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Paid iOS PDF reader that features annotation, file management, and third party service connectivity.

  • iPhone
  • iPad
Avg rating of 5 (2)| 4 comments

What is GoodReader?

With GoodReader on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, you can read virtually anything, anywhere. Books, movies, maps, pictures; GoodReader puts it all in a single app, right in your pocket.

GoodReader lets you transfer files to your iOS device, directly from your computer over a USB cable or Wi-Fi connection, from the Internet, or from email attachments. It also easily integrates with MobileMe iDisk,, and other popular WebDAV servers, and also with non-WebDAV services like Google Docs and Dropbox.

With the PDF Reflow feature, reading your documents on a small iPhone screen is a pleasure because it extracts pure text from PDF files and automatically wraps words. That means you never have to scroll left and right to read the text.

With no bars or buttons blocking the text, you have true full screen reading. The PDF hyperlink feature allows you to quickly jump back and forth within the document. Tapping a link will whisk you across a huge PDF book in an instant, and the "Go Back" button takes you back to the page you came from. If you already know what you're looking for, the Text Search feature helps you find your way to the exact info you want in any PDF or TXT file. You can even use the 50x zoom, which gives you a better view, without distorting the image. That makes it perfect for viewing PDF maps or drawings.

GoodReader supports massive PDF and TXT files, but it can also handle all of the most popular file types. Have a look for yourself:

  • MS Office - .doc, .ppt, .xls and more
  • iWork'08/'09
  • HTML and Safari webarchives
  • High resolution images
  • It even does audio and video!
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PDF Reflow
Reading PDF
Import your files
Manage your files
PDF Annotations
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GoodReader Features

  1.  PDF annotationGoodReader support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
  2.  Dark ModeGoodReader supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
  3.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.

GoodReader information

  • Developed byGood.iWare
  • LicensingProprietary and Commercial product.
  • PricingOne time purchase (perpetual license)
  • RatingAverage rating of 5
  • Alternatives92 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English

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  •   4.66 avg rating
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GoodReader is a great way of managing pdf articles or books. The two-way sync makes highlighting and reading from a tablet very easy--you can export your notes back to a computer. You can set it to sync certain directories (which I often to with a tablet) or grab files individually (which I find better for the phone version). I haven't made much use of the dropbox sync feature, but imagine this could be really useful for sharing annotations in collaborative projects. You can also download an ebook from a browser within the app itself which makes it great for finding reading materials as well. Really made academic work a lot easier and is much more convenient than having to lug around a laptop just to have access to a single article. Wish I had found this and spent the $5 sooner.

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Best for reading and to make annotations on PDF.

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Fist of all, I am sorry if this is in the wrong section, I'm unfamiliar with this forum layout.

I recently purchased an Android tablet, with the hopes of it being a replacement for my iPad.

One of the many uses I have for a tablet is being able to access and read PDF files stored on my Mac.

GoodReader has a built in system to alow this. As well as having access to numerous online servers. It's the local server access I'm specifically looking for.

My Mac is set to host specific folders as both AFP and SMB servers. I understand that getting AFP access on a non-Apple device may not be possible, but surely SMB is.

I have tried over a dozen different PDF readers today. None of them capable of accessing a local host. Some of them have options for online servers, but not SMB or any other local hosts.

If anyone is familiar with GoodReader, you'll know of what I mean. All I want is a relatively simple interface, but options to download or access files stored locally on my Mac.

I am open to any suggestions. But all of the suggested alternatives that an online search gave are without the feature I'm looking for.

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I feel your pain. I use Goodreader on all my i-devices, but recently purchased a Galaxy Tab 4 for testing. I have innumerable PDF docs but am finding there to be a shortfall of good apps. Let me know if you find anything worthwhile.

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I've found it! I've been missing Goodreader (and pretty much nothing else) since jumping ship from iOS to the Droid a few years ago now, and I never gave up looking. Today I found it. Moon reader pro. It can read just about anything, like GR does, it can do onboard SD card files heirarchies, manage files for me or sync with WebDAV like GR, it has lots of lovely viewing options and it has a nice simple interface fronting a lot of functionality. The WebDAV feature was a deal-breaker for me, but it has a ton more features. I only tried the free version for about a minute before deciding I wanted to support the developers anyway, so I can't say much about the difference between the two - but for the price of a latte I now no longer miss GoodReader. Thank you moon reader devs!

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Hello folks,

I am looking for a ebook reader for iPad (1st Gen) where I can really feel ebooks like regular paper books, i.e. flipping pages, bookmarking (like dog earing) pages, highlighting and commenting).

In addition to that if there is ability where I can just share books over wi-fi, it will be a great feature. I am just sick and tired of going through iTunes for every small thing.

Thank you very much for suggestion.

(P.S. - This post is not about GoodReader but I know it has some of the features I wish. The forum won't let me post without app link, hence the link.)

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