PDF-XChange Viewer 2.5.313.1

Freeware PDF downloader, viewer and editor that is faster than all others

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    Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Trial version
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PDF-XChange Viewer 2.5.313.1
PDF-XChange Viewer

PDF-XChange Viewer is a small piece of free software designed to let the user read PDFs and make minor edits to them. The functionality of the software is contained in a user interface that is highly intuitive and exceptionally pleasing from an aesthetic standpoint.

Most people who deal with software on a daily basis are aware that it's often difficult to find an acceptable PDF creator. While this free version of the full PDF-XChange Viewer doesn't allow you to actually create new PDFs, it gives you access to essentially all the editing tools found in the full suite. The only noticeably absent premium feature in the free version is the function that removes or adds pages.

Most PDF readers lack any real editing functions, or they're simply too slow to effectively use on a regular basis. Others are unpleasant from an aesthetic point of view, and in many cases, you'll find all of these issues in PDF readers. PDF-XChange Viewer, on the other hand, is completely different from the competition.

One of the first things you'll notice about PDF-XChange Viewer is that moving between pages in a single PDF is seamless and quick. The software contains tools that help you jump between pages in an instant, search for keywords, and use different layouts to view your files. You can customize the toolbars in the software to fit your needs, and you'll be able to configure the software with a number of personalized settings.

Even though this is the free version of the PDF-XChange Viewer software, you'll get almost all the editing functions found in the full version. You can add comments in the margins, insert text boxes for clearer notes, underline any text, attach supplemental files, apply stamps, and much more with this software. Once you've made these edits, you can easily remove them if you decide they aren't necessary. You can also modify any changes without having to remove them entirely.

By hovering the cursor above the different function icons in the software, you can see tooltips that describe the function. Since the technical support for PDF-XChange Viewer is severely lacking, the tooltips feature is quite helpful. The software also includes personalized language options, PDF previews, and a tool that allows you to take a snapshot of your screen. In many ways, PDF-XChange Viewer is significantly ahead of the competition.

The most recent version of PDF-XChange Viewer has received a number of updates and bug fixes. For instance, an issue associated with opening certain files in the XFA format has been repaired. Several behaviors were fixed as well, including one related to lost connections between the file source and the software and another related to right-clicking while adding comments to PDFs. A grammatical error in the message that shows when the software is resumed after temporary suspension has been fixed.


  • Resource-Light and Fast
  • Many Configuration Settings
  • Adequate Editing Tools


  • Lacks Technical Support
  • Confusing Editing Functionality
  • Free Version Lacks Document Creation Potential

PDF XChange Viewer is a sleek and intuitive PDF viewer-editor tool that makes reading and working with PDFs easy and fun. Best of all, it's free!


PDFs are great. Unlike other document types and formats, they preserve an original document's exact formatting and contents, which means that you can use them to confidently showcase work where form is every bit as important as function. This is true even if the document or file in question contains photo, audio or video elements. The trouble is, creating PDFs in a standalone application is often much more of a chore than it ought to be. Many PDF creator/editor applications seem frozen in the 1990s - they're ugly looking, slow and error-prone, or simply lack the functionality required to perform the job for which they were intended. Sometimes, the truly unfortunate user will end up with a real lemon possessed of all three of these drawbacks! Fortunately for everyone, the PDF XChange Viewer is a tool which does one thing - it allows users to edit PDFs, and does it very well.

Those interested in what the XChange Viewer can do in terms of viewing a PDF will be happy to learn that little more could be asked of the tool. The interface is a breeze to use, as are navigation and search functions. Viewing layout options are expansive, and users can expect the tool to display a wide variety of PDF orientations beautifully.

The editing features present in the PDF XChange Viewer are of a similar quality, save for one glaring oversight: The free version of this tool does not allow for ground-up document creation. This extends to an inability to add or delete specific pages from a larger document. With that said, editing and annotation functions are abundant. Users can watermark their PDFs, annotate them in a variety of ways: text boxes, comments, attach relevant files and more.

Additionally, a knowledge base is available for those who need a little push to get up to speed with this tool.


* The PDF XChange Viewer is replete with editing and configuration options. Simply put, there is virtually no reason why a user won't end up with a PDF that looks exactly like he or she wishes, regardless of how minimal or extensive their editing needs might be.

* Word processing, PDF creation, and other such tasks are inherently lightweight, but it sill bears mentioning that the PDF XChange Viewer is anything but a resource hog. Users should experience little to no impact upon their computer's ability to run at desired levels of performance.

* The intro version of the PDF XChange Viewer utility is free!

* A portable version of this tool is available for those who would rather use it on a mobile device.


* The most glaring flaw in this tool is the inability of the user to create "from scratch" documents or to create and delete individual pages of a document.

* Help is available for users who want it, but it can be rather unhelpful at times. The tool itself isn't overly difficult to use, but some users may find themselves confused in the initial days and weeks following installation.

* Users must specifically disable undesired editing features. The fact that everything is turned on by default can lead to undesired effects, mistakes in the document, and so forth.


The PDF XChange Viewer is an acceptable PDF editor, but it could do with some updates. With that said, this tool is free, so users who need an entry-level tool of this type ought to at least investigate the XChange Viewer.

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