Product: GoodReader For The IPad
Retail price: $.99
By Kathy Schrock, keynote speaker at the New York Tech Forum on October 22, 2010.
Created by Good.iware, GoodReader is available for the
iPhone, the iPod Touch, and the iPad. Some of the add-on features
cost money if you are using it on the iPhone or Touch, but
the iPad version includes all the features for no cost.
EASE OF USE: There are several ways to get files from the
computer to the GoodReader app and vice versa, including a
wireless-transfer option, connection to online file-storage sites,
and email attachments. (Previously, files could be moved back
and forth via a USB connection between the device running
GoodReader and the computer, but that was removed at
Apple’s request a few versions back.)
CREATIVE USE OF TECHNOLOGY: GoodReader is a great
PDF file reader. It can also read Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
files. It can hook to MobileMe, Dropbox, box.net, and other
WebDAV servers. It can interface with iMap and POP email
servers and FTP servers. You can move files up and down with
it to and from all these places. You can connect to your Google
Apps and Google Apps for Ed documents for easy access and
transfer of documents, too. You can download Web pages
through Safari for offline reading. You can download and play
videos and audio files. GoodReader will also reformat a PDF
file as plain text for easier reading.
SUITABILITY FOR USE IN A SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT: In a
Google Apps school or a district that uses Dropbox,
GoodReader can help move files from student to student or from
student to teacher as well as get to documents to edit them on
the iPad and then send them up again to Google or Dropbox.
Without any special software, students and teachers can extract
the text in a downloaded PDF document for use in a text editor.
This piece of software supports many functions that go on in the
K–12 environment: moving files up and down from the Internet,
reading from PDF documents and other formats, and editing
PDF documents in plain text for use in a project or paper. With
its new VGA-out capability a teacher or student can easily share
the content in their GoodReader app with the class.
It is a powerful piece of software! GoodReader does so much,
you will probably find yourself using it all the time. It truly is one
of the best $.99 purchases you will ever make for your iPad.