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#1 Lamp0


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Posted 16 June 2014 - 17:21

I used Foxit PDF Reader for a long time, but it seems to be getting kind of hefty & there ads in it too.


Anyone recommend any other pdf readers? Or maybe it's best to just get an older version of Foxit?

#2 Max Norris

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 17:25

Usually use Sumatra myself.  Very simple, not a lot of bells and whistles, but fast to render and very lightweight.  Not a good choice if you need to do PDF forms and such though.  On the plus side it also reads ePUB's, CBZ/CBR comics, and such too.



My wife uses Adobe, seems to have gotten a lot better than what it used to be too, but don't quote me on that.

#3 zhangm


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Posted 16 June 2014 - 17:25

Adobe largely cleaned up their bloated mess after version X, so that's what I used prior to installing Windows 8 and using the default PDF reader.


For old systems, I use Sumatra PDF. It's light, no-nonsense, and basic. Works quite well, though I've only used it on large text documents.


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Posted 16 June 2014 - 17:26

Reader on the WinRT side and Adobe Reader on the desktop side.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 17:28

I use PDF-Xchange Viewer.


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Posted 16 June 2014 - 17:34

nitro reader

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 17:41

I use Foxit as well. Performs great at home and at work.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 17:43

+1 for PDF-XChange Viewer. It comes with Explorer shell integration so Explorer Details view and Details pane PDF properties.

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 17:44

Adobe Reader XI.

#10 OP Lamp0


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Posted 16 June 2014 - 19:29

Thanks for the replies I have Adobe Reader set up. It seems pretty sound thus far.vI wish the default Reader app was not just a Metro app.

#11 cjrobe



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Posted 14 July 2014 - 00:11

I have both Sumatra PDF and Adobe Reader installed. Sumatra is my default but whenever I open forms I need to fill I go with Adobe. Adobe Reader is much much better than before though.

#12 spy beef

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 00:13

adobe reader 9

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 00:41

Experience has told me that Adobe reader is the ONLY one who is guaranteed to show PDF's correctly with readable and properly rendered fonts all the time.


on top of that, it's search function is beyond anythign the others can dream of.


heck Adobe reader is so much better on those points and the search so important that back when I worked support on HP MFP's and our call center had ancient computers with no ram or oomph, we still used the old adobe reader instead of foxit for the service manuals 

#14 68k


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 00:48

SumatraPDF: nothing's as fast or resource efficient. Yes Adobe Reader does render PDFs (slightly) better, but it's slower and bloated.

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 01:55

Adobe Reader.

Fast, reliable, effective, no crapware. The way PDF's were intended to be read. (Y)