Cool PDF Reader

Cool PDF Reader

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Date Added:
July 09, 2013
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Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
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Editors' review

Cool PDF Reader provides users with a fast and easy way of viewing PDF files. With simple controls and some added benefits, this program is a fine alternative to more popular programs like Acrobat.

The program's interface shouldn't take too much work to understand, since its tightly packed command icons all come with descriptions when the mouse rolls over them. This is fortunate, since the program's online Help file is a confusing maze that we could never sort out. The program begins with users selecting a PDF by using a standard file tree search method. The document opens on the screen clearly, with a single page view. We were pleased to discover zooming in and out, as well as cycling the pages forward and backward was a single mouse click operation on the main screen, though we could not input a specific page to jump to (users must go into a menu for that function). One interesting aspect of the viewer was its Slide Show option, which automatically turns the pages for the user. Overall, the program functioned as we wanted, providing a comparable alternative to Acrobat. The program's most useful feature was its ability to convert PDFs to a number of other formats. To do so, users simply Save As and choose between TXT, BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, WMF and more file types.

By offering a fast and simple way to view and convert PDFs, this freeware program is certain to find fans among users looking for an alternative to Acrobat.

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    out of 47 votes

    • 5 star: 13
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 14
    • 1 star: 7
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    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 3 stars

    "Not sure it's Windows 8 compatible"

    May 09, 2014   |   By GinnyLee8

    Version: Cool PDF Reader 3.1.2


    Download went ok


    I don't think it's totally Windows 8 compatible


    I downloaded it just fine. Avoided all those annoying toolbars and other software options by clicking DECLINE for all them. Remember you can decline them.
    I clicked on to Save it instead of Running it which I occasionally do with programs and it ran with no problems. But it never installed into my Program Files. In order for me to access the program I had to double click the link in my downloads folder where it then prompted me to reinstall it. SO I did just to access it.
    It only lets me use the program after I reinstall it. I have no intentions of jumping though hoops every time I want to use the program. My only other option was to go into the "Options" link in the software and set it as my default pdf reader which I chose not to do because if it's not installing properly why bother?
    I was able to open one of my PDF files and it looked great from the full screen option.
    Oh and I did troubleshoot the program and it said it needed to be compatible with Windows XP so I set it be compatible but it still wouldn't install as a program, just sits in my download files and requires I reinstall it in order to use. Unfortunately, I had to uninstall it. Shame to because it actually seemed like a good pdf reader, when I had access to it. Please work on making it 100% Windows 8 compatible, not 80%.

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  • 1 stars

    "Mysteriously disappeared after installing"

    March 25, 2014   |   By lachrymal

    Version: Cool PDF Reader 3.1.2


    Sounded like a good program


    When I tried to use the program, immediately after downloading, it wasn't there.


    There were a lot of add-ons which I declined before installing. It appeared to install fine, and opened. I then closed the page. Upon trying to use the program, it did not show up on the list of available programs in my computer. It is no where to be found. I don't know what happened to it. I gave one star for wasting my time and disappearing when I needed to use it.

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  • 5 stars

    "It really works!"

    July 19, 2013   |   By RodFive

    Version: Cool PDF Reader 3.1.2


    I opened a PDF. Highlighted in yellow a few words. Underlined everything important, relating to it. Saved the file. Opened the PDF with Adobe Reader and printed those pages. The pages printed had the words highlighted in yellow and sections underlined. I then reopened the PDf and was able to delete all the changes I made, (one at a time) then save the file again.


    In order to highlight AND underline I had to highlight the word then overlap the highlighted area.


    The free version works. I can only imagine the other options available.

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