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Getting XRX, Inc. PDFs on Your iPads & iPhones
03/25/16 5:05 pm
by BenjaminXRX on 03/25/16 5:05 pm
As some of you have already figured out, it is almost impossible to login to your KnittingUniverse.com account and download a digital version (PDF) of one of our Knitter's Magazine back issue PDFs or one of our XRX Books PDFs directly onto your iPad or iPhone via the iOS Safari app.

We apologize for the inconvenience… but this is actually not entirely our fault. There appears to be an undocumented file size limit for PDFs that can be downloaded through the iOS version of Safari before it errors out. In our testing we were able to consistently get PDFs that were 60 Mb and smaller through Safari and successfully into another app (like iBooks or Acrobat Reader).

It is our fault that some of our PDFs are as large as they are. Our new Knit My Skirt PDF, for instance, is 129 Mb. We reduced that book as much as we could. But we decided not to compromise on quality. Many of you will want to print out sections of any given book so you can work on a specific project. And we are committed to making sure that those printed pages will look crisp and print well for your use.

But we still need to solve the problem of getting your digital PDF files from KnittingUniverse.com onto your iOS devices.

Of course if you have applications and services like Dropbox and/or Google Drive, you can copy your PDFs to those locations and then access your PDFs through the corresponding iOS apps and services on your iPads and iPhone. That’s easy enough. And for those of you who use Dropbox and/or Google Drive, I probably don’t need to tell you how those cloud technologies work.

But let's say that you don’t subscribe to any such cloud services. How, then, are you supposed to get your 129 Mb 'KnitMySkirt.pd' file onto your iPad and/or iPhone? Here is a quick way forward for you.

1. If you haven’t already, download and install the Adobe Acrobat Reader app on your iPhone and/or iPad.

You can download that for free from the App Store through iTunes (please see the screen shot above) and/or through the App Store on your iPhone or iPad. Here is the link if that’s helpful… https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adobe-acrobat-reader/id469337564?mt=8

Once this application is installed on your iPad and/or iPhone, please move on to step 2.

2. Launch iTunes on your computer. iTunes is available for both Mac and Windows. If you’re a Windows user and you haven’t installed it for philosophical reasons… please try to get over those philosophical reasons and just install it (you'll find it helpful in the long run for more than just this issue). Here’s the link for that program… http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/

Once iTunes is open, it will probably look something like this (please see the screen shot below).

As you can see, I’ve already put my new ‘KnitMySkirt.pdf' file on the desktop in anticipation of this process (please see the screen shot above).

3. Plug in your iPad and/or your iPhone to your computer as if you were going to do a 'sync’. If you’ve got your system configured to be able to sync your iPad and/or iPhone via wireless connection… just make sure that those devices are on and that iTunes can see them (please see the screen shot below).

Then go ahead and select your iOS device (please see the screen shot above).

4. On the left bar of the iTunes screen you will see the various categories within your iOS device (please see the screen shot below of Benjamin’s Mini).

Once you are here, you need to click on the Apps section in the left hand pane (please see the red circled area in the screen shot above). Then you need to scroll down to the File Sharing section of the Apps screen (as indicated by the purple arrow in the screen shot above). And then click on the Adobe Acrobat app (as shown in the main panel in the screen shot above).

5. At this point, you need to make sure your iOS device (iPhone and/or iPad) is unlocked and on the home screen. If you don’t have your iOS device unlocked, open, and on the home screen… the next step will probably fail.

6. Drag your PDF file into the area marked Adobe Acrobat Documents pane in the iTunes window (as shown in the screen shot below).

Now please be patient. There will be a few minutes while the PDF is transferred to your iPad and/or iPhone. You can watch that progress in the status bar of your iTunes application on your desktop (as shown in the screen shot below).

7. Once that is done, your PDF will be on your iOS device… and you didn’t even have to sync your iPad and/or iPhone to get that to happen.

On your desktop version of iTunes, it should look like this (please see the screen shot below).

On your iPad it should look like this (please see the screen shot below).

8. The next thing to do is to click on that PDF so you can enjoy it on your iOS device (please see the screen shot below).

9. If you’d really rather view your PDF(s) in another program on your iOS, you can do that by clicking on the Share icon at the bottom of the screen and then select the option of ‘Open In…’ from that pop-up menu (as shown in the screen shot below).

This pop-up window will quickly be replaced by a new pop-up dialog giving you obvious choices for PDFs, like Apple’s iBooks (as shown in the screen shot below)… as well as the option to find other apps on your iOS device that can open PDFs.

10. Have fun... and knit & crochet on!

Thank you!