I'm attempting to deploy a PDF I created in Photoshop on my iPad using the PDF Pro app. When I view a text PDF, everything works flawlessly - however, when I put my image-loaded PDF on the device, it fails to load (and, if it matters, displays a completely wrong file size next to it). I'm willing to use other means, but I need to be able to view PDF's with images ASAP for a company meeting tomorrow.

How am I able to get this to work?

  • Have you tried other apps? iBooks or Good Reader display pdfs. – TGnat Oct 27 '10 at 14:05
  • Not yet - I didn't want to keep buying apps if they don't work. Are those free? – Allen Gingrich Oct 27 '10 at 14:27
  • iBooks is free, Good Reader is inexpensive, Stanza also displays PDFs and is free, I think. – TGnat Oct 27 '10 at 14:55

You can now get Adobe Reader for iPad. It is the best software for displaying everyday PDFs.

However as @Philip Regan has pointed out, Photoshop PDFs are a bit funny outside Photoshop


Photoshop PDFs are a bit wonky even outside the iPad, and I have found it best to flatten and place them in InDesign and output a PDF from there. Even so, the iPad's PDF support is limited and searching the web for "iPad PDF viewing" yields a lot of reviews for PDF-reading applications.

In the end, however, it would be best here to have a Plan B (i.e., laptop and projector) if this so important. PDF support for the iPad still has a long way to go.

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