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The GoodReader application is one of the most used, highest rated PDF reader on the market, since its launch in 2009. It is available for purchase for $4.99, and is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

The app allows users to store and read PDF files of all sizes on their Apple device. The application is also capable of storing TXT files and most other file types, including MS Office, iWork, Safari and HTML webarchives, high resolution images, and even some audio and video files.

In this technological age, most tangible documents, from contracts to novels, are being translated to digital format. E-Readers, such as the Kindle and other similar devices, have taken the market by storm, as more and more people are trading in their bookshelves for a folder full of PDF files on their hard drive. The Kindle is great for people who want a device just for their books. WIth the GoodReader app, however, you can use your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad to read all PDF files, including books.


The GoodReader application comes equipped with many customizable features to ensure the best user experience. Because the app is so versatile, different features can be used for different types of PDF files being stored and viewed. The text within the PDF document can be viewed in two different ways. The user has the option to view the contents as they appear, or to allow the application to format the document with word-wrap, so the text will fit the screen. This way the user only needs to scroll down to keep reading.

Within the document, users can make notes and highlight the text. Depending on the user's preference, he or she can store thoughts and ideas in "sticky notes", or write directly on the PDF file. Arrows, circles, freehand, and/or type-written notes can all be added to the document. This feature is perfect for team projects. Thoughts can be shared and edits can be made to rough drafts of presentations, contracts, or other collaborative projects and passed on to the rest of the team.

This application has so many cool features. Users can zoom text up to 50 times the normal size for easier reading. The files can be opened to be viewed as full screen. If large page margins are an eyesore, the app allows you to crop them out. Bookmarks are another useful feature of the GoodReader application.

GoodReader makes it easy for users to organize files and folders. You can create new folders, as well as rename, copy and move files. The application can be used to zip or unzip files, and email files, or send them to another application.


Files can be transferred to the GoodReader application in a number of different ways. Files can be transferred over a WiFi connection or USB cable, from a computer, email attachment, or on the internet. The latest version of GoodReader comes with the Auto Sync feature. As the name suggests, files can be automatically transferred to GoodReader, when synchronized with MobileMe iDisk, SugarSync, Dropbox, box.net, and most other SFTP, FTP, or WebDAV servers.