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    This topic contains 22 replies, has 13 voices, and was last updated by  Michael Austin 1 week ago.

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    • #350551 Reply

      Charlie
      AskWoody Plus

      I’ve been using the Adobe Reader for a long time and have always liked it – up until they came out with the DC version.  Now it won’t even update itself.  So I’m looking for a good reliable, hopefully less bloated alternative.  Suggestions would be very much appreciated.

      Win 7 Still Alive, x64, Intel i3-2120 3.3GHz, Groups B & L

    • #350558 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      I use for years Portable Sumatra PDF.

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    • #350589 Reply

      Microfix
      Da Boss

      @charlie, I’ve been using PDF-XChange Viewer (Free portable version) for years without any issues. Has a MUCH smaller footprint than adobe products and no bloatware.
      (Ideal for reading, notating pdf files in the free version)
      In the link below, once there use the down arrow at the side of the ‘Download’ button to select the type of installation required (portable is best IMO) If you do go for this, once you run it, adjust the settings/ preferences within the program itself. I created a firewall rule for it as I use it for offline reading and the integrated firefox pdf reader whilst online 😉

      https://www.tracker-software.com/product/pdf-xchange-viewer

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    • #350597 Reply

      b
      AskWoody Plus

      Microsoft Edge is the best PDF reader (IMHO).

      Could be available for Windows 7 quite soon.

      Windows 10 Pro Version 2004: Group ASAP (chump/pioneer)

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      • #350613 Reply

        Microfix
        Da Boss

        Thereagain, currently available ‘blink’ rendering browsers are equal to Edge for Win7 🙂

        Win7 Pro x64 | Win8.1 Pro x64 | Linux Hybrids x86/x64 | Win7 Pro x86 | W10 never again
        • #350631 Reply

          b
          AskWoody Plus

          Can Chrome save filled forms for future editing, annotate with highlighter/notes/ink, add digital signature, read text aloud, or display dual pages? (I don’t know as I rarely use Chrome.)

          Edge Moves Ahead of Chrome for PDFs
          It’s impossible to deny that Edge now offers users a more full-featured PDF experience than Google Chrome. Indeed, it’s arguably the most powerful browser-based PDF tool you will find.
          And for many casual users, it’s a viable alternative to Adobe Reader; all the commonly-needed PDF tools are present.

          Edge vs. Chrome vs. Adobe Reader: Which PDF Viewer Is Best?

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          • #350662 Reply

            Microfix
            Da Boss

            Do these claims pertain to Win7? How old is the article?
            I only see this article attributed to W10 1709 before the decision to move a chromium based browser/ pdf reader was publicised.
            I’m sure the OP will consider this and the likelyhood of additional telemetry associated with the pdf reader function within edge 🙂

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            • #350677 Reply

              b
              AskWoody Plus

              Do these claims pertain to Win7?

              How could they (yet)?

              How old is the article?

              Dated at top under headline.

              I only see this article attributed to W10 1709 before the decision to move a chromium based browser/ pdf reader was publicised.

              I did say “Could be … quite soon.”

              I’m sure the OP will consider this and the likelyhood of additional telemetry associated with the pdf reader function within edge

              More telemetry likely than Google or Adobe?

              Windows 10 Pro Version 2004: Group ASAP (chump/pioneer)

      • #353531 Reply

        Charlie
        AskWoody Plus

        Will Edge overwrite IE 11?  This may be a good thing if Edge is more secure.  I haven’t used IE in a long time.

        I use Firefox, which has a plug-in for Adobe Reader.  That’s also a factor in the equation too. I’ll want the same in another reader.

        Win 7 Still Alive, x64, Intel i3-2120 3.3GHz, Groups B & L

        • #356053 Reply

          Lugh
          AskWoody_MVP

          Will Edge overwrite IE 11?

          No. I use both.

          Lugh.
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    • #350603 Reply

      NetDef
      AskWoody_MVP

      Not for everyone, but if you are in the AEC sector, Bluebeam’s VU works nicely and they have cross platform editions for iPad, PC, etc.

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    • #350607 Reply

      CADesertRat
      AskWoody Plus

      I got rid of ADOBE and went with Foxit Reader. It’s a bit bloated but I like the tabbed interface, especially when I was doing my taxes.

      Don't take yourself so seriously, no one else does 🙂
      4 Win 10 Pro all 1903 (3 Desktops, 1 Laptop).

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    • #350615 Reply

      Lugh
      AskWoody_MVP

      I advise anyone to avoid Adobe’s Reader. Major security holes over the years, plus a very bloated app.

      Alex’s Sumatra has a good rep.

      If you only want to read, I used Foxit reader for a few years, nice and light. They used to bundle some crapware with the install, so watch out for that when installing—always select ‘Custom Install’ when offered and untick any boxes for extra software.

      If you want more than reading—editing, annotating, OCR etc—as I do, I highly recommend PDF-XChange Editor. The free version does all I need.

      Lugh.
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    • #350628 Reply

      OscarCP
      AskWoody Plus

      I have been using Sumatra for several years now, with Windows 7. No complaints.  I have Win 7 in dual boot with Linux Mint, just installed three weeks ago and pretty much customized to my liking since. I have not installed any PDF reader for Mint, because it came with its own PDF reader, which seems to work OK, so far.

      Same situation with my Mac, where the built-in application “Preview” does also a decent job of looking at PDF  (and also looking, and editing, GIF, PNG, JPEG…) and even allows writing in the entry fields of editable PDF forms (such as IRS tax forms).

      Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group B & macOS + Linux (Mint) => Win7 Group W + Mac&Lx

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    • #350651 Reply

      anonymous

      Well I usually use Evince but that’s not very relevant because Windows binaries for current versions aren’t easily available…

      Sumatra is a good one. Foxit is another. Which is better for whom, will depend on specifics.

      Adobe Reader DC / continuous even with all its faults is at the moment the best no-additional-cost one if you need interoperability with Microsoft Azure Information Protection. (That’s an optional extra feature you can purchase for Foxit, though.)

      I’d expect applications with more than just viewer and maybe form fill and overlay capabilities may be out of scope here. Anyway… the PDF24 suite looks good, but I haven’t put that one through a good test suite yet. Includes a viewer but it’s probably the other features you may want this one for. And for serious editing, as in more than just page rearranging, form fill and occasional overlay element, there’s LibreOffice’s PDF import, and then Inkscape.

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    • #350678 Reply

      OscarCP
      AskWoody Plus

      I regretfully stopped using Adobe Reader a few years ago, when that company started pushing hard their Cloud version (Adobe Reader DC) and getting the one that would run entirely in my machine got harder and harder to find. That is why, after looking around for alternatives, I chose to adopt Sumatra. It is a little clunkier than Adobe Reader, but it gets the job done and, so far, it has caused me no problems. And I do a lot of downloads o technical papers in PDF, which I first check out in the sites that offer them, to see if they are really what I am after, before downloading them. So Sumatra works just fine both online and offline.

      Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group B & macOS + Linux (Mint) => Win7 Group W + Mac&Lx

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    • #350676 Reply

      anonymous

      @YP

      Charlie,
      I have used Sumatra and Foxit. I like PDF-XChange Viewer best; in fact, I use the portable version.

      https://portableapps.com/apps/office/pdf-xchange-portable

      No installs, set it up once and use it on any machines. What I like best is you can edit your PDF’s. Also, I use the portable version on Linux, running with Wine.

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    • #350828 Reply

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      I use Foxit reader because I like the annotation ability.

      cheers, Paul

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    • #350850 Reply

      access-mdb
      AskWoody MVP

      Why not download all of the above (and any other free ones) and see for yourself which you prefer. It won’t cost you and you will be more likely to get something that suits your needs.

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    • #353676 Reply

      Charlie
      AskWoody Plus

      The top three seem to be Sumatra, Foxit, and PDF-XChange viewers.  I’ll check them all out but I’m sort of leaning toward Sumatra, providing it works with Firefox smoothly.

      Thanks again for all the advice!

      Win 7 Still Alive, x64, Intel i3-2120 3.3GHz, Groups B & L

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    • #1864180 Reply

      anonymous

      I also use Sumatra. Simple, not bloated, and gets the job done.

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    • #1871012 Reply

      WScalvin2a
      AskWoody Lounger

      Yes, Adobe is entirely too invasive. I’ve been successfully using Foxit for several years but I should try out others.

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    • #2140521 Reply

      Michael Austin
      AskWoody Plus

      I’ve been using the Adobe Reader for a long time and have always liked it – up until they came out with the DC version.  Now it won’t even update itself.  So I’m looking for a good reliable, hopefully less bloated alternative.  Suggestions would be very much appreciated.

      For many years I’ve been a fan and user of Tracker Software’s PDF X-Change Editor. Excellent software, excellent support, for a very good price.

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