PDF-XChange Viewer

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PDF-XChange Viewer
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Developer(s)Tracker Software Products
Initial releaseJune 21, 2007; 14 years ago (2007-06-21)
Stable release
2.5.322.10 [1] / December 13, 2018; 2 years ago (2018-12-13)
Operating systemWindows XP or later
SuccessorPDF-XChange Editor
Size17 MB
Available in30 languages
TypePDF viewer

PDF-XChange Viewer is a proprietary PDF reader for Microsoft Windows available for free.[2][3][4][5] Its further development has been stopped in favour of freemium shareware PDF-Xchange Editor, which replaces it; future releases are maintenance updates only.[6]

The free basic reader includes extended/markup capabilities such as typing, highlighting, callouts, and notes. Another useful feature is its ability to display PDF files in the "preview" pane of the Windows Explorer without locking the file (and thus allowing for easy setting of metadata info). An advanced paid version was also available.

It supports saving of filled PDF forms (AcroForms) and import/export of form data in FDF/XFDF format. Since version 2.5 there has been partial support for XFA and export of form data in XDP or XML format. It added OCR support as of version 2.5.

PDF-XChange Lite print driver is a print driver enabling the creation of PDFs from Microsoft Windows applications. It is free for academic and home use. Also available is PDF-XChange Standard,[7] which brings advanced PDF creation options.

A related product is PDF-Tools,[8] which allows creation and manipulation of PDFs from a variety of sources including images, text documents, etc. Batch conversion capabilities with filename macros are included.

Finally, a number of PDF-related SDKs for developers are available, including PDF Tools SDK, PDF-XChange Viewer SDK, PDF-XChange Drivers SDK, and Image SDKs.[9] These allow creation, manipulation, reading, writing, OCR, search, and display of PDFs; and multi-language support (C++, C#, C, VB, VB.NET, Delphi, Clarion).

PDF-XChange Viewer works under Wine, providing another way to annotate PDFs under Linux.[10][11]

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  1. ^ "PDF-XChange Viewer Version History". Tracker-software.com. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  2. ^ Yee, Jojo (2015-07-10). "Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader". www.techsupportalert.com. Retrieved 2016-01-22.
  3. ^ Blackwell, Laura (July 23, 2007). "Freebies for Writers and Readers. Three great programs for living large literarily". PC World. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
  4. ^ "Die besten PDF-Tools für Windows Vista und XP. PDF-XChange Viewer: Der Gratis-Tausenstassa". tecchannel.de (in German). 2016-11-25. Archived from the original on 2008-09-17. Retrieved 2008-09-14.
  5. ^ Fitzpatrick, Jason (2009-08-02). "5 Best PDF Readers". LifeHacker.com. Retrieved 2009-12-30.
  6. ^ "PDF-XChange Viewer Product Page". Tracker-software.com. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  7. ^ "Tracker Software Products :: PDF-XChange Standard 2012 - Our best selling PDF conversion solution". Tracker-software.com. Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  8. ^ "Tracker Software Products :: PDF-Tools an ideal PDF creation and manipulation tool, includes PDF Editor". Tracker-software.com. Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  9. ^ "Tracker Software Products :: Developer Products - PDF and Imaging related Software Development Kits". Tracker-software.com. Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  10. ^ "Finally, real PDF annotating under Linux! (with help from Wine) Archived 2012-04-28 at the Wayback Machine", gnurou.org, 10 September 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  11. ^ François Savard, "PDF annotation under Linux with Wine and PDF-XChange Viewer", Structure in the Flow, 11 March 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2012.

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