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Good Luck Getting Annotations To Stick With GoodReader [Review]

by on October 2nd, 2010

The GoodReader PDF app recently got a huge update with the introduction of annotations arguably the most interesting of the changes (check out the long list on the developer’s website).

The new annotations function works beautifully and intuitively (once you understand that you annotate by pressing and holding the screen).

I had lots of fun marking up and adding notes (sad, I know) but felt totally cheated when I tried to open my annotated document. I tried opening it in iBooks, SmartNote, DocsToGo, from an email attachment… You name it, it didn’t work. Open it in the GoodReader app: hello lovely annotations. Anywhere else? Don’t hold your breath.

I’ve read a couple of forums and some folks are getting results with Preview in Mac (I haven’t tried it myself, so can’t confirm or refute).

(10/5/10 Edit. The annotationsĀ can be seen in Preview, Skim and Adobe Acrobat ReaderĀ on the Mac and in Adobe Acrobat Reader on the PC. Hopefully some of the PDF apps on the iPad itself will soon be able to see these annotations).

Don’t get me wrong. GoodReader is a fantastic app for reading large PDFs on your iPad and iPhone, especially for (the current sale price of) $0.99.

But the annotations function is pretty half-baked if you can’t see the annotations anywhere other than in the app itself. Let’s hope they get
that sorted soon.

Let us know below if you have been able to get your annotations to stick.


Danielle Saul is a technical writer and all round geeky chick. You can follow her on Twitter at @GeekyCh1ck


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