[NTG-context] PDF viewer poll
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Wed Oct 16 11:30:43 CEST 2019
On 2019-10-13 12:43, Henning Hraban Ramm wrote:
> Hi, I’d like to update my list of (usable!) PDF viewers.
> Which one do you use? (Current version?)
PDF XChange Viewer
> What are its pros and cons?
+ Free; not annoying as AR is; many functions included, restore last
view, tabbed env, page thumbs navigator/bookmarks navigator, attachment
list, comment list; OCR included; handy designed; (many command line
options, e.g.) /open and /close options to be used by 3rd party
programs; /printto for batch printing; printing also: tile large pages /
print many pages on one sheet of paper; some "extras" require pro
> Is it free (open source, freeware)?
Free, not open source.
> Does it work on Win/Lin/Mac?
> Does it have a localized interface? (I don’t care, but I work with
> people who don’t understand a lot of English.)
> Can it handle comments, attachments?
Not using - don't know
> Does it support SyncTeX? (Who uses that anyway?)
> Does it update changed PDFs on its own (or does it even block
No. With working with ConTeXt, I'm using a batch file which normally
opens a copy of a PDF being compiled, and once it's (successfully)
compiled, the batch reopens the PDF in the viewer.
> Which other features are essential for your choice?
Handy work - after some time of using the prog, you see how much "handy"
the program is, but hard to say which feature is essetial or most
important; "total handyness" is the goal.
I would probably change this PDF viewer just if synctex worked WELL with
the source (and in my case - I'm using Lua in ConTeXt widely to generate
the PDF, so in most cases synctech navigates me badly to the source).
> E.g. I’m working with:
> - Preview.app (Mac)
> Default on MacOS, fast & easy. No JS, bad forms support, updates
> "sometimes". Usable as a previewer, not as a PDF toolbox.
> - Adobe Reader DC (Mac)
> I use it only to check forms or as reference. Unusable GUI.
> - Acrobat Pro 9 (Mac)
> Was my workhorse, but works on MacOS Mojave only partly; slow &
> crash-prone; no updates. Can check PDF/X<4 and convert colors.
> - PDF Studio Pro (on Mac & Linux)
> Bought to replace AcroPro9; JS support broken; slow startup; no
> updates. Can check PDF/X, A, UA and convert colors.
> Ok with forms, but doesn’t support LiveCycle forms (deprecated, but
> used by German boards).
> - Qpdfview (Linux)
> Fast and easy; reliably updates.
> - PDF.js (Browser or Atom)
> Is said to do SyncTeX (never tried). Easy, but slow. Updates.
> Curious: Hraban
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