Fast PDF reader

Discussion in 'iPad' started by rcxiii, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. rcxiii macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2010
    Hey everyone, I'm looking for a fast PDF reader - the experience equivalent to browsing through photos on the iPad or the native PDF reader on the iPad. I can't open them through e-mail since they're around 40mbs each. I've bought GoodReader but zooming and changing pages is slow and sluggish. Are there any apps where I can upload PDFs through iTunes and view them smoothly? Thanks.
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    I found "MyPDFs" to be much more responsive than GoodReader. I've used it with a service manual containing diagrams and photos, and it performs well. It's much more "barebones" than GoodReader, though.
  3. matthewHUB macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2005
    i looked up a new york subway map through safari on the ipad. It was a pdf that loaded. it could barely handle it. Every gesture i did (scroll, zoom) took about 5 seconds to execute, in addition to at least a 10 second delay. not good enough.
  4. jodorowsky00 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2010
    Cloud readers is fast, extremely fast and goes back pages fast too. Oh and its free, also reads zip,rar,cbr, and cbz.
  5. pooryou macrumors 65816

    Sep 28, 2007
    Goodreader seems fast to me, maybe your expectations are off? I have used 100MB+ PDFs without any problems. Maybe you just need to restart your iPad.
  6. jodorowsky00 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2010
    How many pdfs readers have you used, there many people that stick with one and they dont try them all so they dont know what fast is.
  7. dennisj00 macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2009
    File Viewer works for me. . . I get several magazines in PDF format and it's snappy. Includes a web server to transfer files.
  8. pooryou macrumors 65816

    Sep 28, 2007
    Doesn't really matter, it's fast enough for me. It takes less than a second to change pages, how fast does it need to be?
    I'm not going to pay for a bunch of other readers just to time them ;) If Goodreader became faster I wouldn't complain,
    but I would hardly call it 'slow'.
  9. jodorowsky00 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2010
    Ilike good reader not for the PDF handling but for the other features, cloud readers is faster and by the way free.
  10. hard-case macrumors regular


    Jul 10, 2007
    Depends on the PDF. 100MB of text, Goodreader won't have any problem.

    Throw in a copy of Paizo's PDF of the Pathfinder Core Rulebook, ~90MB and 577 pages that are graphics heavy.....usually takes 12-14 seconds to load the book if it goes to the front cover. Page to page is about 3 seconds if just text, 6 if even a small graphic, and almost 10 if it's one of the chapter pages that's about half graphic.

    Not trying to say Goodreader is bad, not at all....but that can get pretty dang annoying, especially when it is just one file. But I echo the OP's query for something that can really give that fast scrolling performance.
  11. pooryou macrumors 65816

    Sep 28, 2007
    I have tons of very large 100mb+ PDFs that are just all scans and don't have that problem.

    Have you tried turning it off and on again? /IT Crowd

    (Not really trying to defend Goodreader per se, just relating my experience.)
  12. jodorowsky00 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2010
    Wow, it doesn't bug me It takes time to load because it's loading the pages, but then waiting 3 seconds for every page makes it not usable.
  13. pooryou macrumors 65816

    Sep 28, 2007
    Yeah I wouldn't be happy about that either. It may be that it's having problems with certain kinds of PDFs?
  14. jodorowsky00 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2010
    I love goodreader but because of it's other features, I always found it's name strange, it's so much more than that. It's actually a file system for the iPad. Much more complex than a reader.
  15. weenie macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2010

    I wish other programs could access the docs stored in GoodReader. The file system and up/download is excellent. KeyNotes/Numbers/Pages should use same technique instead of iTunes.
  16. 1appleAday macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2008
    +1. Personally I like the UI for AirSharing but l also like GoodReader's integration to download from dropbox. It would be nice if I can use AriSharing to read docs in GoodReader :D
  17. jodorowsky00 macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2010
    im thinking that will come with 4.0 and the new ips that will be integrated.
  18. rcxiii thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2010
    Thanks, exactly what I was looking for. Even allows for uploading through Wi-fi. much faster than GoodReader and smoother too. pooryou, I'm glad you're satsified with GoodReader but I think you'll notice a difference.

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