8 Popular Free PDF Reader as Alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader is popular free software to read PDF file since a long time ago. But this software is slow for some user with old computer specification. If you find free alternative software to Adobe Acrobat Reader then let’s take a look free alternative software to read PDF file.

Below 8 popular free PDF reader is for personal computer as alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader

1. Evince

Creadit: iloveubuntu.com

Evince a document viewer for multiple document formats like PDF, Postscript, djvu, tiff, dvi, XPS, SyncTex support with gedit, comics books (cbr,cbz,cb7 and cbt). Although this software is built for Linux operating system but you can download and use on Windows too. Evince is simple PDF reader but it’s enough to read PDF on Linux machine.

Operating System: Windows, Linux

2. Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader has modern user interface and support to fill and save both forms and form data, provides extensive annotation, review features, integrated with browser, can insert and validate electronic signatures. Foxit Reader is fast but not fast as Sumatra PDF Reader but this software doesn’t equip with OCR capability like PDF-XChange Viewer. You can also switch viewer from full view to only text viewer.

This program will also a variety of unwanted components and system changes your computer. You should be careful when install this program.

Operating System: Windows, Linux

3. Nitro PDF Reader

Nitro PDF Reader
Creadit: en.softmonk.com

Nitro PDF Reader is not fast and lightweight but has rich feature as free software. It’s not only reader but also PDF creator. You can convert any printable files to PDF directly from the source, or within Nitro Reader. As a PDF reader, you can rotate view, change view display, add note, or highlight text.

Operating System: Windows

4. Nuance PDF Reader

Nuance PDF Reader
Creadit: pcworld.com

Nuance PDF Reader can be used as PDF Reader or convert PDF files to Word, Excel, and RTF via a hosted web service. This software also equip with useful tools like annotation tools to highlight, cross-out, and underline text for more effective collaboration. You can also fill out and save PDF forms using Nuance PDF Reader.

Operating System: Windows

5. PDF-XChange Viewer

PDF-XChange Viewer
Creadit: tracker-software.com

PDF-XChange Viewer is not only PDF reader software but also equip with simple editing and OCR image based on PDF files. This software can be integrated on your favorite browser and supports to complete and save PDF Forms including form data. If you want to get more feature then you can upgrade to Pro version (Paid Software). You can also add this software into your flash disk and use it on any computer to open PDF files. It’s possible because PDF-XChange Viewer also available in portable version.

Operating System: Windows

6. SlimPDF Reader

SlimPDF Reader

SlimPDF Reader is lightweight and fast PDF reader with common feature like another PDF reader. It’s not include with add comment or highlight text. The main key for SlimPDF is the size that is very light compare with another PDF reader and fast to open PDF file.

Please note that SlimPDF Reader will ask your email to receive priority product updates as well the occasional email about Investintech promotions and products. You can skip this registration.

Operating System: Windows

7. Sumatra PDF

Sumatra PDF

Sumatra PDF is simple and standard PDF reader with no editing or annotations features. The power of this program is about lightweight (fast on loading) and can be used to read popular e-book format like djvu, epub, mobi, chm or comic book format type. Sumatra PDF also available on stand alone application.

Operating System: Windows


Creadit: iloveubuntu.com

XPDF an open source PDF viewer/reader for multi operating system. It has simple interface with limited feature but enough to be used as PDF reader.

Operating System: Windows, Mac, Linux


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