First released in 2009, GoodReader marks its 10-year anniversary with a better-than-ever major upgrade, GoodReader 5.
It's not easy to outperform ourselves after 10 years of delivering wonderful updates with extraordinary new features, but we did it! Again!
Already top in its class, and everybody's favorite go-to tool, GoodReader just got significantly better.
GoodReader is a perfect combination of document-reading and file-managing capabilities. It's your one-stop shop for all your document needs when you're on the go with 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 =-
A part of the Pro Pack (*) add-on, this wonderful new 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!
-= Privacy =-
Our commitment is to never monitor any user activity or gather any analytical data through the app. There are no usernames, profiles or accounts to log in to. Use the tool at your leisure with ZERO monitoring.
(*): Pro Pack is a paid add-on, sold separately from inside the app, as an in-app purchase.
New in 5.1.0:
- better handling of files sent to GoodReader from other apps, now with a choice of options - "Open in Place" or "Copy to GoodReader"
- Server connection window now has a search bar for file and folder names
- OneDrive connection: access to "Shared with me" folder*
- OneDrive's Switch Drives* window now has a search bar for drive, group, and site names
- better handling of authentication popup windows for on-premises SharePoint servers connected via WebDAV protocol
- by popular request, portrait/landscape Fit to Width switches are back in PDF settings
- by popular request, Duplicate File Tab feature is back
- by popular request, Double Taps for zooming PDF files are back. Because this option delays processing of all single taps for PDFs, you have to manually enable it in PDF settings.
- by popular request, Double Sync option is back in General Settings
(*) - this feature is a part of Pro Pack, requires an in-app purchase
Enormous GoodReader 5 upgrade. New everything. Full list of new features on our website: goodreader.com
Ratings and Reviews
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.
Such a disappointment, change to a license?!
After waiting for donkeys years for an update all we receive is really dated design with dog ugly colours. Nothing changed really. Major improvements are needed for pdf annotations. The engine is prehistoric and things like hand notes, colour selection, deleting are exactly the same as 10 years ago. Hard and annoying to use. Still no undo nor redo. Where’s the precision of an Apple Pencil? Making hand notes is like drawing with a stick on a sand. It is still one of the best all in one apps for file management and pdf reading but it’s in an urgent need for a proper update for annotating not a patch of ugly dads army colours we’ve got instead!
The possible hidden change to license type software in a near future is a betrayal to customers who paid out right to own the product (now twice with a pro package). If that’s a case please re-link the version 4. As soon as this license subscription happens I’m leaving for competition!
One of my Top Apps
Goodreader has capabilities far beyond what I use it for, such as splitting and merging PDFs. Where I find it most useful is as a library where I can keep my documents that I want to read in a folder structure. That might be interesting documents downloaded from the Web or my magazine subscriptions, or user manuals for devices that I own, or PDF books. The list goes on. The recent implementation of split view has added massively to the app, allowing me to read passages from one document whilst writing a review in a different app. The app has a nice tidy interface and I can't recommend it enough. There is also a Mac app, GoodReaderUSB that allows you to drop documents into GoodReader on the iPad from your Mac. Very useful.
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- Good.iWare, Inc.
- 70 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Good.iWare, Inc., 2009-2019. All rights reserved.
- In-App Purchases
- Pro Pack £5.99
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.