Top List of PDF Readers and Tools


PDF file format or Portable Document Format is most frequently used file format in our life for reading User Manuals, Ebooks , etc.

When one say PDF format, the first thing which comes to our mind is Adobe Reader(Which is used for Reading PDF file formats). Most often Adobe Reader is very slow startup and truly terrible program which pisses off ! My next post is How to Speed up Adobe Reader (-:

According to Adobe, PDF has been around for more than 15 years, with more than 250 million circulating on the Internet.

Unlike Docs files PDF is not the text files, and we need special problem like adobe reader in order to view PDF files, But there are many FREE tools out there that allow you to not just view but edit, modify and get the best of PDF files.

I’ve listed below some free PDF tools i found on Google and other websites, some of them are online tools and the other desktop tools.

PDF Readers :

Adobe Reader – The Official adobe reader for PDF files you can easily view, print, and collaborate on PDF files with free Adobe Reader software

PDFMeNot – A free online PDF viewer.

Sumatra – Sumatra PDF Portable is the lightweight Sumatra PDF packaged as a portable app, so you can view PDF files on the go.

Foxit Reader – A free PDF document viewer, with incredible small size (only 2.55 M download size), breezing-fast launch speed and rich feature set.

Cool PDF Reader – The world’s smallest PDF viewer/reader to view, print, and convert PDF files to TXT, BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, WMF, EMF, EPS.

PDF-XChange Viewer – A smaller, faster and more feature rich than the Adobe Reader which has until now been the Reader of choice for PDF files.

PDF Converters Tools :

FreePDFConvert – Convert MS Office, Images, Web Pages, Vector Graphic Formats files to PDF or Convert PDF to Word (doc) or Excel (xls) document, extract Images from PDF.

Web2PDF Online – A free HTML to PDF Conversion service for your websites that allows your visitors to quickly save useful information in your blogs and websites to PDF files.

Lettos – Convert DOC to ODT & PDF, ODT to PDF a DOC, or PDF to TXT.

PDFIt – A Firefox extension that allows you to convert any page into a PDF through a online service provided by

PDFOnline – Convert documents to PDF, PDF service for iPhone, web to PDF and PDF to word.

RSS2PDF – Free Online RSS, Atom or OPML to PDF Generator.

BookletCreator – A free online tool that allows to create a booklet from a PDF document.

doPDF – With one click you can convert your Microsoft Excel, Word or PowerPoint documents or your emails and favorite web sites to PDF files.

PDF995 – Pdf995 makes it easy and affordable to create professional-quality documents in the popular PDF file format.

BullZip – BullZip PDF Printer works as a Microsoft Windows printer and allows you to write PDF documents from virtually any Microsoft Windows application.

OmniFormat – A free document conversion utility which allows dynamic conversion and image manipulation of over 75 file formats.

PDFConverter Desktop – PDFConverter Desktop is Windows software which allow to convert your files to PDF directly from your desktop.

SWF Printer PRO –Convert documents (DOC,XLS, HTML etc) into both standalone flash movie (.swf) presentations with navigation and/or PDF document format with security options support.

Google Docs – Google Docs is a free, Web-based word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation application offered by Google. It allows you to download file as PDF. – A PDF creator which is free and create your own pdf file with editor facility. Registration is required.

PrimoPDFOnline – Free Online PDF Creator.

PDFescape – Your online PDF reader, editor, form filler and form designer.

PDFfiller – Online PDF Form Editor-Writer works on any form.

gOffice Web Word Wizard – gOffice Web Word Wizard is a wrapper around Microsoft Word 2007. This means you can implement a subset of the features found in Word on your website.

Online PDF Creator – A very complete online PDF creator, comes with WYSIWYG editor. – organizer for sharing files and creating PDFs and storing files.

PDFsharp–An Open Source library that easily creates PDF documents from any .NET language.

CutePDF Writer – Create PDF for free, free PDF utilities, edit PDF easily.

Skim – Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF.

FPDF – FPDF is a PHP class which allows to generate PDF files with pure PHP.

PDFTools 1.3 – PDFTools is a PDF management application. It can encrypt, decrypt, join, split, stamp, create and rearrange a PDF file.

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  1. Free T Shirts says:

    Incredible list. We use PDF Convert at work and it does a pretty good job. Not as good as the full blown acrobat, but decent for the price.

  2. srivathsan GK says:

    @ Free T Shirts – Thanks man (-: Yaeh ! Acrobat suxx sometimes >:P

  3. is says:

    Great info…

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  4. srivathsan GK says:

    @ is – Thanks (-: surely vil support u (-:

  5. flo says:

    Sumatra and Foxit reader are lightweight ones and I personally use Sumatra as a default pdf reader. Can u suggest a pdf editor, preferably offline one? I see u have listed converters. Thank you :)

  6. Blogging in Web 2.0 Beta says:

    Nice Collection of Tools PDF converter are awesome to get files converted

  7. Srivathsan GK says:

    I always use Adobe reader and Free PDF convert ;)

  8. Xella says:

    And you missed one! :) also deserves to be on the list.

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