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Average score 3.22 (based on 67 votes)

given by eDcF on February 18, 2007

It's quite good, very basic pdf viewer. The main disadvantage of this program is that you can't select and copy text form pdf's documents.

given by Anonymous on June 8, 2007

Super fast! It's faster than Foxit Reader and it doesn't exhibit any problems with the PDF files I read (musical scores). Foxit had refresh issues with these files. Adobe Reader didn't, but neither come close to Sumatra's speed.

given by Anonymous on June 17, 2007

anonymous said....

a>...I read (musical scores). Foxit had refresh issues with these files. Adobe Reader didn't, but neither come close ...

I also read jazz charts and find when I use Acrobat to capture a chart using the 'graphics select tool' and save it to my file viewer (Vueprint), the quality of the graphic page is much less. The printing of that capture is also poor.

Aside from the full version of Acrobat, is there software including Sumatra, that will capture a page from the Real Book and paste the chart accurately or with minimal loss
into Vueprint or other graphics reader?

cheers

Wayne Renardson
wayne at renardson dot org

given by Joe Chilango on June 27, 2007

I just come back from restarting XP. Restart was necessary due to Adobe Reader's request during deinstallation ;-)

5 Stars for
- speed
- being a viewer, no more, no less
- window layout (document only - nagging icons etc. gone to hell)
- using ~5.6 MB of RAM (Adobe Reader: ~113 MB)
- speed!

given by Fox -ino on July 18, 2007

Very fast!
sumatra is Open source (gpl)
foxit is freeware!

given by Anonymous on July 24, 2007

given by Mr.X on October 13, 2007

Pro:
Its fast, lighting fast compared to adobe reader.

Cons:
You litterly have no functionality, besides zoom. You can't select text, if there are book marks you will not be able to access them. Doesn't play media, show comments, etc. etc.

This is just ment to read pdfs and not waste time loading adobes over bloated reader.

given by Anonymous on December 27, 2007

given by Anonymous on January 27, 2008

given by Anonymous on March 11, 2008

I found it not to work properly with Stagecoach bus time tables so I had to opt for the official bloated client :(.

given by Anonymous on August 28, 2008

To address a comment above, you can select text if you hold down the Control key and drag with the left mouse button.

given by Anonymous on March 21, 2009

Sorry for the thumbs down, but not being able to select or copy text is a complete showstopper.

given by Anonymous on April 26, 2009

Nice, but I hate not being to select-copy text, and that mouse scrolling scrolls pages not text per se.

given by Anonymous on August 22, 2009

Not bad, but rendering speed is pretty bad compared to Adobe Reader (startup speed is not everything, people!) and has many compatibility problems.

Main advantage is that it allows overwriting the PDF that is open, and will automatically reload it. Great as a previewer for TeX when it works.

given by Anonymous on December 3, 2009

As noted above, you CAN COPY AND PASTE TEXT IN SUMATRA!

To copy and paste:

HOLD DOWN CTRL, THEN CLICK WITH LEFT MOUSE BUTTON AND HIGHLIGHT THE TEXT YOU WANT TO COPY

ONCE HIGHLIGHTED, CTRL+C TO COPY

CTRL+V TO PASTE

It is not super precise and sometimes picks up bits and pieces you did not intent do, but it doesn't bother me.

The program is fast, but I haven't used any image-intense documents yet. I like the way it looks, and others said, it's less RAM intensive.

Can't say much about compatibility issues yet either...

Need more experience.

Also I am confused by the "and that the mouse scrolls pages not text per se" comment. When I scroll, it just goes up and down.. it doesn't JUMP from page to page, which to me is what that comment implies.

Anyway, check it out!

given by Anonymous on December 17, 2009

Great fast and light weight, but copy text would be needed for a permanent replacement. But great while waiting for 9.2 Adobe problems to be fixed!

given by Anonymous on February 5, 2010

Wouldn't open my pdf and doesn't integrate into OS.

given by FD on March 3, 2010

It's speedy, opens all my PDFs, and makes a great counterpart
to PDF Creator if you're stuck using Windows. And, unlike
Acrobat Reader 9.3 (latest version as of today) it isn't
vulnerable to the many viral PDFs out there, which auto-
preview in Outlook and install malware right under your nose.

given by JC on June 16, 2010

I suggest that the developer integrates the select/copy/paste
functionality into the menus and toolbar, because otherwise
most users will not be able to find it (using CTRL-Drag).
Other than that, very impressed, great alternative to Adobe
bloatware. I previous tried Foxit, but I definitely prefer
Sumatra.

given by Anonymous on June 20, 2010

The latest 1.1 version for windows is fast, small and works well. I like it.

given by J M on June 28, 2013

I tested many shareware, trialware, freeware, and open source
PDF readers, and (for Windows) this is the best. With Adobe
getting more and more bloated, and installing adware with
their products, this is the perfect solution. Small, fast,
simple.

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