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Highlighting pdf's in iBooks

Discussion in 'iPad for Business and Education' started by kadangajones, Apr 26, 2013.

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    Hi

    I read a lot of books and documents in the pdf format, often on my MacBook before importing them to my iPad.
    I find the highlighting function in Preview really useful, especially when I need reference points to return to later on.

    However, when I import the highlighted pdf's to my iPad, the highlights disappear, they're not visible when I open iBooks.
    Is there any way, maybe through another app, to see the highlights?

    Thanks
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    To view your annotations in iBooks you must flatten the file. Annotations are usually stored as extra, editable, bits in a PDF. Since iBooks does not support annotations, it can not view them. However, it is possible to flatten them; make them a un-editable and permanent part of the PDF.

    To flatten the PDF in Preview chose Print from the File menu. At the lower left part of the dialog click on PDF button/menu and choose Save As PDF.

    Or you could use one of the many great PDF annotation apps, so that you can read and continue to edit your PDF documents on the iPad. I like PDF Expert and GoodReader. There are lots of others with a variety of features to appeal to almost any use case.
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