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Old 04-03-2010, 10:05 PM   #1
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iPad + Goodreader = Unbeatable

I've gone through most of the major eBook readers - PRS-505, iLiad, Kindle 2, Kindle DX, Opus. I've finally found the one I like best. It's the iPad + Goodreader.

I can read all my technical documents as PDFs on the iPad with no problems. It opens the PDFs amazingly fast and the functionality is fantastic. Its slightly better than the FBReader for iLiad which was my previous favorite.

Do I miss the e-ink screen? Not so much. I miss the matte screen. However, the color and the extra features make this a no-brainer. I'm really surprised at how good the iPad screen is.
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Old 04-04-2010, 12:00 AM   #2
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Ok I'm sold. I was getting pissed about pdf support, but i'll get it now
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Old 04-04-2010, 12:30 AM   #3
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Ok I'm sold. I was getting pissed about pdf support, but i'll get it now
Go into iTunes and buy Good Reader for iPad now while it is $.99. Once they realize all the people that will want it to read PDF eBooks I bet it will go up to $10.

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Old 04-04-2010, 12:45 AM   #4
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Done!

It looks great alright. Not as good as apple's preview

I was wondering how to move over a huge pdf when I saw the "local server" option. Cute. Luckily that's not too hard.

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Old 04-04-2010, 03:42 AM   #5
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the free iPDF is way faster & clearer.. but I don't yet see how to load my books on it.

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Old 04-04-2010, 04:19 AM   #6
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I've gone through most of the major eBook readers - PRS-505, iLiad, Kindle 2, Kindle DX, Opus. I've finally found the one I like best. It's the iPad + Goodreader.
Life is good. Thanks for trying this out and recommending it. I'm viewing a 40 MB file right now, and it's sitting as a file in the iPad.

As for math pdfs, it still needs work. See my other post on the mass.pdf file. The fault lies with Apple:

http://www.goodiware.com/gr-man-trou...l#pdfscrambled

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Old 04-04-2010, 04:24 AM   #7
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the free iPDF is way faster & clearer.. but I don't yet see how to load my books on it.
http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=79200

i dont have ipad. hope it works
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it shows the file sharing section & it's helpful for transferring, but iPDF isn't capable of accessing that section. Hopefully the developer will update it soon.
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Old 04-04-2010, 05:39 AM   #9
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most of the developers didn't know itune's file sharing feature, and likely to upgrade their apps soon to use this .
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Do you find it easy to read a full size A4 PDF without having to zoom?
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Do you find it easy to read a full size A4 PDF without having to zoom?
Nope. Of course it depends on the font size and the arrangement of text, but I usually have to zoom or turn it sideways or increase the font size. I'll post pictures later if you're interested
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Old 04-04-2010, 03:24 PM   #13
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I don't see why those of you with the PDF's dont download Calibre, convert your books from PDF to ePub, and then sync into iBooks with iTunes....

(I have done this for about 100+ of my books, and have been REALLY enjoying reading on the iPad since noon yesterday....)

Am I missing something here??? (No sarcasm, just curious..)

(Most of my books are in PDF, LRF and a few other formats as well....hence my curiosity....)
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I don't see why those of you with the PDF's dont download Calibre, convert your books from PDF to ePub, and then sync into iBooks with iTunes....

Am I missing something here??? (No sarcasm, just curious..)
Most definitely. While your plan is fine for text only ebooks... many of the PDFs that people want to view contain graphs, charts, code listings, etc which makes the layout of the PDF very important. So, being able to view the PDF with it's layout intact is a necessity.

For example, Try to convert an FAA instrument approach plate in Calibre and view it... will it work? Not so much.

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Yeah I don't need PDFs for books. I need it for scholarly journal articles full of tables, graphs etc. that need the layout in text.

I was impressed with how well Goodreader handled such documents, and how letter sized, double column pdfs looked. Text is a bit small in portrait, but fine in landscape and the scrolling is so quick that it's not that annoying to scroll down, then up, then back down on each page in landscape. Not ideal, but doable and not as bad as I expected.
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