I am a HUGE fan of the PDF format for documents. I have been sending invoices, contracts, presentations and more in PDF format for years now. I don't use Adobe Acrobat to generate PDFs, though, instead choosing one of the many "Print to PDF" drivers available. I'll add a post later on my favorite ways to create PDFs, but for now, I wanted to talk about a very cool (and fast) alternative to the Adobe PDF Reader.As you know, in order to open and read a PDF file, you need the Adobe Acrobat Reader (or another program capable of understanding the format). The Adobe reader has always been free from Adobe. However, in recent years, the Adobe Reader has become a HUGE application, a large download and bit of a process hog. Well, I am very excited to report that there is at least one alternative to the Adobe PDF Reader. It's a very popular FREE program called, surprise, surprise, Foxit PDF Reader.
Foxit Reader is a free (and small) PDF document viewer and printer. It is fast to launch and rich in features. It supports Windows XP, 2003 & Vista. In the past, you've had to download a huge PDF reader from another software company, go through a lengthy installation process and wait for an annoying splash window to disappear just to open a PDF document. Moreover, if you want to annotate a PDF document, you have to but the full version of Acrobat (at a few hundred dollars.)
You might think that this program is a "lite" version of Adobe Reader, but it actually has MORE features than Adobe Reader. So, not just does it perform a LOT better than the Adobe Reader, but you also get a lot more functionality!
Check out the Foxit PDF Reader at FoxitSoftware.com.