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Foxit Reader Portable v7.1.3.320 Updated

Checker on 25 Mar 2015
  • 39MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 25 Mar 2015
  • Suggested by ekin_116

Foxit Reader is a fast PDF viewer that includes annotation capabilities, Javascript support, interactive form filler, and built-in text converter. The interface includes text reading, two page view, rotation, autoscroll, text view, skins, measuring, and supports drag-and-drop. Annotation tools include text "sticky notes" and standard text boxes, as well as form data import and export. Can insert images, bookmarks, and files (including audio and video).

Includes PDF Standard 1.7 compatibility, support for the Adobe Portfolio format, Sharepoint integration, as well as command-line features and various signing tools (for both physical signatures and digital via DocuSign).

Functional in 64-bit and cross-platform (Linux). Foxit Reader Portable is a portable wrapper for Foxit Reader which portablizes paths and handles registry keys. Alternatively, a JPE launcher is available but paths are not portablized for recent documents.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: Automatic relative path (eg. ..\..\personal\work.doc)
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the self-extracting EXE and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch FoxitReaderPortable.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: PDF-XChange Viewer
Latest comments
Midas on 2014-02-09 22:14

After applying most of "the accountant"s suggested trimmings, Foxit PDF Reader v6.1.2.1224 uncompressed size is now around 61 MB.

Considering it was last updated in 2010, does anyone know if the JPE launcher is still effective with this version?

Specular on 2014-03-15 05:46

Heard recently that Foxit now comes bundled with Conduit, essentially malware, that has causes a huge number of users issues with their systems. A search for 'Foxit Conduit' will return results.

Just thought I'd give a heads up here, even though it's likely the portable version isn't affected.

webfork on 2014-03-16 18:35

Specular: confirmed. However, the portable version doesn't currently include this.

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PDF-XChange Viewer v2.5.312.1 Updated

Midas on 13 Feb 2015
  • 19MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 Feb 2015
  • Suggested by Myles

PDF-XChange Viewer is a feature-rich program that displays multiple PDF documents within a tabbed interface. Edit features include the ability to rotate documents, add comments/annotations to any PDF file, apply custom stamps from any image/PDF file/Windows clipboard, mark-up pages with text and objects, and type directly on any PDF page in "Typewriter" mode. The program supports exporting to BMP/JPEG/TIFF/PNG etc., or extracting text from a PDF page/file. Additional features include capturing the document with the snapshot tool (copies an area to clipboard), measuring tools for distance, area, and perimeter, and more. A recommended picture-to-text OCR plugin is available (thanks Bruce) as is a PDF help file.

Alternatively, PDF-XChange Viewer Portable adjusts paths and is bundled with the OCR plugin and help.

Note: The free version of PDF-XChange Viewer is missing some features of its commercial siblings, but is otherwise fully functional and totally free for both private and commercial use.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: No
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the portable ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Optionally, delete unnecessary language files
  3. Launch PDFXCview.exe
What's new?
    v2.5.0312.1 release - 09-02-2015
  • Critical error or bug fixCommon Resolved critical issue with Shell Extension component.
    v2.5.0312.0 release - 02-02-2015
  • Newly added featureActiveX Implemented js function field.buttonImportIcon

Full changelog is at
Latest comments
Mixture on 2014-11-22 19:37

My favorite part about the free version of PDF-XChange Viewer is the Security encryption options. Free 256-bit AES PDF protection! Otherwise, you'll have to use some awful PAID software for that security feature.

Allen on 2015-02-10 14:24

I can't get the "select tool" or the "Highlight tool" to work. Anyone else have this problem?

webfork on 2015-02-13 00:14

Allen: They work fine but you need to have the text identified within the file.  Some PDF files come WITH text but others are essentially just images.  Fortunately this program has an option for a worthwhile OCR program to help pull out that text.  After that, the highlight tool should work.

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Cool PDF Reader Updated

Midas on 31 Jan 2015
  • 789KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 28 Oct 2014
  • Suggested by Fluffy

Cool PDF Reader is a very compact PDF document viewer. It is very fast and comes with everything you need to view and print PDF files.

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the standalone EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch CoolPDFReader.exe.
What's new?
  1. Snip text and graphics out of PDF.
  2. Support Windows 10.
Latest comments
Hob on 2009-08-19 21:13

This is rubbish! you can't drag and drop pdf files on it, It didn't work on the file i tried, and the UI is just disgusting

z on 2009-08-25 21:03

oneof the wirst readers i used

smaragdus on 2015-02-02 12:01

This PDF reader is of very poor quality and besides it shows ads it has a nag screen on program's exit ("Do you need...", "Do you want...", etc).

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Sumatra PDF v3.0 Updated

webfork on 6 Feb 2015
  • 6MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 18 Oct 2014
  • Suggested by Darkbee

Sumatra PDF is a lightweight, tabbed document reader for a variety of formats. Includes a wide variety of views including table of contents, rotation, facing pages, book view (2 pages side-by-side), full screen, and presentation mode. Includes support for bookmarks, command-line arguments, hotkeys, and more. Additionally, Sumatra can function as a portable browser plugin. Supported formats include PDF, ePub, MOBI, CHM, XPS, DjVu, CBZ, CBR, LaTeX.

Alternatively, Sumatra Portable adjusts recently used and most used file paths.

System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
Path portability: No
License: GPL v3
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch SumatraPDF.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: STDU Viewer
What's new?
  • Tabs! Enabled by default. Use Settings/Options... menu to go back to the old UI.
  • Support table of contents and links in ebook UI.
  • Add support for PalmDoc ebooks.
  • Add support for displaying CB7 and CBT comic books (in addition to CBZ and CBR).
  • Add support for LZMA and PPMd compression in CBZ comic books.
  • Allow saving Comic Book files as PDF.
  • Swapped keybindings:
    - F11 : Fullscreen mode (still also Ctrl+Shift+L).
    - F5 : Presentation mode (also Shift+F11, still also Ctrl+L).
  • Added a document measurement UI. Press 'm' to start. Keep pressing 'm' to change measurement units.
  • New advanced settings: FullPathInTitle, UseSysColors (no longer exposed through the Options dialog), UseTabs.
  • Replaced non-free UnRAR with a free RAR extraction library. If some CBR files fail to open for you, download unrar.dll from and place it alongside SumatraPDF.exe.
  • Deprecated browser plugin. We keep it if was installed in earlier version.
Latest comments
SYSTEM on 2013-05-25 13:29

@Emka: Confirmed. I'm afraid install-copy-uninstall is the only way to extract the plugin from now on. :(

SYSTEM on 2013-05-25 15:59

Actually, the installer of Sumatra PDF 2.3 can be extracted by running it with the /x command line switch. :) Extracting the installer requires admin rights, though.

So, updated instructions to extract the browser plugin:

Download the installer. Extract it by running it with the /x command line switch.

Exit the web browser and copy the files libmupdf.dll, npPdfViewer.dll, SumatraPDF.exe and optionally DroidSansFallback.ttf to the plugin directory of the browser.

Finally, restart the browser. The plugin is ready for use.

ihateyou on 2013-11-15 02:35

SumatraPDF would be great if it didn't support DRM. It prevents you from copying or printing PDFs that are "protected", and the author refuses to make it optional. Hypocritical for Free Software to support DRM if you ask me.

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STDU Viewer v1.6.350 Updated

lautrepay on 31 Jan 2015
  • 9MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 1 Sep 2014
  • Suggested by joby_toss

STDU (Scientific and Technical Documentation Utility) Viewer is intended to combine a variety of document, text, and graphics format viewers into one. The program includes a modern tabbed interface, search, rotate, thumbnail view, etc. The program can also export pages to an image file, create bookmarks, and more.

Primarily supporting formats used (as the program name suggests) for scientific/technical docs (TIFF, PDF, DjVu, XPS, and JBIG2), the program also supports a variety of others including FB2, Comic Book Archive (CBR or CBZ), TCR, PalmDoc(PDB), MOBI, AZW, EPub, DCX and both standard and specialized image formats (PCX, WMF, EMF, PSD).

System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder
Dependencies: GDIPLUS.DLL only on Windows 2000
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware for private or educational use -- commercial users must register.
How to extract: Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch STDUViewerApp.exe.
What's new?
  • Add hyphenation for Russian and English fb2, epub, mobi, txt etc.
  • Change search tab.
  • Fix minor bugs.
Latest comments
Craunch on 2013-10-03 11:06

I've just had an advertising bar appear occupying about 20% of the STDU window at the bottom of the window. I was using Installed STDU viewer version 1.6.284 unregistered. This suggests that the license is now Adware for private use, not freeware. Unfortunately I can't tell if this also affects educational use or the portable version; my guess is that it does.

I am Baas on 2013-10-04 01:30

Confirmed. Thanks.

Changed license to Freeware (ad supported).

Specular on 2014-07-22 08:38

Pretty decent PDF viewer, just the kind of lightweight app I was looking for. Unfortunately there is no 2-page face-to-face only layout view, as the 'face' layout it has scrolls down including any pages below. No idea why such an extra layout isn't included, as it's a better way to view books especially.

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