This category consists of desktop programs that can be utilized for reading and annotating PDF files, other than the sluggish and bloated Adobe Reader. While I will confess that the Adobe product has enhanced in both speed and features in the last few years, it still drags some of the items examined here.

PDF-XChange Editor

The complimentary edition of PDF-XChange Editor includes helpful functions such as tracked remarks and the ability to insert or draw out pages, however those marked 'Pro' in the menu are just readily available in the paid-for version.

This complimentary PDF reader's killer feature is OCR (optical character acknowledgment). You can scan printed documents, have the text converted into searchable format, and save the resulting document as a PDF.

While installing this totally free PDF readers, we recommend picking the 'Custom-made' choice instead of 'Complete', then deselecting the components you don't want to install. They exist as an expandable tree, so make certain you click all the '+' icons to discover what's hidden there.

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Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader is a happiness to use, and makes working with PDFs effortless. Its ribbon-style user interface is intuitive, and there's practically no learning curve if you recognize with recent variations of Microsoft Workplace.

The universality of the PDF format makes it a popular target for malware and infection developers, so Foxit Reader uses a Safe Reading mode that provides control over things such as internal links and Javascript combination.

Downloadable add-ons are readily available to transform PDFs to other formats (and vice versa) and to combine multiple PDFs into a single file. File conversion is extremely easy thanks to the inclusion of an entry in Windows' context menu.

This power and flexibility makes Foxit Reader the very best PDF reader you can download today. Try it now and you won't recall.

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Sumatra PDF

If all you are really looking for in a PDF reader that is light and the ability to view and print a PDF file, Sumatra may be for you.

It's a little short on features like those available in PDF-XChange and Foxit Reader, and it has some limitations in rendering images, but it does have plenty of viewing options.

This reader does not include simple editing functions, neither annotations on pdf documents.

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Nitro PDF Reader

Like Foxit Reader, Nitro PDF Reader bears more than a passing similarity to Microsoft Workplace applications-- and this is no bad thing. From the start this feels like a highly accomplished piece of software application and there are plenty of document seeing alternatives to choose from.

But this free PDF reader is about more than simply viewing. As highlighting and including an annotation alternative, Nitro PDF Reader also lets you include sticky notes to the files you open.

You can use Nitro PDF Reader to transform text documents to PDF format, and vice versa. You can likewise extract all of the images from a PDFs in one fell swoop, digitally sign electronic documents with an e-signature. This is without doubt one of the most sleek totally free PDF readers out there.

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SlimPDF Reader

SlimPDF Reader is without a doubt the smallest free PDF reader in this roundup, occupying simply 1.43 MB of area, and makes a virtue of its frill-free method.

SlimPDF Reader truly is bit more than a viewer, but that's no bad thing. Controls and navigations are obvious and basic, and the program take advantage of being lightning-fast.

Search, print and rotate are the most sophisticated features you'll find, although you are invited to attempt a free trial of the PDF to Workplace converter.

If you're looking for a free PDF reader without the bloat, SlimPDF Reader could be the ideal option. The only real disadvantage is the failure to see 2 pages side-by-side as a spread.

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Icecream Ebook Reader

As the name recommends, Icecream Ebook Reader is created mainly for viewing EPUB and MOBI files, but it functions as a simple free PDF reader.

As this is an ebook reader, you-re encouraged to arrange all your books into a library, sortable by type and completely searchable-- but there's nothing to stop you from just opening individual PDFs.

The program has a slightly unusual appearance, however it is a pleasure to utilize. Navigation of PDFs is wonderfully simple, and there are a variety of viewing modes to pick from, consisting of an eye-friendly night mode. You can rapidly include bookmarks and create notes, which are accessed through the fly-out Contents pane.

If you have a Word document or ebook that you 'd to transform to PDF format, or vice versa, you might like Icecream PDF Converter, from the exact same designer.

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