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Which pdf reader?

Postby David2416 » 18 Feb 2018 12:46

I have been using Microsoft Reader to open pdfs, this has now been unilaterally discontinued by Microsoft and replaced with MS Edge. I am looking for alternatives.

Does anyone on the Forum use pdf readers they would recommend?

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Re: Which pdf reader?

Postby mjashby » 18 Feb 2018 13:04

There are many options for Windows but, personally, I would avoid Adobe Reader at all costs! it's simply Bloatware.

Some options to consider (in no particular order):

- FoxitReader (Freeware Version)
- PDF Exchange Viewer/PDF Exchange Editor (Freeware Versions)
- Sumatra PDF (Open Source - Free to use)

A useful link for alternative software: https://alternativeto.net/browse/search?q=PDF

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Re: Which pdf reader?

Postby tatewise » 18 Feb 2018 14:07

I use https://www.gonitro.com/ Nitro PDF Free version.

It has the ability to enter text into PDF forms.
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Re: Which pdf reader?

Postby BillH » 18 Feb 2018 17:55

I use PDF- XChange Editor which can be used for free if you don't need any of its advanced features. Besides all the standard features of most PDF readers, I really like the ability to extract images from PDFs into their own .jpg files and also the ability to OCR a PDF file so that it can be text searched. The latter is very helpful when you download a book from Google Books or Internet Archive that are not indexed for search.
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Re: Which pdf reader?

Postby AdrianBruce » 18 Feb 2018 18:09

Well, to be contrary, I use Acrobat Reader.

What you can do with Reader (though not always) is Add Comments to the .PDF, which can appear in a comments bar at the side of the document. These can be used to add the sort of navigation that I find useful, to the document and to record meta-data about the document as a whole, such as which Newspaper site I got this PDF from. You will not believe how many PDFs of newspapers I have that I can't cite properly because I didn't record where it came from because it was "obvious". Or maybe you will believe it. Not all .PDFs can be annotated with comments as some are protected.

I have no idea how many other .PDF readers have this facility, so your favourite alternative may.
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Re: Which pdf reader?

Postby David2416 » 18 Feb 2018 20:19

Thank you for these replies. I will have a look these, in particular PDF Xchange Editor and Nitro PDF.

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Re: Which pdf reader?

Postby shep_pettibone » 16 May 2018 09:25

But what's actually wrong with PDF reader from MS Edge? Against all odds it works nice, I would even say it works very nice. But if to search for an alternative is the only option, then try some of PDFfiller

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Re: Which pdf reader?

Postby tatewise » 16 May 2018 09:55

Welcome to the FHUG Shep.
I find the MS Edge PDF viewer is not as useful as other PDF viewers.
  1. You have to be running Windows 10.
  2. Need to know that right-click Show or hide toolbar reveals Table of Contents and Search controls.
  3. There are none of the standard First/Next/Prev/Last Page movement controls, etc.
  4. There are no additional tools for editing, adding comments, etc.
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Re: Which pdf reader?

Postby shep_pettibone » 16 May 2018 11:04

Legit, but since we're talking about basic pdf reader for Windows exactly (as David has mentioned, he was using Microsoft Reader before new feature came out), the Edge one has all the things required to fit these needs, except poor navigation but that's another issue

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Re: Which pdf reader?

Postby Gowermick » 16 May 2018 17:59

Although I use Windows 10, I am generally anti Microsoft, and like Adrian, I too use Adobe reader. It does what it says on the tin - reads PDF files quite nicely. Who better to read PDF’s than the originators :D
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