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PDF-XChange Editor v9.0.352.0 Updated

webfork on 7 Mar 2021
  • 150MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 4 Feb 2021
  • Suggested by Midas

PDF-XChange Editor is a fast, feature-rich PDF viewer and editor with a tabbed interface. The program includes edition of text-based PDFs, OCR of images to fully text-searchable, full document spellchecking, rotate/crop, comments/annotations, QR codes and more. You can apply custom stamps from any image/PDF file/Windows clipboard, mark-up pages with text and objects and add/edit hyperlinks.

The program supports import and export to text or image (BMP/JPEG/TIFF/PNG etc.).

Note: The free PDF-XChange Editor lacks some features present in the registered version (payware). Some "Pro" features can be used, but will add a watermark upon saving.

Runs on:Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable Version" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch PDFXEdit.exe.

  • Disable most available "Pro" features via the File menu, select Preferences and choose Registration. Check the box "Hide all licensed features from toolbars and menus".
  • Additional language packs are available from the OCR language page. Extract these files to a temporary folder, launch the setup process and, when prompted, select the application folder (the same folder location as the PDFXEdit.exe).
Similar/alternative apps: Foxit Reader, PDF XChange Viewer
What's new?
Latest comments
AndTheWolf on 2019-08-31 17:03

The OCR language files for English, Spanish, French, German, Czech, and Finnish now are already in the "Tesseract" folder of the portable zip package, and there is no longer an download on the OCR language page. The are other languages there, but six mentioned here are already in the base product.

webfork on 2019-09-02 22:48

@AndTheWolf: confirmed, thanks for that. Updating entry.

juverax on 2021-02-14 18:35

I currently need to extract all the images from a multi-page pdf file with the requirement that the original quality of the images be retained.

The description of Pdf-Xchange Editor is promising, so I tried it on a 300 page pdf file.
After two attempts, I got the same result: Pdf-Xchange Editor closes itself at about 25% of the progress bar. I could not find any traces (I mean image files) of the processed images in the specified folder.

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PDFsam Basic v4.4.2 New

webfork on 24 Feb 2021
  • 73MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 25 Jan 2021
  • Suggested by robzuc

PDFsam Basic lets you split, merge, and extract pages, as well as rotate and mix PDF files. Input files can be merged completely or partially, and a page selection can be set in the form of comma-separated page intervals (eg. 1-10, 14, 25-), letting you specify what pages you want to merge.

Generated PDFs can include a table of contents at the start of the file. A list of clickable entries will let you easily navigate through the merged files.

Versions for Mac and Linux also available, as well as a commercial version with additional features.

Runs on:Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware/Open Source
How to extract: Download the portable ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch pdfsam.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: PDFArranger

WinScan2PDF v6.55 Updated

Midas on 19 Feb 2021
  • 206KB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 8 Feb 2021
  • Suggested by Emka

WinScan2PDF is a very small program for scanning documents and saving them on your computer as a PDF by using any installed scanner.

Runs on:Win2K / WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Freeware
How to extract: Download the "Portable" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch WinScan2PDF_p.exe.
Similar/alternative apps: Not Another PDF Scanner 2
What's new? Full changelog at
Latest comments
opsimathic on 2017-08-12 08:51

@Emka - The first item under OPTIONS look like you can set the utility to delete the jpgs when you exit the program. I have never been very sure the program actually does what it says, so I simply use the second item in OPTIONS to check and delete as necessary. Periodically I use the jpg instead the pdf so I actually find this useful. Bottom line is that I wish the author would clean all this up a bit more, but I find the utility so useful (use it every day almost) that I am prepared to work around the idiosyncrasies.

MIKLO on 2017-08-26 14:06

@__philippe thanks for the help I appreciate very much.

Emka on 2019-07-30 01:11

@MIKLO & _philippe: It now seems possible to select a folder for temporary files, so you can change the default location in AppData to the app's folder for example.

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FileOptimizer v14.60 Updated

webfork on 10 Feb 2021
  • 194MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 9 Feb 2021
  • Suggested by I am Baas

FileOptimizer is a broad format file compression tool used to reduce file size without changing the quality, known as "lossless." This is done via wide variety of optimization and recompression tools and techniques. Original files are sent to the recycle bin for restoration in the event the uncompressed version is preferred. A list of the 400+ supported formats include audio/video (MP3, OGG, M4A), image (GIF, JPEG, PNG), office formats (DOCX, XLSX, ODT, PDF) and system files (DLL, EXE).

Supports drag-and-drop of files into the window or onto the program icon. Note that by default the program removes metadata for many file types. This information reduces overall file size and protects privacy but is important to some users (e.g. photographers) and file search tools.

A 64-bit version is available within the folder, the author reports the program is functional in WINE, and can be used on the command line. Many images here on TPFC including our logo have been compressed using FileOptimizer.

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10 / Wine
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: GNU AGPL
How to extract: Download the self-extracting 7z package and extract to a folder of your choice. Launch FileOptimizer32.exe or FileOptimizer64.exe (for 64-bit OS).

At startup, the program will optionally show ads to support program development. These can be disabled at any time.

Optionally, to save space:
  • 32-bit systems: delete FileOptimizer64.exe and the \Plugins64 folder
  • 64-bit systems: delete FileOptimizer32.exe and the \Plugins32 folder
  • Delete unnecessary language files
Similar/alternative apps: ArcThemALL!, PngOptimizer, RIOT
What's new?

14.60 - 2021/02/09
- Improved speed and ration with ECT by converting -9 to -90032 (Julien B. O.)
- Replaced JSMin by Minify #87 (Pingogeek) for x64 tool chain.
- Added Minify to the HTML, CSS, JS/JSON and XML tool chains when HTMLTidy, JSMin or Leanfy is enabled respectively.
- Updated SQLite to 3.34.1 x86 and x64 Visual C++ 2019 custom builds.
- Updated libwebp to 1.2.0 RC3 x64.
- Updated pingo to 0.99 rc4 (13) x64 version.
- Updated Leanify to
- Updated ImageMagick to with HDRI support.
- Updated libdeflate to 1.7.
- Updated to cppcheck 2.3.
- Upgraded distributions to 7-Zip 21.00.
Latest comments
mcodex on 2018-12-24 11:44

That's not portable. I can only get a setup file installing in C: drive.

kilouiski on 2019-09-20 12:09

I just tried to reduce the size of a video and it has left me exactly the same and with either option: fast and the best.
Any explanation?.
Best regards.

webfork on 2019-10-06 22:40

@kilouiski: FileOptimizer exists because so few programs take the time and energy to fully compress your files with available tools. It sounds like the program used to generate your video was an exception.

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XnView v2.49.5 Updated

webfork on 4 Feb 2021
  • 21MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 2 Feb 2021
  • Suggested by Andrew Lee

XnView is a feature-rich, customizable media viewer that supports more than 400 formats. Includes batch image converter/renamer as well as basic transformations (rotate, filters, effects, colors, multi-page etc.). Various viewing settings include tabbed interface, fullscreen, slideshow, web page, contact sheet, image compare and filmstrip layout. Includes scanner support, screen capture, Photoshop's 8bf plugins, image search, histogram, metadata viewer, automatic crop (deletes background), watermark, flash export and more. It can also store thumbnails to a temp folder rather than each image folder accessed, which is handy for portable use.

Alternatively, XnView Portable is pre-configured and automatically supports PDF interpreter/rendering engine Ghostscript Portable.

Runs on:WinXP / Vista / Win7 / Win8 / Win10
Writes settings to: Application folder
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: Yes
License: Free for personal use
How to extract:
  1. Download the ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create a text file in the same folder called xnview.ini and paste in the following content:



  3. Launch xnview.exe

    Optionally, English speakers can delete the \Languages folder to save space.
Similar/alternative apps: IrfanView, Imagine, FastStone Image Viewer
What's new? See:
  • ____ 2.49.5 Changelog
  • * Ghostscript detection
  • * TIFF - viewtopic.php?f=35&t=41136
  • * HEIF plugin - viewtopic.php?f=36&t=41104
  • * Old versions of ghostscript not recognized
  • * NConvert: -use_org_quality - viewtopic.php?f=57&t=41397
  • * NConvert: multiple text lines - viewtopic.php?f=57&t=41358
  • ____ 2.49.4 Changelog
  • * Ghostscript 9.53.x
  • * GPS & file date - viewtopic.php?f=56&t=40971
  • * TIFF Security vulnerability (Thanks to Michael Heinzl)
  • * NConvert: -levels2 - viewtopic.php?f=57&t=40490
  • * NConvert: -resize supports cm/mm/inches
  • * NConvert: -autodeskew fixed
  • * NConvert: -noholder to disable %$ chars - viewtopic.php?f=57&t=40820
Latest comments
refack on 2016-10-12 21:07

MSVCR71.DLL MSVCP71.DLL are no longer dependencies
only `msvcp110_win.dll` but it's lazy loaded

PapaiMark on 2020-05-18 22:38

I use it since W98. Very easy copy/paste/crop/resize/scan/print/sharpness and many other things.
Dont have a pen/filler. Not a full img editor but very easy and has many options.
Fully work is done with xnview, mspaint(for pen) and PaintDotNet for layers.(except for the layers that xnview does not have, everything is easier with xnview)

JudyGarland on 2020-10-22 05:38

XnView is not Windows XP compatible anymore. In order to make it work with XP, replace libwebp.dll (plugin folder) with with webp.dll (

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