GoodReader for the iPad was voted the #1 selling non-Apple app for the iPad in 2010 for very good reason. It’s an excellent app used for reading not only PDF documents but you can also listen to audio files, watch videos, view images and many other file types such as TXT and Microsoft Office files formats – Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
One of the great features is that it allows you to markup PDF files in different ways including adding adding arrows, highlights, underlines, sticky notes, squiggly lines, squares, circles and even freehand drawing. Text zooming and text searching are also excellent features.
You can set the author in settings and this is used for sticky notes and other annotations making it great for sharing documents. Sharing is now made easy with the new syncing feature where you can choose to “Download Only”. This type of sync will look for the newest remote files and download them.
Automatic syncing is also possible with GoodReader using Dropbox, MobileMe, SugarSync and other services using WebDAV, FTP or SFTP. You can also transfer files using a USB cable or a WiFi connection via iTunes file sharing.
If you’re browsing a PDF document in Safari on the iPad and you wish to add it to your local storage, simply go to the beginning of the url and type in ‘g’. For example http://www.example.com/document.pdf would become ghttp://www.example.com/document.pdf.
The file management area in GoodReader is very slick and easy to navigate. It’s many features include creating folders, zipping and unzipping files, renaming, copying, moving and deleting files. You can send files to other supported apps such as iBooks, Evernote and HP iPrint. You can also email files, add password protection and star your favourite files.
GoodReader has many other features, I’ve just outlined a few of the ones I use. if you want to know more visit the Good.iWare site. If you have any good tips to add, please leave a comment below.