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ipad as a PDF/document reader

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by mumudoggy, Apr 1, 2011.

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    Hi All:

    I am looking to use the Ipad2 as a PDF/Word document reader. I have about 200mb of PDFs/docs that I use regularly at work and that's my intended purpose of the Ipad. I was initially looking at the kindle and nook but it seems difficult or it's not possible, depending on the device, to easily create document folders and sub-folders. Worse, the nook truncated the sentences in my PDF document.

    Can documents/PDFs be easily transferred to the ipad2?

    Can folders and sub-folders be created specifically to store my docs?

    Will the PDFs be displayed in its native format, without truncation or breaks in the sentences?

    Thanks for responding.
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    Dropbox is a wonderful app I use it every day.
    how ever i am in the same boat as you.

    I also want a PDF folder for drag and drop or even sync, and locall access to them
    I want access to my pdfs with out drob box having to down load them.

    as for reader my iphone just reads the pdf no problems so not sure why ipad wouldn't.
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    GoodReader + Dropbox .... You can't go wrong.
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    what is the answer for offline local pdf storage then ?
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    Use Dropbox and make what you need to use offline a Favorite. Then it will always be available to you.
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    so by clicking the favourite button makes it stay local on the device ?

    thats not bad and a means to an end!
    though a lcoal folder would be good, i have a heap of pdfs i like
    and dont really want to have to favourite each one.
    little painful.

    I see apps in app store called folders etc though havtn tried any.

    any ideas ?

    how is it the pdf can open in drop box though if you click open it says no app is loaded to view this file.
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2011
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    Another option that I use is ReaddleDocs for my reader and storage area. I can create folders to store groups of PDFs, Excel, Word, or PowerPoint files in. ReaddleDocs will grab docs from the web or from email attachments. I'm not sure if you can use dropbox or not since the 2 methods I mentioned are sufficient for my needs.
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    i just save and read my pdf files in ibooks
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    Can't you just send the PDFs you want from DropBox to GoodReader and have it stored "locally" in GoodReader?

    I've been using GoodReader on my iPod and will be setting up DropBox soonish. The nice thing about GoodReader is it can send files to other Apps that have an "Open in..." hook. For example when I get .docx attachments in Mail, I have it open in GoodReader and then forward it on to Documents To Go to actually read and edit it.

    GoodReader can also have files loaded by WiFi, through iTunes Drag'n'Drop, along with the DropBox route. Very flexible App.
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    There's a little program (free) on the goodreader website which gives you a small two pane window where you can drag and drop docs between your iPad and desktop without using iTunes. Fast and efficient.

    So many choices....
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    +1 to Brets

    I just put them in iBooks.
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    Prefer to keep iBooks for books (see I'm simple like that )
    Goodreader's file management is great for creating order as well as it's ability to highlight and ammend pdf's.
    Plus it's so cheap.

    "Inner peace, through lowered expectations" ... the way of the minion.....
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    GoodReader + DropBox, as others said. iPad is excellent for reading and making notes.

    Don't forget to enable triple Home tap, to reverse screen colors, good for night reading.
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    Hasty - there must be a reason iBooks

    has two menu choices - one for PDFs and one for eBooks. When you save as PDF a file it automatically is placed in the PDF shelf, not the book shelf.
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    PDF's , readers and filing

    Now this was a great thread. Thanks for sharing and staying on focus. I particularly liked the part without the cute remarks. Thanks everyone.
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    Documents to go apparently stores PDF locally and also syncs with other machines
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    This is my only real work use of the iPad 2--aside from notes in meetings and synching with my Google calendar.

    I read a ton of scholarly journal article PDFs, and have been doing a lot of that on my iPad 2.

    Goodreader is fantastic for reading PDFs. Easy to load them in and organize into folders (make folders on PC/MAC, zip them, drag them to goodreader in itunes and unzip and it will keep your folder structure). Can also use dropbox and I think Goodreader has their own wifi transfer system.

    It displays PDFs quickly, is easy to crop useless white space margins and has decent features for highlighting and adding notes (iAnnotate is better if you need to do more heavy duty markup work).
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    hey mate what google calender app do you sync with ?

    only app i could see was the $9 one
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    Documents to go. Best app just downloaded it$20 later but it's great reads and store PDFs office docs all locally on IDevice an syncs with pcs etc. Excellent
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    This will give you more info on GoodReader features

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD6DyQkLN2U]YouTube - GoodReader iPad App Review[/ame]

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