I've tried Foxit and Adobe's reader, but I'm not satisfied with either. Foxit has update nagging for non-critical junk. Adobe PDF reader is bloatware. Are there other options you people like?
The Sumatra PDF Reader is VERY lightweight and works fine.
I always use Foxit Reader on Windows, but the builtin viewer on Linux.
I've never noticed any nagging for updates. Perhaps there's an option to disable it? If not, try configuring your firewall to block network access for Foxit.
Personally I highly recommend SumatraPDF as Stefan does, due to it being
- open source
I have yet to see a document that it doesn't render despite how small it actually is.
I've been extremely satisfied with Foxit Reader. I've had it installed and running for the past few months and haven't noticed the nagging abiut update's you mention.
I use Google Chrome ! It has a built in PDF reader that is OK for reading and printing, loads in a snap and using it you have less soft to install.
To enable it if you have CHrome installed, just right click any PDF, select Open with... and select CHrome choose to remember your selection. CHrome is now your default PDF reader.
CutePDF has done it for me - it doesn't only read pdf but alse edits and creates them
A good site to visit for a list of free PDF readers, with convenient download links, is http://pdfreaders.org/. As they are all free, you can just try each until you find one that suits you.
I just installed the Nitro PDF Reader beta yesterday, and it looks pretty good:
Create PDF files, comment and review, save PDF forms, extract text and images, type text directly onto the page, and more.
Start working with PDF files the way you always wanted.
- Open Source as preferred by some people,
- multiplatform (Windows, Mac OS X, Unix, ...soon maybe Android, iPhone too?),
- very lightweight (see screenshots below) --
the highly-rated SumatraPDF from the accepted answer uses MuPDF as its internal rendering engine,
- full Unicode support,
- very fast,
- very surely not bloated with features,
- doesn't need "installation", is just an *.exe -- runs even from USB thumbdrives,
- not displaying adds (unless you deem the copyright notice in the "About" screen as one...),
- nicely looking and easy to use....
hmmm, decide yourself: the interface is very simple (keyboard navigation only, no menues or icons):
I personally recommend PDF-XChange Viewer. It is blazingly fast even for big files and - as my personal highlight - uses tabs for loading multiple documents into the same window.
However, I experienced a crash while browsing one specific document that the Adobe Reader processes flawlessly. I'm not sure what this says about general stability.