[Freedombox-discuss] PDF on android device

Geert Stappers stappers at stappers.nl
Thu Mar 10 16:48:23 GMT 2022

On Thu, Mar 10, 2022 at 09:59:47AM -0600, Serge E. Hallyn wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 10, 2022 at 09:01:12AM -0500, Stefan Monnier via Freedombox-discuss wrote:
> } Geert Stappers
> } } I seek your advice for getting a PDF on android device.      
> > >  https://f-droid.org/en/packages/org.freedombox.freedombox/
> > >  "A companion app for your FreedomBox server"
> > >
> > > Would that android app help with getting a PDF from a freedombox
> > > to a android?
> > >
> > > Use case is having a PDF with a (QR)code that most be shown
> > > at e.g. entrance  (Concert ticket,  Cinema ticket)
> > > The PDF is available at FBX.
> > 
> > Hmm... I don't think you'd want to depend on the FBX being

Oops, "The PDF is available at FBX." should be read
as "The PDF is available at FBX to be copied to the android device."

> > up-and-running and your smartphone having a connection to the Internet
> > in order to enter such venues (already having to rely on your
> > smartphone being up and running is bad enough).
> > 
> > [ Personally, I don't have a cell phone, so my smartphone usually isn't
> >   connected to the Internet, which makes this decision obvious.  ]
> > 
> > So, just download that PDF to your phone once and for all, and then use
> > a PDF viewer (there are several available in F-Droid; I personally use
> > https://f-droid.org/en/packages/org.sufficientlysecure.viewer/) to
> > display it.

Nice.  Thanks for the advice.

> > 
> > Or convert that PDF to a JPEG and then store it in your photo album.
> > 

Thanks for the even nicer advice.  It tells where to copy the "PDF"
(into camera folder DSC) and with which app to display (photo album)

Convert with `convert` from the imagemagick package like

   convert input.pdf output.jpg

> > 
> >         Stefan
> Yeah, I don't use android, but on every phone I've had, including many
> very-dumb-phones, I've always downloaded such pdfs (boarding passes,
> baseball tickets, etc) to the phone in whatever format it could display.

Yes, that is what I want.  I know it is solved problem, but not yet for
me.  Hence the request for hints and advice. And now repeating the request ...

> Counting on networking being available has never worked out for me.

Sorry for the initial words having room for wanting network access while
displaying the PDF.  I my defence: I did asked during Linux User Group
about PDF to android and was told about a self hosted service having a
android app for such cases.

Geert Stappers
Silence is hard to parse

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