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
Needs Navigation Menu for Keyboard Access (revisited)
I LOVE this app for organizing and viewing my trove of PDF files, but wish my bluetooth keyboard could be used to navigate a PDF. As it is, I have to ‘swipe’ or ‘tap’ the screen to go to the next or previous page. Am I lazy? Yes. No argument there. (Where’d I leave that bag of Doritos - and whose got my beer?!!) But when you’re doing research at the speed of light, flipping between apps with “cmd-tab,” nothing beats a keyboard shortcut for page changes. So what’s my fix? I end up sharing the Goodreader PDF to my BOOKS app, because the BOOKS app supports keyboard input for PDFs. The BOOKS app works great, but I prefer Goodreader because I can annotate and do other cool stuff to the PDF (‘cause I paid for the premium membership). I just wish I could CHANGE TO THE NEXT PAGE with my keyboard. Sigh… Am I asking too much?
Well - a few hours later, I feel silly. I just discovered that a bluetooth keyboard CAN be used to go from page to page in Goodreader, but you have to press the little icon in the toolbar at the bottom of the screen (with four arrows in all compass directions) that locks the page. Once the page is locked, then the keyboard ‘forward’ and ‘back’ arrows work just fine. Go figure. Time for more chips & beer, I guess.
I have had this app on my iPad for several years now and would be lost without it! I use it primarily for knitting--as a collection place for my many patterns. It is particularly useful when I am knitting from a CHART. I place lines, vertically, that are the same color as my stitch markers about every 5-10 stitches and then create a horizontal line to move up or down in the direction that the pattern is to be read. If needed you can make notes to yourself about where you left off either in the line or a message bubble on how you did something a little bit different. I recently created a lace shawl that I would have never been able to create without it. Another thing I like about GoodReader is that you can access your stored patterns even if you are away from internet access. Being able to organize patterns by creating folders and mark patterns with different colored star--those patterns that you want to create for some little person soon or the Fair next summer. There are so many pieces to this app, that I am sure I don't use them all, but absolutely love what I have found. Even though one can only give 5 stars, I'd give 10 if I could. Amazing app❣
I’m using goodreader for several years now. It used to be 5 star without doubt. but the developers got greedy and instead of adding features to new versions, started to demand money for the same features over yearly subscription IN AN ALREADY PAID APP. This is rip off. Subscription based sales should be for somethings like magazines and so on. Not apps like pdf readers. I’m going to reduce 2 stars and if it does not get new features in regular update I will reduce other stars too, because I consider it outdated app.
re: 15 oct 2020
I didn’t say that the previous features are not available. I said that the app basically didn’t get any new feature outside the subscription which is an irrational business model for offline features. If you wanted to sell new features you could just introduce new version besides this one. Or make them one time in app purchase. Having a subscription for something that basically runs offline on user’s device and is an offline feature is not acceptable as you are not truly providing an ongoing service but an offline product.
To me the last true update this app received was a long time ago and it’s getting out of date as something like new iOS file system and multi-window support don’t work properly or are completely unavailable.
Developer Response ,
We’re sorry if there’s been a misunderstanding. Only the “Pro Pack” features described on our website here: goodreader.com/user-manual/goodreader-pro-pack are being offered as optional add-on features with a subscription purchase. These features were newly developed for GoodReader v.5.0. The suggestion that the any feature available in previous versions of GoodReader now requires a subscription purchase is not true. Please review our comprehensive Update History on our website here: goodreader.com/updates-history, which documents when each of GoodReader’s features was added, including all the Pro Pack features made available as of v.5.0. We hope this clears up any confusion, but if you have additional questions or concerns about this subject or anything else, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to discuss your concerns in detail.
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- 59.7 MB
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 11.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.0 or later.
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- In-App Purchases
- Pro Pack (annual) $17.99
- Pro Pack $79.99
- Pro Pack (monthly) $2.99
- Auto Sync $9.99