GoodReader 4 Needs Perfect in Its Name [App Review]

Have you ever wondered how to adjust a specific setting on your surround sound system or had trouble remembering how to reconnect Bluetooth to one of those gadgets you use on occasion? I’ve needed to quickly recall information about countless items around the house and GoodReader 4 is helping keep my frustration level at all time lows. In the past, I would purchase a new gadget, put everything together and either throw away the owners manual or file it in some random drawer and swore I wouldn’t forget where I put it this time. Well, I forgot again, but there’s a better way thanks to GoodReader 4. Now when I purchase an item with numerous settings, difficult setup instructions, or I just simply know I won’t be able to quickly recall how to operate, I do a quick Google search on my iPad for the item with PDF added to search details. Next I tap the screen to select “Open in” and select GoodReader. Once I have a manual opened up in the application, that’s where the magic happens.

Everything I download is organized into specific file folders. Our cars owners manuals have a folder, all the Apple products we own get their own specific file, and so on and so forth. So now when I need to quickly recall information about a certain product, I reach for my iPad and GoodReader 4 puts all the information I need right at my finger tips. No more stomping through the house trying to recall where I put that “stupid” booklet when I need it the most. Let me share with you a recent situation to help you further understand how useful GoodReader 4 could be for you too.

I’ve had a WiFi thermostat for over 3 years now and absolutely love it. Being able to control the temperature and settings of the AC and furnace on your home remotely is truly convenient. Something I recently discovered is when you’re not interacting with the actual thermostat on a semi-regular basis, you tend to forget how to operate the darn thing. Sure, I know my way around the app that lets me adjust the temperature and everything else remotely, but that didn’t help me when I recently discovered I had to change the backup batteries. What seemed like a simple fix had me reaching for my iPad to open GoodReader 4 to understand the error messages the thermostat was displaying.

Once I installed the new batteries, the thermostat was still displaying a warning message and now it was showing an error for WiFi settings too. A quick check on my iPhone to connect with the thermostat confirmed something had gone wrong. After opening GoodReader 4 on my iPad, I quickly found my owners manual and read through the information to understand what had gone wrong. Within five minutes of discovering there was an issue, everything was back to normal after simply pressing a “reset” button behind a panel. If I hadn’t consulted the manual, depressing the reset button would’ve been the absolute last thing I would’ve ventured to do since, in my mind, I thought it would delete all settings I spent a lot of time inputting. I’ve used GoodReader in the past for situations very much like this and I knew I needed to have the updated version as soon as it came out.

Downloading instruction manuals isn’t the only way I put GoodReader to work for me. I’m an air traffic controller here in Chicago as well as a local union representative at work. This added responsibility requires me to catalog a lot of documents that I need quick and easy access to for many different situations. I’ve put GoodReader to use in keeping track of quite a few documents. One thing I regret over the years is letting myself get behind in loading everything into this great application. I’ve started using a lot of cloud based storage options and figured this would take the place of GoodReader, but this has not been the case. Instead, I’ve connected my cloud based storage accounts to GoodReader and view and make annotations or edit documents and re-sync them with the many different storage accounts I use. Getting behind on loading everything into GoodReader won’t happen again since I’ve gotten a lot more accustomed to using it in many situations.

One thing I must admit about GoodReader is it looks very intimidating when you open it up for the very first time. If you’ve done your research, then you’ve seen the screenshots and read all the great things it allows iOS users to accomplish. When it’s time to put it to work you might look at the home screen and have an “uh oh” moment when you wonder how in the heck you’re going to set it all up. If you decide to download this application, don’t worry if this happens. The exact situation happened to me, but once I simplys dove in and got over that overwhelmed feeling, I was easily enjoying everything GoodReader had to offer. You’ll pick up on it quick too, so don’t sweat it, you’ll do just fine.



This is the next generation of our famous GoodReader app, and now it’s a universal app – one app for all your iOS devices.

In addition to all the features from the original GoodReader app, this upgrade includes the following awesome features:

  • PDF Page Management – add, rearrange, delete, rotate, extract and email individual pages, split and merge files
  • PDF Page Slider now shows page previews
  • Icon view for file browser, with larger previews
  • Collapsible tool area on the main screen
  • “New PDF” button to create an empty file for your
  • important notes and drawings
  • Google Drive Auto Sync

The ability to mark-up PDFs opens up new doors to GoodReader users who can now use typewriter text boxes, sticky notes, lines, arrows, and freehand drawings on top of a PDF file.

All the excelent features of the original GoodReader are here, including:

  • The best PDF reading engine
  • PDF Annotations – text boxes, popup comments (“sticky notes”), text highlights and markups, freehand drawings, lines, arrows, rectangles, ovals, etc.
  • Access to various types of servers to store your data – Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive,, WebDAV, SMB, AFP, FTP, SFTP
  • Auto Sync with remote servers

Our well-crafted Migration Assistant will make the transition to this new app easy for you – all your files and setting from the old GoodReader app will be transferred with a click of a button.

New Features:

  • Google Drive connection now supports Auto Sync
  • Google Drive connection now supports Google’s 2-step verification

Other improvements:

  • A fix for the issue that sometimes prevented remote connections via a proxy

Don’t forget to update your copy of GoodReaderUSB – our famous and super-convenient USB file transfer utility. The latest version that supports the new GoodReader 4 app can be found here:

Was new in earlier versions:

  • PDF Page Management – add, rearrange, delete, rotate, extract and email individual pages, split and merge files
  • PDF Page Slider now shows page previews
  • Icon view for file browser, with larger previews
  • Collapsible tool area on the main screen
  • “New PDF” button to create an empty file for your important notes and drawings

To sum up GoodReader 4, it’s nothing short of fantastic. If you need a PDF file manager that gives you great flexibility that’s also easy to use, after tinkering around few minutes, then you must consider this application. GoodReader continues to impress “the Critic” with each update over the years. iOS users relying on their iDevices for PDF files will find that GoodReader 4 will quickly become one of their new best friends. Quickly sync files, access cloud storage accounts, and now add blank pages to your PDF files to add in-depth notes, just to name a few. With the continued success of GoodReader updates, you must go with a trusted productivity application that won’t let you down when you need to access import PDF documents.

(5 / 5)

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Jeremy McGinty

Jeremy McGinty is an iOS expert and has written over 350 articles relating to Apple and their products over the past two years. Writing about iPhones, iPads, and anything relating to Apple is what Jeremy does in his free time and you’re going to love reading how he’s a normal guy just like you. Jeremy is the most approachable person you’ll ever meet and you should try it out for yourself, send him a message here!

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