3/23/12

MacMost Now 687: Storing and Reading Documents With GoodReader For iOS

iOS doesn't use a file system like a computer. Documents are stored with an their app. GoodReader is an app that lets you store and read a variety of documents on your iPad or iPhone. You can transfer files using iTunes, Dropbox, your own server or any number of other methods. http://macmost.com/j-goodreaderipad http://macmost.com/j-goodreaderiphone

Video Transcript (Click to Expand)
Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today's episode let's take a look at spring-loaded folders. So spring-loaded folders is a term you have heard, but maybe you haven't actually tried to use them, or maybe you've been using them all along and you haven't even realized it. The idea is that you can drag and drop something onto a folder that's not even present on the screen at the time you start the drag. You can drag over a folder and wait about a second and the folder will open automatically -- will spring open and then you can put the file inside of that. As a manner of fact, you can actually navigate your entire file system, pretty much using spring-loaded folders, so it means you can drag and drop something without having to set everything up first, getting the right folder open on the right part of the screen to complete the action. So let me show ya a simple example. I've got a finder window open here and it's set to column view which is what I prefer. I've got a photo here and I wanna put it into a folder I can't even see right now. I can start the drag and bring it up into the window here, and I can drop it right here into my documents folder. But I can also hover over a folder - say my project - and it'll open it up and you can see now it appears here and I can drop it there. I can continue and drop it, drag it over here and now it opens that up over here, and it opens that up and I can drop it all the way down in there inside that folder in the media folder in the photos folder. I've dropped it in there which just one action without having to go to this photos folder first. And this also works perfectly fine in other views like the icon view. I can drag over to my projects, and media, and then photos and drop it in there. I can even use the side bar for it so I can save you looking at all my files and I can drag over to MacMost and then into documents and then continue on down and drop it in. And they've got a few options if you go to finder preferences you could see that you've got the ability to turn on and off spring loaded folders and set the delay amount so you can set it very short or very long. Um, let's change it to very long and then we can see here ah, that we could use the spacebar to speed things up a bit so I can go into my project and wait and it'll go in. Ah, and in my media and you can see how it takes about a second to operate. But if I use the spacebar go over and immediately jump into the folder. So spring-loaded folders is just a simple part of Mac OS X, once you realize it's there and you start using it, it just becomes very natural. You can use it to drag files and folders around, and just make navigating the finder much easier. Till next time, this is Gary with MacMost Now.

8 Responses to “MacMost Now 687: Storing and Reading Documents With GoodReader For iOS”

  1. Flo says:

    Hey Gary,

    I’m considering buying an iPad for University so I won’t have to carry around my MacBook all the time and I’ve already read a lot of good reviews about GoodReader so I was wondering if this App actually makes it possible to add notes to pdf documents and print them later on vía AirPrint directly from the App?
    Thanks!

    • Yes. I just tried it for you. I opened a PDF. Then I added some text and a circle. Then I printed with AirPrint and the annotations were there.

      • Daniel B says:

        Hi Gary,

        I’m a consultant and I use GoodReader on my iPad 2 to annotate PDF documents. I prefer to have my annotation on a digital support instead of on a paper document. It is more useful for me. I always have my files with me, available on my iPad and my iPhone.

  2. Flo says:

    Thanks a lot Gary, good to know that it’ll just work out perfectly for my needs.
    Keep up the good work!

  3. Peter Emery says:

    Is there any reason why you restricted the demonstration to documents only? GoodReader can be used to zip & unzip files or folders, which is useful if you receive a zipped folder via Mail. There’s much more to GoodReader than just reading/editing of documents.

  4. Richard says:

    iCloud doesn’t show up in my list of files using GoodReader. Is this something you have access to thru developer access to Mountain Lion?

  5. forkboy1965 says:

    When I purchased my iPhone I wanted an app which could read PDFs and GoodReader was my choice.

    I liked to have my dSLRs owner’s manual on-hand for when I needed to change settings, which were buried in menus. It was and remains a great PDF reader.

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