Finally, Videos Work in My PDF Books on the iPad


This is a page with video content embedded from “Building Blocks of SketchUp”. It is now possible to view the videos in the PDF on the iPad.

One might think that major software companies could figure out a way to work with major hardware companies so that a format that works pretty well on a PC would work just as well on an iPad. One of my biggest frustrations over the last five years has been telling readers that the video content in my books, “Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp” and “Building Blocks of SketchUp” will not play on their iPad. Not even if you download and install the iPad version of Adobe Reader.

A couple of sharp-eyed readers have let me know that there is now an app available that works like a charm. It isn’t free, but it looks to me like it’s well worth $10—it lets you do all kinds of things with PDF files on the iPad. It’s called PDF Expert5, and you can learn more about it at this link:

PDF Expert5 by Readdle

UPDATE: There is some debate about whether or not PDF Expert really works (see the comments below). According to one of my readers this app, ezPDF Reader works well and costs less.

works for android tablets, and there is also a version for the iPad

Bob Lang

Bob Lang


Finally, Videos Work in My PDF Books on the iPad — 10 Comments

    • Not sure, and I don’t have a way to check. I passed along what readers reported to me about PDF Expert, perhaps one of them can jump in and help. If you’re not even seeing images, you may not have loaded the entire PDF. It’s big, should be 1.32 GB

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  2. some versions of PDF Expert did play the videos, but now the most recent update doesn’t seem to work. Would love to find a working ipad app that plays the videos 🙁

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  6. i can report that as of today 8/4/2018 the Readdle PDF Expert 6 is allowing me to play the embedded videos on my iPad

  7. I downloaded Readdle PDF Expert 6 today (31/07/2019) and it works perfectly with the videos on my iPad.