UPDATED: As of Jan. 2, 2011, GoodReader for the iPad is currently $2.99
A while ago we reviewed an app for the iPad called Dropbox to help you manage files stored in the Dropbox online space or "cloud" and access them on your iPad, iPhone, Mac and Desktop devices. Dropbox is a great platform to manage files you keep stored on Dropbox servers. Taking online storage a step further, there's an amazing application for the iPad that allows you to access a even greater range of files on the web including photos, video and web links in addition to providing annotation capabilities of text files, native file storage to your iPad, in addition to allowing you to upload files back to the different servers and platforms where your files are hosted. The app we're referring to is called GoodReader and it's just $1.99 from the Apple iTunes Store .
What file formats does GoodReader support?
- MS Office - .doc, .ppt, .xls, .rtf, .and more
- iWork '08/'09
- .PDF files
- HTML and Safari webarchives
- Photos and images
- Audio and Video!
What Web Servers does GoodReader support?
In addition to allowing you to access your files stored on DropBox, GoodReader provides access to the following online web storage servers:
- IMAP and POP3 Email servers (allows you to have access to all your email attachments such as articles sent from colleagues or travel itineraries)
- MobileMe iDisk
- Google Docs
- Any WebDAV server (including accessing the U of M's Netfiles web server in GoodReader)
- Many others including FTP online storage!
How do I use GoodReader to manage my online files?
Once in GoodReader, you have so many options for managing files in terms of downloading files from your different online servers (photo below connecting to Dropbox)
And once downloaded you can move files into different folders using Copy and Move options in the Manage Files section. You can password protect files you have downloaded. You can E-Mail files to others, rename them to organize in your GoodReader database, you can also open files in other applications. For instance if you have .ppt files hosted in Dropbox or Google docs that you want to open in Keynote on the iPad you can do so as you please by clicking the ...Open in... button and selecting the application you want to open the file.
How do I use GoodReader to annotate my files and documents?
New in version 3.0.2 is the ability to mark up, highlight and annotate your files in GoodReader. This option is best learned by opening up a document in GoodReader and playing around with the different annotation items. Many people, including myself have been previously doing these annotation functions using an additional software such as iAnnotate for the iPad. The challenge with iAnnotate is the files stay in iAnnotate. Having the ability to use GoodReader for annotation limits the need for additional software in addition to being able to upload your annotations back into your hosted file network and keep the annotated files alongside your other files.
Download GoodReader for the iPad today to get started and learn more about this software!