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Top 5 PDF readers for Windows (Best of 2017)

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Adobe’s Acrobat Reader or most commonly known as the Adobe Reader has dominated the numbered collection of PDF suites out there for a pretty long time. However, it might interest you that it’s not the only good PDF reader available to common masses.


So, here is a list of Top 5 PDF readers for Windows, let’s get started with the best:


1. Nitro Pro PDF suite


It is one of the most praised PDF suite available to our disposal. The suite being minimal taxing on resources and tremendously optimised paired with great interface to let you create/ read/ import PDFs with ease. It has special features like coverting PDF to Word, Excel, Image, etc. Seldom readers offer these specifications. Nitro Pro isn’t free, so if you’re looking for a free ware then you must get its free reader version with minimum features or have a look at our next contender.

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         Pros: Great optimisation

                     User friendly interface

                     Class leading features

         Cons: Isn’t free

You can download and try Nitro Pro here or you can download its free reader here


2. Foxit PDF reader


It would definitely spark you with ultra-fast operations and interactive ribbon interface. What’s more is that it is totally free and has been greatly optimized to be least intensive on your system. But, nothing is perfect in this world and hence Foxit lacks in some aspects like Document signing and encryption. Nevertheless, the free license is what overpowers the minor disadvantages that doesn’t bother most of us. It’s the best pick if you want something good and free at your productive suite.





          Pros: Intriguing ribbon UI


Nicely optimised

          Cons: Doesn’t allow Document signing

Lacks in encryption


3. Sumatra PDF reader


It’s a lightweight PDF suite that definitely lags behind Foxit in terms of interface and optimisation, but can be considered above par if you want to install it on a low end system. Portability is another advantage. But one thing that makes it different is that it supports .CBR files or Comic book reader files that are digital copies of your favourite comic or manga. Big plus.


          Pros: Lightweight


                      Supports .CBR (comic book reader) format


           Cons: Boring UI

                        Below average optimisation


4. Adobe Reader DC


Adobe did more than good in this version of the reader, but I’m not sure why they discontinued it in the later versions. After the recent version 11 of Adobe Reader was discontinued, it’s new version DC came to light. The overall performance of this version was good enough to secure its place (yet lagging behind Nitro and Foxit). Compared to other masterpieces from Adobe like the Photoshop, After Effects, flashplayer and other professional applications in their creative suite and creative cloud bundle, Adobe disappointed us with the Reader. I mean, they created PDF format, why not take their own reader a step further?


   Pros: Relatively fast performance

                      Matured UI

    Cons: Lags behind other suites in terms of features

                        Exporting PDF to documents is still primitive


5. Cool PDF Reader


Cool PDF Reader is the world smallest PDF reader to view, print, extract, crop, and convert PDF files to TXT, BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, WMF, EMF, EPS, TIFF. Cool PDF Reader is only 3.50MB for download and doesn’t need lengthy installation, just download and run. It is a complete Freeware!


Pros : Very Small

    Very Fast

Cons : Lack features when compared to former readers

       UI is not that good

So that’s it people, I hope you enjoyed our PDF suite roundup and would look forward to our upcoming application roundups 😉 stay tuned.


Rohan Nigam contributed in this article.