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Old 09-27-2017, 05:36 PM
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Managing PDFs after Itunes 12.7 Upgrade

While browsing the web on my iPhone or iPad I frequently open PDFs and read them in the iBooks application. Prior to ITunes 12.7 I could use the Transfer Purchases function of ITunes to save copies of these PDFs to my PC for safe keeping and also re-sync them with another device. That has worked fine for many years. After upgrading to ITunes 12.7 the Books category of media is gone and the transfer purchases option no longer seems to transfer PDFs off of a USB or wirelessly connected device and place them in the books directory of the music library on my PC. That is problem #1. Problem #2 occurred when I thought, okay, I'll turn on the iCloud feature of iBooks, download all my PDFs from the cloud to the device, and then maybe my PDFs will show up on the iCloud drive so I can drag and drop them to the PC. It doesn't work that way. The PDF files are not visible on the iCloud drive they are hidden in the documents and data partition of iCloud and don't seem to be accessible by anything except by iBooks itself. So now I seem to have no way to transfer PDFs from iBooks to my PC except to e-mail them to myself from within iBooks using the e-mail function! Surely this can't be true? Have I missed something somewhere? Is there still an easy way to drag/drop/sync a collection of PDFs between iBooks and a PC running iTunes?

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There does not seem to be another option with iBooks and Windows (on Mac you can run iBooks and see the files) outside of emailing the links instead of the PDFs.

You could see if the File Sharing section (click on your iPhone/iPad) has the option to see the PDFs. The other possibility is to use Adobe instead of iBooks and use the Adobe Cloud for this purpose. It may be more flexible.



Have you backed up your iTunes Library this week? If not, you are risking losing your music and playlists....
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