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Using a Skim-annotated PDF on an iOS device Apps
The notes I added to a PDF file with Skim were not visible on my iPod Touch after exporting it as a PDF with the embedded notes, dragging it to the books section on iTunes, and syncing. After some experimentation, the solution I found is:
  • From Skim: Print » Open in Preview.
  • In Preview: Save the file as a PDF.
  • And then drag the saved file to iTunes for syncing.
If you don't know it, Skim is an open source PDF reader and note-taker for Mac OS X. It's got some nifty features. The manual is online here.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one.]
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Using a Skim-annotated PDF on an iOS device
Authored by: ahmontgo on Sep 27, '10 09:22:27AM

Skim supports this natively through File->Export and then "PDF with Embedded Notes." That will preserve metadata, which printing often eliminates.



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Using a Skim-annotated PDF on an iOS device
Authored by: maxz on Sep 27, '10 10:11:58AM

How did you save the file in Skim after adding comments? Choose File -> Export... -> PDF With Embedded Notes and you should be able to see the notes in other PDF readers. This is documented in the manual (http://skim-app.sourceforge.net/manual/SkimHelp_46.html#SEC120)

No need to "print" the PDF to a new file.



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Using a Skim-annotated PDF on an iOS device
Authored by: maxz on Sep 27, '10 10:17:12AM

Void that last comment, I read to quickly and later noted that the poster had exported with embedded comments which confuses me. I had colleagues annotating PDFs with Skim and didn't see the comments in other readers. After showing this export setting the comments were visible in all PDF readers I could test.

I think this should be reported as a bug to the Skim developers.



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Using a Skim-annotated PDF on an iOS device
Authored by: tom_sep on Sep 28, '10 02:38:19AM

you may also use VipRiser to transfer it. Choose 'iPad' as a destination and then drag the PDF (the little icon by the title) to the VipRiser icon on the dock.



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Using a Skim-annotated PDF on an iOS device
Authored by: asmeurer on Sep 29, '10 08:19:55AM

Skim is in extremely active development. I bet if you emailed the developers or added a ticket to their issue tracker asking them to add a "Save for iPhone" option, that they would do it.



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Using a Skim-annotated PDF on an iOS device
Authored by: loren_ryter on Oct 02, '10 04:45:20AM

Although I haven't experimented with this, I doubt this is a bug in Skim's "export with embedded notes" feature. More likely, it's the way iPhones handle PDFs natively. I've seen a fair share of compressed PDFs that open fine in preview but won't open on any iPhone app that uses the built-in API.

So a better question (probably) is, is there any iOS PDF app that can actually properly read PDFs with embedded notes consistently? And even better, is there any iPhone app that allows you to edit them? The idea situation would be an app that supports ftp/webdav file sharing, and iTunes sharing, and can read and write a Skim compatible format!

(by the way, while this tip isn't too useful, it does express a real need so 5 stars!)

Edited on Oct 02, '10 04:46:51AM by loren_ryter



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Using a Skim-annotated PDF on an iOS device
Authored by: richie on Oct 09, '10 03:04:52PM

Hi - FWIW, I've been using GoodReader (http://goodreader.net/goodreader.html) and they recently added the ability to annotate PDFs on the iPad and iPhone. I don't have any PDFs already annotated on my Mac to transfer onto the iPhone/iPad, so someone else will have to let you know whether or not it reads them well (and vice versa). The latest Macworld article on the program is here (http://www.macworld.com/article/154552/2010/10/goodreader.html).

[sorry about the lack of embedded links - can't quite figure out how to embed them in this forum!]



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