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

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  • Sumatra PDF icon

    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 PDF reader? Sumatra has a...

    Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

    • Free, quick to install, quick to uninstall, loads fast. pbfranonJun 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Sumatra is perfect, lightweight, does what is useful and does it well. Guest • Aug 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It's nowhere as vulnerable to attacks as Adobe Reader, doesn't execute embedded JS, and renders documents blazingly fast AtoshiNov 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Foxit Reader

    Foxit Reader is a free and light-weight multi-platform PDF document viewer. Its core function is compatible with PDF Standard 1.7. Whether you're a consumer...

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

    • This one has the ability to mark PDFs for highlighting books and etc. Guest • Jun 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • multi tabs. stable. and very clean design. Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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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. The goal of Evince is to replace the...

    Open Source Windows Linux PortableApps.com

  • PDF-XChange Viewer icon

    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 notes, and other annotations and save...

    Freemium Windows PortableApps.com

    • Has enough bells and whistles to be competitive with Adobe without all the useless bloat. Additionally, PDF-XChange Viewer has many options for software installation such as 32bit, 64bit, full and portable installs. Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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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, and embedded files. Okular...

    Open Source Linux BSD KDE

    • Okular is a highly functional .pdf reader provided as a default with KDE and KDE's Plasma desktop environments. Open source, flexible and fast. What's not to like? JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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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 text with metrics and spacing...

    Open Source Windows Linux Android iPhone iPad ... Xfce

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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, Preview takes your PDF document full...

    Free Mac

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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. Create PDF files, comment and...

    Free Personal Windows

    • You can create pdfs from other documents and even from pics. It has OCR so you can edit and change what is written even in a picture... plus other stuff. Guest • Mar 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    STDU Viewer

    Are you tired from many viewers one for each document? Do you want to have, one program for all your technical documentations, scientific books and so on? Do you want...

    Free Personal Windows

  • Skim icon

    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 for viewing any PDF file.

    Open Source Mac

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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 behind zathura is an application that...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

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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 forms. Now available with...

    Commercial Windows

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Comments

Bloatware full of security holes etc.

Negative Comment by Lizal
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Nov 2016

If you like bloatware that wastes your bandwidth and reports on you constantly, this is for you.
If you are security conscious, stay away.
I would suggest installing glasswire firewall control (free) and blocking EVERYTHING ADOBE in it.
You are better off without this on your machine.

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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

Negative 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.

Negative 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 ...

Negative 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.

Negative 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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