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  • Xodo icon


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

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

    • it can be launched faster and easily used than big apps and some alternative functions. yelinzhangOct 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • Foxit PhantomPDF icon

    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

  • Universal Viewer icon

    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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    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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    Free Opener

    Free Opener allows users to view, edit and print many different types of files without having to download specialty software. Currently, the software supports over 80...

  • qAllInOne icon


    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, play videos and audio. Features...

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    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

    • Discontinued Focus has moved to but Docs Viewer is still accessible:
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    Atril is a simple multi-page document viewer. It can display and print PostScript (PS), Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), DJVU, DVI, XPS and Portable Document Format (PDF)...

    Free Open Source Linux

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    RepliGo Reader

    The application allows you to directly open and read PDF files that have been saved to your media card – without the need for server-side conversion, services or...

    Commercial Android Blackberry

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    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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Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Comments

visually bloated

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

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.

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

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

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

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.


Render everything properly unlike Foxit

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.