Ibooks won't open a pdf

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    Have saved about 100 hymns that I use for church. I save them as PDF files and add new entries every week by using Dropbox. Each hymn is about a meg. Today I added 2 new hymns by opening them in Dropbox and then moving them over to iBooks. The 3rd hymn wouldn't save as an iBook pdf document. I see the file for a second in iBooks and then it disappears. Have I reached a limit of some sort?
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    Hi Kay.... - welcome to the forum! :)

    Just for a start, please provide the model number of the iPad that you own & the storage capacity (i.e. GB on your device).

    Also, navigate to the 'Settings' tab -> General -> Usage - there, tell us how many GBs have been used & what is still available?
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    Thanks for responding and thanks as well for the welcome. It's a 64GB and the usage says 19.4 used and 37.8 available. In the iBooks section I have 152 MB.
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    What version of IOS are you using and have you updated iBooks, it's possible you need an update.
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    Well appears that you have PLENTY of space left to use; I would first suggest 'Force Closing' iBooks & Dropbox, i.e. double tap the home button (or use multifinger gesturing - swipe up w/ 4-5 fingers on the screen) - this will open the multitask bar @ the bottom; press on any app until all begin to jiggle; find the 2 apps in question and press the 'minus sign' to close each - return to the home screen and re-open the apps.

    If the above is not successful, then 'Restart' and if not effective 'Reset' the iPad - Directions HERE if unfamiliar w/ the procedures - please post back your results - good luck!
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    Another thought have you checked if they open in a PDF reader off the iPad , it is possible the files are corrupt or their is a font problem with in the PDF
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    That worked! I did the Force Closing as you described and it worked just fine. Thanks!
    Those were very clear and detailed instructions. You rule!
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    Thanks for responding as well Bos. The PDF file would open in Adobe Reader but not in iBooks. I closed all 3 programs and it opened in iBooks and saved in my library.

    BTW if anyone has a better idea on how to collect and set up music I'd be glad to hear it. Right now I'm scanning from the hymnal and saving each sheet of music as a PDF file.
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    You could google for song lyrics, and copy/paste the results into Pages. You can then save as a .pdf.
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    The google idea is a good one for a song I might not have, but I have collected song sheets and collections for years and now would rather prop the iPad up on the piano and play from there rather than lug all my music around with me. I'm scanning a few sheets at a time and saving each one in iBooks. I was just wondering if anyone had a better way to save and collect the pages on the iPad. Thanks for the google suggestion tho'.
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    We have a musicians section where you might ask your question. Didn't realize you wanted the sheet music.
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    Great Kay... - glad just a simple solution for you; those steps listed are the ones I typically do w/ a misbehaving app - often solves the problem - :)
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    Thanks for this!! A friend was having the same problem with epubs.........dropbox to ipad had been working perfectly then suddenly epubs would not open.

    A reset did the trick.
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    Hello Kaylajean, you have gotten some excellent problem resolutions on malfunctioning apps. Now you are asking for a better way...

    I am a singer and sing in two choirs, church and symphony chorus, so I use a lot of sheet music through the year. For each venue I'm provided a hard copy of the score for me to use. I too scan the score into a PDF file. But I use ForScore to read my music. This is an app specifically designed for musicians who want to use their iPad to learn, rehearse, and perform their music. The iPad is just slightly smaller than Octavio size, so there is an adjustment. I prefer ForScore rather than iBooks because you can view the music in full and turn pages a whole lot easier.

    There is also MusicReader, another app designed to read your music on an iPad.

    Here are three screen shots of forScore. The first image is how you can create a song list, in this case Faure's Requiem, I have all of the movements listed. You can go to each piece or start from the beginning, each separate piece flows into the other.

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    This image shows all of the features forScore enables you to do to a piece of music. This is a shot of forScore in portrait. When in portrait mode you can see the entire page. In landscape mode, which is the image before and after this one, you get half the page, you can navigate in landscape from top to bottom my pressing the lower right to go down, and to the next page. You can go back a page or to the top of the page by pressing the upper right side of the score (it reads harder than in reality):

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    This image shows a metronome:

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    NOTE: You and I are talking about music scores that we OWN. As long as we OWN this music, it is for our own use, as intended by the owner/composer. So if anyone else reads this thread, I am assuming we are talking about a legitimate use of the music.
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    Thanks Matt... I'll check out your suggestion.

    Thanks to everyone for the helpful suggestions and solution to the malfunction in iBooks.

    Great forum!
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    what i think is ipad has it is own particular viewer to view pdf that run pdf smoothly and efficiently with out any bugs!
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    Well.... One week later and the same problem occurred. I've tried the "close and restart" solution and it won't work this time. When I try to open a PDF file with iBooks it appears briefly in the library (2 seconds) and then disappears. I can read the file in Adobe and in Dropbox but it won't open in iBooks. Guess I'll try rebooting the iPad and see what happens.
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    Please make sure the file name ends properly with the *.pdf. Also when you are scanning files to go into the iPad, your scanning software may keep the same name as previously named file but in Windows it would be something like: glory(2).pdf. iBooks will have a hard time reading it, but Dropbox and other programs will not.
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    I checked the file names in Dropbox and they all have .pdf at the end of the name. They open nicely in Adobe Reader and show the .pdf there as well. The files I have managed to save in iBooks are not called .pdf for some reason.

    For example... In Dropbox or Adobe it is called "Glory.pdf" and when I click on the button in the upper right hand corner it says "open in" so I choose iBooks. It flashes briefly in iBooks and then disappears.

    Oh... And the reboot did no help.
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    I have found that if I shut iBooks off completely I can "open in" iBooks from Dropbox by doing one hymn at a time. I save one, close iBooks (using the "x" method, not just fingers close, and then save another... One at a time. This is not the way iBooks is supposed to work, I think.

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