Top 9 PDF Readers and Viewers

Last updated: May 19, 2023

PDF Readers and Viewers allow to open and read PDF files.
Foxit Reader is a lightweight, fast, and secure PDF Reader capable of high-volume processing.
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC software is the free global standard for reliably viewing, printing, and commenting on PDF documents.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Polaris Office is a free office application to view, edit, and share Microsoft Office documents anytime, anywhere on your mobile device or computer. Diverse solutions and innovative features to improve your work environment along with support for all features of an office suite.
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.
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.

Latest news about PDF Readers and Viewers

2023. Macro raises $9.3M to layer intelligence on top of digital documents

Macro, a PDF editing tool that, using AI, pulls out key terms, sections and equations to make documents interactive and hyperlinked, has raised $9.3M. Macro’s PDF editor — which is available for free alongside a $49 per user, per month plan for additional features and an enterprise tier for volume licensing — lets users click on any cross-reference in a document to get an instant preview. In Macro, documents can link between — as well as within — files. Moreover, the software can compare files, consolidate edits from multiple Word and PDF files into a single version, generate files from templates, and create one or many PDF documents at a time from a spreadsheet. Other features of note include a filterable side panel of potential detected errors in a PDF and a table of contents generator.

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.