In addition to viewing PDF files, Preview can display over two dozen other file formats, making it quite a versatile little viewer.
Foxit is a polished Acrobat-alternative that, on top of cleanly displaying PDF files with a minimal interface, also has a host of handy features—all packed into a lightweight 6MB package.
Foxit loads immediately, without any splash page or lag from plug-ins loading.
Let's take a look at five of the most popular PDF readers.
Every basic package offered by the companies included in today's Hive is free.
Among those offering paid upgrades, we selected the upgrade directly above the basic package for our price inclusion.
Sumatra PDF, thanks to a lack of frills and extraneous features, is a great candidate for a portable drive or for in-browser use for someone who wants quick-loading PDF files without the lag caused by features they won't ever use.
Preview is Apple's free PDF viewer, built into OS X.
It's no mystery many Mac users have no need to step beyond the built-in tool.Preview has quite a few features often only found in commercial PDF software, like the ability to drag and drop pages between documents, page extraction, encryption, and text annotation.Make sure to check out the company sites for additional information and to see which, if any, of the upgrades is necessary for your needs.Sumatra PDF is an ultra-lightweight and open-source portable application.The emphasis with Sumatra PDF is not on the number of features and the wide-ranging abilities of the application, but instead on speed.It loads almost instantly, renders pages extremely quickly, and thanks to a huge number of keyboard shortcuts, you can zip through nearly any document with ease.