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Foxit 4 21.05%
Sumatra 6 31.58%
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Old 15. May 2014, 11:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Replacing Adobe Reader--Foxit, Sumatra, or something else?

I understand that Adobe Reader is very vulnerable to the cyber-criminals. I also really dislike how heavy and sluggish it is.

So what is my best alternative? I want something that's
1. more secure than Adobe
2. much lighter and faster
3. as good as Adobe in terms of allowing one to highlight and annotate
4. free
5. I want to be able to copy highlighted text to my clipboard. It seems like I used to be able to do that with Adobe.
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Old 16. May 2014, 07:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Did you take a look at this review on the site?

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...pdf-reader.htm

You forgot to add PdfXchange Viewer in the poll, which is the top choice in the review currently. It would be good to post a new thread without the poll, or a new thread with other major options in the poll too, after researching properly.

I use PdfXchange Viewer and I am pretty much satisfied with it. I admit though that I do not use pdf reader that much.. I mean I just use it to read pdf files, and not use it for other purpose like annotation, etc. But, I think PdfXchange Viewer is quite a capable pdf reader, which should meet your requirements.
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Old 16. May 2014, 10:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Over the years I have tried all these but (so far) have stayed with Foxit. I use their reader and their editor but they are old copies and therefore probably don't have the unwanted add-ons. The watermark does not show fully on copies I print, and not at all on some. The only problem I find (although this may not be the fault of Foxit) is that sending a Foxit pdf file via email takes forever and sometimes just never goes. I have to print it out and then scan it back in as a jpg. If there was a free and reliable program to convert my pdf to jpg things would be perfect but I haven't found one so far.
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I'm a fan of sumatra good for epubs too. its a good reader but not much else

another option is just firefox/chrome now that they support pdf
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If there was a free and reliable program to convert my pdf to jpg things would be perfect but I haven't found one so far.
@Jim, this is available from either PDFill PDF Tools or PDF Shaper, reviewed in this article Best Free PDF Tools.
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@Jim, this is available from either PDFill PDF Tools or PDF Shaper, reviewed in this article Best Free PDF Tools.
PDFX-Change Viewer can do that too.

@Jim, I don't know what you mean by "reliable".
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Old 16. May 2014, 07:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Jojo - thanks will look at them. Edit: tried them all - don't work unless I am doing something wrong.

Joe - I use the term "reliable" here in the usual sense for this site: a program that does what it says without random crashes and without having to do other unwanted things to ensure it runs correctly.

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My preferred choice is PDF-XChange
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...a program that does what it says without random crashes and without having to do other unwanted things to ensure it runs correctly.
Jim, granted I've only exported PDF to JPG a few times with PDFX-Change Viewer, here's how it works for me...

(1) Click on File-->Export.


(2) In the next screen that pops up, make the selections you want under the various options. If you want the image saved as JPG, click the little arrow to expose the dropdown menu and make sure you choose "JPEG - Joint Photographic Experts Group". When you've set all your options, click "Export".


...and it does work reliably as far as I can see.
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Thanks. Having some maintenance work today and possibly tomorrow but will try it after.

Edit: Found 15 minutes to try it. It seems to work fine. Thanks very much for that.

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