Using Goodreader
Posted by Andrew Shenk on 21 August 2012 09:10 AM


Using GoodReader on the iPad


The GoodReader Interface:



  1. Search for files in GoodReader
  2. Recently Read / Recently Added
  3. Starred / Tagged files
  4. Connect to Server/Downloads/Remote Sync
  5. Manage Files (move, rename, open in, Send, Star, import/upload, etc.)
  6. Wi-Fi Transfer
  7. Settings
  8. Help (How To’s)
  9. Return to Reading
  10. Auto Sync with Remote Server
  11. Lock Rotation


Opening an Email Attachment In GoodReader


  • Open the email containing the attachment in the iPad Mail app.
  • Tap on the attachment to open a document preview.
  • Tap the Open In button in the top right-hand corner and select “Open In GoodReader.” (If you don’t see the Open In button, tap once on the screen to cause it to appear.)




  • When you open an attachment in GoodReader, by default the file is located in the My Documents Library in GoodReader. If you make any changes to your attachment, you will be prompted with three options: Save to this file, Create an annotated copy, or Cancel.

Once you have opened a PDF, you will see editing buttons and controls on the bottom toolbar and annotation tools on the right side in the annotations menu. These buttons and controls will disappear after a few seconds. To bring them back, simply tap in the middle of the screen. You can lock the annotations menu on the right so that it always displays by tapping the thumbtack.



Buttons and controls in the bottom toolbar

Day / Night mode switch. Quickly dims the screen for comfortable night reading
Go Back button. If you accidentally jumped to a wrong page or tapped a wrong link or bookmark, just go back to the previous page with a button click. Memorizes every page change or link click. Up to 20 recent positions memorized
PDF Reflow (Extract Pure Text) feature. Extracts pure text from a PDF page to comfortably read it without left/right scrolling and with the font size of your choice. Allows to quickly switch back and forth between the Reflow mode and the original PDF page
Rotate pages. Useful for incorrectly rotated scans
configurable Double-Page Layout
Lock Page. Use it to lock any page movements and tap gestures. The only gesture that will be allowed is zooming with two fingers, which, besides zooming, can also be used to fine-tune a locked viewing position. A small button panel will appear at the top, allowing you to turn pages and exit the page lock mode
use Crop Margins feature to get rid of unnecessary page margins that occupy precious screen space. Separate settings for odd and even pages
Locations feature. Use this button to access your own named BookmarksTable of Contents(a.k.a. Outlines) and Annotations Summary list
GoTo Page. Use it to enter an arbitrary page number to quickly jump to it. You can use both numeric and symbolic labels (i, ii, iii, etc.), if your file has them defined. If you enter a page number, it is treated as a logical one. However, if logical (relative) page numbers do not correspond to physical (absolute) page numbers in your particular file, you can tell GoodReader to treat a page number as an absolute one by prefixing it with a '@' character. GoTo Page action can also be invoked by tapping the floating badge with a page number: 
Find Text. Use it to search for text
temporarily lock screen auto rotations if you feel that sudden rotations are a little annoying when you're reading in bed
Horizontal Scroll Lock. Use it to lock/unlock horizontal scrolling. Use it along with zooming to isolate a single column of text and hide the rest of the page behind screen boundaries. When the Lock is on, no matter how you drag your text with a finger, you will only move page vertically. And tapping any of the Tap Zones will also result in vertical movements only
Actions. Offers a choice of actions for a currently opened file - Open In...Flatten CopyE-Mail FileE-Mail Annotations SummaryE-Mail File + SummaryPrint File and Print Annotations Summary
Use this slider to whisk across pages in a large PDF file with a single gesture. Use side buttons to turn one page up or down
Tap this badge to invoke GoTo Page feature. Use it to enter an arbitrary page number to quickly jump to it. The same feature is accessible via a special button. You can use both numeric and symbolic labels (i, ii, iii, etc.), if your file has them defined. If you enter a page number, it is treated as a logical one. However, if logical (relative) page numbers do not correspond to physical (absolute) page numbers in your particular file, you can tell GoodReader to treat a page number as an absolute one by prefixing it with a '@' character



Annotation tools in the annotations menu

Popup note Highlight Line
Typewriter Underline Arrow
Add bookmark Squiggly underline Rectangle
Freehand drawing Strikeout Oval
Eraser (for freehand drawing)    



PDF Annotation

  1. To start annotating a document, tap somewhere in the center of the screen to bring up the menus.
  2. You can then tap any of the buttons on the annotation bar to start annotating the document.
  3. The first time you start annotating a file, GoodReader will prompt you if you want to save a different copy with annotations or annotate on your original file.
  4. You can then use the annotation tools to write notes, highlight or draw on your documents. Pro Tip: If you want the annotation bar to stay on the screen while you are annotating your document, you can tap the small thumbtack icon on the top of the annotation bar to keep the annotation tools available until you tap it again.

Other Tools

Available on documents that can be edited, hold finger down over where you want to edit (As if you were to select something to copy/paste), another annotation bar will appear above where you have clicked, it will include some of the buttons of the first annotation bar and will also include some extras such as:


Lookup (Dictionary, Google, Wikipedia) Text insertion mark
  Text replacement mark



Entering Text

To enter text in PDF, use the typewriter or popup note tools. The typewriter writes directly on the screen while the popup note creates an icon, which you can tap to read a message.

  1. Tap the typewriter or popup note button.
  2. Tap on the part of the screen you would like to start typing or place the note.
  3. Type your message.
  4. Tap save when you are finished. Pro Tip: You can tap the text or the note to edit it after you are finished.


Text Annotation Tools

The text annotation tools include highlighting, underline, strikethrough and squiggly underline.

  1. Tap the button on the annotation bar for the effect that you want to use.
  2. Touch and drag over the text that you want to annotate. Pro Tip: You can change the color or undo actions in the top bar.
  3. When you are done, you can tap “save” on the top bar to save your annotation to the document.  Pro Tip: If you want to change your annotation after you have finished, you can tap on the annotation to modify it further.

Shape Annotation Tools

The shape annotation tools include the line, arrow, rectangle and circle tools.

  1. Tap one of the tools on the annotation bar.
  2. Tap on the screen where you want to place the shape.
  3. Change the dimensions and location of the shape to your preference.
  4. Tap the “Done” button. Pro Tip: If you want to change the object afterwards, tap on the shape and a menu will appear. If you want to move the object or change the size during this, tap the “Move” button.

Freehand Annotation Tools

The freehand annotation tool allows you to write or draw on the PDF with your finger.

  1. Tap the freehand tool icon on the annotation bar (the icon looks like a wave at the bottom of the annotation bar)
  2. Write or draw on your PDF using your finger.
  3. When you are finished, tap the “save” button to keep your work or tap “cancel” to discard it. Pro Tip: If you want to change the options (such as color or line thickness), use the bar on the top of the screen.


Managing Files

When viewing the library of documents in the My Documents section of GoodReader, you will see a Managing Files button. 

Tap the Managing Files button to reveal its options.



  • Most of File Management actions require selecting files/folders. Select or deselect files/folders by tapping them. Select All and Deselect All buttons are there to help you with this. Selected files are marked with a green dot.
  • Use Open In... button to open a selected file in another app that supports Document Interchange
  • Use New Folder button to create a new folder
  • Use Delete button to delete all selected files/folders (be careful - this can't be undone)
  • Use Rename button to rename a single selected file or folder. Our "Smart Rename" feature hides a filename extension, but still allows you to change it if necessary.
  • use Copy and Move buttons to copy or move selected files/folders
  • When you are finished, tap the blue “Done” button to return to reading mode.


Connecting GoodReader To Your Goshen College Google Drive Account


You can connect GoodReader to your Goshen College Google Drive account so that you can access files stored in Google Drive, and also send GoodReader files to your Google Drive account.

  • Tap the Connect to Servers tab to open it



  • Tap the Add button
  • Tap on GoogleDrive to select it
  • In the Readable Title field, enter in GoogleDrive



  • In the User field, enter in your Goshen College email address
  • In the Password field, enter in your Goshen College password
    (Note: if you have 2-step verification enabled for your Gmail account, you will need to do the following extra steps to generate an Application Specific Password that Google Drive can use within GoodReader.
    • In a web browser, log into your GC Google Drive account at
    • Click on the drop-down arrow in the upper right corner
    • In the drop-down list, click on Account
    • Click on Security
    • Click on the Settings button for 2-Step Verification
    • Click on “Manage Application Specific Passwords”
    • Enter in a name for the application specific password that you want to create. ie. “GoodReader”.
    • Click on the Generate Password button. A password will be revealed.
    • Now go to GoodReader, in the Add Server tab, tap the Add button
    • In the Readable Title field, enter in “GC GoogleDrive”
    • In the User field, enter in your Goshen College email address
    • In the Password field, enter in the on-screen password that you received from Google in the above steps.
  • Tap the Add button.  You will now see GoogleDrive as one of the servers to connect to.


Opening Your Goshen College Google Drive Files in GoodReader

  • In the Connect to Servers tab, tap on GoogleDrive to access the files you have stored in your GoogleDrive account.



  • Tap the file(s) you wish to open in GoodReader, and then tap the Download button.
  • Choose the location in GoodReader’s file manager where you would like to save the file.
  • Tap the Download File Here button.


Saving GoodReader Files To Your GoogleDrive Account

  • In GoodReader, tap on Manage Files
  • From the library of files, tap to select the file(s) you wish to send to your GoogleDrive account
  • Tap the Upload button
  • If you have more than one Google Drive account added to GoodReader, select the one you wish to upload your file to.
  • Tap the Upload button
  • Choose which folder to upload the file to
  • Tap the Upload button
  • Tap the Upload button again


Other Sources of Help

In the app, there is also help available. In the main menu, there is a help icon on the bottom of the screen (it looks like a question mark) and this contains many helpful guides. You can also view the online user guide, available at


at - 3/12/2014

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