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Add Notes to PDFs and More With GoodReader

January 7, 2014

As tablets become more popular, financial aid professionals are starting to use them to surf the web, communicate with their coworkers, and view documents. As a student, I’m also starting to see a majority of my textbooks available in an electronic form that can be downloaded to a tablet. At first, I stuck to purchasing the traditional paper textbooks because I like to highlight text and write notes in my books. After I did some research, however, I found that there are several apps that allow you to do so on a tablet.

I’ve tried out a number of annotation apps, and my favorite so far is GoodReader. This app can be purchased through the iTunes store for $4.99. GoodReader supports massive PDF and TXT files, as well as Microsoft Office files, iWork ‘08/’09, HTML and Safari web archives, high resolution images, audio, and video. This app allows you to annotate documents with text boxes, popup comments, text highlights, freehand drawing, text underlines, strikeouts, and various shapes. GoodReader can also be used to manage, transfer, and sync files and folders. Files can be transferred in a number of ways with this app:

  • From your computer over a USB cable or Wi-Fi connection
  • From the Internet
  • From email attachments
  • With Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive, SugarSync,, and other WebDAV, AFP, SMB, FTP, and SFTP servers

With GoodReader, you can download various documents, add notes or highlight text, and share the annotated files with your coworkers or borrowers. This app also allows you to zoom in on documents, view documents in a double-page mode, crop documents, and search for text with the Text Search feature. To learn more about GoodReader and how it can benefit you, watch these tutorial videos:

Getting Started:

GoodReader’s Features:

Megan Freese, Communications Intern

Megan Freese, Communications Intern

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