tree, then you want to go back up a page. No can do. The Back button takes you all the way back to the top of the tree. How does Air Sharing handle this situation? That's the one thing that would make me switch.

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Print PDFs directly to iPod touch (and iPhone)
Authored by: greenldr on Oct 02, '08 04:04:12PM

Same thing, no back button either...



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