Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How to install PDF reader (Adobe reader, xpdf, foxit reader, okular, epdf, etc) on Archlinux

If you want to read PDF file you need a PDF reader. There are lot pdf reader application on Archlinux. Like adobe reader, foxit reader, okular, epdf, xpdf, etc.

On this post i want to share pdf application that i have try on Archlinux:

Xpdf is an open source viewer for Portable Document Format (PDF) files. (These are also sometimes also called 'Acrobat' files, from the name of Adobe's PDF software.) The Xpdf project also includes a PDF text extractor, PDF-to-PostScript converter, and various other utilities.

Xpdf runs under the X Window System on UNIX, VMS, and OS/2. The non-X components (pdftops, pdftotext, etc.) also run on Win32 systems and should run on pretty much any system with a decent C++ compiler.

Xpdf is designed to be small and efficient. It can use Type 1, TrueType, or standard X fonts. 

Installation on Archlinux:
$sudo pacman -S xpdf

It's lightweight and only 1.x MB to download the packages. :D

2. Apvlv
apvlv is a PDF/DJVU/UMD/TXT Viewer Under Linux/WIN32 and its behaviour like Vim. 
Installation on Archlinux:
$sudo pacman -S apvlv

It's same as xpdf, lightweight too, but larger mb to download is about 2MB. And the navigation same as VIM behaviour.

3. EPDFView
A free lightweight PDF document viewer using the Poppler and GTK+ libraries. 
Installation on Archlinux:
$sudo pacman -S epdfview
It's lightweight and size to download is only 0.9mb. Have better navigation than xpdf & apvlv

4. Evince
Evince is a document viewer for multiple document formats. The goal of evince is to replace the multiple document viewers that exist on the GNOME Desktop with a single simple application.
Installation on Archlinux:
$sudo pacman -S evince

It's still lightweight, better graphics navigation, page navigation on left, and have tools for bookmarking. Size to download is 5.xx MB

5. Mupdf
A very fast PDF and XPS viewer and toolkit written in portable C. Features CJK font support. 

The renderer in MuPDF is tailored for high quality anti-aliased graphics. It renders text with metrics and spacing accurate to within fractions of a pixel for the highest fidelity in reproducing the look of a printed page on screen.
MuPDF is also small, fast, and yet complete. It supports PDF 1.7 with transparency, encryption, hyperlinks, annotations, searching and more. It also reads OpenXPS documents. MuPDF is written modularly, so features can be added on by integrators if they so desire. 
Sites: http://mupdf.com/

Installation on Archlinux:
$sudo pacman -S mupdf
Mupdf is simple, same as apvlv. Installation size is 2.xx MB. 

6. Xournal
Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus. It is free software (GNU GPL) and runs on Linux (recent distributions) and other GTK+/Gnome platforms. It is similar to Microsoft Windows Journal or to other alternatives such as Jarnal, Gournal, and NoteLab. 

Xournal packages is only 2xx Kb sizes to download, but have rich features, like taking notes, marking with colour, save and also can be exported to PDF, and more features. :D

7. QPDFView
qpdfview is a tabbed PDF viewer.
It uses the Poppler library for rendering and CUPS for printing. It provides a clear and simple graphical user interface using the Qt framework.
Current features include:
* Outline, properties and thumbnail panes
* Scale, rotate and fit
* Fullscreen and presentation views
* Continuous and multiple-page layouts
* Search for text
* Configurable tool bars
* Persistent per-file settings
* SyncTeX support
* Rudimentary annotation support (with Poppler version 0.20.1 or higher)
* Rudimentary form support
Installation on Archlinux (AUR):

$wget https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/qp/qpdfview/qpdfview.tar.gz
$tar -xvzf qpdfview.tar.gz
$cd qpdfview
$makepkg -s
$sudo pacman -U *.pkg.tar.xz

QPDFView package that created from AUR, is 1.1 MB.

8. Foxit Reader
Foxit Reader is a free PDF document viewer for the Linux platform, with a new streamlined interface, user-customized toolbar, incredibly small size, breezing-fast launch speed and rich features. This empowers PDF document users with Zoom function, Navigation function, Bookmarks, Thumbnails, Text Selection Tool, Snapshot, and Full Screen capabilities. Foxit Reader for Desktop Linux is provided by Foxit Corporation free for non-commercial use.
Installation on archlinux (AUR):

$wget https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/fo/foxitreader/foxitreader.tar.gz
$tar -xvzf foxitreader.tar.gz
$cd foxitreader
$makepkg -s
$sudo pacman -U *.pkg.tar.xz

Size to download is 3.6x MB. Have rich features & better user interface. It's lightweight than Adobe Reader.

9. Okular
Okular is a universal document viewer based on KPDF for KDE 4. This means Okular works on multiple platforms, including but not limited to Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, *BSD, etc. 

Okular combines the excellent functionalities of KPDF with the versatility of supporting different kind of documents, like PDF, Postscript, DjVu, CHM, XPS, ePub and others.
sites: http://okular.kde.org/
Installation on Archlinux:
$sudo pacman -S kdegraphics-okular

Size to download is 37.x MB if you dont Use KDE desktop, if you using KDE, the okular size is 1.8MB, Have rich features to, and also can to taking a note too, like xournal.

10. Adobe Reader
Adobe® Reader® software is the free trusted standard for reliably viewing, printing, and annotating PDF documents. It's the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all types of PDF content, including forms and multimedia.
Installation on Archlinux (AUR):

$wget https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/ac/acroread/acroread.tar.gz
$tar -xvzf acroread.tar.gz
$cd acroread
$makepkg -s
$sudo pacman -U *.pkg.tar.xz

Size to download is 5x.xx MB. Well it's to big than other. :D

Okay that's it, for commonly use, i just use xpdf. You can choose that you needs. 

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