Sumatra PDF Portable 3.1
FREEWAREFILES EDITOR'S REVIEW
Popular PDF readers have different complications, from being too bulky and slow to opening up vulnerabilities that hackers can take advantage of easily. At the same time, you may not be interested in spending money simply to read PDF files. Sumatra PDF Portable is a handy application that addresses your needs and concerns. It is a free PDF viewer that works fast without bothering you with features you do not want.
- Opens different file formats
Using Sumatra PDF Portable
Since Sumatra is a portable application that comes in a ZIP archive, we only needed to extract the executable file into our desired folder and run it. We created its shortcut on our desktop for easy access, and we were impressed by its speed and simplicity.
Simplicity does not mean that the application is devoid of useful features. Sumatra is a powerful reader with a clean user interface providing a link to open files and common functions in the menu bar.
The first time we launched the reader, it opened in a small window that we could maximize to cover the whole desktop. It retained page formatting in either case. We could open multiple files, but the program opened each file on a separate window since it did not have a tabbed interface.
Sumatra opened files fast, irrespective of their sizes. Closing files also closed their windows except the last, which displayed thumbnails of the recently opened files that we could use to access them faster. At the lower right corner was a link we could use to hide the recently read files, in which case the program displayed links to its official website, manual, forums, programming, translations and licenses.
The program is compatible with common keyboard shortcuts, such as:
- ctrl + 2 to fit file to width
- ctrl + 6 to display whole page
- ctrl + 7 to display two pages
- ctrl + 3 to restore previous state
- ctrl + C to copy selected content to clipboard
- ctrl + P to print
- ctrl + + or ctrl + - to zoom either in or out
- Spacebar to scroll down
We could also launch the portable PDF reader in full screen mode by pressing ctrl + L. Pressing ctrl + D displayed document properties, which included file name, date created and modified, PDF producer and version, file size, page size and number of pages. Pressing ctrl + G or ctrl + I allowed us to enter specific pages we wanted to jump to.
The program remembers the last page accessed when opening previously opened files, which makes it convenient to continue reading. We could close it by pressing either alt + f4 that many applications use or ctrl + Q. These are just examples of the many keyboard shortcuts we could use to control the program.
If you want a lightweight and free PDF viewer that you can also use to read many eBook formats, then Sumatra PDF Portable is your answer.
Review Date: 2014-10-19
Pros: The tabbed interface in Version 3.0 is a welcome addition. Even after that upgrade, SumatraPDF remains small, runs very fast on my Windows 7 netbook, and is still just as easy to use.
Cons: Haven't found any at all.
Other Thoughts: PDF readers just don't get any better than this one. Check it out!