Sumatra PDF

Sumatra PDF

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.5
out of 84 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0
  • Total Downloads:
    219,421
  • Date Added:
    October 20, 2014
  • File Size:
    4.34MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1,266
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7/8

Editors' Review

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It's a cliche to say it, but sometimes less really is more. That's definitely the case with Sumatra PDF Viewer. This lightweight program lets you view PDFs without a lot of extra features that slow things down. It has all the basics you need and none of the fluff that you don't. If you're frustrated by the clunkiness of some of the big-name PDF viewers, this could be exactly what you've been looking for.

The program has a plain, intuitive interface, with a few menus and a toolbar across the top. The basic PDF viewer options are here: you can zoom in and out and select single page, facing page, or book views. The program also lets you rotate pages and view PDFs in full screen or presentation modes. A search box lets you locate text within PDFs, and there's even an option that will launch your default e-mail application and let you automatically attach the PDF to a new e-mail. An online Help file provides a list of keyboard shortcuts that make the program's operation even easier. Sumatra PDF Viewer is small enough to fit on a USB drive, ensuring that you can view PDFs easily wherever you go. Overall, we think that Sumatra PDF Viewer is a great alternative to larger PDF programs, and anyone looking for a sleek and simple PDF viewer should give it a try.

Sumatra PDF Viewer installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Fast and simple PDF viewer"

September 26, 2014  |  By ErnieCable

 |  Version: Sumatra PDF 2.5.2

Pros

Loads very fast
small file size
simple

Cons

can't think of anything

Summary

If you want to read/view PDF files this is a great choice. It's fast, easy to use, does exactly what you want a PDF viewer to do. If you want to edit PDFs, make highlights and so on then you should look for another program (maybe FoxIt PDF).
I set up sumatra as my default PDF viewer - it's so much faster!

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5 stars

"This is a good choice"

September 18, 2014  |  By weronorew

 |  Version: Sumatra PDF 2.5.2

Pros

Before writing this review I tried to download and use different kinds of pdf viewer, but so far this is what I experience with this software:
? ultra-lightweight and extremely fast
? quite convenient for quick pdf viewing
? easy navigation like n/p for next/previous page
? has the basic tools such as zoom, book mode, presentation mode, and fullscreen

Cons

? I really don't see any. Well it doesn't have unnecessary graphics to make it look good.

Summary

I really like this software because it doesn't use so much memory and cpu process. If you're the kind of person who just needs to view pdf files quickly, fast, and without any fancy graphics then this is the ultra-lightweight pdf viewer for you.

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4 stars

"Not malware - a standard, lightweight PDF reader"

September 17, 2014  |  By emptyhead411

 |  Version: Sumatra PDF 2.5.2

Pros

Went through the pain of registering here just to counter the ill-formed other review. Not sure what this person was talking about.
Perhaps they downloaded the non-installer version, which doesn't install and therefore doesn't need an uninstaller as you simply delete the folder.
I've downloaded the installer version and it has an uninstall right there in control panel.
The program itself is nice and lightweight with all the options I need (zooming, toggle-able contents tree, rotation, full-screen mode) plus a few others I haven't needed yet, but no extra fluff. Fast and even installer has an option to add pdf reader to some browsers which i found very useful.

Brilliant little reader. My new favourite. Used STDU viewer before this.

Cons

Can't think of any. Perhaps looks a little dull because there's no extra fluff. Oh the opening screen has an awful colour choice.

Summary

Excellent app that does what it's supposed to very well. Disregard other review calling it malware as I would hazard the person was not very au fait with using computers.
I haven't used it enough i suppose to see if it corrupted PDFs, but as it has no save option and only a save as... and seems to perform no writing operations to the original, I would guess this to be nonsense too and would venture a guess that the 'Malware' review author maybe didn't know what they were doing.

Updated on Sep 17, 2014

Meant to give 5 stars but can't seem able to change that

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1 stars

"MALWARE ALERT"

June 03, 2014  |  By rigst4

 |  Version: Sumatra PDF 2.5.2

Pros

Can read pdf files

Cons

Can't uninstall, damages some pdfs, creator website does not offer any assistance on uninstalling this virus/malware-like app. Do yourself a favor and stay away from this one.

Summary

Do yourself a favor and stay away from this one.

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5 stars

"The FASTEST Pdf-Reader!"

May 07, 2014  |  By lefreak

 |  Version: Sumatra PDF 2.4

Pros

I have tried a few readers, even the original Adobe Acrobat 10 years ago... but this one is incredibly FAST, with no need to install it if you don't want.

Forget the ******** Adobe Reader, you will not need it in 98 % of the cases and your PC will thank you.

Cons

No pdf-Forms can be filled out.

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4 stars

"VERY GOOD SOFTWARE FOR VIEWING XPS FILES AS WELL AS PDF"

February 06, 2014  |  By BDWong

 |  Version: Sumatra PDF 2.4

Pros

Installed for viewing Microsoft's crummy XPS files which are a joke, but I'm not laughing.

Cons

Not able to convert XPS files to PDF.

Summary

Overall good product.

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5 stars

"The Best PDF Reader Out There"

February 01, 2014  |  By BearPuppy

 |  Version: Sumatra PDF 2.4

Pros

Sumatra is quite simply the best PDF reader available. It is exceedingly fast, very lightweight on resources, and allows customization of display page, storage, and print options. And oh yes, its free, too.

Cons

Astute readers will notice I've praised Sumatra as the best reader. If you need an application to fill-in PDF forms you'll have too look elsewhere (try Nitro).

Summary

So it can't write. Its still the best reader out there.

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5 stars

"Best PDF Reader ever !"

November 03, 2013  |  By kaungkhantzaw

 |  Version: Sumatra PDF 2.3.2

Pros

Super lightweight, smaller file size, no crash.

Cons

Can't edit text like Adobe Reader.

Summary

If you only wanna read PDF only, choose Sumatra PDF.

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2 stars

"Very nice, but ruined by DRM"

September 27, 2013  |  By f5gj2

 |  Version: Sumatra PDF 2.3.2

Pros

* Remembers reading position and rotation for each document, like an eBook reader.
* Remembers window size and position per document.
* Opens both PDF and DjVu.
* Fast.

Cons

* DRM: Cannot copy from or print protected PDFs.
* No buttons for rotating the page, have to go to the menus or memorize Ctrl+Shift+-.
* No thumbnails in Windows 7 without 64-bit fork.
* No thumbnails for DjVu.

Summary

This software is generally very good, but there is one major flaw that prevents me from recommending it: It obeys the "protection" anti-feature in the PDF files, so that you can't copy from protected PDFs or print them. This is a type of DRM, where technological blocks are used to deny us the exercise of our Fair Use rights.

So when you try to rename a file by copying the title text to the clipboard, or try to copy some foreign text into Google Translate, or try to copy a quotation for a paper, or print a PDF for reading on the train, it pops up an error "Copying text was denied (copying as image only)". This is really infuriating, as there's no logical reason to obey this flag. It's very hypocritical for Free Software to implement DRM. Many people have asked the author to remove this block or make it optional, like other Free PDF readers, but the author refuses.

So you can't use only Sumatra. You need to keep another Free Software program like Evince installed and when you hit this error, close Sumatra and re-open the file in the other program in order to copy and paste. Kind of defeats the purpose.

There's no official 64-bit version, so it can't produce thumbnails of PDF files in Windows 7 64-bit. You can download 64-bit forks, though. Hopefully someone will release a 64-bit fork with the DRM disabled.

One good thing is that I love that it remembers reading position and rotation for each document, like an eBook reader, and remembers window size and position per document. That's the main reason I still use it. It's fast and opens both PDF and DjVu.

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5 stars

"excellent software but worst cnet"

August 17, 2013  |  By purnabhishek

 |  Version: Sumatra PDF 2.3.2

Pros

1)Small size.Faster operation.
2)Not only pdf but also opens djvu files.
3)Polite install and clean uninstall.
4)Light on computer and completely free of cost.

Cons

1)Slightly reduced size
2)Commenting and editing not possible.
3)Gets strucked when some djvu files are opened.
4)THIS IS NOT A CON OF SUMATRA PDF BUT CON OF CNET.PLEASE DON'T ADD TOOLBAR AND ALL OTHER CRAP ALONG WITH INSTALLER.CUT ALL THAT CRAP.DO YOU GET IT CNET????????

Summary

This is far better and sleek software than adobe reader.it can also open djvu files.what's more I downloaded lots of books from pirate bay(which are in djvu) and I read happily.only a book got strucked when I tried to open with sumatra pdf.I suggest you download this software from its original website or majorgeeks.Newbies Don't download it from cnet.Even if you do don't accept tool bar installations.They'll hijack your browser.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.0
  • Tabs. Enabled by default. Use Settings/Options... menu to go back to the old UI
  • support table of contents and links in ebook UI
  • add support for PalmDoc ebooks
  • add support for displaying CB7 and CBT comic books (in addition to CBZ and CBR)
  • add support for LZMA and PPMd compression in CBZ comic books
  • allow saving Comic Book files as PDF
  • swapped keybindings:
    • F11 : Fullscreen mode (still also Ctrl+Shift+L)
    • F5 : Presentation mode (also Shift+F11, still also Ctrl+L)
  • added a document measurement UI. Press 'm' to start. Keep pressing 'm' to change measurement units
  • new advanced settings: FullPathInTitle, UseSysColors (no longer exposed through the Options dialog), UseTabs
  • replaced non-free UnRAR with a free RAR extraction library. If some CBR files fail to open for you, download unrar.dll from http://www.rarlab.com/rar_add.htm and place it alongside SumatraPDF.exe
  • deprecated browser plugin. We keep it if was installed in earlier version
General
Publisher Krzysztof Kowalczyk
Publisher web site http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/
Release Date October 18, 2014
Date Added October 20, 2014
Version 3.0
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory PDF Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.34MB
File Name SumatraPDF-3.0-install.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 219,421
Downloads Last Week 1,266
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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