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Most people don’t stop to think about the PDF reader they install – they just install Adobe Reader. Adobe’s PDF Reader isn’t the only option, though – there are quite a few high-quality, free PDF viewers available for Windows.

The alternative PDF readers run the gamut from minimal, lightweight applications built for nothing more than viewing PDFs to more full-featured applications that include annotations 2 Ways To Annotate Your PDF Files Online 2 Ways To Annotate Your PDF Files Online Read More and highlighting. Some applications even include features you won’t find in Adobe Reader, such as easy creation of PDF documents 4 Methods To Create & Edit PDF Files For Free 4 Methods To Create & Edit PDF Files For Free Out of all the common file types found in our computing world, PDF is probably one of the most restrictive ones, while at the same time being available for everyone to use (primarily to read).... Read More  and basic PDF-editing tools.

Built-In PDF Readers

If you’re using Google Chrome The Easy Guide To Google Chrome The Easy Guide To Google Chrome This Chrome user guide shows everything you need to know about the Google Chrome browser. It covers the basics of using Google Chrome and also outlines more than a few advanced tricks. Enjoy! Read More , you already have a PDF reader. It’s not feature-packed, but it’s a quick, minimal way to read PDF documents in your browser without installing and launching a separate application. It makes PDFs look like any other web page, aside from a toolbar that appears when you hover your cursor over the document.

Mozilla is working on integrating a built-in PDF reader, known as PDF.js, into Firefox 14, the next version of Firefox that will be released. Firefox should have a built-in PDF reader by Firefox 14 – or, hopefully, Firefox 15 at the latest. Windows 8 also comes with its own PDF reader – PDF readers are becoming more integrated into the browsers and operating systems we use every day, gradually eliminating the need for dedicated PDF readers.

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Foxit Reader

Foxit may be one of the first names that comes to mind when people think about alternative PDF readers, as it was one of the first alternative PDF readers to gain steam – and it’s still a great option today. Unfortunately, it does try to install a toolbar Begin The Fight Back Against Toolbar Installer Bloatware! [Opinion] Begin The Fight Back Against Toolbar Installer Bloatware! [Opinion] Recently I had cause to install some free video conversion software and was amazed to find so many attempts to fool me into installing additional software, not to mention attempts to upsell at the end... Read More and change your web browser’s home page during installation. Unlike some of the more lightweight option, Foxit has built-in support for annotations, highlights and other PDF-editing features – it’s a more full-featured alternative to Adobe Reader.


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Sumatra PDF

Sumatra PDF stands out as the most lightweight PDF reader available. It’s very lightweight, has a simple interface, and is also available as a portable app The Best Portable Apps The Best Portable Apps Portable apps are light software versions that can be run from a USB drive without being installed on the host computer. We have selected the best ones for a number of tasks. Read More that you can take with you anywhere. It doesn’t have any editing options or other advanced features – it’s just a window that loads extremely quickly and displays PDFs. It’s also packed with keyboard shortcuts, making it even more ideal for quickly reading PDFs. Sumatra also supports other types of files, including eBooks The Top 4 Websites To Find Free iPad Books The Top 4 Websites To Find Free iPad Books While not being as fun as paper books or as easy on the eyes as other dedicated eReaders, the iPad provides a good way to read thousands of eBooks without buying another specialized device. Below... Read More in ePub and Mobi format and comic books Do You Love Comics? This Online Guide Is For You! Do You Love Comics? This Online Guide Is For You! This guide explains how to download comic books for free and legally, where to buy comic books that aren't free and even how to scan backups of comic books you already own. Read More in CBZ and CBR formats.

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Nitro PDF Reader

Nitro stands out among free PDF readers with some unique features, as well as a slick interface – although people that dislike Microsoft’s ribbon Customize The MS Word 2010 Ribbon By Adding Your Own Tab With Commands You Use Most Often Customize The MS Word 2010 Ribbon By Adding Your Own Tab With Commands You Use Most Often We have seen quite a few ways to tweak MS Office 2010 for our own productive ends. Granted, the whole MS Office suite is a productivity tool to begin with, but there’s still some spanner... Read More interface may prefer another application’s interface. It’s got some features you won’t find elsewhere – for example, its QuickSign feature allows you to capture a digital image of your signature and apply it to PDF documents. Nitro PDF can also convert files The 3 Best Free OCR Tools to Convert Your Files Back Into Editable Documents The 3 Best Free OCR Tools to Convert Your Files Back Into Editable Documents Believe it or not, some people still print documents to physical pieces of paper. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software takes those printed documents and converts them right back into machine-readable text. We've found some of... Read More from Microsoft Word and other formats to PDF, convert PDF files to text, and extract images from PDF files. For a more in-depth look at Nitro PDF Reader, check out our full review A Sneak Peek Into the New Nitro PDF Reader 2 A Sneak Peek Into the New Nitro PDF Reader 2 PDFs are great, there's no argument there. But reading and editing PDFs can get quite cumbersome, especially when the main contender out there is Adobe Acrobat, which you might need to sell your house in... Read More .

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PDF-XChange Viewer

PDF-XChange Viewer is a fast application, although it isn’t as lightweight as some of the other available PDF readers. It’s got good support for editing and annotations, although more complex edits will require a more full-featured, paid application like Adobe Acrobat. For more information about PDF-XChange Viewer, check out our full review PDF-XChange Viewer - Give This Free PDF Reader A Second Look PDF-XChange Viewer - Give This Free PDF Reader A Second Look Read More .

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Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader is still the standard PDF reader, although it’s definitely not the fastest. While most PDF documents work perfectly fine in other PDF readers, every now and then a document will only work in Adobe Reader. If you prefer another PDF reader, don’t be surprised if you have to occasionally fire up Adobe Reader to view a more complex PDF that just isn’t working properly in other PDF readers. There’s a reason Chrome’s in-browser PDF reader prompts users to open (or download) Adobe Reader in some cases.

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  1. Mo
    February 21, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Thanks, most interesting. A question please......can I convert an excel workbook with several worksheets into an android app?

    I am struggling with this, as excel is obviously not a secure platform. But hoping it is do-able

    • albert e
      March 29, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      the is an addin for excel that can do this, its call, unicorn dreams or something like that

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  3. Steve
    October 21, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Foxit has lost the plot, it has become bloated and now wants us to connect to the cloud

  4. Hariom
    July 30, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Foxit Is The Best

  5. PoOI
    May 13, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    PDF-XChange Editor is my favorite PDF editor/viewer.
    Tracker Software offers excellent PDF Tools that allows to work with bunches of documents without opening any PDF redactor. These Tools are not free but also not expensive.
    And with Tools you will get PDF-XChange Editor and Lite without additional payment.

    • john hepper
      July 23, 2016 at 5:48 am

      Did someone ask whats your favorite?

      • PoOI
        August 16, 2016 at 5:31 pm

        "smart" question. I've added the new information to that topic (it came to me as ad) because I see there is no information about Tools - new software. It's strange, seems for me.

  6. Olivia Pt
    April 12, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    I am absolutely agree with Steve DJ. PDF-XChange Editor is amazing! I'm using it for years (yes, before it was Viewer). Nothing can compare with its quality and fast work+number of free features+price for full version. New version 6 works well in Windows 10. I like it more that Adobe, Foxit, ... and can recommend to take a look.

    • PoOI
      May 13, 2016 at 7:56 pm


  7. Black Thunder
    January 19, 2016 at 10:27 am

    By the way, windows 8 and 10 have built in reader.
    Firefox and Chrome have also.

    • Pavilion g4
      April 2, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      By the way, this post is some 4 years old.

  8. Black Thunder
    January 19, 2016 at 10:25 am

    Foxit Reader is the best!

  9. trap
    November 25, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    cool pdf piece of crap. many files won't open or take a long time. worst, there's no search function!!! what!!

  10. Valery Pros
    October 22, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    I love new PDF-XChange Editor too. I'm happy to use portable version. Before it was only for Viewer, but now Editor is portable too. Good work with Share Point!

  11. Steve DJ
    July 30, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    I am a happy used of the PDF XChange Editor (used the Viewer before as well), and it's definitely better, and offers much more than built in tools like the one in Chrome.

  12. Jacken14
    July 29, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    PDF-XChange has evolved quite a bit lately. I switched from the XChange Viewer to the XChange Editor and loved it. I'm not turning back!

    The app itself is pretty powerful and fast, and the support team actually responded to me when I had questions. I don't know about others, but that alone is a huge selling point to me.

    • Carlos
      May 11, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      I downloaded PDF-XChange and I am really enjoying it!! Thanks for the advice!!

  13. Aalaap Ghag
    November 29, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    You should add Cool PDF Reader to this list. The smallest version is only 800kb in size and opens most PDF files just fine. It's better than the nearest options like Sumatra and Nitro.

    • Chris Hoffman
      November 29, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      Never tried it, what makes it better?

      • Anonymous
        November 30, 2012 at 11:15 am

        Like I said, it's the smallest PDF reader out there. 800kb, vs. Sumatra's 4.2mb and Nitro's 26+MB.

        • Chris Hoffman
          November 30, 2012 at 12:54 pm

          Ah, I thought Sumatra was smaller for some reason -- thanks!

        • facuq
          November 7, 2015 at 11:58 am

          Theres a big difference between size of program files and memory/cpu usage. Nonetheless, Cool PDF Reader is now a 3.5mb dl; sumatras is still around 4.5mb, and plus its open source.

  14. Rick
    November 16, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Is there a PDF reader on windows that can reformat and present the text on a page/whole PDF and present it in a much more readable format(think readablity). There is a magazine reader on smartphones that does this and it's real nice.

  15. Erez Zukerman
    October 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Recommending Chrome here was brilliant! I just realized I don't need to set up a PDF reader for my new computer. :) One less app for me to worry about!

    • Chris Hoffman
      October 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm

      Thanks! I actually associated Chrome with PDF files. Does all I need it to do.

      • Ghulam
        October 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm

        yes Foxit is best

  16. Ciel Carter
    October 26, 2012 at 1:57 am

    On Windows 8, when you open a PDF document, your Desktop switches to a Metro style app called Windows Reader created by Microsoft. It's frustrating to read the contents of PDF files by switching Desktop to Metro and reverse. Therefore, I search the web and use a freeware namely PDF Reader for Windows 8. It's a Desktop application rather than a Metro app, and it offers the daily-used features by most PDF users. The free application can be found on

  17. Shirley
    October 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

    no writepdf :(

    • Chris Hoffman
      October 21, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Does that even work on Windows? Never heard of it, but Google seems to think it's an iPad/iPhone app

  18. khash
    October 3, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    i prefer pdf xchange nitro is way to resource intensive nuance isn't bad either
    my suggestion is to not use foxit there have been some reports of spyware issues with it

    • Chris Hoffman
      October 21, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      That's too bad, if true. Foxit was the _the_ alternative back in the day. I didn't run into spyware when I tested it.

  19. Nicolas
    September 29, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I use Foxit for some time now. It has so many features Adobe reader does not have, starting by tab to display many documents, to put comments, text, links, insert files etc, that I do not even think or returning to Adobe reader, or even buy the full Adobe program. And I never encountered a document that Foxit cannot handle. If I ever do, well, I will use Adobe reader then.

  20. Amr Emara
    September 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Thanks for the list :)

  21. Ciel
    September 2, 2012 at 5:57 am

    I would suggest PDF Reader for Windows 8 at

    It's free, and offers you decent performance when viewing large PDF document.

  22. Lambvolution
    August 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    i use nitro reader..its good programs

  23. Amartuvshin Tseden-Ish
    July 31, 2012 at 7:03 am

    What about Nuance PDF Reader? it came pre-installed with my new laptop and along accommodating, i find it useful and fine.

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 1, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Huh, never heard of it -- I don't think it's very popular. I may have to take a look at it sometime.

      • SeamusMor
        October 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm

        Nuance was pre-installed on my new Asus laptop, it might be their own one.

        • Chris Hoffman
          October 27, 2012 at 10:33 pm

          Definitely not ASUS only, but Nuance is obviously paying ASUS to include it!

  24. mark
    July 19, 2012 at 10:32 am

    thanks for your post i just uninstalled adobe because it was ridiculously bloated and was looking for alternatives :)

  25. John
    July 6, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I've been using Foxit for a long time, and two things I sorely miss is a vertical split view of the document, and some form off session manager to save different views. I have different sets of books that I use for reference when I study, and it's really annoying to have to open all of them manually every time. Does anyone know of any PDF reader that has these features?

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 9, 2012 at 4:57 am

      Well, you can use Aero Snap (assuming you're using Windows 7) to open two PDF reader windows side-by-side. Open the two windows, then drag one of the title bars to the left side of your screen and one to the right. Windows will automatically give you a side-by-side view.

      Sadly, I'm not sure what program will give you session management and save this view -- does anyone else have any ideas?

      You might want to ask this on MakeUseOf Answers -- you'll get more eyeballs and better answers:

      • John
        July 9, 2012 at 10:43 pm

        Thanks for your answer! In fact, I did some research and figured out a method that works for me. As usual, Firefox came to the rescue. The Foxit plugin for Firefox in combination with the Tile Tabs, TabGroups Manager and Session Saver add-ons gave me exactly the functionality I needed! This also makes it easy to mix in for example Wikipedia pages in a reference collection.

        • Chris Hoffman
          July 17, 2012 at 2:32 am

          Ah, thanks for figuring it out -- that's actually an obvious solution when you think about it! I'm kicking myself for not thinking of it earlier.

        • Whoami
          September 5, 2012 at 6:28 pm

          Hi Chris,
          I like your post here. Just a quick FYI. Foxit's PDF actually supports both Kindle and HTC devices today.

  26. Lambvolution
    July 6, 2012 at 3:28 am

    is everybody know,programs not only to view PDF but it can create and edit PDF Files for free? thank you

  27. Jay_Shark
    July 5, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    sure Adobe Reader is not the fastest, but the reason i keep using it because the way it displays text is much better than the others.

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 6, 2012 at 12:57 am

      Interesting -- I've never noticed much of a difference. But then, I don't really use Adobe Reader, so maybe I don't know what I'm missing!

  28. Chris Lloyd
    July 5, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    PDFill tools are pretty good for splitting/merging pdf's and other manipulation

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 6, 2012 at 12:56 am

      Thanks for the tip! I've had good luck with pdftk in the past, myself.

  29. musicphann
    July 5, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Been using Chrome to view my PDF's forever. So much faster.

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 6, 2012 at 12:54 am

      Me too, usually. Why bother installing another program?

  30. Mani KL
    July 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Sumatra is light and really fast.

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 6, 2012 at 12:57 am

      It is awesome. Uncontested king of the lightweight PDF viewers.

  31. Anuj Sharma
    July 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm
    • Chris Hoffman
      July 6, 2012 at 12:54 am

      Yup, alternative PDF readers have been covered a lot, so I wanted to do a wide-ranging overview.

  32. Laga Mahesa
    July 5, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Sumatra PDF? 2.4 Mb? I'm sold. I'm extremely old school and detest bloat. Larger hard drives have led to super lazy programming.

    Also, I'm Indonesian, and Sumatra is an island here. =)

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 6, 2012 at 12:54 am

      Yup, it's good to see there there's still super tiny, lightweight software out there!

  33. Nishit
    July 4, 2012 at 9:22 am

    I have used all except sumatra and Nitro. Though i know nitro is amazing too. Currently i use foxit on my dad's laptop and xchange viewer on mine. They both work fine. Havnt missed adobe acrobat, which i feel is too heavy for general use. Though it has many features but personally i never needed to use them as such.

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 6, 2012 at 12:55 am

      Yeah, Adobe has a lot of features -- but most people don't use 'em. Adobe seems faster than it used to be, though -- or maybe that's just computers getting faster!

  34. ferdinan Sitohang
    July 4, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I have used so many pdf reader, many of them are on the list, right now i am using foxit pdf reader. nice one..

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 6, 2012 at 12:55 am

      Why'd you pick Foxit?

      • ferdinan Sitohang
        July 9, 2012 at 1:30 am

        For me it's simple and easy to use. I feel comfort with the menu

  35. Lazaros
    July 3, 2012 at 6:07 am

    I work with PDF-XChange viewer for over a year now and I am very satisfied with it. Two of the application mention above have problems, at the time I checked them, with printing Greek files.

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 3, 2012 at 11:48 pm

      Ah, that doesn't surprise me -- many of the applications here do well for reading basic files, but they don't do as well when doing less-common things like that.

  36. Hadhrian Aloyce
    July 2, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Which type of PDF reader works properly with all types of Phones Operating Systems(Windows,Androids etc)

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 3, 2012 at 11:49 pm

      I'm not sure what works on every phone OS -- although I know that Adobe Reader has apps for Android and iOS.

  37. Hadhrian Aloyce
    July 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Why other mobilephones have got no PDF reader? For example, BB 9300 Curve 3G and Chines Phones.
    Thanks to LG's phones.

  38. UUUnicorn
    July 2, 2012 at 3:07 am

    I wonder if there's some way to convert a PDF into a Word/LibreOffice/AbiWord file--please, anyone?

    Just curious.

  39. Manide
    July 1, 2012 at 9:25 am

    My PDF saga: Adobe, Foxit, PDF XChange Viewer, Sumatra.
    Adobe - quite good, but bloatware
    Foxit - very good, but the lack of an Opera plugin made me to chose...
    PDF XChange - I'm happy!
    Sumatra - just as portable on my usb drive.

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks for sharing your experience!

  40. Muhammad Ahmad
    July 1, 2012 at 6:20 am

    I am still using Adobe PDF Reader. Little bit slow but working good.

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 2, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      If you want PDFs to look as intended, and for advanced stuff like signatures and fillable forms to show up properly, it really is a decent choice.

  41. kris
    July 1, 2012 at 5:31 am

    I have tried all of them. The worst thing is Adobe which take a long time to load and install both.

    Sumatra is best for me. it's lightweight and give me everything I want. I move from Foxit when I see a color theme puzzle in it.

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      Foxit is a bit cluttered with ads and I believe a toolbar installer. Never a good sign.

  42. Krzysztof Buzko
    June 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Great article, i used Foxit reader until now, but, while i'm only reading PDF's, i'm going to try out the Sumatra PDF. Thanks once again :)

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 30, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      You're welcome! Let us know how you like Sumatra!

  43. Gerwell Taroma
    June 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    well i've encountered adobe reader years ago, but only last year did i really delve into using pdf since most of our references and textbooks at school ain't available in the library so i have to download them from the, my problem with adobe is that when there is a need to convert my pdf's to word, i need to have an account first which is something that i just don't want to do..that is why i'm surprised to read that nitro offers that functionality..but correct me 'coz i don't know, is nitro free and is it's conversion function comes with the program readily unlike that of adobe that i have still have to make an account?...

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 30, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      Yup, I didn't actually try that feature myself, but it's included in the free application and should work properly.

      Nitro Reader is completely free. Nitro also sells a commercial application for creating and editing PDFs known as Nitro Pro.

  44. The 24
    June 30, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I like Evince. It's generally associated with GNU/Linux since it has come with GNOME desktops for the past 7 years, but it has a perfectly good Windows version.

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      Evince is great stuff on Linux. Interesting that it has a Windows version now, too! I had no idea.

  45. Ben
    June 30, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I use Foxit.

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Why'd you pick Foxit over the otehrs?

      • Ben
        July 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm

        I was having performance issues with Adobe Reader (slow loading) and decided to look for an alternative PDF reader. Foxit was the first one to cross my path.

        • Chris Hoffman
          July 2, 2012 at 9:25 pm

          Fair enough! Others are good too.

  46. Anonmymous
    June 30, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I switched to Sumatra PDF Reader a few months back. At first, I was unsure if it is the right PDF reader for me as it lacked even the basic editing options and was just a bare and mimimal PDF reader. However, after these few months, I realized that I rarely need such features.
    Most people ignore Sumatra due to its lack of basic features, but most people rarely need them, if at all.

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Yup, I think Sumatra is great (I also think the built-in Chrome/Firefox readers are great). Most people don't really need the features -- at least I don't.

      Honestly, the first time I've ever annotated a PDF is while writing this article. I think many other people are like me.

  47. Abhinav Prateek
    June 30, 2012 at 7:04 am

    my vote goes to foxit reader,althrough it is little slow on handling large n image rich files on few system unlike sumatra pdf

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Yup, there's definitely a trade-off for the additional features!

  48. John
    June 30, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I came here to see if PDF-XChange Viewer was on the list. It's been my favorite for years. I always found it to be very fast and I say this as I netbook user for 3 years (before I sold it a year ago) who multi-tasked like crazy. It's also portable.

    I like what I read about Sumatra, however. Looks promising. I know I tried it years ago and it was dog-slow rendering PDF files. Although I already have a preferred cbr/cbz reader, I like the fact that this app supports DjVu - not too many quality DjVu readers out there. Epub supports looks interesting too. It seems pretty versatile.

    Thanks for a great list.

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      Yup, Sumatra is a reader -- not an editing/annotating application. It's interesting how it's so rare among the PDF readers, when most people just need PDF reading and no other features.

    • Ada
      July 1, 2012 at 11:54 am

      I have used all the readers listed in the original post and have settled with Sumatra. It is amazingly lightweight, renders pages very fast and has a non-cluttered yet very functional UI. And it can replace multiple other reader applications.

      • Chris Hoffman
        July 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm

        It's quite nice. Its minimalism is really only matched by the new in-browser PDF readers, which should also work just fine for most people.

        Sumatra's probably faster, though.

    • BJosephs
      July 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      I've also settled on PDF-Xchange viewer. Lately, however, I've noticed when it loads a document, it will occasionally show a white page for a while until it renders the pdf. Have you found this as well?

      • Chris Hoffman
        July 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm

        Never noticed this, but PDF-Xchange isn't my viewer of choice so I don't use it much. Feel free to try another!

  49. Sameer N
    June 29, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    Good article Chris.
    I never knew of all these pdf readers. Will use some of these as it is faster and got more options.

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 30, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      The Windows PDF reader field has a lot of great options!

  50. seppe
    June 29, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I use PDF-XChange Viewer for years now and I'm happy with it. Great article!

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 29, 2012 at 8:38 pm

      Yup, it seems popular. Nitro seems to have a big following too, although I hadn't heard of it until I wrote this post.

  51. Wendi
    June 29, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Where is PDF-XChange Viewer??? Anyway for a more complete list of the best and free PDF software you should try an independent, non-profit, online resource of information and advice for anyone who is considering using PDF software.

    • Denis Paley
      June 29, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      I seem to see PDF-XChange Viewer reviewed fight before the Adobe Reader review. Good article Chris. Good choice of some of the large array of readers out there.

      • Chris Hoffman
        June 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm

        Thanks, Denis! I wanted to do a quick survey so people could make a choice without having to install all six and compare them themselves.

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      PDF-XChange Viewer is right there on the list, above Adobe Reader near the end!