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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 ( 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 (

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

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