This post is long. One thing I've been lusting over is iPod Touch's capability to display PDFs in their native forms. I have finally acquired a 16g 'Touch (Why not call it iTube or youPod? Would be less iconic, more fitting), and I've been trying to turn this thing into a pocket library. Music and videos be damned. I know the issue of storing and viewing PDFs locally on iphone/touch is not a new one, but it certainly is one i would love to see resolved if and when local storage can be accessed easily. Since touch users cannot yet use the Mail .app, the only way store and accessing any file not accepted by itunes is to force them into bookmarks and place the bookmark into the Touch's Safari. For more info on storing files locally onto the 'touch/'phone, see the blog entry here: http://pimm.wordpress.com/2007/07/1...via-safari-instead-of-lame-email-attachments/ There is a definite need for storing PDFs in their original form, as opposed to converting each page into a JPEG and syncing them to the Touch's Album. This issue continues to be brought up even though it has been discussed and tried. Here is why reading off photos is no good as it stands: 1.) Splitting large PDFs, potentially hundreds of pages long into individual images is laborious and theoretically space-occupying versus a PDF. 2.) Currently, the iPod/iTunes software downsamples the resolution of any image it syncs into its photo album, severely degrading readability of text in an extracted page. 3.) Syncing images via iTunes limits the user to only one master photo library, preventing separation and organization of different pieces of literature. 4.) I like lists. The method of embedding PDFs and other files (pictures, etc) into safari bookmarks works with the touch, and so far I know of two readily accessible implementations: URI Kitchen (which from what I see has a limit <1 mb): http://www.scalora.org/projects/uriencoder/ or http://software.hixie.ch/utilities/cgi/data/data Filemark Maker: http://www.insanelygreattees.com/news/?p=51#comment-15254 Filemark maker works pretty dern well, although I've run into some problems. See below... **I posted a step-by-step guide for Windows users in getting this process working, entry #30 in this thread:** http://www.ifans.com/forums/showpost.php?p=5148&postcount=30 Mac users can simply install Filemark Maker and drag a PDF file onto the program icon. A Safari temp page will load generated by Filemark with the clickable embedded link. Add the link to your bookmarks. Can't be any easier. How to repair Safari if you stuffed too much into the bookmark file: (Resummarized this from a post farther down in the thread.) If you get Touch's Safari overloaded with PDFs and its bookmark database exceeds the maximum functional size as mentioned above, you can repair Safari without reformatting the player by replacing the bookmarks containing embedded information (pdfs, etc) with identically-labeled bookmarks that contain shorter information. This effectively "updates" the touch's bookmark database with a smaller one thereby removing the PDF info and restoring Safari to a functional status. The easiest way to go about this: bring up "all bookmarks" on your computer's Safari. For each link containing embedded PDF information, change the destination "address" to something short (can be a url, or just gibberish like "asdkjfhshk"... it just has to be enough to placehold the bookmark entry so it can exist to sync). Caution: embedded PDF/image info is usually too long to view in its entirety, so be sure to remove the entire entry before replacing. Once done, re-sync your computer's bookmarks with the Touch, and be sure to click on the "replace bookmarks" option before doing so. This should work. If you don't have the pdf-embedded bookmark entries (or even the names of the bookmark entries), you're kinda screwed, and as far as I know, you'll have to reformat the Touch to get its safari back into working order. I'm sorry. You can use a Bookmarklet to enable finding phrases in Safari which works when viewing XLS and DOC files but *not* PDFs. To increase visibility of this solution I'm linking to my post from here: http://www.ifans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=945 One drawback to this method is that it cannot jump-to found phrases. I've cleaned up this post simply because I ended up answering my own question after trial and error and feel like I should share what I found to keep others from making the same mistakes I did: > Touch's Safari starts slowing down the larger the bookmark database gets. After having added approximately 4mb of embedded information into the bookmark database, Safari ceases to function and after having loaded on the touch, it hangs, then crashes. Incidentally, pdfs can be successfully embedded into the bookmarks and look fantastic when viewed. > Filemark Maker has a couple issues in its native form which prevents successful adding of embedded info directly to bookmarks for larger files (1.5-2mb) as well as ones with long or weird filenames. This is due to Filemark Maker generating a clickable hyperlink based on the filename. This issue can be fixed by deliberately toying with the source code that insanelygreattees made available for download. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then I don't either, heh. > After a long 2 week battle, I have declared that right now, my dreams of storing multiple, lengthy, picturesque textbooks via file embedding is bunk as it encroaches on some sort of memory limit. It's a shame, since the best thing that this touch is capable of it can't actually do very well out of the box. Frankly, I'm feeling kinda screwed that the Touch can't do any of this out of the box. Not having a phone in the device is enough to cripple functionality-- wifi doesn't exist everywhere anyways. We're already paying $300+ for it, why not just let us use the same wi-fi programs??