Some apps are cool and others are essential, GoodReader falls into the ESSENTIAL category. GoodReader is an all-in-one solution for viewing, reading and marking all types of files. GoodReader enables users to access their data on local servers, cloud servers, FTP’s and other systems giving your real mobile access to your information. Any business person that wants to be truly mobile should have this app on their phone to make sure they are ready for any curve balls thrown their way. This is a more expensive app at $4.99 but well worth the money since it works on both your iPhone and iPad for the same price and it’s just one of those apps that makes your device better.

PDF Reader

First and foremost I purchased GoodReader as a PDF reader because it allows you to markup PDF files on your iPad and save the annoted file. There are a lot of PDF readers on the market, including the new Acrobat for iPad from Adobe but even this does not compare with the functionality of GoodReader. The GoodReader interface is fluid and the controls are hidden until you need them giving you access to the entire screen when reading.

When reading a PDF on the GoodReader app you have great content revision tools to work with including striking, adding text, adding “sticky note” comment bubbles and setting page bookmarks. I haven’t found any other iOS app that offers GoodReader’s level of functionality and flexibility for working with PDF’s. This app is worth it’s price as a PDF reader, but it has so much more to offer.

Document Reader

GoodReader opens all types of documents beyond PDF’s including MS Office, iWork, HTML, high resolution images, audio and video files. GoodReader enables you to read all of these types of documents, but may not give you the full functionality you would get from Apple Pages, Numbers and Keynote. However, if you ever need to read a document on the go, GoodReader is always a quick and easy solution.

Manage Server Files

GoodReader gives you full control over your online servers and cloud services from your iOS devices. Upload and download files or create or delete folders, GoodReader gives you full control over your servers. GoodReader ties in directly with:

  • Mail Servers – IMAP & POP3
  • MobileMe iDisk
  • Public iDisk
  • Google Docs
  • Dropbox
  • SugarSync
  • box.net
  • WebDAV Server
  • FTP Server
  • SFTP Server
  • AFP Server

Conclusion

As far as productivity apps go, GoodReader has earned itself a permanent place on my home bar on both my iPhone and iPad. It’s functionality is unparalleled and it’s one of those apps that just makes your device better.

Download GoodReader on iTunes