Actually, you can add PDF's and other materials on your computer to ADE,
which is what I think you want to do. Lemme assume that you're using a
Windows PC. If you're using a MAC, the process is the same, but the
technique is different, and I assume you could figure it out.
I'll assume that you haven't changed ADE's default to keep documents in the
'Adobe Digital Editions' folder.
First, find out where the PDF's you want to bring into ADE are located.
Then, copy and paste them in to the "Adobe Digital Editions", folder
wherever it is on your computer (mine is on a different hard drive, not
Next, open ADE in Library mode. Now, next to the word 'Library' at the top
of the screen is a small arrow. Click on it and you'll get a drop-down box
with a choice 'Add Item To Library'. Click on that, and a Windows screen
opens up where you specify what document you want from where. Just adjust
the parameters until you're looking at the 'Adobe Digital Editions' folder,
highlight the PDF name, and then click on the OK button. Presto! ADE
recognizes the document as belonging to the library. Repeat as often as
There's good news and bad news here. The good news is that ADE will treat
these PDF's as if they'd been downloaded to ADE in the first place. The bad
news is that the process is one at a time.... I don't think you can do it
Hope this helps!
AZ, thanks for the reply. I'm using Windows 7.
Actually have found out how to add to library by using the menu, but as you note, you would first need to know where the file is and need to add them individually. It would be a nice feature request to have this done automatically as I have ".pdf" associated with ADE to open when I open or grab a PDF online. Though I know ADE was likely not intended to be an organization tool as a library of all types of documents but a reader, but this simple library funtion is great. With some tweaks, this could be a great PDF organizing tool of which I'd think would benefit Adobe and its users.
Additionally, if the file that contains the library information is available (maybe it is ... new to ADE), it would likely not be difficult for a third party to build a simple program or addin to scan your computer and add the files to a generic library where you could use ADE later to organize them.
Just thinking out loud.. so take the two cents for what they worth :-)
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Windows 7 has some enhanced SEARCH features that you could use to locate the
PDF files on your computer, which might make finding the files you wish to
add to the ADE library a bit easier.
There is one drawback, however. ADE is not able to handle some of the
features found in newer PDF files. The details of these shortcomings are in
the HELP files for ADE HERE
in the 'Support' section. It makes interesting reading, and you may wish to
use Adobe Acrobat from time to time.
Hope this helps!
Thanks.. yes exporing that, I do like the option in explorer to simply preview the
file. I may in the end just go back to using explorer. I found ADE when I had
.epub publications to read, thought it would be nice to
have both in one place.