GoodReader PDF reader now supports Annotations, Highlights and more

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GoodReader, arguably the best and most popular PDF reader app for the iPhone and iPad, has just received the highly anticipated update that brings about a new and significant feature: Annotations. No longer are you able to just browse your PDF files with GoodReader, you can now highlight and markup text (underline, crossout, insert etc), create sticky notes and even scribble your own notes (along with lines, arrows and circles) right on the document.

This 3.0 update rocks. I’ve tested the latest version on both my iPhone and iPad and the annotation features work wonderfully. Being able to finally make notes and highlight the pdf file just like you would with a text book or magazine is absolutely indispensable. Best of all, both the iPhone and iPad versions of GoodReader currently costs only $0.99, which is a fraction of what you’d pay for similar apps that also support annotations. If you’re in need of a highly capable PDF reader, there’s really no better option on the App Store.

GoodReader for iPhone Good.iWare, GoodReader for iPhone, 19.8 MB – $0.99
GoodReader for iPad Good.iWare, GoodReader for iPad, 11.1 MB – $0.99

What’s New In Version 3.0.0

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.

App Description

Congratulations! You’ve found the one and only Good Reader app for iPad! If you need to read huge PDF, or TXT files, you’ve come to the right place.

PDF Annotations, Markup & Highlighting is also our strength. Sticky notes, lines, arrows, freehand drawings on top of a PDF file – you name it. And the best part is that all annotations become a part of a PDF file itself – email it to your colleague, and she will see all your notes and drawings on a desktop computer, in a common PDF reading program.

Within moments of downloading GoodReader, you’ll be transferring files directly from your computer over a USB cable, Wi-Fi connection, from the Internet or from email attachments. It also easily integrates with MobileMe iDisk, Google Docs, Dropbox, box.net, and other popular servers.

Miss a good file manager? GoodReader comes in handy. Create folders, move, copy and rename your files; zip, email and unzip them; send your files to other apps.

Pictures split in halves across two PDF pages? Not a problem! We offer a special double-page mode for this. And if large white page margins annoy you, get rid of them with our PDF crop tool.

With no bars or buttons blocking the text, you have true full screen reading. The PDF hyperlink feature allows you to quickly jump back and forth within the document. Tapping a link will whisk you across a huge PDF book in an instant, and the “Go Back” button takes you back to the page you came from. If you already know what you’re looking for, the Text Search feature helps you find your way to the exact info you want in any PDF or TXT file. You can even use the 50x zoom, which gives you a better view, without distorting the image. That makes it perfect for viewing PDF maps or drawings.

GoodReader supports massive PDF and TXT files, but it can also handle all of the most popular file types. Have a look for yourself:

  • MS Office – .doc, .ppt, .xls and more
  • iWork’08/’09
  • HTML and Safari webarchives
  • High resolution images
  • It even does audio and video!

With GoodReader on your iPad, you can read virtually anything, anywhere. Books, movies, maps, pictures; GoodReader puts it all in a single app. From the very first time you use it, GoodReader is sure to be the most used app you will ever buy.

Stay tuned, because we’re always developing something new for GoodReader.

  • Mark White

    Being able to jump to a specific underline and being able to read through the underlines in sequence should be a great feature. Since GoodReader supports most intuitive functions, I am surprised they didn’t think of this.

    It is a great product! My wife was at a conference and several people with iPads learned how she downloaded the notes and slides.

    The next morning they all had GoodReader.

  • thinkingz

    Someone tell me how to remove highlights that I do not want when using goodreader app, I have found it difficult to remove highlights, in some cases to no avail, someone pls assist

  • Louis

    when you tap on highlighted text, a submenu should pop up that’ll allow you to Delete it (among other things). Just make sure that it’s a quick tap and not a long hold, otherwise, it’ll show a different set of options.

  • thinkingz

    Thanks man, your response was quite helpful

  • Firefly

    I can see that the submenu pops up, but how do you make it work to actually delete the underlining or highlights. The text in question doesn’t seem to stay highlighted, and delete on the submenu doesn’t erase the desired error… ie underlining. Can you elaborate further regarding how to use this submenu. I’ve tried everything I can think of.

  • Firefly

    Never mind – I figured out the missing piece of information. You need to enlarge or zoom up so you can actually tap the red underline, or highlight itself. Selecting the text is not necessary, as all the text involved in that particular highlight will respond to the delete.

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