Time for a fresh look Last March we reviewed a crop of free PDF readers available for Windows. This time, we add a new contender to the list (Nitro’s PDF Reader) and check for updates to the software reviewed in our previous survey. Bloatware? Really? It’s a sad fact that the quality of PDF files […]View Post
Tip: Selecting Text in a PDF
There are many ways to extract text from a PDF file for use in other documents. Choose carefully; not all PDF viewers are alike! Here we provide a quick review of how the leading free PDF viewers get the job done. To select text that spans columns PDF files sometimes seem REALLY stupid because a […]View Post
Review: Four Free PDF Readers
FULL DISCLOSURE: While Duff Johnson was an occasional consultant to Adobe Systems (among others), this review is objective. NOTE: This review has been superseded by an expanded review of 5 PDF Readers Cutting through the Bloatware Bloviation Almost every review of PDF software (some examples are at Brush Technology, Make Use Of, and CNET Download.com) starts […]View Post
Again with Google!
These folks are making an annoyingly large amount of news in the PDF space these days. Hard on the heels of its announcement that Google would begin to OCR and index image-based PDFs came improved support for PDFs in Google’s Chrome browser. Now Google’s gone and added PDF viewing support to its Gmail application. My […]View Post
Google Polishes Chrome
Google released version 1.0 of their Chrome browser yesterday. When this software was first released in beta three months ago, I gave it the quick once-over, concluding that (from the PDF Perspective), it wasn’t close to ready for prime time. Things have changed. My show-stopper gripe regarding the Chrome beta was the fact that Fast […]View Post
Is Reader Really a Dog?
Why Reader Remains the Standard for PDF Viewing
The installer is a big download and the application starts kinda slow – why use Adobe Reader when other free Readers are faster? Some pan Adobe Reader because it’s not as lightweight as some 3rd party options such as the Preview utility in Mac OS X. They argue that Reader is a dinosaur who’s time […]View Post