Can't decide between Goodreader and PDF Expert

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by lsquare, Aug 16, 2014.

  1. lsquare macrumors 6502

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    I have the older version of PDF Expert. For the most part it fill my needs. I was pretty disappointed that the latest version isn't free for me. Goodreader also came out with version 4 of their software. I'm thinking I should buy the latest version of the PDF software so that it'll continue to get supported with updates. Goodreader 4 is tempting as it's on sale for $2.99. Need help to figure out which software to go with.
     
  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Keep the one you have now if you're happy with it. This is the second time Goodreader has gone on sale since it launched a few months back. PDF Expert was on sale twice too I think, I know it has been because of the Apple sponsored sale anyway.

    I feel like PDF Expert is going to end up being App of the Week within a month's time. All of Readdle's stuff has gone free at one point or another.

    Generally speaking, iOS 8 is about to come out. I'd seriously wait until you're sure that these apps will get free updates for it. I'm thinking that a lot of developers are going to screw us over and make us pay extra for Notification Center widgets and the like.
     
  3. swedefish macrumors 6502

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    Goodreader is a nice piece of software but what kills it for me is it's inability to display two sequential pages on the same screen. I like to always read at the top of the screen and with Goodreader I can't scroll down a set of pages making the bottom of page 2 appear at the top of the screen and the top of page 3 appearing below it. I hope that made at least a little bit of sense.
     
  4. lsquare thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the comment. Goodreader have never gone for free though. In the time since I created this thread, Goodreader have now dropped to $0.99! Now it's becoming very hard to say no. lol!

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    So are the other PDF apps capable of this? You sure nothing have changed with Goodreader 4?
     
  5. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    Right? Aren't you glad you didn't spend $5 to 7 now? Haha. I say go for it.

    I don't think it'll end up being free either. PDF Expert will though, I guarantee it.
     
  6. lexvo macrumors 65816

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    It is called vertical scrolling. The previous version of Goodreader didn't have it. I don't know about the new Goodreader version as I switched to PDF Expert.

    PDF Expert has vertical scrolling. It also has continious vertical scrolling: that is smooth scrolling from page to page, very nice when you are annotating.

    I also like the Finder-like interface of PDF Expert.
     
  7. Donka macrumors 68020

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    GoodReader 4 has vertical swiping so you can see the bottom of one page and the top of another but as soon as you release your finger the next page will slide into screen. It doesn't have smooth scrolling in the sense that if you stop scrolling between two pages, they will both remain on screen.
    You do have the option of displaying 2 pages side by side though which may be of help to some.
    Another thing to consider is annotations. If you work between the iPad and the desktop version of Adobe Reader, GoodReader has the best compatibility of any iPad PDF app I have used. All annotations in both directions can be read and edited. I found with Readdle Docs that annotations could be viewed in Adobe Reader but not edited and I think the name of the person that annotated these was not carried across although that may have been a setting I missed. I'm not sure if PDF Expert is the same in this regard.
     

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