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Basic PDF Reader/Viewer V2.0 for iOS


I've written this basic PDF reader/viewer app for fellow iOS
developers struggling with wrangling PDF files onto iOS device
screens. Version 2.0 is a complete rethink and rewrite of the
original 1.x code. Please see my contact info below if you find
any bugs or have questions about the code.

The code is universal and does not require any XIBs (as all UI
elements are code generated, allowing for greatest flexibility).
It runs on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch with iOS 4.0 and up. Also
supported are the Retina displays on iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4th
generation and is ready to be fully internationalized. The idea
was to provide a complete project template that you could start
building from, or, just pull the required files into an existing
project to enable PDF reading/viewing in your app.

After launching the sample app, tap on the left hand side of the
screen to go back a page. Tap on the right hand side to go to the
next page. You can also swipe left and right to change pages. Tap
on the screen to fade in the toolbar and page slider. Double-tap
with one finger (or pinch out) to zoom in. Double tap with two
fingers (or pinch in) to zoom out.

This implementation has been tested with large PDF files (over
250MB in size and over 2800 pages in length) and with PDF files of
all flavors (from text only documents to graphics heavy magazines).
It also works rather well on older devices (such as the iPod touch
2nd generation and iPhone 3G) and uses the dual-core processor
(via CATiledLayer multi-threading) in the iPad 2.


Version 2.0 of the PDF reader/viewer code was developed and tested
under Xcode 3.2.6, LLVM 1.7, iOS 4.3.5 and iOS 4.2.1 - if you come
across any issues with other versions of the tools, or iOS, please
let me know.

The overall PDF reader/viewer functionality is encapsulated in the
ReaderViewController class. You initialize a ReaderDocument object
with the file path to the PDF document (or unarchive an existing
ReaderDocument object) and then initialize a ReaderViewController
with this ReaderDocument object. The ReaderViewController class
uses the ReaderDocument object to store information about the
document and to keep track of document properties (the current
page number for example).

An initialized ReaderViewController can then be presented modally,
pushed onto a UINavigationController stack, or used as a root view
controller. Please note that since ReaderViewController implements
its own toolbar, you have to hide the UINavigationController's
navigation bar before pushing it and then show the navigation
bar after popping it. The ReaderDemoController class shows how
this is done with a bundled PDF file.

Required Files

The following source files are required to incorporate the PDF
reader/viewer into one of your projects:



Required iOS Frameworks

To incorporate the PDF reader/viewer into one of your projects,
the following iOS frameworks are required by the code:

	UIKit, Foundation, CoreGraphics, QuartzCore and MessageUI.

Compile Time Options

In ReaderConstants.h the following #define options are available:

READER_STANDALONE - If FALSE, a "Done" button is added to the toolbar
and the -dismissReaderViewController: delegate method is messaged when
it is tapped.

READER_ENABLE_MAIL - If TRUE, an email button is added to the toolbar
(if the device is properly configured for email support).

READER_ENABLE_PRINT - If TRUE, a print button is added to the toolbar
(if printing is supported and available on the device).

READER_DISABLE_IDLE - If TRUE, the iOS idle timer is disabled while
viewing a document (beware of battery drain).

READER_SHOW_SHADOW - If TRUE, a shadow is shown around each page
and the page content is inset by a couple of extra points.

ReaderDocument Object Archiving

To change where the property list for ReaderDocument objects is stored
(~/Documents by default), please see the +archiveFilePath: method in
the ReaderDocument.m source file. Do note that the ReaderDocument
object data model is Core Data compatible.


2011-07-29: Version 2.0.0 - Released v2.0 into the wild for general use.


Questions, feedback and iOS development work welcome:

Email: joklamcak(at)gmail(dot)com