Sure you can use a service such as the recently iPhone-optimized Google Docs, but if you are in an area without wifi or edge, or your iPhone is in flight-mode, you are out of luck. On this week’s edition of The Apple Phone Show Andy Ihnatko, author of the upcoming book iPhone Fully Loaded, gives […]
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How do you get your documents on a (non-jailbreaked) iPhone?

Sure you can use a service such as the recently iPhone-optimized Google Docs, but if you are in an area without wifi or edge, or your iPhone is in flight-mode, you are out of luck. On this week’s edition of The Apple Phone Show Andy Ihnatko, author of the upcoming book iPhone Fully Loaded, gives an excellent tip. He suggests converting documents into jpegs and then syncing them to the iPhone as you would any other photo.

On a Mac he suggests using Automator to print pdfs and then convert them to jpegs. On a PC running Windows he suggests using a screen capture program such a SnagIt. It is easy and it works.

I tried it with three different documents:

  • a two-page web page
  • a three-page handwritten note from Windows Journal
  • a twenty-page users manual

I printed each document to my desktop as a pdf and then converted them to jpegs using Adobe Acrobat. I put all the jpegs in a new folder and then synced them to my iPhone as pictures.

Results

The two page web document was easy to access but the print was too small and the resolution too low.

The Windows Journal note was easy to access and read.

The twenty page users manual was legible but since each pages was saved as a different file, it was awkward to open them in the right sequence, making the process frustrating at best.

Pros

  • Simple (but cumbersome) conversion process
  • Free so long as you already own Adobe Acrobat (or another program to accomplish the conversion)
  • Works (I finally have a way to make my “must have” files resident on the iPhone.)

Cons

  • Cumbersome (but simple) conversion process
  • Hard to read if the document’s print is small.
  • Complicated for large documents since each page requires a file unto itself.

Conclusion

The “pdf to jpeg conversion” works but is, at best, a “good enough” workaround. I am hoping that there is a better solution offered when Apple opens the platform to developers in February.

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