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Goodreader is an excellent app for managing a document library on the iPad. Content can include any number of formats - audio, video, PDF documents, etc. This document summarizes the basic things to ...

Goodreader is an excellent app for managing a document library on the iPad. Content can include any number of formats - audio, video, PDF documents, etc. This document summarizes the basic things to understand around developing and managing your content library.

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  • PDF DOCUMENT LIBRARY – TIP #4 UNDERSTANDING & USING GOODREADER ON THE IPADMay 17, 2011
  • PDF DOCUMENT LIBRARYUNDERSTANDING AND USING GOODREADER ON THE IPADPAGE 2 OF 11Contents Organizing and Navigating Your Document Library (GoodReader) ....................................................... 2 GoodReader User Instructions – Basic Interface Review ......................................................................... 3 Overview ............................................................................................................................................... 3 Find Files .............................................................................................................................................. 5 Manage Files ......................................................................................................................................... 5 Managing Content (Web Downloads and Connect to Servers) ............................................................ 6 Settings and Other Features .................................................................................................................. 9 Navigating Your Documents .............................................................................................................. 10Organizing and Navigating Your Document Library (GoodReader)This app is designed to read, show, and/or view just about any file you might want to access on your iPad,including PDF, text, Microsoft Office/iWork, audio, and video. You can transfer files directly from yourcomputer via Wi-Fi or cable, or connect to any of several popular online document storage services.This is one of the most recommended and highly rated apps for the iPad and is essential for managing anydocument (or any file formats) library. The screenshot below indicate the basic layout of GoodReader.ReviewsTabletPCReview.comVideo review – YouTube
  • PDF DOCUMENT LIBRARYUNDERSTANDING AND USING GOODREADER ON THE IPADPAGE 3 OF 11 Screen shot of GoodReader “My Documents” pane. This is where folders/files are displayed. Folders are set up through theGoodReader Files” Instructions – “Manage User section. Basic Interface ReviewOverviewGoodReader is a substantial application, and spending a few minutes understanding the menus, toolsand process to accomplish a few things is essential. Summarized below are those items I think arecritical to understand, in order to maximize your use of the application. That said, it is worthwhile toexplore a few things on your own, which are not explained in detail below.
  • PDF DOCUMENT LIBRARYUNDERSTANDING AND USING GOODREADER ON THE IPADPAGE 4 OF 11Link to GoodReader User Manual (on website) As indicated earlier, the basic GoodReader interface includes a “My Documents” pane (left side) and the application features/management pane (right side). The left side is set up by the user and should conform with however you want your files organized. Below we review the functionality of each of the separate “menu bars” located on the right side of the application.File Preview Once a file is selected on the My Documents pane, and the Preview pane is activated, a document preview is presented. This is helpful when reviewing numerous files and you are not sure exactly which file is the one you are looking for.
  • PDF DOCUMENT LIBRARYUNDERSTANDING AND USING GOODREADER ON THE IPADPAGE 5 OF 11Find Files Find Files is a quick and convenient way to search GoodReader for your desired documents. GR provides the ability to search for documents based on four criteria: By name Recently read Recently added, and Starred So, as an example, if “favorite” files are “Starred”, they are easily accessible at any time without needing to remember exactly where they are located.Manage FilesThis is where the majority of the functions you will use reside. From the Manage Files pane, you can perform various functions that are routine for working with your files. This includes: Organizing Copy, move and zip a group of files (for email, etc.) Create a New Folder or New File (for text document creation, much like a word processing document). File handling Includes various functions such as Star, Protect, MarkUnread, E-Mail, Rename, Link, etc.
  • PDF DOCUMENT LIBRARYUNDERSTANDING AND USING GOODREADER ON THE IPADPAGE 6 OF 11Managing Content (Web Downloads and Connect to Servers)There are many options for getting documents and files into the GoodReader app. The following iscopied verbatim from the GoodReader “How-To” manual (see earlier link). 1. Computer-to-GoodReader: using USB cable. Read more here. 2. Computer-to-GoodReader: using WiFi-connection. If your device and computer are connected to the same WiFi network, use WiFi-transfer window to transfer your files wirelessly. See the WiFi File Transfer Manual. 3. Internet-to-GoodReader: use built-in web-browser to browse for files to download, or enter their URLs to start downloading immediately. See the Web Downloads Manual. 4. Other apps-to-GoodReader: use inter-app Document Interchange (a.k.a. Open In... functionality) to exchange files between apps (including Apples Mail app to transfer E-Mail attachments to GoodReader). Works both ways - GoodReader can open files stored in other apps, and other apps can open files stored in GoodReader. Apples Document Interchange works only with apps that explicitly support this feature. 5. E-Mail Servers-to-GoodReader: access E-Mail servers via IMAP or POP3 protocol to download e-mail attachments. Read more here. 6. WebDAV Servers-to-GoodReader: connect to servers like MobileMe iDisk, box.net, FilesAnywhere.com, MyDisk.se or any other WebDAV server on the cloud to download and upload files. Read more here. 7. Google Docs-to-GoodReader: connect to Google Docs to download and upload files. Read more here. 8. Dropbox-to-GoodReader: connect to Dropbox to download and upload files. Read more here. 9. FTP Servers-to-GoodReader: connect to FTP servers to download and upload files. Read more here. 10. Other iPhone/iPod/iPad-to-GoodReader: if your device is on the same WiFi network with another iPhone/iPod/iPad with any application that supports WebDAV access - for example, another copy of GoodReader, or any other WebDAV-capable file sharing application - you can use the Connect to Servers feature to exchange files with that application. Read more here. 11. Device Photo Album: import pictures and recorded videos from and export pictures to itRather than cover each of them, I will touch on the four that I have found to be most efficient, andcommon in everyday use – numbers 3, 4, 7 and 8 above.See screenshot on next page:
  • PDF DOCUMENT LIBRARYUNDERSTANDING AND USING GOODREADER ON THE IPADPAGE 7 OF 11 Transferring items from DropBox (on the device) is my preferred method, but using the “Web Downloads” and “Connect to Servers” is very effective as well. These different methods are briefly summarized below.DropBox TransferThe DropBox file synchronization tool, discussed earlier, is the simplest way to move files intoGoodReader. Essentially, the process works as follows: Save file in your DropBox folder on your computer Once synchronized, open the document in DropBox on your iPad (normally, it is very quick to synchronize depending on the size of the file) Then elect to Open In… GoodReader” – see screenshot below When the “Open In…” icon is tapped, Dropbox will provide options to open in any compatible application that is installed on the iPad device. To select GoodReader, simply tap on the item. Dropbox will then close and the document will be opened in GoodReader.
  • PDF DOCUMENT LIBRARYUNDERSTANDING AND USING GOODREADER ON THE IPADPAGE 8 OF 11Web DownloadsFiles can be transferred to GoodReader by tapping “Web Downloads”. The tab expands and thefollowing bars appear: New Download – either through “Browse the Web” or “Enter URL”. Tapping Browse the Web will display a Mini-Browser similar to the screenshot below. The Mini-browser opens up with the keyboard active and lists any recent searches that were completed. This makes it easy to refer back to previous web pages and eliminates re-typing often referred to web addresses. Once a web page is selected, a dialogue will prompt you for your next step – either Follow the Link or Download Linked File. The screen appears as follows: If the requested web address is the file you desire, tap “Download Linked File”. Otherwise “Follow the Link” until you get to the desired file.
  • PDF DOCUMENT LIBRARYUNDERSTANDING AND USING GOODREADER ON THE IPADPAGE 9 OF 11 Downloads in Progress if a download is requested, this section will display the progress of the download as it occurs. Recent Downloads – shows the recent downloads performed in GoodReader. I typically delete this information after the downloads are completed and I have verified.Connect to ServersThis is more intimidating than it sounds. Essentially, any service you have “in the cloud” can be set up asa server connection. The screen appears as follows when the Connect to Servers bar is tapped (lowerright portion of the screen): Server set up is straight-forward. Simply tap on Add and select the type of account you are setting up. Indicated here are three servers I have set up, consisting of two Google Docs accounts and a Dropboxaccount.Settings and Other FeaturesCamera provides quick access to your photolibrary on the iPad and ability to import picturesinto GoodReader.
  • PDF DOCUMENT LIBRARYUNDERSTANDING AND USING GOODREADER ON THE IPADPAGE 10 OF 11WiFi Transfer – provides capabilities to connect GoodReader to a computer over wi-fi for data transfer(e.g., your laptop). I have not discovered a compellingreason to use this functionality.Settings – the screenshot here shows the options that canbe set for GoodReader. Each one of these menusprovides various options (sub-menu) that allows you tochoose how you want GoodReader to handle viewingcertain file types. The options here are rather extensive. Iwould recommend reviewing the choices at yourconvenience, but definitely review them. It is worth thetime to understand how you can control certain facets ofthis application.? (or Help function) – this is obvious, but again,definitely worth some time for you to review. The Helpmenus are comprehensive and go into much more depththan I did in this summary overview. File Downloading Tip One very handy shortcut that is a huge timesaver for downloading files through your browser is the “g” tool. If you are surfing the internet and come across a file link (or someone emails you a file link, which opens up your browser by default), simply insert the letter g as a prefix to the web address. This will automatically download the file and open it in GoodReader.Navigating Your DocumentsNavigation of GoodReader documents is done through a pop up menu that occurs when you quickly tapthe middle of the screen. Occasionally, tapping in the middle of a PDF document is not a good thing,such as when the PDF link resides in that location of the document. In those cases, a quick tap with threefingers anywhere on the screen will turn the navigation menu on or off.See the screenshots below:
  • PDF DOCUMENT LIBRARYUNDERSTANDING AND USING GOODREADER ON THE IPADPAGE 11 OF 11 1 Reading mode – no menus Navigation mode – with menus (tap center) 1These three menu items (Bookmarks, Go To Page, and Search) are the most frequently used navigationtools. Get used to these three and you will be able to manage and navigate extremely large files with littleeffort.