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best pdf viewer for windows

Postposted on Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:03 pm

I am finding Foxit to be bloated these days, and try to avoid adobe reader on principle (though I own the full version and use it to edit pdfs).

Any suggestions on a better lightweight viewer for windows 8? (The update to must have programs mentioned several but I was unclear what was best on windows)

Thanks.
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Re: best pdf viewer for windows

Postposted on Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:22 pm

If you don't mind having to dip into Foxit/Adobe from time to time for the really complex ones, for most of my PDF viewing needs I find Chrome's viewer to be good enough.
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Re: best pdf viewer for windows

Postposted on Tue Mar 05, 2013 7:56 pm

I've been using Sumatra to view offline PDFs. Not many features but it's very fast.
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Re: best pdf viewer for windows

Postposted on Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:14 pm

I use this guy and haven't found a PDF yet it won't read:

http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sum ... eader.html

Nice and fast - I too found Foxit was getting slow which seemed to be missing the point to me.
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Re: best pdf viewer for windows

Postposted on Thu Mar 07, 2013 2:22 pm

Using Sumatra - fast and small, does all I need. thanks.
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Re: best pdf viewer for windows

Postposted on Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:10 am

Firefox backed up with Adobe Reader.

Firefox's builtin PDF reader works well, and Reader has been vastly improved in recent years.
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Re: best pdf viewer for windows

Postposted on Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:15 am

You could also try evince.
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Re: best pdf viewer for windows

Postposted on Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:42 am

lethal wrote:You could also try evince.

Interesting; I didn't realize there was a Windows version. Guess I will need to check that out, the Linux version works quite well as long as you don't need to fill in PDF forms.
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Re: best pdf viewer for windows

Postposted on Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:05 pm

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lethal wrote:You could also try evince.

Interesting; I didn't realize there was a Windows version. Guess I will need to check that out, the Linux version works quite well as long as you don't need to fill in PDF forms.


It's a bit old, though, since GTK+ 3 still hasn't been ported, which means no GNOME 3 ports to Windows yet.
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Re: best pdf viewer for windows

Postposted on Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:11 pm

lethal wrote:You could also try evince.


How does it work on Windows? My experiences with Gnome and GTK applications on Windows has been pretty rough.

Anyway, I like KDE's Okular better.

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Re: best pdf viewer for windows

Postposted on Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:35 pm

Whaaat? No recommendations for Nitro PDF on this page? s(・`ヘ´・;)

It's a lot faster than Adobe, although admittedly it does lack a few features compared to Adobe and FoxIt.

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Re: best pdf viewer for windows

Postposted on Sat Mar 09, 2013 1:16 am

Just pick up an older version of Foxit that isn't as annoying looking as the "newer" versions. :P It's still one of my favorites -- I only use Adobe at work since we have the full paid version...
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