GoodReader = MUST-HAVE app

Discussion in 'iPad' started by louis0nfire, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. louis0nfire macrumors 6502

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    It's shocking how much functionality this app adds for just .99 cents. It crosses out a lot of arguments some iPad naysayers have and just works so great. I recommend everyone buy it. Who agrees?
     
  2. HXGuy macrumors 68000

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    Whats good about it? What functionality will it add?
     
  3. Fast Shadow macrumors 6502a

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  4. HXGuy macrumors 68000

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    Sooo...its just a PDF viewer? What am I not seeing here?
     
  5. gillybean macrumors 6502a

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    It can view my MS Word docs too.

    I don't think it lets you annotate them though.
     
  6. ipoddin macrumors 6502a

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    It imports and reads any file from any server including drop box and mobile me, FTP, and more. You can organize by folders within your own "my documents" folder.

    You can then email, zip, etc
     
  7. HXGuy macrumors 68000

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    Hmm sounds cool but I dont see myself using it. Im not using any files on the iPad really...no PDFs or Word or anything like that.
     
  8. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    There's no built in method to read PDFs on the iPad/iPhone as well as storage and management of those documents like PDF/Word Docs and so on, especially with features like brightness, text reflow and bookmarks. You have to use email or a third party app to view your PDFs and other documents, that's it.

    This app is an advanced document management tool that has multiple methods that for you to upload/download documents and you can also perform document organization right on the device. You can also use cloud services to manage the PDFs as well. If you have a bunch of PDFs on dropbox/mobileme/ftp/webdav servers, this application will be able to connect to them and download or upload them.

    You just have to use the tool to understand how powerful and useful it is.

    It's an upcoming feature according to the devs. I believe they have plans to make GoodReader even more powerful in the future.
     
  9. HXGuy macrumors 68000

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  10. gianly1985 macrumors 6502a

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    Best app for PDFs on iphone, I guess it's the same for the iPad.

    Thanks to the page by page system, GoodReader can open even giant PDFs, I heard people opened a 1gb pdf.

    More over, the reflow function can be useful sometimes.

    It also opens every kind of office document.

    Back in the old days, GoodReader was also able to transfer documents via USB. Then Apple asked them to remove this function, maybe because it was redundant with the yet-to-be-unveiled "File Sharing" funcion of iTunes 9.1 + iPhoneOS 3.2. Sadly, GoodReader still doesn't support this function at the moment, so USB transfers are off-limits at the moment. I hope that "File Sharing" becomes widespread not only among editing apps but also among read-only apps like GoodReader.
     
  11. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    Umm, it's already here.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. kultschar macrumors 6502a

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    Does it find local network shares? i.e. find my home office computers shared folders?

    If so do you have to install anything on the client computers desktop for it to work?

    Can you edit a doc (i.e. pages) save it back to network?
     
  13. r0k macrumors 68040

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    PDF is the native format of the OS X clipboard. Any pdf you come across in email or in Safari shows up just fine on the iPad. You really shouldn't have needed Goodreader. What Goodreader does is it lets you store files locally. I know this is hard to believe but Apple wants us running around with devices that don't know how to handle files. I currently have 4 programs just to deal with files. I have filebrowser, airsharing hd, mobile studio and goodreader. With the exception of image files, none of these can see one another's files. I can grab a pdf file using filebrowser and view it but I cannot view that same file using goodreader unless I go get it again using goodreader. What this means is that for me to be able to view the same file in 4 applications, I need 4 copies of that file on my iPad! Unacceptable!

    Goodreader brags about being able to open large pdf files but a major benefit goodreader brings to the table is the ability to manipulate files at all. I am able to carry around a semester's worth of handouts for a grad class on my iPad and it's a lot lighter than the 250+ pages would be if I printed them out. I hope that OS 4.0 brings file management and a Finder to the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad so we can get beyond all these third party training wheels to do something that should have been made easy by the OS.

    And having to use iTunes and a usb cable to get non-music content to and from a wifi equipped device does not meet my definition of easy.
     
  14. jeffy777 macrumors 6502

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    This app is amazing, and for 99 cents it's dirt cheap,
     
  15. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Well, drag/drop does meet my definition of easy.
     
  16. r0k macrumors 68040

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    I agree. While I was ranting that this app shouldn't have been necessary, I forgot to mention that it's only 99 cents and well worth it given the limitations of the OS.
     
  17. supermanx macrumors member

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    Actually, follow the instructions on their website and creat a web share on your machine. No cable needed and allowed me to do folder/file creation and management.

    Another great feature is the password protection on individual files or folders.

    I bought the ipad to fill a niche other ereaders couldn't: fullsize color technical manuals in pdf format (kindle and nook both suck at pdf), but now am using it to read numerous full color magazines too.
     
  18. r0k macrumors 68040

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    Drag & drop is way plenty easy when it doesn't require walking down two flights of stairs and plugging in a usb cable. :eek:

    I've gotten in the habit of never plugging my iThings in to the "mothership". I only have a few hundred songs on my iPod Touch and none on my iPad so the only reason I ever plug in is to back up. I don't mind that my podcasts don't get updated. Also having my Macbook in my basement office is a deterrent to plugging in.

    Back when I had a Palm TX, I used to be able to hotsync via wifi: Contacts, apps, music, everything. That was so 2005. Here it is 5 years later and I cannot do the same thing with the iPad. Hopefully Apple will toss me a few bones at tomorrow's OS 4.0 announcement.
     
  19. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

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    Amen.
     
  20. RMXO macrumors 6502a

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    I got goodreader but I'm starting to wonder if I should of gotten Readdledocs instead.
     
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    Can GoodReader import files from other applications on the ipad?

    Say you open an email with a pdf, is there anyway to get that onto the GoodReader app from within the ipad itself?

    Or you save a document in Pages, can you thene export it to GoodReader?
     
  23. jeffy777 macrumors 6502

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    What are the differences?

    Personally I love GoodReader, but i haven't tried Readdledocs yet.
     
  24. r0k macrumors 68040

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    Again, this method requires me to sit at the keyboard of the mothership to do something to the iPad. The iPad is the Rodney Dangerfield of computing devices. It don't get no respect. The same two flights of stairs thing applies to sitting at my Mac and surfing to my iPad to get files on and off the thing. I really should be able to initiate everything from the iPad end. I take you back once again to 2005 and a little piece of software called Wifile Pro which allowed me to get native files to and from my Palm TX from network drives in my house.

    Even now there is no software (that I have found) that allows me to use an AFP (apple) or SMB (linux/windows) shared folder from my iPad. Lame, Lame, Gimpy and Lame. I can use ftp, sftp and ssh from my iPad and that's good enough because most of my files are on Linux boxes and are available via ftp. But I don't have ftp enabled on my Macbook and would rather not if I didn't have to.

    But I digress. Until Apple stops hitting snooze on the whole filesystem issue, Goodreader is definitely a must have app.
     
  25. anthonymoody macrumors 68020

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    I think this issue is WAY bigger than multi-tasking to be honest. Doing two (or more) things at once is certainly 'nice' if not entirely necessary. But the benefit of even that is limited if the stuff from app A doesn't play nicely/easily with the stuff from app B.

    We need either:

    -a built in file system

    OR

    -hooks to allow apps to cleanly get documents in/out from one app to another
     

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