Read CHM files on the iPad

Mar 28 2011

Okay, so I’ve got Dropbox with a whole bunch of tech books in PDF and CHM format.

I’ve got GoodReader for reading PDFs and it connects to Dropbox like a champ. I’ve got CHMate Lite for reading CHM files but I have to use the awful Bonjour (I think it’s Bonjour) wireless interface to copy files from my computer to my iPad in CHMate Lite.

BUT, if I use GoodReader to download the CHM file open the file using CHMate Lite THROUGH GoodReader, I don’t have to mess with the wireless interface! AND it let’s you use CHMate on more than one CHM file. Excellent!

This link will get you and me an extra 250MB when you sign up at Dropbox: http://db.tt/bskdrAA

Here are instructions for connecting GoodReader to Dropbox: http://www.goodreader.net/gr-man-tr-servers.html#read1st

And here, Ali Parvaresh explains how to use GoodReader to open CHM files: http://aliparvaresh.com/archive/2010/07/29/read-chm-files-on-ipad.aspx

UPDATE: 8/9/2011

I’ve found that you can open CHM files directly through the Dropbox app in the same way you can open them on through Goodreader.

  • Download the file through Dropbox.
  • It will complain that it can’t read the file type.
  • Then tap the little box with an arrow in it and you get the same “Open With” dialog you get in Goodreader.

I did find that the Dropbox app doesn’t handle large files (>20MB) as well as Goodreader does.

UPDATE: 6/15/2012

Dropbox now gives you 500MB of free space when you sign up through my link.

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One response so far

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    This works perfectly! Thank you SO Much. I already had dropbox or I would have used your link… but being able to open CHM files like this really helped me a LOT.
    Thanks again!