I have been working on a personal project which requires a PDF file to be loaded and editable. I chose Swift for this project and using Apple’s PDFKit package.
But then today, I just thought of trying out the basic PDF file loading and viewing via SwiftUI. I found SwiftUI to be really sleek, swift (aptly named), and fun to work on. Kind of felt it similar to Flutter framework, just a personal perspective.
Anyways, for reading a PDF document using PDFKit only two steps are required for Swift, and in case of SwiftUI, an additional step is needed :)
- Fetch a Document object from PDFDocument class by providing the URL/File path of your pdf file
- Assign this Document object to a PDFView class object
- You need to create a UIView generator wrapper for PDFView class, as SwiftUI doesn’t have a readily available UIView subclass for it.
Now you can directly use this PDFViewUI object in SwiftUI framework layout
And this is how the app looks on iPad and iPhone sims
I also have a Swift only version of this app and with additional features like:
- Add coloured annotations
- Multi-page support
- Undo feature