Best PDF reader?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by zen, May 21, 2009.

  1. zen macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2003
    I'm about to pick up a refurb iPod touch and enter the world of the app store for the first time, but I'm curious as to whether anyone ever made a dedicated PDF reader app?

    I know you can email them to yourself, and read the attachment.

    But I understand that Stanza (free) will open PDFs, as will Papers ($14.99... hmmm) and Reddle ($4.99), which also opens MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint files.

    Any recommendations? I intend to use the touch as an eBook reader, and I have about 400 PDFs I want to load up on it!
  2. ksmith80209 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    Doesn't the email app let you read PDFs already (mine does). Why do you need a standalone app?

    (oops - didn't see you mention that you knew about opening them in mail...)
  3. MACoconut macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2008
    Try Airsharing PRO. it's on sale now 4.99

    just got that. now still downloading.

    has functions like print, email,etc. let you use your iPod as a flashdrive.
  4. gekkota macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2008
    I spent a lot of time comparing the available PDF readers, since I wanted to make sure I was getting the most stable app with the features I wanted.

    I went with Good Reader, and here's why:
    * specifically designed to view large PDF files. I tested it on a 900-page document, and it works great.
    * it preserves the bookmarks in the PDF document, so that you can easily find the section of the document you are looking for--airsharing does not.
    * it allows you to create your own bookmarks, and create titles for them (like chapters in a book.)
    * renders graphics clearly
    * can lock in either portrait or landscape mode.
    * can password-protect the app if wanted. I emailed the dev and requested the ability to password-protect individual documents, and he said this feature will be available in a future update.

    Of all the PDF readers I looked at, this seems to be the most stable and has a good set of features. I think it's $4.99, but definitely worth every penny.

    I also have Stanza--supposedly it can read PDFs, but I believe that it does not preserve the bookmarks or any other formatting. It will not show any graphics, either. The document--or ebook--will be one long document with no breaks!
    Stanza's native format is ePub--any other document format (.mobi, etc) needs to be converted to the ePub format with the Stanza desktop application available for download at the Lexcycle website. I am not trying to detract from Stanza--I absolutely love Stanza, and it is my main app for reading ebooks. But for viewing large PDF files, you really can't beat Good Reader, in my opinion.

    Hope this helps!
  5. zen thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2003
    Thanks for the tips, everyone! I'll try a few out and see how I go.

    Does seem odd that Apple doesn't have a version of Preview on the iPhone/touch, or that Adobe hasn't released a version of Adobe Reader for it. Can't quite see the logic.

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