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Foxit Reader Portable v6.2.1.0618 Updated

Checker on 2 Jul 2014

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.

Category:
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
What's new? Feature Improvements:
  • Updates Foxit's compatibility with the Microsoft IRM extension for PDF Specification.
Issue Fixes:
  • Fixed an issue where the application may suffer security vulnerabilities when reading and displaying filenames and their paths on the "Recent Documents" section from the Start Page.
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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 v2.5.308.2 Updated

Checker on 20 Jun 2014
  • 20MB (uncompressed)
  • 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.

Category:
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: Download the portable ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Optionally, delete unnecessary language files. Launch PDFXCview.exe.
What's new?
  • Improved UI for adding new serial keys.
Latest comments
danny rough on 2013-05-15 07:30

that's great. you can also try this one, i think it's also good to use. http://www.rasteredge.com/how-to/csharp-imaging/pdf-reading/

webfork on 2013-05-28 01:38

Love how the search tool works with the current PDF, all files opened in tabs, or even an entire folder or drive, with results appearing in an easily accessible side window organized by files and instances. This is the best freeware search tool I've used so far (outside of DocFetcher as it searches more PDFs).

Midas on 2013-06-20 11:47

Tracker Software doesn't seem to provide an updated changelog -- but (as previously noted by Fred: http://www.portablefreeware.com/index.php?id=1436#comment19769) there's an history page @ http://www.tracker-software.com/PDFXV_history.html ...

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Sumatra PDF v2.5.2 Updated

Checker on 13 Jun 2014
  • 5MB (uncompressed)
  • Suggested by Darkbee

Sumatra PDF is a lightweight document reader for a variety of document formats. Includes a wide variety of viewing formats including table of contents, rotation, facing pages, book view, 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.

Category:
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.
What's new?
  • use less memory for comic book files
  • PDF rendering fixes


http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/news.html
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 v1.6.313 Updated

Checker on 21 Apr 2014

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 problems with context in EPub documents .
  • Add options for setup colors of highlight.
  • Fix minor bugs.
Latest comments
Mark-B on 2012-06-19 21:55

STDU Viewer is much more than a PDF viewer. It supports TIFF, PDF, DjVu, XPS, JBIG2, WWF document formats as well as FB2, TXT, Comic Book Archive (CBR or CBZ), TCR, PalmDoc(PDB), MOBI, AZW, EPub, DCX and image (BMP, PCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, WMF, EMF, PSD) files. It's an excellent e-book reader.

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

@Craunch
Confirmed. Thanks.

Changed license to Freeware (ad supported).

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Cool PDF Reader v3.1.2.288

Emka on 15 Dec 2013
  • 789KB (uncompressed)
  • 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.

Category:
System Requirements: Win98 / WinME / WinNT / Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7
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.
Latest comments
contract manager on 2009-08-12 08:31

This pdf-viewer is buggy. The letters are mixed up!

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

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