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Adobe Acrobat Reader Alternatives

Adobe Acrobat Reader is described as 'View, sign, collaborate on and annotate PDF files with our free Acrobat Reader software. And to easily edit and convert your PDFs into file formats like Excel and Word, try out PDF editor and converter Acrobat Pro DC' and is a very popular PDF Reader in the office & productivity category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Reader for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Android, Mac and iPad. The best alternative is SumatraPDF, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Adobe Acrobat Reader are Foxit Reader, PDF Reader, Okular and Evince.

Adobe Acrobat Reader alternatives are mainly PDF Readers but may also be Ebook Readers or PDF Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Android
  • iPhone
  • Android Tablet
  • iPad

View, sign, collaborate on and annotate PDF files with our free Acrobat Reader software. And to easily edit and convert...

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  1. Preview icon

    Preview

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

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

    ⚫︎ Fill PDF FormsPreview supports forms in PDF files.
    ⚫︎ PDF annotationPreview support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
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    Most users think Preview is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.

    Easy, Very Fast, basic editing options.

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    Unlike Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, which allows you to edit and erase certain parts of PDF files, Preview won't let you do it if it's only 1 page. I suggest getting a different PDF viewer, reader, and editor.

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    Nitro Reader

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

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

    ⚫︎ PDF annotationNitro Reader support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    ⚫︎ Sign PDF filesNitro Reader support signing a PDF document digitally on a touch screen etc.
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    Most users think Nitro Reader is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.

    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.

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  3. Chrome PDF Viewer Plug-in icon

    Chrome PDF Viewer Plug-in

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Google Chrome

    In version 8, Google Chrome introduced a free PDF viewer, installed by default. While this plug-in lacks many features of the Adobe Acrobat Plug-in, it is much faster and lighter, and updates with the browser rather than an external utility.

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    Most users think Chrome PDF Viewer Plug-in is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  4. Create, Convert, Review and Edit PDF Documents on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

    ⚫︎ Sign PDF filesQoppa PDF Studio support signing a PDF document digitally on a touch screen etc.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeQoppa PDF Studio supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ PDF annotationQoppa PDF Studio support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    ⚫︎ Text to SpeechQoppa PDF Studio allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    ⚫︎ Combine PDFCombine, merge and arrange PDF files into one document.
    ⚫︎ Fill PDF FormsQoppa PDF Studio supports forms in PDF files.
    ⚫︎ OCRExtract the text from a screen capture or file and paste it into another document for edits.
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    Annotate
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    Skim

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac

    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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightSkim consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ PDF annotationSkim support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
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    zathura

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • MacPorts
    • Homebrew

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

    ⚫︎ Lightweightzathura consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/Extensionszathura can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Bestfit
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    This alternative is disputed. zathura is still a legitimate alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
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    STDU Viewer

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows

    Are you tired from many viewers one for each document?.

    ⚫︎ PortableSTDU Viewer can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.6.375, released in April 2015, can be still downloaded from the official website

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  8. Lector - PDF Reader icon

    Lector - PDF Reader

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    A simple PDF Reader built using Electron and PDF.js.

    ⚫︎ LightweightLector - PDF Reader consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Gorgeous and lightweight, top-notch FOSS alternative to the very invasive Adobe PDF softwares.

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  9. With GoodReader on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, you can read virtually anything, anywhere. Books, movies, maps, pictures; GoodReader puts it all in a single app, right in your pocket.

    ⚫︎ PDF annotationGoodReader support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeGoodReader supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    PDF Reflow
  10. Pdf Viewer Plus icon

    Pdf Viewer Plus

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android

    A simple PDF document viewer.

    ⚫︎ CustomizablePdf Viewer Plus is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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