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I am a control freak. I freely admit it. None of my iPods are set to sync content automatically. If I want to add something, I'd rather go through the drag and drop routine. I'm the same way with my iPad

I've been using GoodReader for the PDFs that I like to carry on my iPad, but now that iBook handles PDFs, it has become my reader of choice. You can add files to both by the drag and drop method, but they do it in different ways.Unknown Object

For iBooks, select "Books" in the left column, then drag and drop your document in the right hand window. It automatically uploads to the iPad without going through a sync.

For something like GoodReader, select the iPad, click on the "Apps" tab, then scroll down to the bottom of the window. Click on the proper app, then once again drag and drop into the right hand window. Again, it automatically uploads without syncing.

Okay, why do I prefer iBooks for my PDFs? Because on multi-page documents, it will show me thumbnails of each page. Makes it easier to find just what I'm looking for within a document.

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6 Responses to It’s Easy

  1. Linda says:

    Hi Phyllis, I have a question… Are the pdf’s you’re dragging into Books already in iTunes, or are you dragging them in from other locations on your computer?


  2. Phyllis Evans says:

    Linda, I’ve dragged them directly from the desktop and from my documents folder. No need to add them to iTunes first.

  3. STL says:

    Interesting article. Thanks for the tips, however, I was unsuccessful executing your tips on my iPad.

    I’m confused – you talk iPad but the article title mentions iPhone iOS 4 Tips. My understanding is that iOS 4 is currently available only for iPhone.

    I was unsuccessful trying your suggestions on my iPad. I dragged and dropped a pdf created from my Mac’s “Print to PDF” but it was rejected using both Books or GoodReader.

  4. STL says:

    Update: Success getting .pdf file into GoodReader using it’s “Add . . ” button followed by navigation to file of interest.

    Still no luck using Drag & Drop to my iPad

  5. Phyllis Evans says:

    STL, that’s not the article title but a link to the previous entry by Terry White (iPhone iOS 4 Tips). I’m not sure why you’re having problems with this. Works with both my iPad and my daughter’s and both commercial PDFs and ones created by Print to PDF. Could be one of your settings. Mine is set to only sync Apps and Notes.

  6. STL says:

    Oops – Apologize for mistaking link as title

    GoodReader – D&D to GoodReader started working but I didn’t intentionally change any settings, although I did poke around in Settings a bit. Just tried to D&D again after doing some ops on iPad. Could be operator malfunction – it happens.

    Books – Accepted my .pdf via D&D when I selected Books under Library. D&D still didn’t work with Books selected under Devices / STL’s iPad. All existing books are grayed out when selected under Devices.

    Thanks again for the tips