- 01-04-12, 03:38 PM #6
There doesn't seem to be an appetite from Adobe or any other developers at the moment to create an app that can handle .pdf document features like for example, PDF Expert for the iPad does. Hopefully that changes.
I'm this far away |<->| from learning how to create apps for the playbook.
- 01-04-12, 03:49 PM #7
A PDF reader is a non-trivial app to write, and we've had a decent version of the NDK for only a bit over a month, and in fact it's still missing anything resembling a user interface framework so you'd have to roll your own for all the "chrome" around the basic page rendering.
I'm quite confident there are at least several decent PDF readers in the works and, even if I'm wrong on that, there should be several along in the month or two following the release of the Cascades beta, whenever we actually see it...
- CrackBerry Abuser
02-22-12, 07:22 AM #13
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- 02-22-12, 09:32 AM #14
Side Load PlayBook Apps (Windows)
I'd buy that PDF reader if it was $2-3 for the app but $14.99 is redonkulous!!
- 02-22-12, 11:02 AM #19
I wrote to Ascendo/DataVault and mentioned moving their Android version to the pb.
The response follows but what irritated me was the "Cheers" signoff - "cheers" as they say no!
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- CrackBerry Newbie
02-26-12, 12:17 AM #20
- 7 Posts
Sideload RepliGo Reader...it's better than GoodReader!
1. Download the DDPB installer program and install it (google it)
2. Download the RepliGo .BAR file (google it)
3. Open the DDPB program
4. Connect your PlayBook to computer
5. Select the RepliGo .BAR file, click install
You should see a new red PDF icon on your PlayBook...it's a GREAT PDF reader/searcher/highlighter/bookmarker..etc..!
- 02-26-12, 02:42 AM #21
im glad these developers fail to simply convert and submit their app. means that pirating it is my only option. i would pay for it if it was an option since I use it daily and would find it impossible to move everything i do over to adobe reader [what an utter fail of an app]
- CrackBerry User
04-03-12, 03:36 AM #22
- 60 Posts
I've asked the same question since the day I bought my PlayBook and let me tell you, there is NO app that you can read PDF magazines with on PlayBook yet and let me explain the shortcomings of each one:
1. Adobe Reader
- able to open big file (even ~100MB)
- Terrible rendering (See attachment for comparison)
- no preview thumbnail when you flip through pages
2. Smart Office Lite
- Excellent rendering
- Unable to open big files (fails with 100MB file)
- not designed to be a eBook reader so the pages are not displayed page by page
3. Amazon Kindle (Android sideload)
You have to convert PDF to mobi before you can load your mag on your kindle app.
- Acceptable rendering quality
- Very unstable, quits after reading 5-10pages
- a pain to zoom in and out
Forget about PDF magazines and hope that your favourite magazines come to Zinio
Last edited by rc.simpsons; 04-03-12 at 03:39 AM. Reason: add attachment
- CrackBerry User
04-03-12, 03:57 AM #23
- 60 Posts
OMG!!!! I sideloaded the suggested Repligo and what I can tell is, IT'S OUT OF MY EXPECTATION! It renders text very well, smart zoom in and out, page preview thumbnail. Almost perfect! If this is native BlackBerry PlayBook app, I'll give it a 5 stars!
Shame on you, ADOBE!