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SumatraPDF is the best PDF Reader
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john biles


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PostPosted: Tue 26 Aug 2014, 05:58    Post subject:  SumatraPDF is the best PDF Reader  

Hello Everyone who has got frustrated waiting for PDF Magazines to open under most native Linux PDF Readers including Adobe Reader 9.5.5 making it hard to enjoy reading.
Well after searching for a PDF reader to do the job I came across SumatraPDF which is Windows Based but runs beautifully under wine. As you'll see from the attached image it's mostly open source.

Check it out here: http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf/free-pdf-reader.html
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mikeb


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PostPosted: Tue 26 Aug 2014, 06:52    Post subject:  

Yes its a fast one and has come a long way since its beginnings.

I believe it can be built natively which would be interesting.
Just lacks a few fancy features related to printing.

I tend to use epdfview (good but has some joke funnies,) foxit... fast, accurate but linux developement has stopped and adobe 8... not as slow as 9 but good for stubborn pdf.

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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Tue 26 Aug 2014, 07:08    Post subject:  

SumatraPDF is also my favourite Windows viewer. IIRC, it is built on the same codebase as MuPDF, which is my favourite Puppy viewer. You just have to learn its keyboard controls.
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nic007

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PostPosted: Tue 26 Aug 2014, 08:10    Post subject:  

Yes, i also use it. Used to use foxit but SumatraPDF is slicker
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john biles


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PostPosted: Tue 26 Aug 2014, 22:36    Post subject:  

Hello rcrsn51,
Thanks for the lead on MuPDF. You're right about it being very basic but once you work it out it is very fast and now my favorite Linux based PDF Reader.

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PostPosted: Wed 27 Aug 2014, 04:35    Post subject:  

muPDF...there were experimental browser plugins some years ago...I believe such float around and my now include linux. It was basic but certainly worked on windows.
Funny I got my head bitten off when I once requested someone might build muPDF for puppy use. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed 27 Aug 2014, 19:04    Post subject:  

Hello mikeb,
I grabbed the ubuntu precise package as I'm experimenting with Puppy 5.7 and installed it. I navigated to /usr/bin and opened a terminal there. Did ldd ./mupdf and installed 1 missing dependency.
I then right moused clicked in Rox over a pdf file and selected customized menu... and a box opens. I then navigated to /usr/share/applications and found the mupdf.desktop file dragging it in to the Rox box and linking it. I the renamed the link to MuPDF and closed the box. Now when I right mouse click over a pdf, I can open it by selecting MuPDF. Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Yesterday, at 07:43    Post subject:  

MuPDF does not have printer support, but the recent versions of PeasyPDF can handle this pretty well.
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