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PDF-XChange Viewer v2.5.318.1 Updated

billon on 24 Sep 2016
  • 20MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 24 Sep 2016
  • 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.

Reported as functional on Mac/Linux under WINE. Alternatively, PDF-XChange Viewer Portable adjusts paths, with an OCR plugin and help file available from the website as separate downloads.

Note: The free PDF-XChange Viewer lacks some features present in the registered version (payware), and while some "Pro" features (see settings) can still be used, but they'll add a watermark to the document edited upon saving.

Note2: The download link above will provide the 32-bit version of PDF-XChange Viewer. To get the 64-bit (which is also portable, provided the 'portable.dat' file is present in the program folder) it's necessary to download the corresponding installer package (either EXE or MSI) and extract the executable from it afterwards.

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / 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 and install OCR plugin
  3. Launch PDFXCview.exe
Similar/alternative apps: SumatraPDF, Foxit Reader
What's new? Available changelog is at http://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-viewer/history.
Latest comments
Checker on 2016-01-13 04:08

Yes, it was my mistake. I saw the OS-icons at the left side of the programs main webside and I didn't see one for WinXP. That's why I deleted it from 'System Requirements'.

But support of WinXP is mentioned at the webside ... so I corrected the TPFC entry.

Sorry, for caused trouble ;)

zorro on 2016-03-27 19:59

Sadly, V 2.5.317 seems to be the last version of this Viewer: "The PDF-XChange Viewer has been discontinued and replaced by the PDF-XChange Editor which is now available including all the features of the Viewer and much, much more. . ."

Midas on 2016-03-27 20:32

FYI, additional languages OCR downloads are available from http://www.tracker-software.com/pdf-xchange-viewer-ocr ...

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Foxit Reader Portable v8.0.2.0805 Updated

billon on 16 Sep 2016
  • 137MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 15 Sep 2016
  • 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, text and background color replacement, 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.

Category:
System Requirements: Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
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
What's new? See:
https://www.foxitsoftware.com/products/pdf-reader/version-history.php
Latest comments
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.

CornHolio the Gringo on 2015-05-02 17:55

PDF-XChange is the PDF reader I use, but make sure You configure it
right before executing the programm.(fx. disable Java).
Foxit Reader doesnt have the tools I like that comes with PDF-XChange.

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SumatraPDF v3.1.2 Updated

billon on 17 Aug 2016
  • 6MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 14 Aug 2016
  • Suggested by Darkbee

SumatraPDF 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, CBR, CBZ, CHM, DJVU, EPUB, FB2, MOBI, PDB, XPS.

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

Category:
System Requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
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?
  • Fixed issue with icons being purple in latest Windows 10 update.
  • Tell Windows 10 that SumatraPDF can open supported file types.
Latest comments
ripu on 2015-12-24 06:31

I was using sumatra for a long time. Recently I had to open a high graphics magagine PDF. And it was very slow, slower than foxit and pdfxchange. Then I tried all the pdf viewers in this site.

After testing I found that, Universal Viewer is the fastest PDF viewer, especially for high graphics magagine kind of PDFs. I have a lower mid range laptop. Universal viewer throws sumatra, pdfxcange, foxit out of water when it comes to speed of loading one after another high graphics page. And it's the lightest of all the PDF viewers, uses minimal CPU unlike others I have mentioned.

ripu on 2015-12-24 06:46

Ignore my previous comment. I am an idiot. It actually uses an old version of Sumatra, which was faster and lighter.

Midas on 2015-12-24 15:59

@ripu: you shouldn't be so hard on yourself, mistakes happen. :)

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STDU Viewer v1.6.375

Checker on 27 Apr 2015
  • 9MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 27 Apr 2015
  • 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).

Category:
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?
  • Fix minor bugs.
Latest comments
I am Baas on 2013-10-04 01:30

@Craunch
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.

hamasaki on 2015-04-28 03:10

Doesn`t work half the time, keeps saying the epub file is corrupt. Yet, they open in Sumatra and just about any other epub viewer with no issues.

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Cool PDF Reader 3.1.6.308

webfork on 19 Jun 2016
  • 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.

NOTE: This program is being re-evaluated in forums as as adware/nagware.

Category:
System Requirements: Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8
Writes settings to: None
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware for personal use only
How to extract: Download the standalone EXE to a folder of your choice. Launch CoolPDFReader.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: SumatraPDF
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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