Quickly Save PDF’s from the Web to Your iPad

I recently published a somewhat cumbersome how-to that will help you download PDF’s from the internet without realizing that there is an easier way. When installed, GoodReader will automatically download a PDF from Safari when you insert a g in the address field in Safari. Follow the instructions below so that you too can quickly download PDF’s from the internet to your iPad.

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Before you begin, locate the PDF you wish to download to your iPad and open it in Safari.

Save PDF’s from the Web to Your iPad

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1.Tap and hold until the cursor is located at the beginning of the web address in Safari.

2.Type the letter g, so if the web address is http://www… it should be ghttp://www…

3. Tap Go on the on-screen keyboard.

Save PDF’s from the Web to Your iPad

Safari will Close and GoodReader will automatically open.

Save PDF’s from the Web to Your iPad

4. The prompt will notify you that the download has started, tap OK to continue.

Save PDF’s from the Web to Your iPad

5. Tap on the file you just downloaded to open.

This should work for all files supported by GoodReader as long as you have the files direct URL/address.

File types supported by GoodReader:

  • MS Office – .doc, .ppt, .xls and more
  • iWork’08/’09
  • HTML and Safari webarchives
  • High resolution images
  • It even does audio and video!
  • Davidoshry

    This works as long as you dont need to log on to the site that you are trying to download the file from.
    As ‘goodreader’ is essentially a different browser, it has different cookies and therefore need to log on again, so download fails.