How do you view pdf files

Discussion in 'polls' started by lodore, Jan 1, 2016.

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how do you view pdf files?

  1. browser

    13 vote(s)
    25.0%
  2. third party program (please list)

    39 vote(s)
    75.0%
  1. lodore

    lodore Registered Member

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    Hey all,

    I wondered how everyone views pdf files these days?

    I open pdf files in my browser as it has enough functionality for me to view the documents. main pdf I view are either manuals or brochures.

    I used to use adobe reader years ago but didnt use the extra functions and got annoyed with the constant patching required.
     
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  2. Infected

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    Sumatra
     
  3. Minimalist

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    Both ways. If it's online file I open it with my browser (Chrome), for offline files I use PDF-XChange.
     
  4. Robin A.

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    I am in an on-going game with Windows 10. I change the default reader to PDF-XChange Editor, Windows changes it back to Edge. I change it again, Windows does the same, etc. Windows 10 is very funny.
     
  5. Minimalist

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    Yes, I've read about some problems with those settings changing in Windows 10. They really want you to try their new browser :)
     
  6. Peter2150

    Peter2150 Global Moderator

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    I use Adobe Acrobat Pro Xi to view PDF's
     
  7. Krusty

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    Depends if I'm reading it from a browser and which one. Firefox / Cyberfox and Chrome read PDFs, and Edge is my default PDF reader for offline PDF reading.
     
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  8. zapjb

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  9. Daveski17

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    Online usually Maxthon (Win 7), Chromium (Ubuntu). Offline Sumatra (Win 7), qpdfview (Ubuntu).
     
  10. Joxx

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    PDF-XChange for Windows
    qpdfview for Linux

    no online view, somehow I'm allergic
     
  11. SweX

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    In the browser - Adobe Reader is installed for offline...but have no use for it :confused:
     
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  12. bo elam

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    I use Foxit portable. Even while surfing, when I click open, the PDF runs out of the browser using Foxit.

    Bo
     
  13. Nebulus

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    Sumatra and sometimes Foxit.
     
  14. Rmus

    Rmus Exploit Analyst

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    Adobe Acrobat Reader, both off-line, and in the Browser when on-line.

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    rich
     
  15. TS4H

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    I actually use both methods to view PDF's so there is no point in voting. Chromes built in PDF viewer works very well for small sized pdf's, especially when it sourced from the internet and searched with the extension .pdf. I also use Foxit Phantom PDF, for large sized pdf's or when I need to work with PDF files.

    Foxit has a browser plugin, but I rather the simplicity of chrome pdf viewer. I also prefer to keep the extensions to a minimum.
     
  16. Osaban

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    Adobe Reader X off line and within Chrome.
     
  17. ArchiveX

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    Online: Firefox
    Offline: Edge
     
  18. Rasheed187

    Rasheed187 Registered Member

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    I always use a third party PDF reader. I would not recommend using Adobe Acrobat since it's often attacked, and it's also not wise to use the browser for PDF reading, since once in a while there are serious holes in built-in readers, that leave the system open to data exfiltration.

    https://www.techopedia.com/definition/14682/data-exfiltration
     
  19. amarildojr

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    Used to use Okular, now using Atril (from MATE).
     
  20. Alec

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    One of the great conveniences of a Mac... PDF support is virtually universal since the programming framework AppKit has builtin support.
    • For quick PDF reading -- or about 75% of the time -- I just use Apple's built-in Quick Look functionality. I just browse around, find & highlight the PDF file, and hit the <spacebar>. Works in Finder, Mail, Safari and most applications, even 3rd-party apps. Super fast & works great.

    • When I want to save something as a PDF -- about 15% of the time -- many applications have a built-in "Save as..." or "Export..." function for PDF; if not I just hit "Print..." and use Apple's built-in "Save as PDF..." function within the print dialog.

    • For more detailed PDF work with forms, signatures, inserting or deleting pages, or whatever -- about 8% of the time -- I use Apple Preview. Generally does whatever else I may need.

    • If all of those prior built-in options aren't enough -- final 2% of the time -- I use PDF Expert.
    Microsoft *was* going to implement similar built-in level support for PDF's within Windows... but as part of the fallout from the antitrust suits over Internet Explorer, Adobe threatened Microsoft for "illegal bundling" of PDF functionality within the OS and Microsoft had to drop it. Sort of a shame if you ask me.
     
  21. lupuskj

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    I use Foxit PhantomPDF.
     
  22. WildByDesign

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    Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, now that they've finally implemented a tabbed interface in the most recent update. If you require PDF functionality with 100% perfection, sadly there is no other than Adobe.
     
  23. TS4H

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    I completely agree if for example you use a plugin for firefox unsandboxed to read pdf's. Would you say the same is true for Chrome, given that the pdf viewer is built in and the process is isolated?

    regards.
     
  24. Krusty

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    You don't need a plugin for Firefox as far as I know. Like Chrome the PDF reader is built in.
     
  25. TS4H

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    Ah right, didnt know that. Still however the process is not isolated as far as im aware with firefox, does this data ex-filtration that Rasheed is referring to still posed a risk, whether the process is isolated or not?
     
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