Jun 12 AT 8:00 AM Christopher Earle 16 Comments

RepliGo Reader Brings PDF Viewer To Android

One of the things that an Android based phone should do well is work as a document reader. Until recently, there were a number of Portable Document File (PDF) viewers available free, but none that did everything well. That changed with the release of RepliGo Reader from Cerience Corporation. Currently at version 1.3.0, RepliGo was the best reader for Android at 1.0.0 and has only improved on a good code base.

RepliGo works with most PDF files. If the PDF file was created using a digital process, such as using a text or Word file to create the file, RepliGo is good. In fact, it is very good. RepliGo allows you to see the original formatting of the document or switch to a view which is ideal for reading documents on the smaller screen of a cell phone. The only documents that don’t work well are documents that are scans of old books. In some cases, RepliGo can’t figure out what to do with poor quality 1-bit scans and simply displays gibberish on the screen. This is likely a problem that will go away as the product matures.

RepliGo integrates very nicely with the Android Gmail and default email application. Clicking “preview” on a PDF attachment brings the PDF up in RepliGo. Once the document is on your G1, RepliGo is fast and responsive. Downloading large PDFs to the memory card can take a long time, but RepliGo looks at the document in small pieces, which really improves performance.

RepliGo turns your G1 into a very powerful eBook and eDocument platform. With a large memory card, the number of documents that can be carried in your pocket is simply mind boggling. At the moment, I have close to 40 documents and books that are taking up very little space on an 8GB card.

I’ve bought very few higher priced apps from the Android Market. One was Docs to Go and the other is RepliGo. Both are outstanding and both are, in my view, two critical applications to being able to use an Android based phone as an ultra-portable computing platform. If you are looking for the best PDF reader available for Android, RepliGo is your app.

RepliGo Reader for Android
Version: 1.3
Developed By: Cerience Corporation
Price: $7.95
Filesize: 1.28MB
Christopher Earle has been working as a freelance writer since 1987. He currently lives in the Denver, Colorado area with his wife, son, and their two cats. He has been a fan of open source software for many years.

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