GoodReader for the iPad

The iPad has revolutionized the way I work. I no longer read journal articles  and reports in paper form for the most part, replacing them with digital versions in pdf format. A number of iPad apps are available for reading and organizing pdfs, but GoodReader is one I especially like.

PDFs are transferred into GoodReader using a USB or WiFi connection, downloading from Safari, GoodReader’s browser, DropBox,  and more. Once in the application you can rename files and organize them into folders. Files can be previewed and then opened in the app or others like Evernote, iBooks, Office2 HD, via inter-app Document Exchange. The “Find Files” feature lets one search by name, recently read or added, and “starred” files. Several file management features are provided, among which are creating new files and folders, sending documents through email, file protection, mark as read, and creating a Todo task. MS Office and iWorks fiels are viewable in the app. GoodReader even has an audio/video player.

The annotation features are what sold me on GoodReader.The app will prompt you to alter the current file or create a copy to annotate when you begin to annotate. Text can be highlight and notes embedded in the file.  Once created, the note can be moved around the page to just the right place. The text mark-up feature lets on insert a note between words, underline or cross out text, or “replace” text which crosses out then embeds a note after the replaced word. All annotations are reversable of course. A user can also annotate a document using the line, arrow, square, circle or freehand drawing tools. The video review below demonstrates many of GoodReader’s features.

GoodReader sells for $1.99 on the iTunes App store and is also available for the iPhone. Give it a try.

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About Michael Ritter PhD
Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, science textbook author, educational technology blogger, podcaster, and freelance media consultant.

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