Prettiest pdf reader? -yeah I searched

Discussion in 'iPad' started by thornguy, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. thornguy macrumors regular

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    Sorry to ask this but searching generates hundreds of hits and no clear winner

    I've tried goodreader, air share pro, dropbox, they all run in 1x or 2x mode and look like crap.

    I don't want to keep buying apps for trial and error.
    What brings up .pdfs full screen nice and pretty?

    I have various tech manual .pdfs that I collect they're less than 20megs each but I'd prefer to keep them in one place.

    Thanks for the time
     
  2. calderone macrumors 68040

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    I have been using GoodReader with a number of technical PDFs, I don't see a problem.

    Page turns are less than elegant, but they are working on that last I heard.
     
  3. gillybean macrumors 6502a

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    What do you mean by "run in 1x or 2x mode" ?

    My opinion is that GoodReader works better for reading paper PDFs (e.g. if you write something up and save it to PDF), while Air Sharing looks better on the scanned magazines PDFs that I have (seems crisper, less blurry).
     
  4. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    Sounds like you aren't getting the iPad version of the apps.

    goodreader for iPad looks awesome!

    http://appshopper.com/productivity/goodreader-tablet-edition

    Air Sharing HD
    http://appshopper.com/business/air-sharing-hd
     
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  7. gillybean macrumors 6502a

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    Ah I thought GoodReader was universal too but I just checked and apparently it's not.
     
  8. r0k macrumors 68040

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    I use goodreader on iPad and on iPod touch. Yeah, I paid twice. It's that good. Oh, and it only costs a buck on iPad and a buck plus in-app purchase of extras if you are on iPod touch.
     
  9. nStyle macrumors 65816

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    Shouldn't cost anything really considering it should come with the device
     
  10. thornguy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks all. I downloaded the iphone version that is ipad compatible but looks like crap. I was wondering what koolaid people were drinking :)


    The iPad version rocks! And I'll put the other one on my iPhone.

    Just got my iPad 32 today and having a blast
     
  11. Penooker macrumors member

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    Don't use goodreader, because the page turning is horrendous. Until they fix that, I can't stand reading / scrolling through a pdf on goodreader.
     
  12. h3nG macrumors member

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    I felt the same way. But I spent sometime to tweak it and I love it now! Make sure to turn off swipe to page turn. And go to help and view the tap zone.

    Curious - What have you been using that's better?
     
  13. Penooker macrumors member

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    I prefer Safari to goodreader (and didn't try any other program). Google Docs allows you to upload PDF's. So if you have a network connection, Google Docs and Safari works well.
     
  14. calderone macrumors 68040

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    They are working on the page turns. I don't think it is that bad though.
     
  15. weenie macrumors member

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    I agree.

    For now, just use the built-in single tap on upper/lower right portion of document go to previous/next page is quicker than "turning" pages.
     
  16. jodorowsky00 macrumors regular

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    Try Clould Readers its free. its fast
     
  17. skafia macrumors 6502

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    I have all of my textbooks on my iPad and the PDF files are over 300MB and Goodreader does a great job for me. I have to admit page turning is ugly, scrolling and sliding around the PDF appears laggy but I'm sure it'll be improved in future versions. For 99 cents this is the best App for the iPad.
     
  18. zukernik macrumors regular

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    Can any of these apps let you highlight or take notes in the PDF? I tried GoodReader and although I love the interface, I really wish I could highlight things.
     
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  20. kepner macrumors 6502

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    GoodReader is great. I love the DropBox support. It's also an OK PDF reader.
     
  21. skafia macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, Goodreader would be +awesome if it would allow annotation, highlighting, or even a split view where you can type notes.
     
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  23. JReynolds macrumors 6502

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    I want to know the same thing. Looks good but I read it's a pain trying to get the PDFs into the app....

    Annotating is a must tho, main prob with goodreader
     

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