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GoodReader User Manual

How-Tos

 
 

Transferring files

How Do I ...

... transfer files to/from GoodReader?

... automatically sync files and folders to remote servers?

... delete a file that I no longer need?

... save a file from Safari to GoodReader?

... save an embedded HTML5 video from Safari to GoodReader?

... read my e-mail attachments in GoodReader?

... get files from WebDAV servers?

... get files from Dropbox?

... get files from OneDrive?

... get files from Google Drive?

... get files from SugarSync?

... get files from FTP servers?

... get files from SFTP servers?

... get files from AFP servers (shared Mac folders, Apple Time Capsule, etc.)?

... get files from SMB servers (shared Windows folders, various NAS drives, etc.)?

... upload files (including annotated PDF files) back to a remote server?

... send an e-mail with files from GoodReader?

... stop GoodReader from putting default Subject and Message texts in my e-mails?

... transfer files from GoodReader on one device to GoodReader on another device?

... prevent my children from using the built-in web browser, while still letting them use GoodReader for reading?

... "un-sync" a synced file/folder?

 

Viewing files

How Do I ...

... close an opened file?

... show or hide navigation menu when viewing files?

... write a note on top of a PDF file? highlight or markup a PDF text? make a drawing on a PDF file?

... copy text from a PDF page to clipboard?

... find a particular annotation/highlight/markup in a large PDF file?

... delete an unwanted PDF highlight/markup?

... change a color of a PDF drawing (PDF annotation)?

... pan or zoom a page when doing a freehand draw if any gesture produces a drawing instead of scrolling a page?

... solve a problem when opening my PDF takes too long?

... solve a problem when I don't see all characters (Asian, Arabic, special math symbols, etc.) in my PDF?

... solve a problem when I see some unreadable text instead of a real one in my TXT file?

... quickly enlarge the found text in a PDF file without hiding navigation menu?

... convert my Microsoft Office files to PDFs?

... print files from GoodReader?

 

Integration with other iOS apps

How Do I ...

... open files to view in GoodReader from another application?

... export a file from GoodReader to another application?

... export a text from another app that doesn't allow to export TXT files to GoodReader (like Notes or Safari apps, for example) for further reading and editing of that text in GoodReader?

 

Other

How Do I ...

... use Data Protection (File Encryption) to keep my files secure in case if my device gets lost or stolen?

... clear all the history of search strings? visited web-sites?

... solve some other problem that is not listed here?

 


How do I transfer files to/from GoodReader?

There are several ways to do that:

  • Computer-to-GoodReader: using USB cable. Read more here.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Other apps-to-GoodReader: use inter-app Document Interchange (a.k.a. Open In... functionality) to exchange files between apps (including Apple's 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. Apple's Document Interchange works only with apps that explicitly support this feature.
  • E-Mail Servers-to-GoodReader: access E-Mail servers via IMAP or POP3 protocol to download e-mail attachments. Read more here.
  • WebDAV Servers-to-GoodReader: connect to WebDAV servers to download and upload files. Read more here. You can also sync files and folders.
  • Dropbox-to-GoodReader: connect to Dropbox to download and upload files. Read more here. You can also sync files and folders.
  • OneDrive-to-GoodReader: connect to OneDrive to download and upload files. Read more here. You can also sync files and folders.
  • Google Drive-to-GoodReader: connect to Google Drive to download and upload files. Read more here. You can also sync files and folders.
  • SugarSync-to-GoodReader: connect to SugarSync to download and upload files. Read more here. You can also sync files and folders.
  • FTP Servers-to-GoodReader*: connect to FTP servers to download and upload files. Read more here (FTP protocol is insecure, use SFTP access for confidential documents). You can also sync files and folders.
  • SFTP Servers-to-GoodReader: connect to SFTP servers to download and upload files. Read more here. You can also sync files and folders.
  • AFP Servers-to-GoodReader: connect to AFP servers (shared Mac folders, Apple Time Capsule, etc.) to download and upload files. Read more here. You can also sync files and folders.
  • SMB Servers-to-GoodReader: connect to SMB servers (shared Windows folders, various NAS drives, etc.) to download and upload files. Read more here. You can also sync files and folders.
  • Other iPhone/iPod/iPad-to-GoodReader (iOS 7 or later): use Apple's AirDrop. It works much like the Open In functionality, they even share the same menu, but works across devices.
  • Other iPhone/iPod/iPad-to-GoodReader (any version of iOS): 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.
  • Device Photo Album: import pictures and videos from and to it

* - unavailable in "GoodReader for SECTOR" app

 


How do I automatically sync files and folders to remote servers?

Please find the manual here.

 


How do I delete a file that I no longer need?

Either swipe a file name from right to left, or use our File Management features.

 


How do I save a file from Safari to GoodReader?

If you browse the Web with Safari, and open a file that is of interest to you, there is a way of saving this file into GoodReader's internal local storage, so you will be able to view this file with GoodReader without loading it from the Internet every time (like it happens in Safari).

(for directions to save an embedded HTML5 video from Safari to GoodReader see this article)

To save a file from Safari to GoodReader:

  • open the file of interest in Safari
  • tap Safari's address bar (the keyboard will appear)
  • go to the very beginning of the file's URL address, where the http:// or https:// part is
  • add a single letter g in front of the address, so you'll get ghttp:// or ghttps:// instead of http:// or https://
  • press Go on the keyboard (this will close Safari and start GoodReader)
  • the file will start to download into GoodReader automatically (check Connect control panel to find it)

If you plan to do this often, you can simplify this process substantially. In GoodReader's settings, General section, tap the button called Bookmark for files and webpages. Then go to Safari and create a new bookmark. Bookmarking absolutely any page will do. Name this bookmark, for example, Save to GoodReader. Then press the bookmark button, and then Edit. Select this new bookmark. Now Safari will let you modify an address of this bookmark. Delete the old address and paste the text from the pasteboard (GoodReader has prepared this special text for you). Save the modified bookmark address. Selecting this bookmark when a page of interest is opened is the same as adding the g letter in front of this page's address.

Please note that this technique doesn't always work with secure servers. If it doesn't, then try browsing for this file in GoodReader's built-in web-browser, rather than in Safari.

 


How do I save an embedded HTML5 video from Safari to GoodReader?

There's an easy way to save an embedded HTML5 video currently opened in Safari. You have to create a special bookmark in Safari first. Later, when you'll have a webpage with an embedded HTML5 video opened in Safari, you can simply select this special bookmark, and the video file will be downloaded to GoodReader. To create this special bookmark, open GoodReader's settings, General section, and tap the button called Bookmark for video. Then go to Safari and create a new bookmark. Bookmarking absolutely any page will do. Name this bookmark, for example, Save video to GoodReader. Then press the bookmark button, and then Edit. Select this new bookmark. Now Safari will let you modify an address of this bookmark. Delete the old address and paste the text from the pasteboard (GoodReader has prepared this special text for you). Save the modified bookmark address.

 


How do I read my e-mail attachments in GoodReader?

There are two ways to get your E-Mail file attachments into GoodReader - by using Apple's Document Interchange feature (you can use this feature to copy Apple's Mail app attachments into GoodReader by selecting GoodReader in the Open In... menu of the Mail app) or accessing online E-Mail servers via IMAP or POP3 protocol directly from GoodReader to find a message with a file attachment and to download such attachment into GoodReader.

 


How do I get files from WebDAV servers?

You can use Connect to Servers feature to connect to WebDAV servers. See the Connect to Servers Manual.

 


How do I get files from Dropbox?

You can use Connect to Servers feature to connect to Dropbox. See the Connect to Servers Manual.

 


How do I get files from OneDrive?

You can use Connect to Servers feature to connect to OneDrive. See the Connect to Servers Manual.

 


How do I get files from Google Drive?

You can use Connect to Servers feature to connect to Google Drive. See the Connect to Servers Manual.

 


How do I get files from SugarSync?

You can use Connect to Servers feature to connect to SugarSync. See the Connect to Servers Manual.

 


How do I get files from FTP servers?*

You can use Connect to Servers feature to connect to FTP servers. See the Connect to Servers Manual. Please note that FTP protocol is insecure. Use SFTP access for confidential documents.

* - unavailable in "GoodReader for SECTOR" app

 


How do I get files from SFTP servers?

You can use Connect to Servers feature to connect to SFTP servers. See the Connect to Servers Manual.

 


How do I get files from AFP servers (shared Mac folders, Apple Time Capsule, etc.)?

You can use Connect to Servers feature to connect to AFP servers. See the Connect to Servers Manual.

 


How do I get files from SMB servers (shared Windows folders, various NAS drives, etc.)?

You can use Connect to Servers feature to connect to SMB servers. See the Connect to Servers Manual.

 


How do I upload files (including annotated PDF files) back to a remote server?

Do what you usually do to connect to a remote server, and then use the Upload button at the bottom of a connection window.

 


How do I send an e-mail with files from GoodReader?

Use our File Management features to send e-mails, and also to do other things like copying/moving/deleting/renaming files and folders and creating new folders.

 


How do I stop GoodReader from putting default Subject and Message texts in my e-mails?

Open Application Settings, General Settings section, turn the Fill subject and message option off.

 


How do I transfer files from GoodReader on one device to GoodReader on another device?

  • iOS 7 or later: use Apple's AirDrop. It works much like the Open In functionality, they even share the same menu, but works across devices.
  • Any version of iOS: if both your devices are on the same local WiFi network, you can use one device as WebDAV server, and another device as WebDAV client. To do this, open WiFi transfer window on one device. WiFi transfer window opens with this button on the main screen:

    Now this device will act as a WebDAV server, which can accept incoming connections from WebDAV clients. On your second device go to Connect control panel and tap the Reload list of local servers link there. Your first device should now be visible in Servers Found via WiFi subsection. Tap on it and perform all necessary transfers. If the first device doesn't appear on the list of found servers, you can always create the server record manually using the URL-address found on the first device's WiFi transfer window.

 


How do I prevent my children from using the built-in web browser, while still letting them use GoodReader for reading?

You can restrict the access to the built-in web browser by setting a password for it in application settings, Security Settings section.

 


How do I "un-sync" a synced file/folder?

If you wish to stop syncing a local file or a folder, you have to delete the corresponding sync record. Open the Connect control panel, find the sync record you wish to delete and use the Trash mini-button.

 


How do I close an opened file?

Use the "back" button in navigation menu.

 


How do I show or hide navigation menu when viewing files?

To show or hide the navigation menu and the button bar when viewing files you have to quickly tap in the middle of the screen.

There's a very special case with PDF files, when tapping in the middle of the screen is not desirable. For example, the middle of the screen can be occupied by a big PDF Link, which will take you to a very different place if you tap it. For cases like this we have provided another way to turn the navigation menu on/off - a quick tap with three fingers anywhere on the screen.

 


How do I write a note on top of a PDF file? highlight or markup a PDF text? make a drawing on a PDF file?

All of these features are a part of PDF Annotations.

Use two main gestures use to work with annotations - quick single tap, and tap & hold. Depending on where you tap (on a text, on an existing annotation, or on a free space on a page), different menus will be presented to you.

To edit or delete an existing annotation, tap it briefly, or tap and hold it for a while. Two special cases to note: text note popups and highlights/markups. When you tap a text note, a default action (opening a note) is invoked right away. To access more options (deletion, color adjustment, etc.), tap and hold it for a while. On the contrary, when you tap and hold a highlight/markup, you activate a default action - text selection, which is more natural for an underlying text. To access special options for a highlight (deletion, color adjustment, etc.), you have to tap it briefly.

Just memorize the following very simple rule - one of two gestures (quick tap or tap & hold) should always work. If one of them doesn't, try another.

 


How do I copy text from a PDF page to clipboard?

To copy a piece of text from a PDF page you have to select it first. To activate text selection mode tap on a text and hold your finger for a while.

 


How do I find a particular annotation/highlight/markup in a large PDF file?

You can see a summary of all annotations in a file by opening Locations window with this button:

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Also you can send this summary via email, or print it via AirPrint with the Actions button:

 


How do I delete an unwanted PDF highlight/markup?

Tap a highlight/markup briefly to see the menu with available actions. There you will find the Delete button.

 


How do I change a color of a PDF drawing (PDF annotation)?

Tap a drawing (PDF annotation) briefly to see the menu with available actions. The newly selected color will become a default one, and will be used for all subsequent drawings that you will create.

 


How do I pan or zoom a page when doing a freehand draw if any gesture produces a drawing instead of scrolling a page?

Use pinching/panning with two fingers for zooming/panning.

 


How do I solve a problem when opening my PDF takes too long?

This is actually a troubleshooting topic, so the solution is discussed here.

 


How do I solve a problem when I don't see all characters (Asian, Arabic, special math symbols, etc.) in my PDF?

This is actually a troubleshooting topic, so the solution is discussed here.

 


How do I solve a problem when I see some unreadable text instead of a real one in my TXT file?

You have to select proper Text Encoding in Application Settings. Read more here.

 


How do I quickly enlarge the found text in a PDF file without hiding navigation menu?

Double-tap somewhere near found text. Double-tapping not just zooms in, but it also brings the double-tapped point to the center of the screen.

 


How do I convert my Microsoft Office files to PDFs?

On Mac computers PDF support is a part of operating system. PDF creation is available via any Print menu.

On PC computers, if you have Adobe Acrobat (not "Reader"!) software, you use either special MS Office add-ons automatically installed by Acrobat, or you print to a special Adobe PDF printer, also installed by Acrobat.

On PC computers, if you don't have Adobe Acrobat software, you can use Microsoft Office add-in by Microsoft. Go to http://www.microsoft.com/download and enter microsoft office save as pdf in a search string. This will lead you to a download page of the 2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF.

 


How do I print files from GoodReader?

GoodReader supports AirPrint capabilities of iOS for wireless printing (AirPrint-enabled printer is required). To print a file, open it and use the Actions button:

 


How do I open files to view in GoodReader from another application?

It depends on what you mean by that:

  • if by "another application" you mean Safari, then please read this
  • if by "another application" you mean some app that actually stores files inside itself and supports Apple's Document Interchange feature, then select GoodReader in the Open In... menu of that other app (consult that other app's documentation on how to find that menu there)
  • if by "another application" you mean some todo-type or notebook-type app or any other application that supports opening URL links, and you want to launch GoodReader from that application to view files that are stored inside GoodReader, then you can use GoodReader's convenient Link feature. Read more in the Managing Files Manual.

 


How do I export a file from GoodReader to another application?

If that other application supports Apple's Document Interchange feature, then use the Open In... button on the Manage Files control panel. The Open In... action can also be found under the Actions button when you have the file opened in GoodReader:

 


How do I export a text from another app that doesn't allow to export TXT files to GoodReader (like Notes or Safari apps, for example) for further reading and editing of that text in GoodReader?

Select a piece of text in that other app, copy it to the system clipboard, then go to GoodReader and use the New TXT button (a part of File Management functionality). A new empty TXT file will be created in editing mode. Paste your text and save a new TXT file.

 


How do I use Data Protection (File Encryption) to keep my files secure in case if my device gets lost or stolen?

GoodReader takes advantage of iOS's Data Protection API, which encrypts your files to keep your data confidential, even if your device gets lost or stolen. However, this feature requires performing special procedures, and also some limitations apply. Please be absolutely sure to read the Data Protection manual, if you want to use this feature.

 


How do I clear all the history of search strings? visited web-sites?

Open Application Settings, General Settings section, press the Clear History button.

 


How do I solve some other problem that is not listed here?

Use our friendly and experienced customer support service. Please make sure that your spam-filters will not block mail from goodreader.com mail domain.

 

 
 
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