Which is your favourite PDF reader?

Discussion in 'polls' started by progress, Aug 6, 2010.

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Which is your favourite PDF reader?

  1. Adobe Reader

    61 vote(s)
    23.2%
  2. Sumatra PDF

    25 vote(s)
    9.5%
  3. Foxit Reader

    90 vote(s)
    34.2%
  4. PDF-XChange Viewer

    64 vote(s)
    24.3%
  5. Perfect PDF Reader

    2 vote(s)
    0.8%
  6. Other [Specify]

    19 vote(s)
    7.2%
  7. None

    2 vote(s)
    0.8%
  1. Anna001

    Anna001 Registered Member

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    Out of question,it is Foxit Reader. :D
    It is fast and easy to view PDF file with Foxit Reader . Goodbye for retarded&Bloated Adobe Reader.
     
  2. Matthijs5nl

    Matthijs5nl Guest

    Adobe Reader, by miles.
     
  3. mrpink

    mrpink Registered Member

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    Chrome's pdf plugin and Sumatra portable for those that need to be downloaded
     
  4. pajenn

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    I work with PDF's a lot so I have tried a lot of the PDF readers, creators and editors.

    Currently I have PDF-XChange as my default PDF reader because I updated it most recently and Foxit as my default PDF Creator. I will probably go back to Foxit Reader Pro as my default reader because it loads the fastest of the big name ones I've tried, although these things change over builds and machines. Foxit Phantom is a great PDF suite, but it sacrifices some of the lightning speed that made Foxit my choice at times (on my father new laptop there's no load lag time though). PDF-XChange displays some documents better (correctly) that others (even Adobe) miss so I like to keep it around and ready as my second in command of PDF readers.

    For anything that requires heavy lifting or for anything important I use Adobe Acrobat X because its the industry standard; PDF documents can look different on different readers so you may want to use the same reader that you expect your intended audience to use if the PDF is something like your resume. Adobe is clearly the best in terms of capability, but too bloated for me to load for every single PDF.

    For BartPE disks or portable USB sticks I use Summatra because it works and it's small.

    soft Xpansion's Perfect PDF 6 is also very nice, probably my favorite free PDF reader. doPDF 7 works well when I need a free PDF creator (on secondary machines, or such). For regular PDF editing I use Adobe Acrobat X, but if I need to actually edit a pdf-file like I would edit a text or word document, then I use Iceni's Infix PDF Editor 4.
     
  5. Pinga

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  6. Daveski17

    Daveski17 Registered Member

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    I'm using PDF X-Change, but I have had a look at Sumatra & it is beautifully simple (almost Zen-like). I may convert yet!
     
  7. PJC

    PJC Very Frequent Poster

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    The pdf inquiry lasted some months...
    From Phoxit Phantom to Adobe Reader X and finally to SumatraPDF.

    Honestly, 99% of .pdf files deals with simple reading. ;)
    SumatraPDF is good enough and light! :thumb:
     
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  8. hayc59

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    PDF-XChange Viewer
     
  9. vasa1

    vasa1 Registered Member

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    I just got a password-protected PDF file that could be opened only with Adobe Reader. Since I don't have Adobe Reader, I had to use a friend's PC which did have it. (It didn't open with the latest Foxit or with Chrome's built-in PDF file viewer.)

    If I want to have the Adobe reader for such cases, do I have to install the ~60 MB elephant or is there a light-weight alternative from Adobe that just lets one open PDF files, including password-protected PDF files?
     
  10. J_L

    J_L Registered Member

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    Have you tried other readers such as PDF-XChange?
     
  11. vasa1

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    No. Just the ones I mentioned. I still have that PDF file and can mail it and the password, which is a one-use only one and hence not important to me, to anyone who has a lot of PDF file readers and is interested in this aspect.

    When you refer to PDF-XChange are you talking about a "lite" free version or the full version?
     
  12. J_L

    J_L Registered Member

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    Can you PM me it for a test?

    Free version.
     
  13. vasa1

    vasa1 Registered Member

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    Thanks to J_L who could open the file with PDF Exchange Viewer (free version). :thumb:

    In edit: downloaded the ~7 MB zip.
     
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  14. Peaches4U

    Peaches4U Registered Member

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    Foxit is my choice. :thumb:
     
  15. bigc73542

    bigc73542 Retired Moderator

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    Foxit for sure
     
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  16. zfactor

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    i have given up on pdf xchange due to the crazy mem usage. so my main pdf reader is foxit still though i have been liking the free nitro reader a lot. uses a bit more mem than foxit and is pretty fast. it has some trouble with pics when you expand the size though. so for me its still foxit.
     
  17. acuariano

    acuariano Registered Member

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    try Sumatra is excellent..
     
  18. monkeybutt

    monkeybutt Registered Member

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    Nitro, its a nice.:D
     
  19. moontan

    moontan Registered Member

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    since i only use PDF readers for reading my main priority is speed.

    of the top apps, PDF-Xchange viewer was the fastest at rendering pages.
    it is also the smoothest when scrolling documents.

    i have not tried Adobe Reader for a few years now, so i don't know how it fares.
     
  20. zapjb

    zapjb Registered Member

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    Yes Okular. In doze though, Sumatra. FoxIt is so 2007.
     
  21. Scifi

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    I'm using adobe pdf reading, never bothered to try something else.
     
  22. FicmanS

    FicmanS Registered Member

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    Foxit is my choice
     
  23. sm1

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    I use adobe reader x. It is safe as it has protected mode and with disabling javascript and opening non pdf file attachments most of the exploits can be avoided. It doesn't drag my system resources that much. Also all pdf files will open correctly with adobe reader:)
     
  24. John0

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    Well I am currently using Adobe Reader that is very good for me and also my favorite one . its incredible PDF Reader . Whenever I download files from Internet that are in PDF format I always use Adobe Reader to open and read these files .
     
  25. TeXaCo

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    I don't need much from a PDF program so I use sumatra
     
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