iPad was launched in April 2010 with much success and one of the main reasons for that is the crisp and beautiful screen which is pretty good for reading. PDF documents are one of the most commonly used document formats out there and there are apps for you to transfer the documents and read it on your iPad. Here I’ve compiled some of the best PDF reader apps for the iPad.
Opens most documents like PDF, MS Office, images, html, zip, audio and video (standard iPhone formats : H.264, MPEG-4). Easily transfer your file through wifi.
Cost: Free ($4.99 for Pro version)
Size: 2.3 MB
Just like FileApp, it can read most documents. It also has PDF Reflow mode where it extracts the images and only displays text. The performance of the app is also very fast and zippy.
Size: 11.2 MB
Pretty decent app for reading PDFs. You can sync your documents directly to the device via iTunes or import files directly via Safari or Mail. Also has page turning effect for the pages to make the reading experience more real.
Size: 9.6 MB
This is an eBook reader supporting PDF and Comic Archive files. It has features such as large thumbnails, double-page browsing type which is best for comic, keyword search, URL detection, bookmarks with a folder function, history function which allows you to go back to the page you read.
Size: 8.8 MB
CloudReaders is a free PDF Reader and comic viewer which supports PDF, CBZ, ZIP, CBR and RAR files. It also lets you upload file via WIFI and you do it through a web browser interface. A recent update even lets you transfer files via USB cable and using iTunes. CloudReaders is a solid app that does the job for free.
Size: 0.5 MB
ReaddleDocs is an all-in-one document viewer and file manager. Among the file documents supported includes PDF, MS Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) and Apple iWork files. The PDF viewer supports large files and has text reflow mode as well. It lets you transfer files to your iPad via WIFI or mobile network. It also lets you download and upload files to Dropbox, MobileMe iDisk, GoogleDocs.
Size: 8.3 MB
Air Sharing HD is a file management utility that also has PDF viewing and you can even print your documents wirelessly. It also allows you share files wirelessly where you just drag and drop files from your computer to this app. This is a feature packed utility but it’s a bit pricey and it crashes quite often.
Size: 8.7 MB
PDF Reader Pro is fast and zippy PDF Reader that can take on any large PDFs that you dump to it. It has a whole lot of comprehensive features like word search, page jump, hyperlinks support, USB and wifi file transfer, and Cloud services support like Dropbox, GoogleDocs, Box.net, iDisk and Sugarsync.
Size: 7.7 MB
SmileyDocs is a simple yet feature packed PDF reader. It lets you highlight PDF documents with colors of your choice just like a highlight marker pen. Also has reflow mode that extracts and displays only text. You can organize your documents by folders and it also remembers your last zoom level which is a very useful feature. You can transfer files via USB/iTunes, or Wi-Fi/FTP.
Size: 1.3 MB
10. iAnnotate PDF
iAnnotate PDF is an excellent PDF reader that also lets you highlight, underline, crossing out words by just using your finger. You can even scribble and take notes on the page or you can leave a comment box as well. Excellent for students and also medical professionals.
Size: 11.5 MB