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Lamp0    481

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?

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Max Norris    2,048

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.

http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/free-pdf-reader.html

 

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.

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zhangm    1,178

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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elenarie    830

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

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metallithrax    488

I use PDF-Xchange Viewer.

 

Site currently undergoing maintenance as I post.

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witboy    9

nitro reader

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+xrobwx    711

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

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Microsoft BOB™ 10    648

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

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+Frank B.    7,099

Adobe Reader XI.

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Lamp0    481

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.

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cjrobe    1

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.

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spy beef    142

adobe reader 9

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HawkMan    5,075

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 

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68k    290

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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Raa    1,379

Adobe Reader.

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

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+simonlang    530

okular is pretty and awesome :laugh:

also it comes free of any adobe spyware

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Beyond Godlike    135

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

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Choto Cheeta    7

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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awergh    6

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.

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blerk    316

Adobe Reader

 

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

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InsaneNutter    921

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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mastercoms    434

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-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-viewer

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Hum    6,928

Adobe is god.

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Gerowen    1,090

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

 

https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Evince/Downloads

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satysin    208

SumatraPDF user checking in! SOOOO GOOOD! :D

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