Celebrating 10 Years of Mobile PDF Magic with New GoodReader 5 for iOS

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GoodReader, the world’s best-selling document reader for iPhone and iPad, offers new PDF viewing interface and enhanced security

Today, the company celebrates GoodReader’s 10th birthday with the launch of GoodReader 5, bringing a fresh look and deeper document security for iPhone and iPad users.

Ten years ago, Good.iWare introduced what would become the world’s most downloaded PDF viewer and editor for iOS, achieving top-ranked status in countries around the globe. Today, the company celebrates GoodReader’s 10th birthday with the launch of GoodReader 5, bringing a fresh look and deeper document security for iPhone and iPad users.

While GoodReader originally found its fame for the way it handled very large PDF files and for its “Swiss Army Knife of iOS” feature-set, GoodReader 5 delivers an all-new interface that makes viewing documents on an iPhone or iPad even easier – including a split-screen view for iPad which enables users to view two documents or even different sections of the same document simultaneously. This feature is especially useful for comparing documents such as drafts of contracts or researching for homework assignments.

GoodReader 5 offers a completely new user interface designed to be faster and more intuitive. Though current users will find the functionality and usability to be familiar, everything is new.

Usability improvements include:

  • A redesigned PDF viewer with smoother scrolling, zooming, and page turning.
  • A new way to read PDFs, featuring continuous "pageless" scrolling.
  • A new pictures viewer, including a more modern look and feel, smooth and fast image loading, and a quick preview bar of all pictures in the folder.
  • Split Screen (iPad only), enabling viewing of two files or different parts of the same file side-by-side.
  • A new PDF Reflow mode with a continuous "pageless" scroll of pure text extracted from a PDF, with a graphical preview of actual PDF pages shown at every page break.

For the full list of new features, visit http://www.goodreader.com/update_history.html

“It’s hard to outperform ourselves after 10 years of delivering regular amazing updates with excellent new features, but we have once again done it,” said Yuri Selukoff, president of Good.iWare. “Our users seem most excited about the ease and convenience of the new interface, and its huge upgrade in file protection and document security – all for less cost than a value meal at a fast food restaurant.”

GoodReader 5 completely locks down documents with military-grade AES-256 encryption, making it nearly impossible to read stored documents should a device be lost or stolen. Even should the hacker unlock the stolen device, the documents stored inside GoodReader will remain protected.

Another new document protection feature is Secure Photocopy which can prevent both embarrassing and legal entanglements by blocking others from copying redacted text from a PDF. Secure Photocopy guarantees the total elimination of all redacted text and images, hidden and deleted pages. There have been several high-profile cases in which attorneys failed to sufficiently redact portions of legal documents. The redacted portions of the documents were “hidden” by black bars but can easily be revealed by simply highlighting those bars and copying and pasting the text into a new document. GoodReader 5 will better secure documents and reduce the exposure and legal ramifications caused by improperly redacted files.

Key new security features of GoodReader 5 include:

  • Total document protection with military-grade AES-256 encryption for files and folders.
  • For users requiring the ability to export a sensitive document outside GoodReader, where GoodReader's own file encryption doesn't apply, there is now the ability to add password protection with strong AES-256 encryption to PDF files and ZIP archives.
  • Secure Photocopy, eliminating all traces of invisible, hidden or redacted information in a PDF file
  • Secure options for individual PDF pages: email, extract or export pages as a separate password-protected file, as a secure photocopy, or both

“Usability and security are both main priorities for us as we continue to develop GoodReader based on our customers’ requests,” said Selukoff. “We are proud of how far GoodReader has come during its 10 years and are excited about giving even more people access to fast, user-friendly and secure documents on their iPhones and iPads. As always, our users' privacy is our main concern. We are still fully committed to the promise we made ten years ago – we will always safeguard our users’ information, and will never collect any sort of user data and analytics from inside the app.”

The new GoodReader 5 update is available to all users of GoodReader 4 for free, while the Pro-level features such as Split Screen, Encryption, Secure Photocopy and other security enhancements, are offered as part of the GoodReader Pro Pack as an in-app purchase.

GoodReader is currently available on the App Store for US$5.99 while users may purchase the Pro Pack as an in-app upgrade for the introductory price of US$5.99.

For more information, visit GoodReader.com.

About GoodReader
GoodReader is known throughout the world as the top document reader for viewing, navigating and annotating large PDF documents on an iPhone and iPad. GoodReader aims to deliver the most file viewing and sharing options, while remaining secure and simple to use. GoodReader masterfully handles very large PDF and TXT files, high-resolution pictures and other graphic files, and all file formats supported by Safari engine, including Microsoft Office files. Other file types include iWork'08/09 files (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote), .ai files saved with PDF Compatible option, and audio and video files natively supported by iOS.

A design feature that sets GoodReader apart is its laptop-like file management system that gives users a true computing style experience even when they are only equipped with GoodReader on an iPad.

GoodReader has also set the standard for iOS document readers in the enterprise, offering a high level of document security and synchronization with remote servers.

For more information, visit http://www.goodreader.com.

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