PDF Reader that can change page background colour

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    Dear IPad users,

    I am looking for an app that enables the changing of the page colour for better reading, less strain on the eyes.

    Can you kindly suggest one that defenetly offers that possibility?

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    Luis Medinas
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    Have you looked at any of the free e-readers, such as iBooks? It can read PDFs and I believe you can change the screen to sepia while in a PDF (I know you can if you're in an epub). There are others, but this may be the easiest?

    Marilyn
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    Sorry. You can't change the background color of a PDF in iBooks.

    I don't know of any PDF reader that will let you do this. It is in the nature of a PDF file to contain all the necessary information to print, and because of this things like background color are embedded in the file. Most PDF readers, all that I know, are concerned with an accurate representation of the file. You'd need a PDF editor to change something like the background color.

    PDF Expert does have a Night display mode. It converts to grayscale and then inverts the image so that the text is white on a black background.

    You don't need PDF expert to do this. The Accessibility feature Black on White in Settings > General > Accessibility will do this in a more colorful way for the entire iPad display.

    An ePub or most other ebook formats are just a collection of text and files with tags to suggest layout. That means background color, text size, and other stuff is usually unspecified, and therefore up to the app displaying it.
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    Ah. Thanks for the clarification, twerppoet.

    Sorry 'bout my mistaken idea...

    Marilyn
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    No problem. I just happened to have the iPad sitting in front of me, so I checked. After all, it's not impossible, just unlikely.
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    HI,

    Thanks for the attention.

    Oh man, I really needed that option.

    I have downloaded adobe reader for the mac, which I assume is the latest version, and it does just that, gives us the option of changing the background colour.

    Anyone else knows if there is such an app for the Ipad? A reader with a fixed 'rustic' page background or sepia etc., would also be good even if it doesn't allow to change between other colours. Just like the background of the Notebook app.

    Regards,
    Luis Medinas
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    Adobe just released Adobe Reader for the iPad. It does not list the feature in the description, but the app is free if you want to check it out.
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    Dear twerpoet,

    I'll check it out. Thank you.
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    Did you ever find that ipad app? I too have serious issues with eye strain and light sensitivity. I have to read on pc or ipad all day everyday. A dark grey bg with light grey font works well for me. I can adjust it in adobe reader on pc like you do n mac, but i havent figured it out on ipad yet.
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    My tweak "PaperBoard" can do that for you. you can pick any background image for any ios apps. So it does not matter which app you use or what format of files you read. Just search PaperBoard in cydia.
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    Actually, some PDF Readers have added this feature. iBooks still doesn't, but PDF Expert has day, sepia, and night modes for reading PDFs. I'm sure there are others.

    It's been almost two years, after all. Someone was bound to find a way, if it was possible.

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