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[ISN] Air Force Special Operations Command eyes Russian security software for iPads


By Bob Brewin

When the Air Force Special Operations Command decided to buy 2,861 made-in-China Apple iPad tablet computers in January to provide flight crews with electronic navigation charts and technical manuals, it specified mission security software developed, maintained and updated in Russia.

The command followed in the path of Alaska Airlines, which in May 2011 became the first domestic carrier to drop paper charts and manuals in exchange for electronic flight bags. Alaska chose the same software, GoodReader, developed by Moscow-based Good.iware, to display charts in a PDF format on iPads. Delta Air Lines kicked off a test in August for electronic flight bags and the carrier said it planned to use GoodReader software.

Originally developed for the iPhone, GoodReader won rave reviews, which helped make it the best-selling non-Apple iPad app until its developer, Yuri Selukoff, quadrupled its price from 99 cents to $4.99. PC Magazine said GoodReader "transforms your iPad into the best reader, file manager and annotator on the market."

Macworld also raved that Good.iWare, Selukoff's company, "hit a home run" when it developed the iPad version. "What adds an extra sparkle to GoodReader is that it supports most common document file types, while also allowing you to save and view Web pages (either in HTML or Safari Web archive format), and download, listen to, or view photos, audio and video files," the publication said.


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