Alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for all platforms with any license

  • Sumatra PDF

    Sumatra PDF is a slim, free, open-source PDF/DjVu/EPUB/XPS/CHM/CBR/CBZ/MOBI viewer for Windows. Why another PDF reader? Sumatra has a minimalistic design. Simplicity...

    • Free, quick to install, quick to uninstall, loads fast. pbfranonJun 2016 • 26 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • lightweight, fast, unclattered UI Guest • Mar 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • Super fast. Instant in fact, whereas DC crawls and hangs and crawls and hangs. Wish I'd found this sooner. Guest • Dec 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very lightweight, always works well, better performance Guest • Sep 2017 • 13 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Lightweight, effective, an can be run from a USB. Guest • Sep 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • lightweight, fast to open/close, render document very fast. rickysantosoJul 2018 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is light, fast, free, multilingual, and open source. It is more user-friendly than Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. Guest • Jun 2018 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Lightweight, separate windows, loads fast. However, no form fills Guest • Apr 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It's nowhere as vulnerable to attacks as Adobe Reader, doesn't execute embedded JS, and renders documents blazingly fast AtoshiNov 2016 • 15 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very light (a few MB) and great compatibility. Guest • May 2017 • 5 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Small, powerful, fast and very configurable. 01101001bOct 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Sumatra is perfect, lightweight, does what is useful and does it well. Guest • Aug 2016 • 7 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Small, fast, light, libre, delightful. Guest • Feb 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

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  • Foxit Reader

    Foxit Reader is a free and light-weight multi-platform PDF document viewer. Its core function is compatible with PDF Standard 1.7. Whether you're a consumer...

    • Bundleware The installer tries to install McAfee WebAdvisor and PhantomPDF Business. These can be skipped by clicking Decline on each.
    • The accessibility of the commands is great, the most important features are free. I haven't felt the need to change to a third pdf viewer. Plus, you can print to PDF when many other software started eliminating this option. Guest • Jul 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • The UI is kludgy and looks like it belongs in the 1990's. Also, basic functionality now included in Adobe isn't (or at least not easily) found in Foxit. I love Foxit's products and have a Business user of theirs for years - so, this is really disappointing. Guest • Dec 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • fast, complete, and a similar interface Guest • Oct 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • Not as light as Sumatra PDF because have another feature. It's a great alternative to Acrobat Reader. rickysantosoJul 2018 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Typewriter function can make any form a fillable form. Skip the printing and associated cost. Did this with lengthy government forms and docs. Seamless. Guest • Jul 2017 • 5 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Multi tabs, stable, and very clean design. Guest • Jan 2017 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • This one has the ability to mark PDFs for highlighting books and etc. Guest • Jun 2016 • 7 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Evince

    Evince is a document viewer for multiple document formats: PDF, Postscript, djvu, tiff, dvi, XPS, SyncTex support with gedit, comics books (cbr,cbz,cb7 and cbt). For a...

    • Fast and simple. Allows images to be saved from the right-click context menu. uncertainquarkJan 2019 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Light and comes natively with Ubuntu. Guest • Nov 2018 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • PDF-XChange Viewer

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

    • Tried PDF-Zilla and Sumatra, PDF-XChange has a cleaner UI, more fluid for me. Also tried Okular, but they referred Windows users to a separate site that didn't appear to have the software available for download. As PDF-XChange doesn't work on Linux, I might try Okular on my Linux machines. Guest • Mar 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Lightweight and efficient, loads of controls and options, free for personal use. Guest • Sep 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It allows note and annotation extraction in text format (contra e.g. Sumatra or Foxit) Guest • Aug 2017 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Has enough bells and whistles to be competitive with Adobe without all the useless bloat. Additionally, PDF-XChange Viewer has many options for software installation such as 32-bit, 64-bit, full and portable installs. Guest • Dec 2016 • 4 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Okular

    Okular is a universal document viewer developed by KDE. Okular works on multiple platforms, including but not limited to Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, *BSD, etc.

    • Lightweight, highly functional, and aesthetic. Guest • Oct 2017 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Lightweight, can read many document fomats like cbz or cbr, can even merge pdfs Guest • Sep 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Okular is a highly functional .pdf reader provided as a default with KDE and KDE's Plasma desktop environments. Open source, flexible and fast. What's not to like? JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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  • Nitro Reader

    Nitro Reader offers features and functionality far beyond typical PDF readers, and makes working with PDF easier than ever before. Create PDF files, comment and...

    • You can create pdfs from other documents and even from pics. It has OCR so you can edit and change what is written even in a picture... plus other stuff. Guest • Mar 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Commercial Windows

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  • Preview

    Preview is a simple and elegant application by Apple for viewing and working with images and PDF documents. With a single click, Preview takes your PDF document full...

    • Unlike Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, which allows you to edit and erase certain parts of PDF files, Preview won't let you do it if it's only 1 page. I suggest getting a different PDF viewer, reader, and editor. Guest • Jul 2018 • 1 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Easy, Very Fast, basic editing options. Guest • Jun 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Xodo

    Xodo is the ultimate cross-platform PDF viewer and annotator. Powerful, fast, and optimized for all phones and tablets, Xodo makes it easy to access, edit, mark up...

    • it can be launched faster and easily used than big apps and some alternative functions. yelinzhangOct 2017 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Document Viewer

    A fork of the last GPL version of EBookDroid. Supports the following formats: PDF DjVu XPS (OpenXPS) Comic...

    • For android smartphones, its the best choice as it is opensource and has many features. Guest • Jun 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • open source, fast, lightweight, support for many formats, many available settings Guest • Apr 2018 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Android Android Tablet F-Droid

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  • Skim

    Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file.

    Free Open Source Mac

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  • qpdfview

    qpdfview is a Qt-based tabbed document viewer using the Poppler library for PDF rendering and CUPS for printing. Support for the DjVu and PostScript formats can be added...

    • Really fast, many options with keybindings. Guest • Feb 2019 • 1 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Anything written using the beautiful Qt SDK (or better yet with the KDE SDK) is awesome, and it's a tabbed PDF viewer! It's sweet! SeanDFrosztNov 2017 • 1 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Comments

visually bloated

Comment by Xate
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Feb 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 5 Helpful Report as spam

The new DC update gave the ever heavy and bloated adobe reader an idiotic interface. The menu bar and side bar took up too much of my screen.

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Comment by jamesvdm
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

It's really not that big or bloated for what it does, but the weekly updates drive me insane.

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Comment by endolith
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Adobe Reader functions more smoothly and renders more accurately than any of the clones I have tried. I've never noticed this "bloat" that everyone complains about.

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Render everything properly unlike Foxit

Comment by s0me0ne
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and Foxit Reader · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Kinda slow, but will render everything properly unlike Foxit. Also the UI is much better since v8.

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Comment by slyck
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Adobe is garbage. Always has been slow and buggy. Use a quality open source alternative like Evince, Sumatra, or Okular. I guess you could use Foxit if you want adware.

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Comment by zzzcrash
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Honestly, I can't see any reason to use Adobe Reader anymore, at least on Windows or Linux. If you want a free program for reading pdfs, Foxit Reader is not only faster but also let's you highlight and annotate the text with ease. Adobe Reader doesn't provide any editing tools: you have to pay boatloads for Adobe Professional if you want that.

The Linux version of Foxit still needs a ton of work, but you can just use the Windows version through Wine instead. Works just fine.

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Comment by endolith
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I didn't realize until a few days ago that this can open and view .ai files from Adobe Illustrator. Should be added as an alternative for that.

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Comment by Aaron
about Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Its nice and has some nice features, like copying an image or test from the pdf, but for me it was always too slow. I could load up a pdf faster in just about any other program, so I dont use this anymore. It works ok, but just is not that good anymore.

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