Alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for all platforms with any license

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    Sumatra PDF

    What is Sumatra PDF? Sumatra PDF is a slim, free, open-source PDF/DjVu/EPUB/XPS/CHM/CBR/CBZ/MOBI viewer for Windows. Why another...

    Open Source Windows

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    Foxit Reader

    Foxit Reader is a free and light-weight PDF document viewer for Windows. Its core function is compatible with PDF Standard 1.7. ...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Windows RT ... Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad

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    Evince

    Evince is a document viewer for multiple document formats. It currently supports pdf, postscript, djvu, tiff, dvi, cbr, cbz, etc. ...

    Open Source Windows Linux

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    PDF-XChange Viewer

    PDF-XChange Viewer is an alternative viewer for PDF files that enables you to view and annotate PDF files. You can add text, sticky...

    Freemium Windows

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    Firefox PDF Viewer (PDF.js)

    PDF Viewer (aka pdf.js) is a new revolutionary extension using web standard technologies that allows you to display within...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Chrome Opera Firefox

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    Okular

    Okular is a universal document viewer based on KPDF for KDE 4 with support for advanced document features, such as annotations, forms...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux KDE

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    MuPDF

    MuPDF is a lightweight PDF and XPS viewer. The renderer in MuPDF is tailored for high quality anti-aliased graphics. It renders...

    Open Source Windows Linux Android iPhone iPad Xfce

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    Nitro Reader

    Nitro Reader offers features and functionality far beyond typical PDF readers, and makes working with PDF easier than ever before. ...

    Free Personal Windows

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    Preview

    Preview is a simple and elegant application by Apple for viewing and working with images and PDF documents. With a single click...

    Free Mac

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    STDU Viewer

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    Free Personal Windows

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    Skim

    Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great...

    Open Source Mac

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    Chrome PDF Viewer Plug-in

    In version 8, Google Chrome introduced a free PDF viewer, installed by default. While this plug-in lacks many features of the Adobe...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome

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    qpdfview

    qpdfview is a Qt-based tabbed document viewer using the Poppler library for PDF rendering and CUPS for printing. Support for the DjVu...

    Open Source Linux Haiku Qt

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    GoodReader

    With GoodReader on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, you can read virtually anything, anywhere. Books, movies, maps, pictures;...

    Commercial iPhone iPad

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    Foxit PhantomPDF

    Full-featured solution to view, create, edit, comment, collaborate online, secure, organize, export, OCR, and sign PDF documents and...

    Commercial Windows

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    zathura

    zathura is a highly customizable and functional PDF viewer based on the poppler rendering library and the gtk+ toolkit. The idea...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

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    Xodo

    Xodo is the ultimate cross-platform PDF viewer and annotator. And it’s 100% free. Powerful, fast, and optimized for all phones and...

    Free Android iPhone Windows RT Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad ... Kindle Fire

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    EBookDroid

    EBookDroid is an open source (GPL'ed) document viewer for Android based on the VuDroid code base. Supported the file in...

    Free Android

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    Google Docs Viewer Discontinued

    With Google Docs Viewer, you can quickly view many file types online, including PDFs, Microsoft Office files, and many image file...

    Free Web / Cloud

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    Document Viewer

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    Open Source Android Android Tablet

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    ezPDF Reader

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    Commercial Android iPhone

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    Free Opener

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    Free Windows

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    Gaaiho PDF Reader

    Free PDF reader with a complete set of annotation tools. It also includes signing and sharing options.

    Free Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    RepliGo Reader

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    Commercial Android Blackberry

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    Universal Viewer

    Universal Viewer is an advanced file viewer for wide range of formats. Supported file formats are: Images: all major graphics...

    Freemium Windows

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    PDF Reader

    "PDF Reader" is the one app you can rely on when you need a portable solution to work with PDFs.

    Free Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    qAllInOne

    qAllInOne (aka qAIO) is a free open-source software built using Qt to provide users an All-In-One media player, so it can view images...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    Kami

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    Commercial Web / Cloud Chrome

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    Xpdf

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    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Xfce

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    Flipping PDF Reader

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    Free Windows

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    Open Source Android Android Tablet

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    Open Freely

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    Free Windows

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    SlimPDF Reader

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    Free Windows

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    Martview

    Martview is a desktop/laptop/touch-screen friendly FREE eBook/PDF reader that is compatible with PDF and MART file. Designed with new...

    Free Mac Windows iPad

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    A.nnotate

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    Free Personal Web / Cloud

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Comments

visually bloated

Comment by Xate
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Feb 2016

The new DC update gave the ever heavy and bloated adobe reader an idiotic interface. The menu bar and side bar took up too much of my screen.

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It may have a nice interface but

Comment by impossible
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and Evince, Sumatra PDF Aug 2013

The thing is heavy for no reason, hell I just want to read my pdfs!

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It's bulky, slow and insecure.

Comment by Reprotected
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and Foxit Reader Jun 2011

It's bulky, slow and insecure. Worst of all, you can't create or edit PDF documents on it! Although it has a polished interface, it does not make up for it's terribleness. You have to constantly update this thing every month; download 40 MB and install 80 MB for a PDF reader, and repeat for the next month. Waste of time. I recommend Foxit Reader; it has a decent interface, and it has almost every feature you can get from Adobe Reader.

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It's really not that big or bloated for what it does, but t ...

Comment by jamesvdm
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Jun 2011

It's really not that big or bloated for what it does, but the weekly updates drive me insane.

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Adobe Reader functions more smoothly and renders more accur ...

Comment by endolith
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Jun 2011

Adobe Reader functions more smoothly and renders more accurately than any of the clones I have tried. I've never noticed this "bloat" that everyone complains about.

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Adobe Reader is nothing but a huge pile of bloat. I changed ...

Comment by evan
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and Sumatra PDF Jun 2011

Adobe Reader is nothing but a huge pile of bloat. I changed to SumatraPDF a few years ago and was amazed. The application size is tiny, the memory footprint is good, and it loads pdf files many magnitudes faster than Adobe Reader ever has. Since I switched I've never found a reason to look back.

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Slow and bloated.

Comment by Romani
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Jun 2011

Slow and bloated. Somehow improved in latest releases but still not good

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Render everything properly unlike Foxit

Comment by s0me0ne
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and Foxit Reader Jun 2011

Kinda slow, but will render everything properly unlike Foxit. Also the UI is much better since v8.

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Adobe is garbage. Always has been slow and buggy. Use a qua ...

Comment by slyck
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Jun 2011

Adobe is garbage. Always has been slow and buggy. Use a quality open source alternative like Evince, Sumatra, or Okular. I guess you could use Foxit if you want adware.

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Honestly, I can't see any reason to use Adobe Reader anymor ...

Comment by zzzcrash
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Jun 2011

Honestly, I can't see any reason to use Adobe Reader anymore, at least on Windows or Linux. If you want a free program for reading pdfs, Foxit Reader is not only faster but also let's you highlight and annotate the text with ease. Adobe Reader doesn't provide any editing tools: you have to pay boatloads for Adobe Professional if you want that.

The Linux version of Foxit still needs a ton of work, but you can just use the Windows version through Wine instead. Works just fine.

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I didn't realize until a few days ago that this can open an ...

Comment by endolith
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Jun 2011

I didn't realize until a few days ago that this can open and view .ai files from Adobe Illustrator. Should be added as an alternative for that.

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Its nice and has some nice features, like copying an image ...

Comment by Aaron
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Jun 2011

Its nice and has some nice features, like copying an image or test from the pdf, but for me it was always too slow. I could load up a pdf faster in just about any other program, so I dont use this anymore. It works ok, but just is not that good anymore.

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