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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Free PDF Viewing programs

I have been using Foxit Reader for a number of years. It allowed me to print PDFs with a custom scale of 50%. In Australia, we often print A1 size drawings to A3 paper for in-office review, so Foxit was a better alternative than Adobe Reader. It was also nice and fast.

However, after installing Foxit version 5, I was very disappointed. Custom scale printing seems to have disappeared! And there was silly looking themes as well! You can even turn on a Ribbon!

Looks like PDF-XChange Viewer has come to the rescue. As with other free PDF viewing programs it is crippled a little bit compared to the Pro version. However, it has some nice features:
  • Custom scale printing
  • Ability to save PDF as an image direct from the viewer (File - Export - Export to Image)
  • Ability to stamp / markup PDF files and then save them (and that's without using Pro version)
  • Measuring tools
  • One-click access to open in Adobe Reader
Check it out at link below.  I recommend using one of the MSI installer options.
Tracker Software Products :: PDF-XChange Viewer, Free PDF Reader


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