I have been tasked with publishing our magazine to PDF for mobile devices. We've been publishing on paper for over 25 years, and to PDF for electronic archives (DVD) and digital subscriptions (web download) for over 15 years. So I was psyched to learn that Reader X Mobile has been released, seemingly making our transition to mobile devices relatively seamless. I'm the owner of a new iPad3 and since iPads are such a fast growning percentage of the mobile device market, I figured that would be the best place to start testing compatability and delivery of our products to all mobile devices. Though I have close to 25 years working in the Mac OS, I'm very new to the tablet concept and am struggling with my inability to manage my own file naming and storage structure on the iPad. I'm sure (I hope) that some of my questions below will be answered simply by learning to use this nifty new etch-a-sketch properly...so don't be shy about hitting me with "duh" answers. However, some of my confusions sure have me baffeled. I'm hoping that you guys can help.
First, I"m having trouble even getting the PDFs to the iPad in the first place. At 30 - 45 MB, they are too large to email to myself (or so it seems). Is this an iPad Mail setting? I can receive some pretty large attachments on my desktop machine. For testing, I have tried sending myself smaller PDF files but have failed with those too.
If I "attach" the document to email, it arrives with a download box (file "down-arrow" icon, and the file name in blue) but tapping it has no effect...nothing happens. Am I doing something wrong?
If I "embed" the file within the body of the message to send it, it arrives and seems to be an "image" of the first page of the document only. Tapping it gives me the option to "save image" or "copy". Save seems to do nothing. Copy is moot, I presume, unless I plan to past it somewhere, but I don't suppose that you can paste into Reader X.
My other attempt to get these PDFs onto my iPad was using a transfer from my desktop (laptop actually) computer using iTunes. I was able to move PDFs using the Books Library, and then open the them in iBooks. But from there, I can't seem to be able to access "open in..." to make them accessible in Reader X. Is "open in" an option from iBooks? If so, why can't i access it? If not, why not? And what do I do about it.
The other lead I had was transferring PDFs from deskop to iPad using iTunes directly to Reader. I saw instructions on this forum that say to select Reader in the Apps section of itunes, then "move" (or transfer, or sync, or something). I wasn't able to locate Reader in the apps window (even though it was obviously installed on my iPad) and had to re-download it from the Apps store onto my desktop before it would show up. Even then, selecting it did nothing more than highlight it. I don't see any further options for associating documents with that app, or transferring them anwhere. Am I missing something?
The third option for getting PDFs to the iPad and Reader X mobile is via dowload from the Web. I was able to aquire small PDFs for testing from our Web site, but they draw fully in Safari before you can use the "Open in" feature to get them to Reader X, which is super slow for a full high-rez version of the magazine. OK, I guess it's not really that bad, and the most likely way that cutomers will be accessing finished versions of the magazine.
Is it possible to download a PDF "to" the Reader "Documents" section?
But during the development stage, I need to be able to move test files to my machine, and get proofs to co-workers, without asking our IT guy to post everything to a web page for downloading. So, it would be most convenient if we could just share files over our LAN and drop them on our iPads (and other devices) for testing. Also, I want to be able to give our customers as many options for handling their files as possible. They may want a copy on their home computer, iPad, and phone. We want to be able to tell them the easiest way of organizing and transferring their content.
Any suggestions, (including calling me out on being a stupid newbie) are appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
PS Here's my tech specs: iPad3 running iOS5.5, ReaderX Mobile 10.2. Mac running OS 10.6.8, iTunes 10.6.1
PPS I'm a bit surprised to feel like I am on the front end of this challenge (publishing digitally). Boy I would love to see Reader options to organize PDFs by file and folder (we publish 6 issues per year, peeps want to keep that stuff organized). Also, how about the option to see double-page spreads in landscape view. How about the ability to scroll through text lines/columns (once zoomed in to a comfortable viewing size, and still keep track of where the body text flows next). How about some user adjustable app preferences (I'll write a list).