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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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Picklefactory

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I've used PDF Xchange for a while, both at home and at work, where it has been OK'd by our IT department. It also has some basic editing tools, and unlike Foxit, which I used to use, it doesn't water mark any edits you make.

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Picklefactory

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PS. Just remembered, the only issue I ever have with PDF Xchange, is occasionally I have prints turn out in negative. It doesn't happen often, and I'm sure there must be some setting somewhere that I'm missing, but on those odd occasions I just print from Adobe or Foxit. Other than that, I find it a very friendly and helpful little program.

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Batch

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Tried SlimPDF. Not a contender. Although it is very small, searching (e.g. for text) is painfully slow (like watching paint dry....).

Sumatra's searching is fast - much faster than Foxit.

On an initial look, the only comment I'd make about Sumatra is that the text rendering is not as sharp as Foxit. Funnily enough Foxit used to suffer from similar issues in earlier (lighter-weight) versions, in fact early Foxit versions were a lot worse than Sumatra now seems.

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