Best pdf viewer for Windows 7 / XP[ Adobe reader alternative ]

I’ve covered three lightweight pdf reader in a few days ago: Sumatra PDF Reader, SlimPDF Reader, MuPDF, they are slim, fast and simple. But if you are looking for a full featured yet compact pdf viewer & printer free software, Foxit Reader should be the NO.1 choice for you, I have been using it for 3 years.

foxit - the best pdf viewer( pdf reader ) for Windows 7 / XP[ Adobe reader alternative ]

Feature List

  • It allows you open and view multiple pdf document files using a tabbed interface.
  • It’s much faster than adobe reader.
  • Low system resource usage, it’s less bloated than adobe reader.
  • It’s easy to use and has a friendly user interface, there are menus, multiple toolbars, navigation bars, right button context menus, which makes your reading / printing / manipulating tasks deadly easy.
  • It allows you to add graphics/text comment( annotate ) to a PDF document, drag and resize the graphics( rectangle/arrow/line/cloudy etc. ), customize font type, font color, font size, etc.
  • Supports full text document search.
  • Allows you add/delete/rename bookmarks.
  • Supports safe reading mode, which protects you from unauthorized url connection, javascript, etc.
  • Allows you convert pdf to txt file.
  • It’s is compatible with PDF Standard 1.7.
  • Supports Multi-language UI.
  • And finally, the size of its installer package is only 7.5MB!

Foxit Reader supports the following operating systems: Microsoft Windows 7 ( 32bit & 64bit ) / Windows XP / Windows 2000 / 2003 / Vista / 2008.

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3 Responses to Best pdf viewer for Windows 7 / XP[ Adobe reader alternative ]

  1. Alexh says:

    There are many different programmes and among them you can choose that software which satisfies your taste and needs. Anyway, for me, PDF-XChange Viewer is the best non-Adobe alternative for today.

  2. OlegDudan says:

    Yes, PDF-XChange is No. 1 today!

  3. Varun says:

    Awesum n easy to of all…