Praise: PDF "open in" feature

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DerangedChef
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Praise: PDF "open in" feature

Post by DerangedChef »

I just discovered that since version 3.3.8, one can now open PDFs from Bookends in another app, in addition to the former "Copy To" share function.
This is a HUGE game changer! Thanks for that. :lol: :D

I was hesitant before to use Bookends on iOS a lot, because I usually annotate PDFs in "PDF Expert". Before 3.3.8, working on a new instance of a PDF and then somehow adding it back into Bookends was just a cumbersome workflow. I ended up avoiding it. Now, this is so much better and will push me to use iCloud sync. Any PDF editing now will work on only one original instance of a PDF file, regardless if on macOS or iOS, and regardless if I use Bookends PDF editor itself, or PDF Expert out of Bookends.

To my amazement, when having the same PDF file open in Bookends and PDF Expert, any annotation update in either app is reflected timely in the other app when switching back and forth. Awesome. This also should overcomes the PDF Expert limitation, that shared PDF editing between their running macOS and iOS apps can only happen when using the same WiFI network. You can be completely flexible now via iCloud.

I don't like Apple to have all my research references on a cloud server, but that is a different topic. Maybe one day we can have Bookends macOS/iOS sync also with other cloud servers, e.g. our own Nextcloud – that would be a big Plus.

I am posting this in case others have not noticed this game changer yet, like me.

Thx
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Serge
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Re: Praise: PDF "open in" feature

Post by Serge »

Thanks! We’re glad you like it.
We decided to go with iCloud only for now as any new cloud service requires a lot of work and support, which would delay other nice features we are working on.

doclrb
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Re: Praise: PDF "open in" feature

Post by doclrb »

This sounds great. Would you pls provide a bit more detail as to the workflow or commands utilized.

TY

Les

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DerangedChef
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Re: Praise: PDF "open in" feature

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doclrb wrote:
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:13 pm
This sounds great. Would you pls provide a bit more detail as to the workflow or commands utilized.
TY
Les
doclrb
- setup Bookends to use iCloud for attachments (there are instructions for this on sonnysoftware's web page and in the user manual)
- on Bookends iOS, open the detail view of a reference that has a PDF attachment
- then touch the PDF thumbnail or the little paper-clip icon -> The PDF opens in Bookends' editor
- touch the "share" icon, and in the popup dialog choose "Share", then "open in PDF Expert (or your fave PDF editor app)" (iOS 12 / 13)
- happily annotate in the other app

Hope this helps.
-S
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Jeff698
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Re: Praise: PDF "open in" feature

Post by Jeff698 »

This is exactly the functionality I'm looking for but it doesn't seem to be working for me.

I can open the PDF and annotate it in Notability (my PDF editor of choice) but I can't get that changed document back into Bookends iOS.

Perhaps I misunderstood your message but I thought you were saying this could work as a two-way process.

Thanks.

Take care,
Jeff

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Re: Praise: PDF "open in" feature

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Tried it with PDF Expert. Seems to work well.

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Re: Praise: PDF "open in" feature

Post by Jeff698 »

doclrb wrote:
Sun Feb 23, 2020 11:56 pm
Tried it with PDF Expert. Seems to work well.

doclrb
What did you do to complete the two way trip? In other words, how did you get your annotated PDF back into BE?

Thanks!

Take care,
Jeff

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Re: Praise: PDF "open in" feature

Post by doclrb »

Closed the document in PDF Expert and returned to Bookends. In fact I’m willing to bet that if you Bookends and your second app of choice side-by-side, you should be able to watch the annotations emerge in Bookends as you annotate in the other.

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Re: Praise: PDF "open in" feature

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I’ll give it a try with Notability and see how it works. If not, I’ll take a look at PDF Expert.

Thanks!

Take care,
Jeff

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Re: Praise: PDF "open in" feature

Post by Jeff698 »

I don’t think Notability has this 2-way feature.

I downloaded PDF Expert. Wow. That is just like magic!

Thanks, y’all!

Take care,
Jeff

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Re: Praise: PDF "open in" feature

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:D
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