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7 Adobe Reader Alternatives

Adobe Reader Alternatives

The following Adobe Reader alternatives have been listed to let you know about appropriate substitutes that you may not be aware of. While the PDF reader from Adobe is preferred by many, a number of other developers have designed some helpful software that may be better than the former. Read all the way through to know more about the prospective options for the web as well as for mobile devices in this category.

1 – Sumatra PDF:

Sumatra PDF

Software meant for the Windows-based computers, Sumatra PDF works with a number of formats including ePub and MOBI for eBooks in addition to CHM, XPS, DjVu and many more. It also extends support to comic book formats such as CBZ and CBR. Compatible with Windows 7, XP and Vista, this tool is extremely portable and runs even from USB drives.

Sumatra occupies little space on the system, which is also a reason why it doesn’t take long to start. And if that’s not enough, the simple user interface of this free of charge reader is what makes it even more efficient.

2 – Perfect PDF Reader:

Perfect PDF Reader

If the developers of this software included in our alternatives to Adobe Reader are to be believed, Perfect PDF is a suitable, easy and powerful contender that doesn’t require you to shell out even a single penny. Compliant with all Windows versions, it not only allows you to read or print PDF documents but also to send them via email. You can even comment on and sign PDF files and export pages from the software as plain text, metafiles or images in formats like JPEG, TIFF, GIF, PNG, and BMP. The navigation and display modes such as rotation, zoom and the search function further add to the usability of this PDF viewer.

3 – Evince:


Those of you, who use GNOME should look no further than Evince as the software strives towards de-cluttering your desktop by offering multiple features. Besides PDF, it can be used for formats including DjVu, TIFF, DVI, XPS, Postscript and comic book formats like CBT, CBR, CBZ, and CB7. It comes with an integrated search option that displays the exact number of results and even highlights each one of them. Capable of displaying encrypted documents, it can print files that can be opened in the software, but with the assistance of the GNOME/GTK printing framework. And similar to the Adobe Reader, Evince has been included with thumbnail views of the pages too.

4 – Foxit:


Next up on our lineup of programs similar to Adobe Reader alternatives is Foxit, which can serve as a substitute for Adobe’s version on multiple platforms including Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Symbian and even non-Windows web OS like Linux. This fast and lightweight tool has also been secured to keep your documents free from virus infections as well as from unauthorized access.

While you can open, view and print PDF files, it also allows you to fill forms in this format, annotate these documents and upload them to social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, Foxit lets you convert a PDF file into plain text format and its audio attribute lets you listen to the PDF document if you cannot find the time to read it.

5 – Nitro PDF Reader:

Nitro PDF Reader

Nitro PDF reader scores brownie points for its functionality as it employs the Microsoft Office-style ribbon interface that most of us are familiar with. Extremely user friendly, this software enables you to create a group of shortcuts for frequently used tools in the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT). Apart from navigation panes, it has been included with keyboard shortcuts for a horde of operations like launching searches and zooming in or out of the page.

With this tool, you can work on multiple files at the same time and simply drag a document onto the Nitro icon to instantly create a PDF version of it. And similar to some other options mentioned on this roster, it lets you annotate and add comments to PDF files and even customize the pop notes according to your preferences.

6 – Repligo PDF Reader:

Repligo PDF Reader

As we mentioned above, we’ve also included options for mobile devices in our compilation of the alternatives to Adobe Reader, and Religo is meant for all you Android users. This app lets you view, annotate and fill PDF forms on the move. Using this tool, you can also review documents and add highlights, cross-outs, sticky notes, arrows and more to the PDF file.

Besides documents saved on the local device, it comes in handy to view files from emails, memory cards, cloud services, and even the internet. Moreover, it is inclusive of the text-to-speech feature and settings like night mode and brightness adjustments.

7 – PDF Reader Pro:

PDF Reader Pro

And the last app on our list is for those of you who use any of the iOS-based devices. It lets you do pretty much everything on the iPhone and the iPad that most of the software mentioned above is capable of. The application in iTunes can open large documents without lag and even allows you to convert different files into the PDF format.

You can either sync files between Apple devices through iCloud or upload them to other cloud services such as Dropbox, Google Docs, SugarSync and more. Adding comments, sticky notes, signs and filling out forms is also possible on the go with the assistance of this application.


We believe that through the aforementioned Adobe Reader alternatives, we’ve given you ample reasons to give up on the Adobe’s software and adopt one of these as your PDF viewer. If you are keen on trying them out, do tell us which one you prefer. And if you have any suggestions for us, drop in a line or two in the comments section to let us know.