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    • Compared to Sumatra PDF, foxit it's heavier, but also includes more tools for the user, as highlighting. Guest • Jun 2016 Disagree   Agree
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Sumatra PDF Comments

Sumatra PDF 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by DZ42
about Sumatra PDF Jun 2016

I used adobe reader, Foxit reader
but for me Sumatra PDF is the quickest software (hopefully I found it)


No subpixel rendering

Comment by alexander_rednax
about Sumatra PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Jan 2016

Sadly, it's 2016 and SumatraPDF still cannot render texts properly.
Although it is the fastest & smallest & most stable reader for windows that I've known, for reading large amounts of text without eyebleeding I'd choose Adobe Reader.


The winner 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by steamariavonsteamenstein
about Sumatra PDF Mar 2015

Been using Sumatra for several years now. Light on it's toes, super fast and free of spamware crap and bloat unlike Adobe and Foxit. I love that it can also view EPUB, MOBI, DJVU, and other formats as well.

I wish Sumatra had more options. The options page is quite sparse, even for that being its intent.

Btw, you can get Sumatra from Ninite for easy DIY updates.

[Edited by steamariavonsteamenstein, March 23]


Adobe? Foxit? NOOOOOOOOOOO! SUMATRA PDF!!! 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by matekzsenike
about Sumatra PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC , Foxit Reader Mar 2015

I tried Adobe's reader, Foxit, and Sumatra.

Sumatra is the best. Sumatra all the way.


The fastest! 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by 613TheEvil
about Sumatra PDF Jan 2015

The best so far. I really can't stress that enough.


Simple and fast 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by alexander_rednax
about Sumatra PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC , Foxit Reader Jun 2014
  • opens and works lightning fast, really fast

    After using Adobe Reader and Foxit Reader I couldn't at first believe it was possible to open files that quick. I think that sometimes paint.exe and notepad.exe take longer to open than pdf documents in sumatraPdf. :D

  • ultrabright yellow background color

    Luckily, the author's strange color choice can be modified under 'Settings'->'Advanced Options...'

Why so little points? I usually use pdf readers for the very basic pdf and djvu viewing so this program is even too great for me.
Before it I used Adobe Reader (which is slow in everything) and free version of Foxit reader (which "shouted" "buy me!" all the time and was quite slow too).

[Edited by alexanderrednax, June 17]_


Handles EPUB and MOBI just as good as PDF 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by Azazel
about Sumatra PDF Mar 2014

I'm very happy that I discovered SumatraPDF a while back. Fast, lightweight, stable, and with nice design. And, despite its title, this app Handles EPUB and MOBI almost just as good as PDF from my experience. The only drawback I've discovered is inability to select text in EPUB/MOBI (SumatraPDF v2.4), but colors and type can be customized in advanced settings.


Fast 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by impossible
about Sumatra PDF Aug 2013

Better than the heavy Adobe PDF.


Great Program 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by User2760245
about Sumatra PDF Jul 2013

Very quick, never had a problem, exactly what I want in a PDF viewer, updates rarely and when it does its a very smooth process. Only complaint would be that the bright yellow home screen is a little jarring, but what does that matter.


The only reader you'll ever need

Positive Comment by StoneCrow
about Sumatra PDF Apr 2013

There isn't a PDF reader that even comes close to this. Plus the fact that it reads Kindle and Nook formats, plus both cbz and cbr formats makes it superior to several other readers out there.

Download this as soon as you can. You'll feel better.


This is what you need

Positive Comment by Babbzzz
about Sumatra PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC , Foxit Reader Dec 2012

Light, simple & you can view pdf's. What more do you want? Waste precious memory? :P


Great viewer

Positive Comment by Software
about Sumatra PDF Oct 2011

Great fast PDF viewer, minimalist approach. Efficient use of space. No toolbars. Fast.
But NO note taking capabilities, no image extraction.


free, lightweight

Positive Comment by openidsux
about Sumatra PDF and Foxit Reader Sep 2011

used to use foxit, now I use this. It's better. Lightweight. clean. Doesn't have the stupid theme like foxit (it integrates better with your OS).


Hi. I just tested it and it is fast ! ;) (it seems that the ...

Comment by jdopen
about Sumatra PDF Jun 2011

Hi. I just tested it and it is fast ! ;) (it seems that the print bug was fixed in the end of 2010 release). ;)