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Free expert PDF Reader

CNET Editors' review

We're fans of lightweight PDF readers, which tend to load much faster than the big-name tools, even the free ones. We looked at eXpert PDF Reader, which displays PDF files and even offers some editing features. It's free and can serve as your default PDF software.

With a ribbon-style toolbar and contrasting highlights, eXpert PDF Reader's interface has a familiar look and feel, but with some unique touches, such as a Start button in the upper left corner of the interface. Clicking this button let us open, save, e-mail and print documents and access document properties, functions we could also access from a mini-toolbar. We opened a PDF-based product manual, which eXpert PDF Reader displayed cleanly and accurately. The program offers the familiar "hand" cursor and many features common to PDF readers. The Comment section on the toolbar let us attach files and sticky notes to our document and annotate it with a pencil, stamp, highlights, or text box. We selected the pencil tool, which opened a tab on the interface that let us configure the line's width, color, and opacity. The rubber stamp tool contained a lot of standard business annotations like Approved, including dates and initials. However, the annotations won't work on every document; for instance, we couldn't annotate protected documents like manuals, but we could make changes to PDFs we'd created, including copies and decrypted documents. We clicked the Help button, but nothing happened. We'd like to see a viable Help file, but we had few other complaints.

It makes little sense (and takes too much time) to open a bloated PDF editor just to view a file. So using a lightweight tool like eXpert PDF Reader as your default PDF reader makes sense, since you can always open your full-featured PDF editor when you need it. With this free tool's annotation extras, that won't be very often, and eXpert also offers a paid upgrade with more features.

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    2.4 stars

    out of 49 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 8
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    • 2 star: 12
    • 1 star: 20
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Should have read the reviews first. Don't Download."

    January 29, 2014  |   By klint0k

    Version: Free expert PDF Reader 9.0.180

    Pros

    NONE AT ALL.

    Cons

    Just as others said full of malware and BS programs.
    Just made me lose trust in this site, WILL NOT BE BACK.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "not a editor don waste your time with this rubbish"

    November 20, 2013  |   By denziluk

    Version: Free expert PDF Reader 9.0.180

    Pros

    none at all

    Cons

    stuffed full of the standard cnet malware .

    Summary

    avoid this and cnet when ever possable untill they stop pumping out this rubbish

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  • 1.0 stars

    "NOOO!!!! DO NOT DOWNLOAD!!!!!!"

    October 25, 2013  |   By charlesjacobbird

    Version: Free expert PDF Reader 9.0.180

    Pros

    Barely edits pdfs

    Cons

    AUTO INSTALLS AT LEAST 6 OTHER PROGRAMS!!!!! These programs are not considered viruses or malware by major virus/malware software!! They range from the normal fake PC cleaners to fake PC back-ups and TONS! I mean TONS! of browser apps, extensions and anything like it. Auto downloaded and installed who knows what every few seconds I had any browser open. It even prevented me from rating it on cnet until I removed everything.

    Summary

    DO NOT DOWNLOAD!!!! SAVE YOURSELF!
    Editors clearly LIED and have not installed the program because there is no mention of it auto installing 2 other programs initially and downloading and installing more later when a browser opens.
    F CNet!!!
    I used to trust this site!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "INSTALLS INVASIVE SOFTWARE"

    September 7, 2013  |   By mars1565

    Version: Free expert PDF Reader 9.0.180

    Pros

    Did not edit the pdf file.

    Cons

    INSTALLS SEVERAL INVASIVE PROGRAMS. I UNINSTALLED THEM ALL (I THINK), but it still has control over my Firefox homepage. I will have to reinstall Firefox to get rid of it.

    Summary

    DO NOT USE THIS SOFTWARE!!!!!

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