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Free PDF Reader That Is Faster, Lighter, And More Powerful Than Adobe Reader

If you are using Adobe Reader, it is time to change. I am sick of the slow loading speed in Adobe Reader, it can take up to 2 or 3 minutes to load a heavy PDF file. This is because Adobe Reader is filled with tons of plugins, many of which we don’t even need. Another reason why I have dumped Abobe Reader is the amount of space it takes, and also the frequency of updating the program. Ofcourse there are better alternatives available like Foxit reader, which loads faster than Adobe Reader. But I would recommend PDF-XChange Viewer, which is far more powerful than any other PDF reader and the best thing is that it comes free.

PDF-XChange Viewer has tons of features and is 15MB heavy, but if you are not willing to download such powerful and heavy file, then there is a portable version available which is just 4.8MB heavy and can be run from CD/DVD or USB Flash Drive.


Navigate to Edit > Preferences and you will see features which you have never thought of before. This program allows you to add sticky notes inside the PDF document, and you can even edit the text of the document, both of which are not found in Adobe Reader.


Apart from the standard features it comes packed with the following features,

  • Add Comments and Annotations to any PDF file (subject to security settings) – unlike the Adobe Viewer which requires the PDF creation tool to be ‘certified’ by Adobe !
  • Add & apply Custom Stamps from any Image or PDF File and even your Windows Clip board !
  • Mark-up pages with text and objects
  • Type directly on any PDF page, not just Adobe enabled forms documents – in Typewriter mode.
  • Export PDF pages or entire files to any one of the supported Image formats including BMP, JPEG, TIFF, PNG and many more …
  • Extract text from a PDF page/File
  • Make your navigation of large or complex PDF files both simple and enjoyable with the extended functionality of our ‘Loupe’ and the ‘Pan’ Window tools
  • Fill and Save Adobe Forms to disk, email or ‘post’ !
  • Full Javascript Engine included
  • Updated JPEG2000 Compression support – improving speed.
  • Plug-Ins for both MS IE or Firefox Browser’s included
  • Integrate seamlessly with your favourite translation software to translate text on the ‘fly’ – including :  ABBYY Lingvo 12, Translate It!, Lingoes.
  • Includes comprehensive Help file and PDF Manual – no extra downloads required to add features etc.
  • Portable version also available – can be run from any suitable device such as a Memory stick/CD/DVD etc – simply unzip and use – no installation required – just 4MB download !

I hope this helps, but if you are not willing to go for another software, then there is a way to increase the loading speed of Adobe Reader up to 300%, which I will soon explain how to do it.

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  • umair

    been using it for a while, works like a gem!

    best alternative to adobe!!

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  • ipenzey

    I prefer this Viewer. Without doubt the fastest, most feature rich alternative to Acrobat available – and unless you need really advanced features – its free! It has friendly and versatile user interface. PDF-XChange Viewer has FREE the most important features and each of these features you can try to use, even if it is PRO feature.

  • olivi

    In new Free-version I am glade to work with XFA form pdf file and edit Bookmark. I can say they pay attention to end-user needs and it’s support is excellent!!!