Posted on August 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Recently I figured out how to make my iPad a portable pattern library, and a handy chart master. I used Goodreader, which a lot of people seem to have figured out already. If you don't already know about it, Goodreader is a dedicated PDF reader, and pretty popular with the ipad crowd.

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First, I uploaded my pattern from my laptop to an online storage site, such as google docs. I opened the pattern from there on my iPad (in Safari).

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I tapped the pattern center, and my iPad briefly offered me the "Open in Goodreader" button

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Once I was open in Goodreader, I tapped again in the middle of the screen to view all the menu options:

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On the right side of the screen, there are highlight and line drawing options which I saw quickly that I could use to keep track of such things as where I am in a chart. Goodreader wanted to know if I wanted to make an annotated copy, to which I agreed.

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Now I could draw lines that I could manipulate as I worked through a chart. It was constantly accompanied by the Cancel/Done button. I ignore it while knitting and moving the line along as I go, then press Done when I put the knitting down, or leave some version of that line there to save my spot. The annotated version saves my notes, and I can add to them each time I open it if I like. There's also the rectangle option which is kind of cool.

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Highlighting means that I can go through the pattern and pick out all my size numbers ahead of time.

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Another feature I discovered as useful was this button that allowed me to bypass the iPad's rotating screen to fix a larger chart in landscape mode for easier reading.

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I'm sure I've made this more complicated than it has to be for myself, but if you discover any tricks to add, or a way you prefer to mine, please share them in the comments.