When iOS 9 is lastly launched to the public this fall, it will include the ability to save virtually any type of content as a special PDF file. Any iOS designer who has actually ever dealt with a third-party app that has a requirement to render any type of complicated material to PDF will understand how tough it can be. The PDF file format can be unbelievably tough and troublesome to work with, which is why this latest function discovered in iOS 9 ares more unbelievable than it at first looks.

The overview of iOS 9 during Apple’s WWDC keynote previously this month brought with it a lot of remarkable brand-new functions and enhancements that it was relatively easy to at first ignore this addition. Such is the development of the platform that there was just no chance Tim Cook and his team might talk in depth about each and every single new element of the software, so it goes without stating that users will certainly be left to discover certain little additions in their own time.

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The introduction of the “Conserve PDF to iBooks” capability seems to exist within iOS’s native Share Sheet capability that presents a perfectly styled popover, or action sheet, enabling users to share content to numerous networks and social platforms.

The native Share Sheet also permits content to be copied to the clipboard and sent out to a cordless printer on the network. The addition of the “Save PDF to iBooks” does basically exactly what it purports, by rendering the material to PDF and conserving it directly to the device’s iBooks library to be seen via the iBooks app.


This certain capability is similar to the “Print/Save to PDF” choice that has been a part of OS X for rather some time. Naturally, bringing it to iOS and including it as part of the Share Sheet setup will likely indicate that designers will certainly have the ability to bundle this into any third-party app utilizing the UIActivityViewController classes that Apple offers as part of the iOS SDK.


It remains to be seen if this addition will certainly act as a stepping stone to more effective and complex PDF capabilities within iOS, however for now, it’s definitely a welcome addition.

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