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Feb 02, 2021

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novaPDF only creates PDF files, it does not include a PDF reader/viewer. Every now and then we receive an email about why we don't develop a PDF viewer, given that our PDF creator is excellent.

We have considered creating a PDF reader too, but our analysis showed up that developing a PDF viewer is simply not in the benefit of our users or us either, for multiple reasons:

  • Creating a new free PDF viewer from scratch is a resource-consuming task and we'd prefer focusing our resources onto improving novaPDF
  • There are currently over 23 free PDF viewers out there for all main OS platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux), the main 3 of them with over 90% market share
  • There's been little demand from our users for such a program

If you are looking for a free PDF viewer, below is a short comparison between the most popular free pdf readers available:

Free PDF Readers Windows MacOSX Linux Online
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Yes Yes Yes Yes
Your Web Browser Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sumatra PDF Yes - - -
Google Docs Viewer - - - Yes
Javelin PDF Reader Yes Yes - -
Qiqqa Yes - - -
Evince Yes - Yes -
GSview Yes Yes Yes -
Skim - Yes - -
PDFescape - - - Yes
Xpdf Yes Yes Yes -
Apple Text Preview - Yes - -
Okular Yes Yes Yes -
Slim PDF - - Yes -
MuPDF Yes - Yes -
Soda PDF Yes Yes - -
Haihaisoft Reader Yes - - -
Foxit PDF Reader Yes Yes - -
PDF-XChange Viewer Yes - - -
Nitro PDF Reader Yes - - -
gDoc Fusion Yes - - -
STDU Viewer Yes - - -
Scribd iPaper - - - Yes

If you are viewing/opening PDFs occassionally, our recommendation is to use your web browser or Google Docs Viewer. However, if you open PDFs often, you should use a desktop PDF viewer and Adobe Acrobat Reader or Sumatra PDF are our recommendations.
Adobe Acrobat Reader