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Alternative to an alternative PDF reader


Batch

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Years ago I switched from Acrobat Reader to Foxit. At that time (if my memory chip serves me well), the Foxit download was about 3MB. Foxit have just launched V6 and the download has now reached bloatware proportions at 28MB (last V5 was less tham 16MB) and the menus have gone to ribbons.....

So I'm considering switching to another - Sumatra caught my eye (and it's 4.75MB).

Anyone got any comments on Sumatra (or want to suggest similar lightweight alternatives)?

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tullie

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my foxit is about 43 megs

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Pine Man

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Sumatra works well for me and it's very fast.

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Sea Urchin

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Hi Batch - funnily enough I was just thinking yesterday how Foxit has changed. I too moved some years ago from Adobe to a program with a much smaller footprint, but since then they seem to have been emulating Adobe and expanded out of all proportion.

I hadn't heard of Sumatra (the program!) but I shall certainly try it out.

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Batch

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Having looked around I've also come across SlimPDF ( http://www.investintech.com/resources/freetools/slimpdfreader/ ) which is an amazing 1.43MB

And Nuance ( http://www.nuance.com/products/pdf-reader/index.htm ) which I haven't managed to download yet (doesn't bode well, but it purports to be fully featured and lightweight)

More info on both of these at:

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/five-apps/five-lightweight-and-free-pdf-viewers/1556

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Batch

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Nuance downloaded now - 31MB

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Jock1e

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PDFEditor free till 5th of may not got a clue as to what it does and if it is any good.but at the right price.

Click Here

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SimpleSimon1

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I originally moved from Acrobat=>Foxit and then, last year, from Foxit=>Sumatra (because of Foxit 'bloat'). I defo haven't regretted the move; Sumatra is lightweight (3Mb or 5Mb download) and very fast. It's functionality might be thought by some to be slightly limited but, let's face it, most of us just want a fast, simple pdf browser....and Sumatra fulfils that brief, admirably.

The only down side is the authors 'interesting' choice of a default background colour (eye-searing yellow!)...however, that can easily be changed and I suspect that it's the first thing that a lot of users do :-)

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Sea Urchin

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I have gone with Sumatra and it seems good. But I can't see how to change away from that "eye-searing yellow"

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SimpleSimon1

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Sea Urchin

Google is your friend :-) e.g. How to Change Sumatra Background Colour

Just use the appropriate hex code for whatever colour you want.

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Sea Urchin

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Thanks SimpleSimon1

I found your link slightly overwhelming with 4 different answers, and found this to be much easier to follow - successfully changed now

Sumatra color change

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