GoodReader for iPad – App Review

Posted on May 27, 2010


Goodreader allows you to upload .doc, .txt, and .pdf files to your iPad for you to read.

Currently priced at .99, it is easy to see why it is one of the top apps on the iPad.

It is super easy to get your files to GoodReader by transferring them through iTunes. It can handle a ton of files. I loaded my student’s papers all onto the iPad and it made for easy grading. I have even uploaded a 16-meg PDF with graphics and it had no problem.

In a little known feature, you can also create .txt files, type what you need in the text file and transfer the file to your computer later. That is only one function currently supported. I only use it to upload, read, and then delete when I am done with it. But there are a lot more features for you to play with.

Now, there are a couple of things it does not do. You can bookmark PDFs, but I have not found a way to highlight or copy text. In Word files, you can copy information in files, but can not edit. Also it might not support something that is specialized (such as e-book formats). So it is not a perfect app, but it is pretty close.

If you have Word files or a lot of PDFs to read on your iPad, it is a great addition to your system.

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