Sumatra PDF 2.5.1 [Update]

Sumatra PDF is a free PDF, eBook (MOBI), XPS, DjVu, CHM, Comic Book (CBZ and CBR) reader for Windows. Sumatra PDF is small and starts up very fast. Simplicity of the user interface has a high priority. Portable version included (a single executable that can be run e.g. from USB drive and doesn't write to registry).

What's new in Sumatra PDF version 2.5:

  • 2 page view for ebooks
  • new keybindings:
  • Ctrl+PgDn, Ctrl+Right : go to next page
  • Ctrl+PgUp, Ctrl+Left : go to previous page
  • 10x faster ebook layout
  • support JP2 images
  • new advanced settings: ShowMenuBar, ReloadModifiedDocuments, CustomScreenDPI
  • left/right clicking no longer changes pages in fullscreen mode (use Presentation mode if you rely on this feature)
  • fixed multiple crashes and made multiple minor improvements

What's new in Sumatra PDF version 2.5.1:

  • hopefully fix frequent ebook crashes

Download: Sumatra PDF 2.5 Installer | 4.0 MB (Open Source)
Download: Sumatra PDF 2.5 Portable | 2.7 MB
View: Sumatra PDF Homepage

Download: Sumatra PDF 2.5.1 Installer | 4.0 MB (Open Source)
Download: Sumatra PDF 2.5.1 Portable | 2.7 MB

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Maybe setting [font=courier new]MainWindowBackground = #80dddddd[/font] in the [font=courier new]SumatraPDF-Settings.txt[/font] file will make it look less jarring for you?


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torrentthief said,

UI is poor though. Foxit Reader looks way better.

The UI for SumatraPDF is clean and simple. The default bright yellow is a little jarring but I kind of like it now, it is kind of quirky to go with such a colour.

I do love SumatraPDF though, it is a superb example of how to make a lean and brilliantly functional program.

soldier1st said,

Best in what way?

It is super light weight. It loads in under a second even when opening a >50MB PDF. It can open pretty much every e-document type formats out there. It has lightening fast rendering. It uses a tiny amount of memory even with large files. It is open source. It doesn't include any crapware/adware/spyware etc. in the installer. It has a portable version that requires no install. It is totally self contained. Also, and this is probably the best thing about it, it only implements what is needed to render the document correctly. It contains no interactive features which have in the past been used to exploit things such as Adobe Reader which means that SumatraPDF is very unlikely to have any issues with PDF (and other supported formats) based exploits.

Really unless you actually need things such as JavaScript functionality in your PDFs then SumatraPDF will do all you want quicker and using less resources than anything else available.

Foxit has gone the way of Adobe with crapware and bloat! :x

Sumatra is super simple and does what it's supposed to do, period! :)