PDF’s not displaying on your iPhone or iPad?

Do you have PDF’s not displaying on your iPhone or iPad? I did, and here is the solution.

When you try to view these PDFS the application tells you that the PDF can’t be displayed. They are just fine when viewed on a Mac or Windows PC. It turns out that Adobe doesn’t want to change this behavior.

PDF's not displaying on your iPhone or iPad?If you download and try iOS PDF viewers to view these files nothing works. It will tell you on some of them that the file type is dynamic and can’t be viewed. Research shows that even 5 years ago, iOS pdf companies promised support but it still doesn’t exist 7 years later.

I did say there is a solution. It is not a great solution for an individual, but works for companies. You can buy Adobe Livecycle server and that will convert the file to a normal PDF. However this means that the special things that make that file dynamic no longer work. So if it is a form you can’t fill it out, and if it is a video or anything else, that won’t work. Not a real solution in my opinion.

For the average person using a remote access tool like LogMeIn is a better solution. Connecting to your laptop or desktop and using a supported program (Adobe Reader DC)  I think is the way to view these files. Not everyone has that option, so using a regular desktop is probably the best bet.

Apple makes proprietary decisions and it isn’t in the users best interests. In this case, Apples control of the iPhone and applications that can run on it force Adobe to make decisions like this. Also it doesn’t help that Adobe had not supported this configuration. It is hard to sell PDF everywhere when it isn’t true.

So what will happen to the PDF format? Things like this will cause people to go to other formats. I think that these decisions make it harder for people to trust PDF, so they move to databases. Well databases are the future. Welcome future!

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LinkedIn app is better than website

The LinkedIn app is better than website.

I use both and I prefer the app. It is easier to respond to, faster and seems to be more useful than the website.

One of the frustrating things about the website is the large amount of sponsored content or ads. I don’t like ads in anything. Of course I am not paying for LinkedIn either, so I can understand why they show me ads. However I was a premium member for a month and I still saw ads. So when you are paying for it, you shouldn’t see ads.

It isn’t just the ads but that the website always seems to be slower than the app I use on my iPhone. Rarely are apps better than their websites. Most of the time they are slow, confusing mess. Often they crash or have other problems that make them not worth using.

I think what I like best about the app on the iPhone is that it allows me focus on the details that are important. If the website had an iPhone or smartphone mode where it would show the same interface that would be helpful. What I like is that you don’t see all the extra garbage on the sides that you really aren’t looking for. I have mentioned before the future in interfaces is personalization. Of course if you are rich you can pay a programmer to do that for you now, but most people don’t have money to spend on custom interfaces.

What is surprising is that there isn’t a company that is selling interfaces. I think people who are used to the smartphone interface to websites would prefer that on their web browser. Or people who prefer a macintosh or Windows interface would prefer and feel more comfortable in those environments.

One day this will happen and people will wonder why we ever allowed companies to dictate our interface to the world.

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