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View any OS X file on an iPhone
Authored by: LoganFive on Jul 13, '07 02:09:56PM

This is actually a great hint and a suitable workaround for one of the iPhone's shortcomings. Hopefully Apple will address this with a future patch.

Unlike Telekinesis, or for that matter using Safari or Mail, this hint stores the actual files on your iPhone for viewing so that you don't need an internet connection. The problem with using just Mail to do this is that Mail on the iPhone doesn't always store the attachments locally so sometimes you need to reconnect to the internet to get the files.

The main issue with this solution is that the iPhone, like other iPods, converts image files into .ithmb files for viewing on the device. These files are a strange thing. I'm sure there are technical reasons why Apple has chosen to do this. Basically, most image files are converted into a .ithmb file which is 708kb in size for viewing. Even when you select to save the full image on the iPod, as some models but not the iPhone let you do, the iPod will actually look at the .ithmb file and not the .jpg. Even a small image file seems to get converted into a large file size which is frequently, and annoyingly, of lower quality.

The workaround to this is simply to adjust your printer settings to compensate by producing an image that is zoomed in.

What also has some potential about this is that there isn't anything exotic on the OS X side of it. It's just a simple Automator workflow that can be copied, modified, and renamed. You can find it in Library/PDF Services and if you do decide to modify it and resave it in that directory the new action will show up in the pop menu on the print dialog.

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View any OS X file on an iPhone
Authored by: beowulff on Jul 16, '07 04:31:35PM

I wanted to see how well this hint worked for my Nikon D70 manual. The default settings made the final file too blurry. Changing the Automator action to 400 DPI didn't help. However, adjusting the page setup to print at 175% resulted in files that were perfectly legible.

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