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Old February 26th, 2011, 09:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just curious. How's the experience of reading PDFs on Xoom? So far, there isn't a nice ebook reader/tablet do well on that. Any comments from current Xoom owner??

p.s. I looked around in youtube, there isn't a review on that just yet....

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While playing with the Xoom at a Best Buy I downloaded a pdf viewer (free official Adobe one) and a couple of pdfs and they looked great. They scaled to the full screen perfectly and all the reader settings (single page view; view as long scrolling document, etc) seemed to work fine. Pinch and zoom also worked.

As a teacher, pdf support is essential for any tablet I consider. I tried the Kindle DX for a while. It was okay, but I think I'd rather have the speed of scrolling on a tablet versus the readability, and slowness, of e-ink.
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Yeah, kind of disappointed at the book reading support out of the box, day 1. The google books app is nice and responsive but there is no way to use it to read your own pdfs, epubs etc. that I can find. I downloaded Adobe Reader and Aldiko but neither are completely stable and as smooth and responsive. Hopefully a decent reader app will come out that is Honeycomb optimized soon.
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Old February 28th, 2011, 04:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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What's wrong with the pdf viewer pre-installed on the XOOM? That's what I've been using, and it works fine.
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Now I'm more confussed.
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Now I'm more confussed.
By my comment? The XOOM has Quickoffice pre-installed, which allows you to view most common files, including Excel, Word, PDF, etc.

Specifically, the version pre-installed on the XOOM (from the "About" screen) is "Quickoffice 1.0.38 - Tablet".
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What's wrong with the pdf viewer pre-installed on the XOOM? That's what I've been using, and it works fine.
It can open's pdfs but not epubs, but I want a reading app where I can load and manage all my ebooks in one spot, save bookmarks, change the font size and save the zoom, make annotations, etc. Features any decent ereader would have.
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All,

I am using Repligo Reader. Its a great PDF reader that allows annotation. So you can highlight pdfs. This was key for me a do a ton of reading and markups. This is the closest thing i have found to an app for the ipad called Iannotate.

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.cerience.reader.app&feature=search_ result
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I am using Repligo Reader. Its a great PDF reader that allows annotation. So you can highlight pdfs. This was key for me a do a ton of reading and markups. This is the closest thing i have found to an app for the ipad called Iannotate.

http://market.android.com/details?id=com.cerience.reader.app&feature=search_ result
i just installed Repligo last night. Good for marking up PDF's of blueprints that I use at work. A bit clumsy interface but much easier than carrying around actual blueprints. Now if I only I could find an app that allows me to create and fill out forms.
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Ya, I have the open office on my Droid X. It gives me weired stuff when reading latex pdf.
In terms of adobe apps, not great but ok. I want bookmark function.


I think the tablet that can read pdf perfectly will get my $$.
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Old February 28th, 2011, 11:30 PM   #12 (permalink)
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My xoom also has QuickOffice listed in the application manager, but I am not able to launch it. Any suggestions?
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Can RepliGo Reader save the files so they and the annotations can be read on a computer afterwards? In e.g. Adobe Acrobat?

And what about the other way around? If i have already made some annotations in Acrobat, will they be shown in RepliGo?
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I have repligo and it's great. My problem is opening password protected pdfs. Has anyone seen a reader that will allow a xoom user to enter user name and password to unlock a protected pdf?
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I just bought QuickOffice HD hoping it would fix my problems with PDF's. I have the droid X and I find the scrolling of PDF's are butter smooth! My xoom is a different story. If you have to do a lot of scrolling it drives me CRAZY! It's not smooth at all. I can take the exact same document with my X and Xoom side by side. There is NO comparison. My Droid X is soooooo smooth while the Xoom scrolling is horrible. Searching PDF's is about 4 times faster on the xoom though. I just wish the scrolling issue would be fixed. I can watch HD movies, and play 3D games without any stuttering. Why can't a PDF scroll smoothly?
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ezPDF Reader all the way! 99 cents in Market.
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I download PDF files on my Imac saving to Dropbox then open Dropbox from the Xoom browser and use either ezPDF reader or Quickoffice to open the files. I prefer the landscape viewing, the character quality is clear and easy to read. Some bluriness when scrolling but clears when the image becomes stable.
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I have repligo and it's great. My problem is opening password protected pdfs. Has anyone seen a reader that will allow a xoom user to enter user name and password to unlock a protected pdf?
If I try and download a password protected file to the zoom when it opens the file all I see is a big red X where there should be content. But if I put the file in Dropbox and then open it with Quickoffice then I can see my content. But that didn't work with another pdf reader I happened to have. If you try it with RepliGo, I'd like to know how it works.
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The big X mark you may see on the position wherer the image should be is due to lack of support for the JPEG2000 compression. Beam Reader and ezpdf reader support JPEG2000.
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I use some interactive PDF files (not sure what else to call them) but have not been able to get them to function on my Zoom or Droid Incredible. Basically, they're before and after that contain a floating model in the middle that I can rotate in the center on all 3-axis. It's hard to describe.

Anyway, if anyone would be willing to try loading it on their PDF viewer for functionality, please PM me and I'll email you an example to try. As yet, I can load it, but can not select the "after" arrow and cannot manipulate the model (rotation and such). You'd probably have to load it on a computer to compare functionality. It works just fine on any PC I've tried.
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I don't suppose their is any app that is like Google books but a PDF book reader?
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ezPDF Reader is free on the Amazon App Store. Don't know much about it, just thought I'd throw that out there.
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ezPDF Reader is free on the Amazon App Store. Don't know much about it, just thought I'd throw that out there.
Yea, I saw a review on youtube of this and I have to say that it does seems pretty cool.

And the Amazon free paid app of the day thing almost makes me wanna use Amazon over android market...almost.
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Yea, I saw a review on youtube of this and I have to say that it does seems pretty cool.

And the Amazon free paid app of the day thing almost makes me wanna use Amazon over android market...almost.
The only reason I have it is so that I can snag the free app of the day. I don't even download them all. I just 'buy' the free app and download it later if I decide that I want/need it. It's sort of like the Android Market, how it keeps track of what apps you own the license to. You don't have to install to own the rights.

I'd say the small majority of then are of no interest to me, but FREE is definitely worth it.
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The only reason I have it is so that I can snag the free app of the day. I don't even download them all. I just 'buy' the free app and download it later if I decide that I want/need it. It's sort of like the Android Market, how it keeps track of what apps you own the license to. You don't have to install to own the rights.

I'd say the small majority of then are of no interest to me, but FREE is definitely worth it.
Yep, free is always good
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I need an app that will convert a Word Document to a PDF file. I know that Documents to Go is in the Market, but the information doesn't say whether it will convert a DOC to a PDF.

Is anyone aware of an app or any other way to get this functionality on a XOOM?
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You can upload the Word document to Google Docs and then download the document as a PDF. Requires access to the cloud, but is otherwise free.
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ezPDF reader has a few nits but I have to agree with you. The voice reading has made my graduate studying much easier.
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I'm not able to save my annotations in ezpdf, for some reason. Anyone have an idea why? When I do a "save as" on the file, all that is saved is the original un-annotated file.
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Aldiko is (in my not at all humble opinion) the best eBook reader on the Android platform. It interfaces with Calibre (which I also highly recommend) and does stuff you want.
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Convert Word to PDF, you can have a try.
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My HTC Desire shipped with PDF Viewer as part of the ROM, which does a good job, so I have never tried a different one, but on the Xoom I installed the offcial Adobe Reader and it is really laggy compared to viewing PDFs in Quickoffice HD. I swiftly uninstalled Adobe Reader.
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Ummm why not just get Adobe reader it works great on the XOOM
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Read my post again. I did try Adobe Reader and it was very laggy with Android v3.2. I have sine gone GED with my Xoom and am running official v4.0.4, which included Quickoffice HD Lite, as opposed to Quickoffice HD in the European v3.2, and this is fine for my PDF viewing needs right now.
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