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GoodReaderUSB... This software easily works with huge file sizes such as e-books and subway maps. Additionally, the program allows users to view video, audio, powerpoint, word and many other file types through a naturally intuitive folder structure interface. With the GoodReaderUSB transfer interface, users can rapidly load and view almost any movie, .mp3, .pdf, .txt or other standard file just by using drag and drop, no setup needed.

What's New

Version 2.0:

Major new features:

  • Now GoodReaderUSB transfers files to official application private storage space ("sandbox"). This finally fixes the issue with violating Apple's iPhone SDK. Now GoodReader app on your iDevice doesn't need to access files/folders outside of its sandbox. This works with all eligible devices - iPad / iPhone / iPod touch, with all versions of OS starting with 3.0.


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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taja Member IconReview+90

Nice clean app. Could be better if it was more like finder, providing more view/sort options for example. Would like to see drag and drop onto the dock icon, and would prefer it if you weren't prevented from doing anything else with the app while copying largeish files.

More importantly, now that ios 4 allows you to add documents to goodreader via itunes (scroll down on the apps tab on the iphone screen), this app seems redundant.

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Version 2.0

Following on from that, it seems that goodreader have discontinued the app because it replicated itunes' file sharing function.

Nick Collingridge

On a very basic level iTunes provides similar functionality, but some of the neater fuynctions of GoodReaderUSB are not provided by iTunes. These include the ability to: 1) create a new folder on the iOS device, 2) look inside a folder on the iOS device, 3) copy back to the Mac a file that is inside a folder, 4) create a new folder on the iOS device, 5) delete a file or folder on the iOS device, 6) rename a file or folder on the iOS device.

On the other hand, GoodRedaer USB has some very annoying traits, such as 1) if you open a folder, every time you copy a file into it the folder structure closes to its top level. This means that if you want to copy multiple files into a sub-folder you have to open up the folder structure for every copy, and 2) if you create a new folder the folder name is not automatically selected so that you can instantly rename it, which you always want to do (who wants to use a folder called Untitled Folder?).

Nick Collingridge Member IconComment+142
Nick Collingridge

Great - but one perplexing omission. If you try to copy a later version of a file to the device, instead of an opportunity to overwrite the file on the device you are simply told that the file already exists and nothing gets copied. Simple to fix, but a bit of a nuisance until they do!

Also, not too big of deal for me but not very secure is that if you have set a folder on the device to be locked there is no protection when viewed via this application - its contents are displayed and you can copy files to the folder freely.

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Version 2.0
Firemin Member IconReview+8

Designed to integrate with the GoodReader iPhone app, this provides an alternative to loading files to your iPhone by WiFi. Instead you use USB and get a GoodReaderUSB folder appear when you open GoodReader on your iPhone. It didn't really advertise all that in the promo, but it does it reasonably intuitively. The GoodReader iPhone app is quiet capable (as it claims) of handling reasonably large files in a variety of formats. GoodReaderUSB provides another handy way of getting your files to and from your iPhone.

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Version 1.0.3
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Downloads 8,156
Version Downloads 6,700
License Free
Date 18 Jun 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free