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

  • 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...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Linux BSD MacPorts Homebrew

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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

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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 following formats: PDF DjVu XPS...

    Free Android

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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 formats: JPG BMP ICO GIF PNG WMF...

    Freemium Windows

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last versions, released in 2012-2013, can be still downloaded and bought from the official website.
  • Google Docs Viewer

    With Google Docs Viewer, you can quickly view many file types online, including PDFs, Microsoft Office files, and many image file types. NOTE: Even if the official...

    Free Web

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    • Discontinued Focus has moved to https://alternativeto.net/software/google-drive/ but Docs Viewer is still accessible: http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2015/02/google-docs-viewer-page-no-longer.html
  • Flipping PDF Reader

    The Flipping PDF Reader allows to read PDF documents in user friendly interface with flipping book effect. Good looking and convenient alternative for Adobe PDF Reader.

    Free Windows

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  • ePDFView

    A simple PDF document viewer, in the lines of Evince but without using the Gnome libraries. ePDFView is a free lightweight PDF document viewer using Poppler and GTK+...

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • APV

    Open Source PDF Viewer for Android based on MuPDF library

    Free Open Source Android Android Tablet

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Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Comments

visually bloated

Comment by Xate
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Feb 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 2 Helpful Report as spam

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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Comment by jamesvdm
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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

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Comment by endolith
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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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Render everything properly unlike Foxit

Comment by s0me0ne
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and Foxit Reader · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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

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Comment by slyck
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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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Comment by zzzcrash
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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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Comment by endolith
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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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Comment by Aaron
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

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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