Before continue to talk about my trip to Greece, I definitely need to share with you a way to read Microsoft Office Doc and Adobe PDF without WiFi / Edge / 3G connection. You know, iPhone comes with the ability to read Word/Excel and PDF, but only when the files are come from E-mail attachment or located on the web. So, is there any easy way/hack to view the files locally?
Send Yourself a Email
The most straightforward way is to send yourself a email with the Doc/Excel/PDF attachment and read it on iPhone. The next time you read the attachment, it’s loaded from iPhone locally, even without any network connection. It’s easy. No hack, no special tools to install. However, there is a limit of the number of emails that iPhone can cache. As you get more emails, you may lose that cached copy of attachment. It’s not a permanent solution.
Filemark Maker (for Mac Only)
Another way to read Doc/Excel/PDF offline is to use Filemark Maker, which only works on Mac platform. Filemark Maker converts the Doc file into a data URL and lets your view it in Safari browser via a bookmark.
You can download Filemark Maker here. Filemark Maker is very easy to use. You can just drag your word or PDF document onto Filemark Maker icon. It will then automatically launch Safari. Follow the instructions and bookmark the document URL. Then sync your Safari bookmarks to your iPhone.
That’s it! And you can view the document by clicking on the bookmark on iPhone (inside Safari).
PDF Viewer (for PDF file only)
The third way is to use PDF viewer. But this approach is less user-friendly that requires you to have some knowledge on using SSH. I assume you already have your unlocked iPhone. PDF Viewer can be found on Installer. All PDF files are assumed to be stored under /var/root/Media/PDF. You have to transfer the PDF files via SCP.
If you’re using iPhone firmware 2.0, you now have another option. And, it is considered the easiest way to view doc/pdf (as well as, powerpoint, excel and other types of files) on iPhone. Go ahead and check out the post about Air Sharing!
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