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How to create PDFs for the iPhone

The iPhone’s screen size and resolution makes it less than ideal for viewing A4 or Letter sized PDF’s. If you’re wanting to take a PDF document with you to read on the road or just as a reference document to keep on your iPhone for convenience then it’s worth taking the time to optimise your PDF.

Given that the iPhone resolution is 320 x 360px with a resolution of 163ppi we need to optimise print settings before exporting our document to PDF. I’m tipping most people will view their document with the iphone orientated in landscape mode so we’ll base our document width on 360px.

So here’s the settings you need to use when exporting or printing your document to PDF:

Width: 125mm x 225mm.

That’s it.  Now just print your document to PDF using a PDF printer driver like pdfFactory and email the document to your iPhone.

Here’s an example of a chapter from O’reiley’s open books:
Creating Applications with Mozilla – Chapter 1


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PC Pro’s pdfFactory Pro Review

PC Pro has put together a stella review of pdfFactory Pro giving the product 6 stars and ranking it better then PrimoPDF.

Yet when it comes to sheer simplicity, flexibility and accuracy, nothing compares to pdfFactory Pro from FinePrint. It allows you to produce professional PDFs without the steep learning curve, and includes features such as incorporating letterheads on PDFs, adding page numbers, creating watermarks, automatic bookmarking, ToC creation and print queue management.

If you’re interested in creating professional PDF’s then read this review and buy pdfFactory Pro.

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Printing a document to PDF

Here’s a simple way to print any printable document to PDF in Windows.  This is how it’s done with pdfFactory, however, most pdf converters work the same way:

Step 1: With your document open, select the Print menu item usually located in the File menu in your application.  Select the pdfFactory driver when dialog box appears. Click PRINT.

Step 2: Wait for the pdfFactory preview window to appear (see below).

Step 3: Save your PDF or send it via email.

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