Whenever the term ‘PDF reader’ is mentioned, the first thing one tends to think of is the tried and tested Adobe Acrobat Reader. Whether it is to simply read PDF (Portable Document Format) in full, to modify them, to add notes, to create a whole new PDF, add forms or, on rare occasions, to add flash content, Adobe PDF is almost always up to the demands of the user. However, for the average user buying the feature, the full professional version can be very hard on the pockets—not to mention something of a drag as it is too hefty for simple purposes and exerts significant demand on the system—and the trial version only gives an inadequate taste of what could’ve been, leaving the user unsatisfied. In this article we explore some of the alternative ways of PDF manipulation, which are affordable and at the same time easy on the system’s resources.
Naunce PDF ReaderNuance PDF Reader is an excellent free alternative to Adobe Reader, and includes a rarely found PDF-to-Word converter. It also boasts efficient editing tools for manipulation like highlighting text, underlining text, crossing-out text, highlighting form fields and also supports flash video and movie file integration. It is ultra-lightweight at 18 MB and can also be integrated with many browsers. You can get it at http://www.nuance.com/products/pdf-reader/index.htm
One of the best ways to read an ebook, the Mobipocket reader, is an ebook reader with a difference. From its realistic two-column arrangement of text that makes it the closest thing to reading an actual book, to its support of diverse file formats from the popular .pdf to the less used .epub, this reader is so much more than just another PDF reader. It also supports an RSS feed manager, an ebook store which displays the newest titles on offer, an enews store featuring all the major outlets and a fully functioning dictionary that’s only a click away. And of course, it has basic annotation capabilities like highlighting and bookmarking. Mobipocket reader even comes in a java version for old phones and is adaptable with all the latest tablets and phones. Its main attraction, however, is what we’ve always wanted in a ebook reader, a Windows Media Player library of books, making it incredibly easy to store all of your books. You can get it at http://www.mobipocket.com/en/downloadsoft/productdetailsreader.asp
Foxit PDF ReaderOften dubbed the most viable successor to Adobe Reader, Foxit reader is a free reader that gets as close to Adobe as free software can get. It has clean, easily distinguishable icons, a customisable toolbar, and a list of colour schemes you can choose from, among other features. It also has an interface remarkably similar to Adobe Reader so transition is easy for readers, even beginners. Other perks include the speed with which it cuts down waiting times almost entirely, top notch security with a secure trust manager to allow or deny unauthorised actions and prevent unauthorised people from accessing your .pdf documents, a virus-free running environment and an open source platform that can be a great boost to advanced users who can create custom features to enhance user experience. It also boasts tabbed PDF viewing, text-only view, rulers, safe mode, and several annotation tools for things like highlighting and commenting. The only thing you should be aware of is the installation process where simply clicking through can mean adding many extra programs and changing settings that can disrupt your internet experience. So be careful about clicking if you should choose to download foxit reader at http://www.foxitsoftware.com/Secure_PDF_Reader/addons.php
This is a light weight PDF viewer for those who want a small file size reader which is not a burden on the system like Adobe Reader. With an installer of less than 5 MB and an installed size of 10 MB, it is smaller than many of the PDF files themselves and a lot smaller than Adobe Reader. It is a portable program, meaning you can run it directly from your USB external storage device, saving you the hassle of installing it on every computer you use. You can download it at http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/download-free-pdf-viewer.html
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