Resolved Goodreader replacement?

haruhiko

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[Update] the app finally was updated.

The app has been abandoned and the developer is missing and unresponsive to any questions. Is there any good alternatives to the app? I tried Documents by Readdle, but it doesn't support setting custom password to a specific folder inside the app.

Any idea? Thanks.
 
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Hawaiian Starman

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The app has been abandoned and the developer is missing and unresponsive to any questions. Is there any good alternatives to the app? I tried Documents by Readdle, but it doesn't support setting custom password to a specific folder inside the app.

Any idea? Thanks.
Not true. Just the other day received an email from the developer asking if I wanted to be part of the Goodreader 5 beta testing. Seems a new release will occur within next month or two. As far as the app itself, I have my GR PDFs in iCloud Drive. Beta 5 app didn’t automatically sync them. :( Waiting for developer to respond about it. Perhaps Santa taking higher priority. ;)
 
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Not true. Just the other day received an email from the developer asking if I wanted to be part of the Goodreader 5 beta testing. Seems a new release will occur within next month or two. As far as the app itself, I have my GR PDFs in iCloud Drive. Beta 5 app didn’t automatically sync them. :( Waiting for developer to respond about it. Perhaps Santa taking higher priority. ;)
This is nice to hear, I would be very happy to see an update from Goodreader.

Is iCloud auto-sync in Goodreader v4? That's a feature that would be great to have, but with v4 I've only been ever been able to auto-sync to Google Drive and Dropbox.
 
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Hawaiian Starman

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This is nice to hear, I would be very happy to see an update from Goodreader.

Is iCloud auto-sync in Goodreader v4? That's a feature that would be great to have, but with v4 I've only been ever been able to auto-sync to Google Drive and Dropbox.
Initially I used dropbox to sync documents amongst devices. However, I started to run out of cloud space. So I switched to iCloud, where I have plenty of space. I prefer to maintain my PDF documents on my device to preclude the need to download. Yet, in GF4, iCloud integration has been spotty. Sometimes actual documents on a device show available in the cloud but not on my device (requiring again an unnecessary download ). I'm looking forward to beta testing v5 for this very reason.
 
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Hawaiian Starman

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iCloud on Goodreader Beta 5 works without issue. However, to implement the cloud sync (not obvious when using the app), user needs to create a new folder in iCloud Drive for GR5beta (name it GRBetaContainer). Then copy/paste the contents from the GR4 folder (Goodreader). Perhaps most easily done on the computer.

Once GR5 gold is released, this dual folder in the Cloud will be unnecessary.
 

harriska2

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I used to love Goodreader but it wasn’t keeping up. I switched to PDF Expert. It’s markup is wonderful. Goodreader had better page flipping capabilities but it tried to do too much and was cluttered.
 

rocknblogger

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The app has been abandoned and the developer is missing and unresponsive to any questions. Is there any good alternatives to the app? I tried Documents by Readdle, but it doesn't support setting custom password to a specific folder inside the app.

Any idea? Thanks.
The app has not been abandoned. They’re currently working on the next version which I’m beta testing now. Just be a little patient and wait for the new release.
 

colmaclean

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Goodreader 5 now available. If you already have 4, you will get the upgrade for free but there are additional features (split screen mode, security and business-focused) which require an in-app payment (around 5 quid).

I’ve played with it for a few minutes and can confirm it’s a lot slicker than the previous version. PDF viewing is great and the app supports iPad Pro 11” full screen, which is very pleasing.
 

Alwis

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Goodreader 5 can not be used without accepting an EULA in which the manufacturer reserves itself far reaching rights for collecting data.

I am not comfortable with that and will stop using Goodreader, although I used it a lot in the past.
 
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haruhiko

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The app has been abandoned and the developer is missing and unresponsive to any questions. Is there any good alternatives to the app? I tried Documents by Readdle, but it doesn't support setting custom password to a specific folder inside the app.

Any idea? Thanks.
Finally the app has been updated.
 

Infrared

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I have to say I’m underwhelmed by the new update. The interface is a bit garish, text is misaligned and so on. It’s a bit unpolished.

Options that were there in v4 are (apparently) missing. Go to a particular numbered page? Tap to zoom in?

The multipage view is now a single column of page thumbnails, which wastes space and means twice as much scrolling.

It’s not a total disaster, but it seems a step backwards in some ways. It’s annoying because there are few PDF readers that seem to get everything right - and it’s the reading rather than editing that I’m interested in.
 

Greynote

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I have to say I’m underwhelmed by the new update. The interface is a bit garish, text is misaligned and so on. It’s a bit unpolished.

Options that were there in v4 are (apparently) missing. Go to a particular numbered page? Tap to zoom in?

The multipage view is now a single column of page thumbnails, which wastes space and means twice as much scrolling.


It’s not a total disaster, but it seems a step backwards in some ways. It’s annoying because there are few PDF readers that seem to get everything right - and it’s the reading rather than editing that I’m interested in.
Greypad is free and should work well for your use case. It also features a security mechanism that no other PDF app has. Give it a shot and I'd appreciate any feedback. :)
 

sparksd

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In V5 I can't connect to any of my networked PCs via Samba - get error messages. And I too was put off by the very broad data access statements in the EULA. Since similar functionality that I use is available in other apps, I deleted Goodreader.
 

border terrier

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Anyone know how to stop this app v5 from opening all my iCloud docs within it? I use to use the app for storing loads of pdf docs I use as reference but now it opens everything, not good and I don't know how to turn this off. Any help appreciated.