Essential Research Apps: GoodReader

Despite its modest name, GoodReader is a stunning execution of a simple idea — one app that can import and view any media in any format, from basic .txt files to entire books and even movies. But this robust and versatile app lets you do more than just read.

As an example let’s say someone posts a huge report on Google Docs for you to review. The app allows you to import it, then use GoodReader’s sterling annotation function to mark it up with all kinds of notes and comments.

When you’re done, save it, mark it as read, and send it right back to Google Docs, Dropbox, or an FTP server, or via any other file-sharing method. An autosync function lets you standardise the document in both locations so no one gets confused about which version to use.

Full-screen viewing on the iPad means no more squinting or zooming problems, and even spread layouts are easily navigated with an intuitive horizontal swipe. (If you want to zoom, though, you certainly can.) A tabbed view, with functions on the right-hand side, provides about the simplest navigation ever seen.

GoodReader isn’t free, but its incredible compatibility and flexibility means it can replace many other apps on your tablet. It’s quite simply one of the most useful services out there.

Give this app a try and watch how it transforms the way you are able to record data, whether you’re in a meeting, on the move or at home.

To access simply download the app from your App provider.


Remember if you’re using an iPad make certain to add the MBS Library Service  page to your Home Screen for easy access to all the Resources we have to offer you for your research. Simply open our page then tap the arrow in a box symbol next to the top URL line and then select “Add to Home Screen”. You can even edit the name of the Web Icon, after you’ve done this – tap the “Add” button.

  1. 2 February 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Reblogged this on MBS iPads.

  2. markgreenwood
    4 April 2012 at 1:43 pm

    If you are also interested in notetaking apps then see this review from Cambridge Judge Business School library:

  1. 3 February 2012 at 8:52 am

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