04-20-2011 02:24 PM
is it possible to save pdf files onto the playbook? i tried downloading one from a website and it showed up in the active downloads from where i then opened it, but it didnt permanently save. i thought maybe the adobe reader could store it but it didnt.
also, is it possible to transfer and save pdf files from a pc onto playbook?
this was one of the major things i was hoping the playbook could do..may determine whether it's worth keeping
04-20-2011 03:08 PM
I have done this...I do not have the Playbook in front of me right now so forgive the vague explanation...but you have to enable file sharing in the settings of the OS on the playbook.... Swipe down from the top of the playbook and look for File sharing under settings...
Once Filesharing is enabled....you can hookup your Tablet via USB and copy PDF's into the Documents folder on the Playbook....If you enabled Wi-Fi sharing you can even do this over Wi-Fi as your Playbook shows up as a network drive...very handy...
Once the PDFs are saved into the Documents folder...just start up the Adobe Reader app and look under Documents and you should see your PDFs listed there...
I have found the Adobe PDF reader to be very responisve so far and much better than the PDF readers on my iphone 4 ...which is a bit of a good thing because I still can find a way to get epub formatted books onto the device....
Anyways that is how I got PDF onto the playbook...
04-20-2011 03:30 PM
Thanks for this post, it's a very important issue for me too.
As for transferring from PC onto Playbook, it worked for me. I clicked on Playbook through Wi-fi connection, and it displays the contents of the Playbook. Then I went under media/documents and simply pasted the PDF in there. Then from within the Playbook Adobe Reader I was able to browse and open that PDF.
I just tried downloading a PDF while browsing on the web, when it saved I just specified that it save onto the Playbook. Then as soon as I opened Adobe Reader, it displays it and I was able to open it no problem.
Adobe Reader is a good program and displays everything in good resolution with formating, graphics etc. It would be great to add functionality like the ability to make comments/notes on the PDF.
Another issue is the synching and organization of files for PDF, Word etc. Right now I don't think there is a way to add changes to a doc or xls file on the Playbook and have all those changes synchronized to a PC. Also no way to retain a file organization to at least group similar documents together. On my Sony Reader I had hundreds of PDFs and ePubs and they were easy to access with categories, but I haven't seen a way to do anything like that on the Playbook.
04-23-2011 03:49 AM
I'm confused by your explanation. I believe I've enabled filesharing and wi-fi. I connect my playbook to to my pc by usb and open my Blackberry Desktop Software. On the left, under Media Sync are Music, Pictures, and Videos - there is not a documents to choose, however. I've easily transfered videos and music. But where is the documents folder of which you refer. The only documents folder I've found has been in Adobe. I have online clicked and saved a pdf in Adobe but I'm unable to retrieve a pdf from my pc. I'm connected now and on wi-fi, under my Playbook settings,I see my connection to my router/network but don't find my playbook listed as an available network on my pc. What am I missing? Thanks.
04-23-2011 09:52 AM
when you download files from the browser make sure you dont delete the file extension (.pdf, .png etc). from my experience so far the file wont save in the proper place and your playbook wont recognize it.. i may be wrong though.
04-23-2011 11:43 AM - edited 04-23-2011 11:43 AM
It's not through the Blackberry Desktop Software that I am transferring PDFs, Word, Excel files onto the Playbook; only media synching is supported at this time by that means. I did it on my PC through Windows Explorer, ie. the normal box you open on your computer when you click on "documents" and see the contents of your computer folders. There, in the left panel if you go down you see "computer", and click on it to display sub-folders, it should show the "Playbook" if you have a good USB connection. If you click on that PlayBook icon you will then see folders of the Playbook, including documents. That's where I pasted the documents, and they were then available to read and edit on the Playbook through Word to Go, Adobe Reader, etc.
The problem then (which other strings discuss) is that while you can paste in a set of documents organized in folders with sub-folders, the Playbook only sees the documents as being in a single folder. They apparently will still retain their organization though I haven't checked that.
There is no way to synchronize in the way that DataViz Documents to Go does on the smartphones, and to me that is a big omission that RIM needs to take care of soon, or more specifically DataViz who I believe RIM owns now. The technology has been there for around 10 years. On my Palm I used to synchronize documents from my PC onto my Palm, work on various documents there, then when I synched again all the changes would automatically update on the documents on my PC. The only way to do this now is manually copy back from the Playbook to the PC, which is only OK if you are just working on one document.
04-23-2011 12:56 PM
Excellent step-by-step explanation. Thank you so much. Indeed, easy to move PDFs now. I have on my PC a 10M pdf of protocols - click on the topic/concern within the table of contents and that page (of 729) appears. I've copied the protocols to the playbook but haven't the same interactivity. Anyway to achieve such on the playbook?
04-23-2011 03:27 PM
So far what I have seen is that the Adobe Reader application on Playbook is very basic, there are no menus that you can bring up on top and so no way to highlight, add comments, copy text, etc. I doubt if you could navigate from your table of contents in the way you describe, which is a pity. I read on another site a few days ago that there would be an Adobe Reader X version released on Playbook that is supposed to give a lot of functionality, but no evidence so far. Maybe either Adobe or someone else will put out a PDF reader with more features. Someone told me that iPad also doesn't have very sophisticated PDF reader apps, but I haven't checked. The good news is that the PDF display is clean, including graphics, and the multitasking: it is so easy to switch to the Word app to take notes, go back to your Notes feature on smartphone via Bridge, etc.
04-23-2011 03:46 PM
This morning I was wanting to use my new Troy-Bilt pressure washer for the first time and I wanted to glance through the manual to make sure I was doing it correctly. I looked around my house trying to figure out what I'd done with the printed manual last week when I bought the device. My wife said, "Can't you just pull that manual up on your new Playbook?"
Sure enough, I cranked this beauty up and hit the manufacturer's website and there was manual in all its PDF glory. when the browser saved it, I gave it a better name and left the .pdf extension intact.
When I jumped back to the home screen and opened up Adobe Reader, there was my manual ready to be referenced. It worked like a champ..
And that is why I'm willing to say definitively that the Playbook can download, save and view PDF files from the web!