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Altarsoft PDF Reader

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    Jan. 24, 2013
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Editors' Review


Individuals, small business owners, and others who need to use PDFs often find themselves between a rock and a hard place; the PDF tools they need are just too expensive. Fortunately, more and more freeware alternatives are putting good, basic PDF utilities in the hands of such users before they're forced to pay big bucks for big-box programs. Altarsoft's PDF Reader is a fine example. It's not a full-fledged PDF solution; it doesn't create PDFs, for instance, but it does display and edit them. It's not flashy; it's just a free tool for viewing and editing PDFs. It can open, display, and save PDFs; encrypt and decrypt them; add watermarks, thumbnails, and attachments; merge and split documents; insert images, text, and blank pages; and more. PDF Reader is compatible with Windows versions from 98 to 8.

PDF Reader's user interface is clean and efficient, with just enough color to make it visually interesting but not enough to dispel the businesslike appearance. Easy-to-read icons made navigating and zooming a snap. From the Tools menu, we could Add, Convert, Extract, Insert, and Split documents in various ways, including converting images to PDFs. The Views menu accesses optional Preview and Attachment panels we could toggle open or leave closed for a cleaner look. We tend to take it for granted that most users looking for PDF utilities have some experience with PDFs, though that's not always so. But PDF Reader's menu bar, toolbar, and layout shouldn't be difficult even for new users to manage. Experienced users will probably be able to start right in with the program. We did just that, opening a series of test PDFs we keep for just such a purpose. PDF Reader rendered the documents as well as any of the premium products we've seen, and essentially as well as our system's graphics could manage. Saved files were fully compatible with Adobe and other PDF apps.

Altarsoft's PDF Reader is an overachiever. It does an excellent job at what it does -- and it actually does more than we expected. If you're looking for an alternative to the usual PDF tools, give it a try.

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1 stars

"Does not edit PDFs"

October 16, 2014  |  By ChrisAllen CNET

2014-10-16 14:41:21  |  By ChrisAllen CNET

 |  Version: Altarsoft PDF Reader 1.2


None. None.


Contrary to claims, this program does not let you *edit* a PDF. Sure, you can overlay an annotation or mocked-up rubber stamp. But you can't actually edit the text in a PDF file. You can't even write new text in an area, so the program won't let you, for instance, write text onto a PDF that looks like a blank form but wasn't made using fancy PDF Acrobat fields.


What a waste of a download. And the installer tried to get me to install over a dozen other pieces of crapware, with half of the decision screens deceptively designed to look like this application's license-agreement screen.

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1 stars

"I downloaded it and install malware."

April 17, 2014  |  By gtomasis

2014-04-17 11:10:05  |  By gtomasis

 |  Version: Altarsoft PDF Reader 1.2


The PDF editor is very simple. Just open PDF and can add watermarks, but i cannot edit text of PDF. Nothing remarkable.


When ran install, installed "Search Protect by Conduit" app. also mMoved start page of Firefox, install one addon and other apps in my system. Cannot uninstall with windows. Removed with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.


I am very surprised by the good evaluation of cnet

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.2
Software becomes freeware.
Publisher Aleksei Taranov
Publisher web site
Release Date January 13, 2013
Date Added January 24, 2013
Version 1.2
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 1.15MB
File Name AltarsoftPdfReader.exe
Total Downloads 4,888
Downloads Last Week 3
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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