First released in 2009, GoodReader® is truly a veteran of the App Store.
In the modern app business, it's not easy to stay relevant that long. We're proud to say that after 13 years and counting, we've been delivering wonderful updates with extraordinary new features. And we're going to keep doing that!
GoodReader is a perfect combination of document-reading and file-managing capabilities. It's your one-stop shop for all your document needs on your iOS device.
Use the app once, and you'll be hooked. Soon you'll be wondering how you ever managed to work without it.
-= File Reading =-
PDF, TXT, MS Office, iWork, HTML, pictures, music & audio-books, videos. This is what you can view in GoodReader, plus you can also annotate PDF files and edit TXT files.
-= PDF Reading and Annotating =-
PDF files is where GoodReader truly shines. Reading experience is so superior, it's hard to describe. To rephrase one of our customers' review, "try it, and you'll see." While you're at it, give our PDF Reflow feature a try. You'll be surprised how much better PDF reading goes when you don't have to scroll left/right all the time, for every single line of text.
Annotating PDFs is another star feature of our app. Adding notes and drawings, highlighting text, and then sharing your annotated files or annotation summaries will be your main productivity and collaboration asset.
-= File Management =-
While reading files is a big part of GoodReader, it's not all it can do. It can also serve as a central hub for all your files, even those that can't be opened by GoodReader itself. It's like bringing your personal computer experience to your mobile device — easily managing huge collections of files and folders will make you forget you don't have your laptop around.
-= Connecting =-
Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, Box.com, WebDAV, SMB, AFP, FTP, SFTP — these are all accessible from inside GoodReader. Download, upload, and sync (*) individual files or huge folder collections.
-= Security =-
With GoodReader, your data security steps up to the level previously only dreamt of. With Pro Pack® (*), our new set of professional-level super-features, you'll get AES-256, a military-grade encryption, for all your data, at a price of a cup of coffee! And it's completely independent from the built-in Apple's Data Protection, so even if a hacker steals and unlocks your device, your data will still be protected by another strong layer of security, our own.
-= Split-Screen =-
This wonderful feature allows you to split (*) an iPad screen in half, to read two files side-by-side. And even two different parts of the same file!
(*): This feature requires a subscription to Pro Pack®, sold separately from inside the app as an in-app purchase.
- custom OneDrive / SharePoint repositories*
(*): this feature requires Pro Pack, a paid add-on, sold separately from inside the app, as an in-app purchase.
Ratings and Reviews
As a PhD student with ADHD, this app has been an absolute godsend. And what’s more, I honestly think I’ve only just begun to tap its potential…as there loads of buttons I’ve never pressed! I mainly use the text-to-speech function along with highlights and annotations. Then have it synced to my citation manager through cloud storage…where I can extract the annotations and create a research database. I need to reconnect it every now and then as sometimes an error comes up, but that’s probably because of something I’m doing wrong and it only takes a few seconds to do so I’m not worried about that. Genuinely, a very good piece of software if you have a lot of heavy reading to do.
(Edit) I’d also just like to add appreciation that the colour of the read-along highlighter is a visually comfortable lavender rather than the usual garish yellow. This tiny detail makes a big difference to accessibility for me.
Serious professional editing tool
I can’t believe I haven’t reviewed GoodReader before. I’ve been using it since it came out on the recommendation of my editor and I can’t imagine handling PDF proofs without it now. It’s stable, richly featured, it does everything you need without endless in-app purchases, it’s intuitive, and it can cope with huge files. The documentation is thorough and the support, on the rare occasions you need it, is first-class. Pop-up annotations aren’t suitable for some jobs and GR gives you a good choice of alternatives including the excellent freehand tool. I’ve seen too many apps that promise all that but none of them do the job. And this is one of only a handful of apps where I’ve been happy to subscribe to an extra pack of features because they’re exactly that — extras, not unlocking basics. A real bargain, too. I can’t fault it.
GoodReader back on top
I use my iPad and phone to manage a lot of files and PDFs and also create a lot of documents so a good PDF management app is key. I have had both goodreader and PDF expert for several years and have flipped to and fro between as they have gone through their iterative update. The latest round of updates puts good reader firmly back on top.
The access of tools and functions is more intuitive, I can find the things I need to do and do almost anything I can think of with a document.
PDF expert has taken a hit recently for needless frustrations like forcing printing through its partner app vice AirPrint. No such hassle with the new version of good reader, much faster opening than previously, use to find and use crop, and fault free air print. Signing and annotation all good and the new emphasis on security is welcome even if I won’t trust it with the Death Star plans just yet.
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- Good.iWare, Inc.
- 59.7 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Age Rating
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- In-App Purchases
- Pro Pack (annual) £17.49
- Pro Pack (monthly) £2.99
- Pro Pack £69.99
- Auto Sync £8.99