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All Things WinBatch => Customer Service => Topic started by: snowsnowsnow on June 05, 2014, 11:00:09 am

Title: OT: Free software (Win XP) to read/print PDFs (not Adobe)
Post by: snowsnowsnow on June 05, 2014, 11:00:09 am
(Totally OT, of course - but, just out of curiosity, why don't we have an "off topic" forum here)

Anyway, I am ideologically opposed to Adobe products, but I need something that A) Runs on Windows (XP) and B) can read and print PDF files.

I used to use Nitro - which was very good, but they seem to have gone commercial and the old installer that I downloaded a long time ago doesn't work on the system on which I want to install it.  I suspect (but cannot prove) that it is some kind of expiration hack in the software.  When I run the installer, it seems to do the "unpack" step, but then ends.  The time honored hack of changing the system date didn't help.

Anyway, I've given up on Nitro.  I've Googled others and there are a lot of them, but I'm always a little leary about installing random junk from the Internet.  Can anyone recommend one that they have used and are happy with?

P.S.  Yes, this problem did arise in the context of my writing a WinBatch script, so maybe not completely, totally, OT…
Title: Re: OT: Free software (Win XP) to read/print PDFs (not Adobe)
Post by: kdmoyers on June 06, 2014, 09:35:33 am
we use Foxit
http://www.foxitsoftware.com/Secure_PDF_Reader/ (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/Secure_PDF_Reader/)
no complaints.
Title: Re: OT: Free software (Win XP) to read/print PDFs (not Adobe)
Post by: stanl on June 07, 2014, 06:41:32 am
we use Foxit
http://www.foxitsoftware.com/Secure_PDF_Reader/ (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/Secure_PDF_Reader/)
no complaints.

I was going to suggest CutePDF and Ghostscript. Snow... did you want a PDF app that could be automated with WB or just a cheap alternative to Adobe?. I think there is a Foxit OCX freeware.