Mark Stephens Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

Is the Kindle or the IPad better for viewing PDF files

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I am lucky enough to have an IPad and I won a kindle  in a competition last year at the Business of Software conference. Both of them get used everyday. The IPad is fantastic for multi-media access – I can store all my pictures and music on it and watch TV. The browser is okay (I prefer Google’s Chrome given the choice) and I have got used to the virtual keyboard. I have started trying to swipe my monitor screen with my fingers which shows just how inquisitive the interface is. But I do not like it for reading books.

I am afraid that I have been spoiled by the Kindle which has a much easier screen for prolonged reading and I do like the slick integration with the Amazon store. So I end up using both gadgets.

But which device is better for viewing PDF files? The Kindle has a reasonable PDF viewer built-in while the IPad can preview them in Mail or there are several free and commercial apps to open them. The PDF file format encompasses both those worlds – you can use it for crisp black and white prose or  colorful interactive multimedia. So again neither device can deliver the knockout punch and I will end up using both. Which do you think is best for PDF files?

Mark Stephens Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

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