Why don't you develop a PDF viewer (reader)?

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Feb 25, 2019

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Why don't you develop a PDF viewer (reader)?

Every now and then we receive an email about why we don't develop a PDF viewer, given that our PDF creator is excellent :)

novaPDF only creates PDF files, it does not include a PDF reader/viewer.

We have considered creating a PDF viewer 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 28 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 Reader Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mendeley Yes Yes Yes -
Qiqqa Yes - - -
Evince Yes - Yes -
GSview Yes Yes Yes -
Skim - Yes - -
Sumatra PDF Yes - - -
PDFescape - - - Yes
Xpdf Yes Yes Yes -
Apple Text Preview - Yes - -
Okular Yes Yes Yes -
gv Postscript and PDF viewer - - Yes -
Google Docs Viewer - - - Yes
MuPDF Yes - Yes -
Cool PDF Reader Yes - - -
Nuance PDF Reader Yes - - -
Foxit PDF Reader Yes - - -
Perfect PDF Reader Yes - - -
PDF-XChange Viewer Yes - - -
Nitro PDF Reader Yes - - -
PDF Hammer - - - Yes
vuzit - - - Yes
BePDF - - Yes -
ePDFView - - Yes -
Vindaloo - Yes - -
gDoc Fusion Yes - - -
STDU Viewer Yes - - -
Scribd iPaper - - - Yes