Free PDF Software

PDF also known as Portable Document Format is an open file format created by Adobe Systems in 1993. The mainstream PDF reader is Adobe Reader (previously known as Adobe Acrobat Reader) But is Adobe Reader the best PDF reader? Or is there a better alternative? Do you have a free PDF creator? If you don’t, continue reading.

Free PDF Readers

Adobe Reader

The Official Adobe Reader – It is the official reader so it should work with all PDF documents. The disadvantage of Adobe Reader 8.0 is that it isn’t the safest PDF reader. Why? I have always used it at work? Well this is because it is the most used reader which makes it attractive to find exploits because it will harm many people. There is also another big downside with Adobe Reader 8.0, the speed. It takes to much time to open a document with it.

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Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader is a freely available PDF reader for 32-bit Microsoft Windows (95 up to XP, including Mobile), GNU/Linux, and U3. Foxit Reader is known for it’s small file size and the fast loading time. Foxit Reader is not the most used PDF reader so I would say you are safer using it rather than Adobe Reader.

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Brava! Reader


Brava! Reader – A PDF reader that is just as fast as Foxit Reader. It is a bit bigger than Foxit Reader, Foxit Reader is 1.65 MB and Brava Reader is 12.84 MB. An ok PDF viewer, what else can I say?

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Cool PDF Reader

Cool PDF Reader is the world’s smallest PDF viewer/reader to view and print PDF files, and convert PDF’s to TXT, BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, WMF, EMF, EPS. It is only 655KB to download and doesn’t need lengthy installation, just download, unzip, and run.

Features

  • View and Print PDF
  • Convert PDF to BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, WMF, EMF, EPS
  • Extract PDF to TXT
  • Support PDF’s of all versions
  • Zoom in/out
  • Rotate page displays
  • Slide show PDF document

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eXPert PDF Reader

eXPert PDF Reader is a free pdf viewer software that lets you view and print pdf documents on windows operating systems.

eXPert PDF reader will also allow modification of existing documents. You may modify document outlines, insert rubber stamps and modify any annotation that has been created from any pdf creation software.

eXPert PDF Reader is the ideal solution for viewing pdf documents. Fast, reliable and skinable gives all you need for been the pdf viewer of your choise.

eXPert PDF Reader is a piece of software designed for Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003.

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PDF Reader

PDF Reader is a free program to view, modify and print pdf files. It is very small, only about 2 MByte to download. You can open, view, zoom and print PDF files. You can also modify pdf files (but you can not save them in the free version). You can add, change and delete text and pictures and print it out.

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PDF Utilities

Free PDF Compressor

Compress PDF file and reduce the actual size of PDF document with this completely free PDF Compressor.

Free PDF Compressor removes duplicate PDF objects, optionally takes advantage of new compression features of latest PDF specifications that for many classes of documents compresses 30 – 60% better than what is possible in PDF 1.5.

Free PDF Compressor allows you to shrink PDF file by using Flate or RunLength compression algorithm. With this freeware, you are able to set the compression level to generate PDF files of smallest size.

Another benefit of this freeware utility is that you can decompress or expand any PDF file to its original size for better conversion from PDF to other formats.

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PDFTK with GUI

If PDF is electronic paper, then pdftk is an electronic staple-remover, hole-punch, binder, secret-decoder-ring, and X-Ray-glasses. Pdftk is a command-line tool for doing everyday things with PDF documents. Keep one in the top drawer of your desktop and use it to:

  • Merge PDF Documents
  • Split PDF Pages into a New Document
  • Decrypt Input as Necessary (Password Required)
  • Encrypt Output as Desired
  • Fill PDF Forms with FDF Data and/or Flatten Forms
  • Apply a Background Watermark
  • Report on PDF Metrics such as Metadata, Bookmarks, and Page Labels
  • Update PDF Metadata
  • Attach Files to PDF Pages or the PDF Document
  • Unpack PDF Attachments
  • Burst a PDF Document into Single Pages
  • Uncompress and Re-Compress Page Streams
  • Repair Corrupted PDF (Where Possible)

Pdftk allows you to manipulate PDF easily and freely. It does not require Acrobat, and it runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, FreeBSD and Solaris.

Pdftk is free software (GPL).

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Free PDF Creators

To create PDf files I recommend you using OpenOffice It’s free, It’s fast and user friendly. But I will add a few others to so you have more options.

Cute PDF Writer

Portable Document Format (PDF) is the de facto standard for the secure and reliable distribution and exchange of electronic documents and forms around the world. CutePDF Writer (formerly CutePDF Printer) is the free version of commercial PDF creation software. CutePDF Writer installs itself as a “printer subsystem”. This enables virtually any Windows applications (must be able to print) to create professional quality PDF documents – with just a push of a button!

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BullZip PDF Printer

The BullZip PDF Printer works as a Microsoft Windows printer and allows you to write PDF documents from virtually any Microsoft Windows application. This program is FREEWARE which means that it is FREE for personal and commercial use. It does not contain any advertising or popups (Really!). Support for programatic control.

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Primo PDF

Convert to PDF from any application by simply ‘printing’ to the PrimoPDF® printer – it couldn’t be easier! Within minutes, you can create high-quality PDFs by converting from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and virtually any other printable file type.

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