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Create PDFs formatted for easy iPhone reading iOS devices
I wanted to upload a copy of the book collection I keep in Delicious Library 1 to my iPhone. Since Delicious Library can't sync to the iPhone like it can to iPod (via the notes feature), I decided to print the collection to a PDF. I uploaded it with the AirSharing application, but I could just as well have emailed it to myself. I ended up with a multi-page PDF the required difficult scaling and dragging to read.

To make things easier, I did the following:
  1. In Page Setup, I created a page 3.5 inches wide by 300 inches long.
  2. After printing my library to the PDF, I opened the PDF on my Mac in Preview.
  3. I chose File » Save as, and saved a copy. I left the Format pop-up menu set to PDF, and set the Quartz Filter pop-up to Reduce File Size.
This gives a very readable single-column document that doesn't take up much space. I do wish I could get rid of more margin, but it's not a bad solution as is.
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Create PDFs formatted for easy iPhone reading
Authored by: tj2001 on Oct 21, '08 12:44:46PM

After testing this it seems quite easy to accomplish yet on a test page it seemed to make the width too small and ended up cutting off content.

Any suggestions? Also, we creating the Page Setup can we remove margins totally?

Thanks.

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Create PDFs formatted for easy iPhone reading
Authored by: freddles on Oct 21, '08 03:29:11PM
I tried the free ebook reader, Stanza (iTunes app store link) -- admittedly with books from the Gutenberg project rather than PDFs I'd made myself -- and it worked really well. Worth looking at for this type of application.

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Create PDFs formatted for easy iPhone reading
Authored by: asmeurer on Oct 21, '08 04:20:46PM

What I need is an automated way to split pdfs into separate files about 25 pages long or so, since there is no way to jump to a page in a pdf. Having a 1000 page pdf is impossible, because you can only get to the end by flicking a lot, plus the large size crashes the device a lot.



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Create PDFs formatted for easy iPhone reading
Authored by: afb on Oct 21, '08 05:48:50PM

OmniWeb actually has a feature that does just this. Hitting command option+shift+s will save a page of (seemingly) endless height and the width of the browser window, fitting everything onto one page.



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