Home | Blog | Software | Reviews and Features | Forum | Help | Donate | About us
topbanner_forum
  *

avatar image

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length
  • December 04, 2016, 04:35:57 PM
  • Proudly celebrating 10 years online.
  • Donate now to become a lifetime supporting member of the site and get a non-expiring license key for all of our programs.
  • donate

Last post Author Topic: Quality Comparison: 8 x freeware PDF Readers / Viewers  (Read 97126 times)

Darwin

  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2005
  • ***
  • Posts: 6,984
    • View Profile
    • Read more about this member.
    • Donate to Member
Re: Quality Comparison: 8 x freeware PDF Readers / Viewers
« Reply #100 on: March 01, 2010, 05:50:50 PM »
Bluebeam looks impressive - does it do OCR? I ask because it's nice to be able to convert a pdf into something that can be searched and indexed if it is based on scanned documents. Nuance really shines in this regard.

Regarding Nuance, I DO use the full package as my viewer - it opens up very quickly on my notebook and I can't see the point of having more than one application installed to handle pdfs.
"Some people have a way with words, other people,... oh... have not way" - Steve Martin

NigelH

  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2005
  • ***
  • Posts: 205
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: Quality Comparison: 8 x freeware PDF Readers / Viewers
« Reply #101 on: March 01, 2010, 06:27:11 PM »
PDF-Xchange viewer drives me nuts regarding the time it takes to render some PDFs.
I can wait for 5-10 seconds before some pages are drawn.

The Nuance PDF Reader does not exhibit that behavior at all, in fact it's really quite fast.
The slow startup is annoying though, but it still may become my default reader.



superboyac

  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2005
  • ***
  • Posts: 6,070
  • Is your software in my list?
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: Quality Comparison: 8 x freeware PDF Readers / Viewers
« Reply #102 on: September 29, 2010, 09:45:09 AM »
PDF-Xchange viewer drives me nuts regarding the time it takes to render some PDFs.
I can wait for 5-10 seconds before some pages are drawn.

The Nuance PDF Reader does not exhibit that behavior at all, in fact it's really quite fast.
The slow startup is annoying though, but it still may become my default reader.
I agree.  Overall, PDF-Xchange is my favorite viewer.  It's usually fast and I love the tabbed interface.  Fast startup, and it's portable.  But you are so right: on some pdf's in can take really long to render.  I tried tweaking the performance settings, but nothing seemed to work.  It's superior to acrobat in just about everything else, just not rendering times.  I wonder why?  Just recently, I re-associated my files with Acrobat because of the rendering, but now I want to go back because I miss the tabs.

Darwin

  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2005
  • ***
  • Posts: 6,984
    • View Profile
    • Read more about this member.
    • Donate to Member
Re: Quality Comparison: 8 x freeware PDF Readers / Viewers
« Reply #103 on: September 29, 2010, 03:29:44 PM »
superboyac - are you still using Bluebeam? Or have you switched to Adobe Acrobt?
"Some people have a way with words, other people,... oh... have not way" - Steve Martin

superboyac

  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2005
  • ***
  • Posts: 6,070
  • Is your software in my list?
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: Quality Comparison: 8 x freeware PDF Readers / Viewers
« Reply #104 on: September 29, 2010, 04:33:31 PM »
superboyac - are you still using Bluebeam? Or have you switched to Adobe Acrobt?
I don't use Bluebeam for just viewing.  So that means it's not associated wit my pdf extension for double-clicking.  Bluebeam is overkill for just viewing because it's a very big program.  I still use Bluebeam exclusively for any kind of editing, it's the best for that.  But for viewing only, you want something with a very fast loading time and nice navigation features.  PDF-XChange is the best for that in my opinion.

Darwin

  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2005
  • ***
  • Posts: 6,984
    • View Profile
    • Read more about this member.
    • Donate to Member
Re: Quality Comparison: 8 x freeware PDF Readers / Viewers
« Reply #105 on: September 29, 2010, 06:16:21 PM »
Gotcha...  ;D
"Some people have a way with words, other people,... oh... have not way" - Steve Martin

superboyac

  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2005
  • ***
  • Posts: 6,070
  • Is your software in my list?
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: Quality Comparison: 8 x freeware PDF Readers / Viewers
« Reply #106 on: November 20, 2010, 06:12:03 PM »
Man, I've been really thinking about the different PDF viewers out there right now.  I'm pretty much convinced: PDF-Xchange is the best one.  I don't think it's really close.  It's really a very well done application.  Excellent.

JavaJones

  • Review 2.0 Designer
  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2005
  • ***
  • Posts: 2,717
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: Quality Comparison: 8 x freeware PDF Readers / Viewers
« Reply #107 on: November 20, 2010, 06:27:09 PM »
Has anyone tried the new Adobe Reader X (10)?

- Oshyan

superboyac

  • Charter Member
  • Joined in 2005
  • ***
  • Posts: 6,070
  • Is your software in my list?
    • View Profile
    • Donate to Member
Re: Quality Comparison: 8 x freeware PDF Readers / Viewers
« Reply #108 on: November 20, 2010, 06:53:33 PM »
Has anyone tried the new Adobe Reader X (10)?

- Oshyan
They better have put tabbed documents in it, or else it's worthless.