Top 10 PDF Readers and Viewers
Last updated: June 27, 2019
PDF Readers and Viewers allow to open and read PDF files.
Google Docs is a free, Web-based office suite, and data storage service. Documents, spreadsheets, presentations can be created with Google Docs, imported through the web interface, or sent via email. Documents can be saved to a user's local computer in a variety of formats. Google Docs serves as a collaborative tool for editing amongst in real time. If you are looking for self-hosted open-source Google Docs alternative, pay attention to ONLYOFFICE.
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software is the free global standard for reliably viewing, printing, and commenting on PDF documents.
Foxit Reader is a lightweight, fast, and secure PDF Reader capable of high-volume processing.
Nitro Pro Takes Documents to New Heights. Securely sign, approve, collaborate, and manipulate your documents online and on your desktop. Create, prepare and sign—anytime, anywhere.
Polaris Office is a free office application to view, edit, and share Microsoft Office documents anytime, anywhere on your mobile device or computer.
Those wishing to View/Modify or perform simple editing and even OCR Image based PDF files on their Windows PC's now have a FREE pdf reader alternative to the Adobe Reader! The PDF-XChange Viewer is smaller, faster and more feature rich than any other FREE PDF Reader/ PDF Viewer/ PDF Editor available.
Sumatra PDF is a free PDF, eBook (ePub, Mobi), XPS, DjVu, CHM, Comic Book (CBZ and CBR) reader for Windows. Sumatra PDF is powerful, small, portable and starts up very fast. Simplicity of the user interface has a high priority.
STDU Viewer is a free viewer for multiple file formats. The goal of this software is to replace the multiple document viewers with a single one simple application.
Evince is a document viewer for multiple document formats. The goal of evince is to replace the multiple document viewers that exist on the GNOME Desktop with a single simple application.
Nuance Power PDF is the ultimate PDF solution. Perfect for the individual or the enterprise, Power PDF lets you create, edit, annotate and share PDF documents. Power PDF is exceptionally easy to use, and comes at a fraction of the price you’d expect with a perpetual license approach you'll love.
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Latest news about PDF Readers and Viewers
2018. Adobe makes it easier to share and edit PDFs in Acrobat DC
Adobe unveiled an all-new version of Acrobat DC that makes it easier for people to create, share, and interact with PDFs across devices. The update is built around a central document hub that includes files saved to the Adobe Cloud across several different apps. Acrobat Pro is also coming to Android and iOS for the first time. The experience is nearly identical to the desktop version of the app, with support for swapping images, updating text, and formatting the document. Adobe Scan is also getting a small update for scanning and analyzing business cards. Now, users can translate the cards into new languages and export the translation to their contacts (as a virtual contact file, or vCard).
2016. Adobe’s Acrobat Reader app now allows to use any cloud storage
With a new version of its Acrobat Reader app for iOS you’ll now be able to select, open and save your PDFs in iCloud Drive, OneDrive, Box or Google Drive, in addition to the app’s native integration with Dropbox. These new storage options are available from the iOS Document Picker. Prior to this update, users could only pull documents from Dropbox, Adobe Document Cloud, email, web or other apps that supported the “share” function. In order to take advantage of the added functionality, users will need to install the cloud storage app they want to use with Acrobat Reader, then tap on the “Location Chooser” option and “More Locations…”. Here, you’ll find the cloud storage app or apps you want to add to Reader. You can also toggle these storage services on or off from the settings, or rearrange the order they appear in within the list.
2016. Foxit wants to create Internet of Documents
Foxit wants to push the PDF format into the digital world with the release of its new ConnectedPDF application that is going to create a new "Internet of Documents" by embedding identity and intelligence into the PDF. Developed as an extension to the PDF format, ConnectedPDF (cPDF) offers extensive functionality delivered through the cloud, including document locating and tracking, file update notification, shared and synchronized reviews, remote file protection, data collection and more. In fact it brings to the table functionality that is normally only available with more sophisticated document management system implementations.
2016. Nuance releases new version of its PDF alternative
Nuance launched PDF 2 - an upgrade of its PDF application, that aims to make it easier for business to use PDF’s in enterprise workflows and across enterprise apps. This new version of the Nuance PDF application improves usability, compatibility and security. It is addressing growing adoption of Windows 10 and the use of convertible laptop devices such as the Microsoft Surface. Nuance Power PDF 2 leverages both Windows 10 and hybrid devices to provide customers a new way to interact with their documents. It also provides tools to annotate, mark up, sign, secure, redact and compress PDFs, and create and work with PDF forms, making it easy to edit and publish PDF files or convert files from Word to PDF and from PDF to Word.
2015. Adobe's competitor Nitro acquired document marketing service DoxIQ
Nitro, the document management company, that calls its Nitro PDF reader the "No. 1 replacement for Adobe Acrobat" has acquired a document analytics company DoxIQ. DoxIQ provides individuals insight into document workflows such as, who has viewed specific parts of a document, how often parts of a document have been viewed, and to set auto-notifications on certain changes in the document. This simplifies and accelerates the document collaboration, approval, and signing for individuals. Nitro will transition DoxIQ customers to its document sharing and e-signature product, NitroCloud. Nitro capabilities will allow users to modify content, mark content that includes sensitive material, approve language in the document and search and organize documents based on the content.