I use Goodreader a lot, it’s by far the best app on the iPhone for reading marking or note taking within a PDF document, but how do you easily get documents loaded up, well there are two main ways I use.
First and easiest is to use Dropbox, this allows you to add content to the iPad regardless of the location of either the iPad or base machine, but there are a few things you must be aware of to use this correctly, first you need. A good 3G signal, second it will load up into the dropbox default reader, and it’s slow, third make sure you tell dropbox to store it local on the iPad by clicking on the little star icon on the top right, because if you go out of range of a wiFi it will not be there. Last but not least, use the small bent arrow to the top right to load it into Goodreader, it’s faster, slicker and has so much more usability than the default read in dropbox, once goodread has it, you can load it from the Goodreader menu without the need to use dropbox.
I find this method great for clients who are away from there office and want the lasted plan or detail the cloud linking in dropbox is superb, fast and almost faultless, but you will have to understand the methods of transferrin to Goodreader and the foybles of cloud technology.
The alternative is to use The iTunes program to transfer direct to Goodreader, it requires a hard wire link, but it allow you to see all the files Goodreader has access to and remove or add at will. This method I use with clients who do not want to hastle of wifi, just the latest map, and it allows the office to control which version of the map is loaded, so many times I have had calls, i’m confused as to which map I should be Using as long file names often get truncated, the iTunes method stops this and allows you to control the loading of maps and details.
Of course, the new cloud structure apple is looking to set up in the fall might make all this redundant, but as one who travels into areas with no wifi, or decent 3G, the hard link still looks the best, and it also solves one other problem we come up against when using filemaker, which we have clients using a lot to store garden lists and plant collection on, trying to sync filemaker files successfully across a wifi drorpbox link, again is not good, it’s best to use the hard link iTune program to control the version of the database the iPad has stored, with that in mind we have made a special version of our program to store additional notes and records in a separate table for easy export and syncing with the main database before we copy the file to our users iPad.