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5 Top Free Alternatives to Adobe Reader

PDF is more and more widely used nowadays. And accordingly, there are also many alternatives to the bloat Adobe Reader for viewing PDF files. Here is the list of 5 top Adobe Reader alternatives. Just find your favorite one!


1 Foxit Reader
Foxit reader is a free PDF document viewer. This one is about 2.9 MB and loads up immediately. It also allows you to edit bookmarks in a PDF file and fill out PDF forms.

Foxit Reader


2 PDF-Xchange Viewer
The PDF-Xchange viewer is free, faster and feature richer. You can add comments and annotations to any PDF file. Another advantage is that large PDF files open quickly and pages refresh smoothly as they are scrolled.

PDF-XChange Viewer

3 Sumatra PDF
Sumatra PDF is a slim, free, open-source PDF viewer for Windows. It is minimalistic, with only 1.1MB to download. It’s designed for portable use: you can easily run it from external USB drive.

Sumatra PDF


4 Drumlin PDF Reader
Drumlin PDF Reader also functions as a secure PDF publisher. You can take a PDF file and encrypt it with an authorization code. Only people with this code can access the PDF document. You can also specify the number of copies that the particular PDF document can be printed out, and you can also limit the ability of other users to copy the file.

Drumlin PDF Reader

5 Cool PDF Reader
The world's smallest PDF viewer/reader (only 626KB for download) to view, print, and convert PDF files to TXT, BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, WMF, EMF, EPS. Cool PDF Reader is a good freeware!

Cool PDF Reader