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Cool PDF Reader

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.1
out of 54 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.1.6
  • Total Downloads:
    162,354
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 28, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    3.55MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    267
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #49 in PDF Software

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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4 stars

"Just What I Needed"

August 17, 2015  |  By Bob_Meyer

 |  Version: Cool PDF Reader 3.1.6

Pros

Quick, easy, does almost exactly what I wanted it to do.

Cons

Saves images at the size displayed on the screen rather than at the PDF size. A PDF image of 7200 x 3600 pixels was saved at 720 x 360. Went to full screen and resaved it at 1872 x 936. To go bigger I would need a higher res monitor.
Product Help is a mess, mostly advertisement for developer's commercial products, but the product GUI is sufficiently familiar and intuitive that there shouldn't be much need for the help. .

Summary

Quick, easy, lots of options that I haven't tested yet. For me it's a keeper.

Updated on Aug 17, 2015

I was mistaken. Cool PDF Reader will zoom in on the image without loss of resolution and still save the complete image. I zoomed and zoomed and eventually saved the image I was working with at about 125% of actual size. There is a View option and a button that should zoom to actual size, but don't appear to match the PDF size, so it's sort of hit and miss. But hey, it's free.

It also has an annoying habit of popping open a browser window for their commercial products after you acknowledge completion of a conversion and save. Still 4 stars, maybe 4.49

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5 stars

"Excellent software to open and view PDF files"

August 01, 2015  |  By RogerGuru

 |  Version: Cool PDF Reader 3.1.6

Pros

Load extremely fast, compared with Adobe Reader. Easy to use interface. No banner advertisement at all.

Cons

Not found.

Summary

Thumb up, and recommend to those who desire a fast PDF reader.

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1 stars

"Won't load - malware"

June 15, 2015  |  By JohnL600

 |  Version: Cool PDF Reader 3.1.6

Pros

None. It wouldn't open

Cons

None. It wouldn't open

Summary

It looked good on the reviews. But Symantic tagged it as having malware as did Panda. Neither would allow me to open and install the program.

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1 stars

"It doesn't perform what it says"

May 06, 2015  |  By Amphicyon

 |  Version: Cool PDF Reader 3.1.6

Pros

I was unable to find anything "pro".

Cons

The publisher's description says it can crop PDF files. When I tried to do it, I got a tiny window explaining that that option belongs to another *PAID* software.
>:-(

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1 stars

"Adware don't download."

April 05, 2015

 |  Version: Cool PDF Reader 3.1.6

Pros

Reads PDFs quickly

Cons

Constantly trying to get you to buy other products.
CANNOT UNINSTALL THIS BEAST.

Summary

Avoid this one

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3 stars

"Fair PDF viewer with major flaw - Lacks Find/Search"

March 01, 2015  |  By Reviewer901

 |  Version: Cool PDF Reader 3.1.6

Pros

All the standard PDF viewer plusses. Good viewer. Exports to other formats.

Cons

No search or find. Control-F is not present. No tools to find keywords in text.
This is a major flaw in my use of any PDF document. I want to read what is relevant and meaningful to my context. I don't have time to manually scan through hundreds of pages of text to find what I need.

Summary

Basic and flawed without critical search feature.

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5 stars

"Superior to Adobe Acrobat Reader on multiple levels"

October 28, 2014  |  By pdffun

 |  Version: Cool PDF Reader 3.1.6

Pros

I like it. It loads extremely fast...so much so that you don't even mind opening and closing it many times a day!

Cons

Would be nice if you could maximize the startup window and do at least some basic editing with it.

Summary

I have used this instead of Adobe Acrobat Reader for several years now on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 Technical Preview. There are features and things it will not do, but it is still far superior to Acrobat Reader....to include the fact that it load significantly faster.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.1.6
Version 3.1.6 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher PDF2EXE Software
Publisher web site http://www.pdf2exe.com
Release Date October 28, 2014
Date Added October 28, 2014
Version 3.1.6
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory PDF Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.55MB
File Name CoolPDFReader.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 162,354
Downloads Last Week 267
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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