PDF-XChange Viewer Reviews

Pair this up with DirectoryOpus for PDF thumbnail previews in file explorer

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See this thread on what directoryOpus is

Basically, use PDF-x-change as your .pdf default app protocol.

Then you can use it to get image previews of your PDFs inside directoryOpus

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Very useful if you do a lot of PDF based work and need to preview thumbnails of your PDFs quickly

Plus adobe reader is generally the only other alternative here for PDF thumbnail preview.... and there monetizing everything / extremely invasive

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The Viewer version is fast and better than the rest

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Tried the others Foxit (too bloated now) , Nitro (too slow) , Sumatra (no outook previewers) , and the others not stable enough.

Don't use the new Editor free version though, that has the slow pdf print engine. If you need to print to pdf, just use the one in Windows.

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It is the only program I am aware of that allow you to search through folders of PDF files for a specific text occurrence. When you have huge folders of PDFs and need the one that has a name or address or whatever in it. A little slow but a lot quicker than manually loading and searching each file.

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its amazing, I scrapped the master pdf editor, becuase it took so long to open anything and it would not let me preview the file.

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best full-features, fast and clean PDF viewer, interface is very customizable can be made the cleanest viewer ever (yet full featured) due to the ability of massive customization. keep it up.

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top for annotating pdfs, differ between finger touch an pen with useful functionality, not like onenote

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Using free PDF-XChange Viewer for several years. Less space hog than Editor version.
Editor uses ribbon (last time I looked) ... eats into laptop desktop real estate.

Viewer has toolbars (not ribbon), more compact.

I haven't updated in about 4 years, no problems so far

PDF-XChange forum is excellent, they give help for free Viewer the same as for Editor.

  • very ethical developers in my 4 years experience with Viewer.
    Current Viewer is free and cannot be upgraded to PRO
    If they offer toolbars for Editor ... I will buy Editor.
    Free Viewer and free Editor do NOT convert DOC/DOCX to PDF ...

Discontinued? Not free any more?

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As of 2017 "PDF-XChange Viewer" does not exist. It is replaced by "PDF-XChange Editor" that does NOT have a free version.


On the company website you can find phrases like:

The PDF-XChange Editor supersedes the PDF-XChange Viewer !


The PDF-XChange Viewer has been discontinued and replaced by the PDF-XChange Editor

since November 2013!

Anyway the program is still available and updated: latest version, 2.5.321.0, has been released in March 2017.

And it works great :)

PDF XChange Viewer PRO: best portable OCR-tool for pdf-files

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The only PDF-Reader, I know, with OCR-funtion:

The PRO-Version of PDF XChange Viewer is my favorite OCR-tool for converting not text-searchable pdf-files in text-searchable pdf-files. But like all very good OCR-tools it is not free, the price is 29 €:


The best portable PDF-OCR-Tool:

I like very much, that i can use the PRO-Version of PDF XChange Viewer as a portable version in difference to ABBYY FineReader, which must be installed with admin rights.

PDF XChange Viewer PRO is my favorite alternative to ABBYY FineReader as PDF-OCR-Tool

ABBYY FineReader is the second of my two favorite OCR-tools for converting not text-searchable pdf-files in text-searchable pdf-files.
Until May 2012 I have not found any free application able to convert not text-searchable pdf-files in text-searchable pdf-files.
Because I need this function nearly every day, ABBYY FineReader has with about 38 € for the penultimate version ( Version 9 prof.) a very good value for money, if I need the scanning-function+OCR-function.
It is not necessary to buy the expensive newest version of ABBYY Finereader, which costs more than €100.

You find every text in thousands of PDF-files very quickly with PDF XChange Viewer

For finding files and texts in files also on big company networks I prefer "Index Your Files" portable.
This very excellent and lightweight searching-tool finds every text in Excel- and Word-Dokuments, but it is not very reliable in finding text in great numbers of PDF-files. For this purpose the PDF XChange Viewer is perfect. My monthly reports of banking-accounts I have stored in PDF-files.
It is very easy to find one special payment in 100's of monthly banking-account-reports (PDf) with PDF XChange Viewer.



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i've tried foxit, sumatra and nitro.
Foxit is for years standard on my desktop, because it's fast.
For studying i needed the notation function, where nitro was best so far, but handling a bunch of large (scanned) Pdfs it was fugly slow. Pdf exchange is fast here and it's ocr function is astonishing and better then everything i've seen so far!
new standard :D

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Freezes on install in Windows 7. Have tried to install it on 2 different machines.


the PDF software plugin to use with Opera

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The PDF browser plugin for this product works great with Opera. Must-have if Opera is your browser of choice


The best on Earth

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One can scroll truly smooth. Much better than shitty Foxit reader.

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The most powerful basic viewer/editor; features that give it a great advantage over similar products: permanently rotating pages, and the typewriter tool. Older versions couldn't change document background, now that this can be done, this is my default software for .pdf files.