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Foxit PDF Reader

I have never really liked Acrobat. It is very heavy weight (in the many 10s of megabytes), it loads up slooooooooowly, and it provides no real tools to make it easy to read/bookmark/markup a PDF.

Enter Foxit PDF Viewer: http://www.foxitsoftware.com/
This tool is commercial open source, so you can get the free version and use it until/unless you think you need more capability. This thing rocks, and frankly I will never go back to Acrobat again. Why? It is *fast*, it has tabbed windows so you don't have to clutter up your taskbar with multiple open documents, it is very light weight (under 5MB), it lets you add notes to PDFs, allows you to highlight text in a variety of ways, and it is a full PDF editor to boot - so you can edit the text and add drawing objects, too! In addition, you can split PDFs or merge them together all within the Foxit PDF Reader. I don't exactly know why they call it a reader since it does vastly more than just read a PDF. At this point, Adobe will have to do quite a bit to get me to switch back to their bloated, poorly working Acrobat Reader.


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