GoodReader for iPad gets a huge update

GoodReader for iPad has just received a major update with some fantastic new features. PDF annotations is the biggest addition including notes, highlights, markups and drawings.

If you don't already use this App for PDF viewing and management then you definitely should try it out. GoodReader is my most used iPad app, you can find out more about it in our quick review.

Full update details and more screenshots after the break.

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Major update introducing major new feature - PDF Annotations, including notes, highlights, markups and drawings:

  • all annotations that you create or edit in GoodReader - notes, highlights, markups, and drawings >- are saved in a PDF file, so you will be able to see them later on a computer or in another copy of GoodReader on your colleague's device
  • all notes, highlights, markups, and drawings created outside GoodReader, and properly stored in a PDF file, can be viewed or edited in GoodReader
  • types of annotations that you can create and edit in GoodReader: comments ("sticky notes") with 7 different icons, text highlights, freehand drawings, lines, arrows, rectangles, ovals, text underlines, text deletion marks (strikeouts), text insertion marks, text replacement marks. You can freely adjust color of all of the above.
  • other types of annotations that you can view in GoodReader: text boxes with callouts, polygons and polylines, squiggly underlines, cloudy shapes, rubber stamps, file attachments. All annotations that can be viewed, can also be deleted. In addition, some of them can be edited in a limited fashion (color, placement, scale).
  • you can now extract files from PDF file attachments

  • two main gestures that you should use to work with annotations - single tap, and "tap & hold". Depending on where you tap (on a text, on an existing annotation, or on a free space on a page), different menus will be presented to you.

Other important improvements and new features:

  • now you can select text directly on a PDF page. Tap on a text and hold your finger for a while. You can then copy it to the clipboard, or create markups for it (highlights, underlines, strikeouts, etc.)
  • certain not very large files were known to consistently crash GoodReader (as well as other PDF reader apps) for no apparent reason. This was the issue with iOS 3.x. We have resolved this issue. It shouldn't be a problem now, even if you're still on iOS 3.x (this one is for you, Linux Journal readers :-)
  • now we can hide PDF watermarks (adjustable option in settings) -> certain button images in place of PDF links that were not shown before, are now shown correctly

And some other nice things:

  • you can now choose which minimum zoom ratio you prefer for PDF pages - "fit to screen" or "fit to width" (an option in settings)
  • we have lifted the limitation for a size of files being extracted from PDF Portfolios. Now we're able to extract files of any size. Just make sure that you have enough of free disk space!
  • now when you copy a file to the same location as the original, a copy is created. Very handy if you want to annotate a PDF file, but also want to leave the original file unchanged.
  • a workaround for the issue when WiFi was conflicting with Bluetooth (slow WiFi connection, occasional WiFi signal drops when Bluetooth switch is on, etc.) was finally found. Now there should be no conflict between WiFi and Bluetooth when working in GoodReader.

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There are 12 comments. Add yours.

lpiphone says:

Great yes, but the annotations don't show up anywhere else once you e-mail and open the annoted file on PC or iPad. Unless you open the annoted file in GoodReader

Eric Montgomery says:

Just this morning I was lamenting the fact that I had to copy my file from GoodReader to iAnnotate in order to do this. This is an AWESOME update. Way to go! WooHoo!

StevO Jobso says:

Awesome in deed, they better make as many sells as possible, until Apple finds a way to steal this feature for their iBooks App. As usual Apple is always late. They allow these Devs to invest time and money and later on Apple adds it as one of their own features.

Webvex says:

GoodReader is way overrated. There are a lot of better apps, with much better interfaces. Also, PDF is a horrible semi-proprietary format that needs to go away, like MS Office files.

greg says:

the annotations show up fine for me in preview on a mac

bebass says:

Anyone know how to open pdf's in GoodReader that I loaded onto my iPad thru iBooks ? I can't seem to find/open them with GoodReader. I have e-mailed them twice and posted here in the forums - if anyone knows how to do this - or if it is even possible I would greatly appreciate the info.
Thanks,
Ben

Art Peterson says:

I purchased GoodReader for iPad within days of buying my ipad, in July '10, based on the advertised promises of the app. I have not been disappointed! It allows me to use it when presenting classes improving my skills and better informing my students. When I needed help figuring an app "how to" the author replied in a timely manner and set me straight. Thanks for your help and for the great app. Art

anniecharles says:

Great Apps which I now use everyday to read meeting papers. Ave a few trees. Hope annotation for word documents will come soon.

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Mandy Bax Foreman says:

after updating good reader, i find that when opening an agenda etc, that when clicking on the agenda then clicking on a tabbed case that it shows a black screen until you touch the screen... before updating I could open the agenda and the tabbed item and it showed instantly... is there a fix for this??