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#16 +Jack Unterweger

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 05:28

okular is pretty and awesome :laugh:

also it comes free of any adobe spyware

#17 Beyond Godlike

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 05:39

Nitro here.  Adobe when Nitro messes something up, which is rare.  

#18 Choto Cheeta

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 06:25

Way back in days, when I switched from my dad's machine to my personal, powerful super fast Intel Pentium - II based system, I installed Acrobat Reader... And since then i am with it, today's Version XI of Adobe Acrobat Reader seems clean but wooping 80MB in size and taking a lot of disc space is a concerned when compared to other software in the same arena...

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 06:50

PDF XChange Viewer for me unless I'm on older hardware and then I will use Somatra PDF. I used to use Foxit and before that Acrobat Reader 5.1 (yep before they droped Acrobat in the title with v6). Foxit seemed to just get bigger and once I tried version 5 which came with useless skins on a p3 1.4 and it had much higher cpu usage then it should I never used it again.


Well perhaps I am unfair because I'm not sure what PDF XChange Viewer is even like on a P3 1.4 but it is actually really nice when you want to open an entire semesters worth of lecture notes to study them.

#20 blerk


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 07:04

Adobe Reader


Not as fast as some of the others, but it's the only one that Just Works. 

#21 InsaneNutter


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 07:19

I used to use Foxit, however after various problems i switched back to Adobe Reader and found it to be a lot better than older versions.

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 07:49

Well Microsoft Reader is ok for basic reading on Windows 8.

Adobe Reader XI is good, but I'm assuming you want a non Adobe PDF Reader.

I really like PDF XChange Viewer http://www.tracker-s...-xchange-viewer

#23 Hum


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 07:58

Adobe is god.

#24 Gerowen


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 07:58

Evince is pretty good.  Comes native with Linux, but there's a Windows version available.



#25 satysin



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Posted 14 July 2014 - 07:58

SumatraPDF user checking in! SOOOO GOOOD! :D

#26 darkrats



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Posted 14 July 2014 - 14:14

Many years ago I installed Foxit Reader 2.3 and after updating some of the add-ons, I created a portable version that weighs in at about 6 MB. It just has to be unzipped to a folder, make a shortcut to the executable, and that's it.

Over time, I think I've only found 2 documents that I could not open with Foxit. I've never had a problem with the way fonts or images were rendered, and it is very fast in use. I have tried newer versions, but they are too bloated for my taste.

#27 PGHammer


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 14:53

Adobe Reader XI here as well (my triple-boot tower and Mom's 7 Ultimate x64 refurb).  Reader XI is lighter and far less crash-happy than Reader X on x64 iterations of Windows - it also has smaller-than-actual-size and larger-than-actual-size that Modern Reader lacks.

#28 vetGeoffrey B.

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 15:04

nitro reader

+1 for Nitro Reader, I even use the Pro version (for PDF creation and conversions)