I confess, I’m constantly defacing my books with stickies, highlights and notes in the margins. And, you’d be amazed at some of the things I’ve used as bookmarks. So, when I discovered GoodReader for the iPad, I was in heaven.
GoodReader [iOS - $4.99] is an impressive PDF reader for the iPad. It easily handles large PDFs like manuals and can be used to read a multitude of other formats. It has an amazing file management system that can grab documents from any number of sources, including a direct download from the Web.
It also has some significant features for highlighting text and adding notes on the page or as stickies.
This example shows how lines, boxes, typed text and sticky notes appear on the text. Tap the sticky icon to display both the note and the name of the person who posted it. Note: the blue boxes/lined text show hyperlinks and are not part of the marginalia.
To add a note to a document, long tap at the point where you want the note to appear.
The notes toolbar will appear. This one lets you create a bookmark at this point in the document, select text, add a sticky note, type some text or draw with any of the tools you see here.
A long tap on text will select that text and present a text toolbar. In addition to the drawing tools, you now have tools for highlighting text, underlining, strike-thru and adding callouts related to the selected text. The two tools you see with the symbol that looks like an inverted “t” will create the callout. These can be quite useful when reviewing a document.
Once an note item has been added to the document, a long tap on the item will display a format bar for that note. Notice the Delete button. It’s just as easy to remove notes as it is to create them.
It doesn’t take long to get comfortable with GoodReader’s annotation tools. Most PDF readers support annotations and will be able to display and manipulate the notes you create here. For those few exceptions (Apple’s Mail app is one of them.), you can flatten the file before distributing it. A flattened file will display your annotations, but they cannot be modified or removed.
GoodReader’s annotation tools are just one of the many things that make this such an impressive app. I’ll be talking about this handy app a lot.