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Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by V23, Mar 7, 2011.
Goodreader for me as well! Worth every penny.
You're right, there are lots of ways to read a PDF and those are two good ones. But if you have a lot of PDFs or need to make notes on them, then an app with well designed file management and annotation tools (like GoodReader) is invaluable.
Stanza is another free option. It's a reader that will also read PDF files.
I use it interchangeably with iBooks and GoodReader when I want to view PDFs. I like them all kind of equal for viewing, but for annotating I use Noterize. Even though GoodReader has annotation capability, I don't like it and got a separate app for annotation. I do also have Docs to Go which views PDFs but I have that for multiple functions and don't use it as a viewer.
How is that iAnnotate app for annotation of PDFs compared to Goodreader?
Or you could turn the PDF file into a ePub file and then put it into iTunes so it'll be Bookish. I use Calibre.
Conversions can get wonky if you have a lot of tables and figures in the document (I really only use PDFs for scholarly research articles). Plus a lot of PDFs of scholarly journal articles are just scanned images of the physical journals that you can't even cut and paste text from much less convert unfortunately.
I have iAnnotate and goodreader and I use iAnnotate for reading PDFs all the time. Here is why:
- renders PDFs much faster than good reader
- superb search engine that includes indexing
Now if you want the fastest rendering of PDFs then you gotta use iBooks. However for searching documents the best app is iAnnotate. For managing your file you go with goodreader.