In this article I will look at Visagesoft’s Expert PDF Reader, which is the free PDF viewer for Windows from this Greek software development company.
I was looking for a lightweight and fast PDF reader just like PDFtk Pro, an excellent PDF Toolkit that I’ve reviewed a little while ago.
Visagesoft Expert PDF Reader
“Expert PDF Reader is a free PDF viewer that lets you view and print PDF documents on windows. Expert PDF reader will also allow modification of existing documents. You may modify document outlines, insert rubber stamps and modify any annotation that has been created from Expert PDF or any other PDF creation software. Expert PDF Reader is fast, reliable and skin-able and gives all you need for been the pdf viewer of your choice.”
Expert PDF Reader is indeed fast and reliable, but not as “bulky” as Adobe Acrobat Reader or Foxit PDF Reader. Expert PDF Reader has a friendlier user interface as another lightweight option Sumatra PDF Reader.
Visagesoft Expert PDF Reader has a ribbon interface like other Microsoft Office programs. Have a look the ribbon in Microsoft Excel in the article Power BI Publisher for Microsoft Excel.
The ribbon has five tabs:
In the sections below I will walk you through the features in the different ribbon tabs of Visagesoft Expert PDF Reader.
In the file tab you find the normal commands like open, save, save as, e-mail or print. So I won’t elaborate on these. 🙂
- Optimize PDF
- Document Security
The document “Aspiring Advisor 60 Essential Excel Shortcuts for Consultants_v04” has no security restrictions set.
However you cannot change the security settings with Expert PDF Reader. I would personally use PDFtk Pro, a lightweight PDF toolkit to quickly split, merge, rotate, watermark, stamp and secure PDF files, to take care of the security settings.
The most cool command is the Optimize PDF just below the e-mail button. The original file-size of 685 KB is reduced to 289 KB, which is 42% of the original size !
Aspiring Advisor 60 Essential Excel Shortcuts for Consultants_v04 is bonus material that came with Moritz Dressel’s book The Aspiring Advisor.
The Home-tab has four main blocks with grouped buttons.
- Full Screen View
The tools and comment groups are used most often and work as expected.
The review ribbon is a part that I don’t completely get. The grouped buttons in the comment block of the ribbon are also available in the home-tab of the ribbon.
So in practice I don’t us this ribbon tab, simply because I can do my stuff in the home-tab.
In the view ribbon tab you can manipulate the view of your PDF-file. I personally switch a lot between fit page, fit width to scroll through pages and zoom-in to read a specific section on the page.
- Page Display
All view options nicely grouped together, and I don’t miss a single option.
Discover is a hyperlink to discover features in the professional version of Expert PDF Reader.
- Professional version
Here you can check the version and about screen of the application.
Concluding thoughts and wrap-upVisagesoft Expert PDF Reader is a fast and lightweight PDF reader with a good set of features.Click To Tweet
I stumbled upon an article “Best Free PDF Readers For Windows And Mac” where Visagesoft Expert PDF Reader is listed as #4. I personally prefer it over Sumatra PDF or the more feature rich (and bulky) versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader or Foxit PDF Reader.
The most striking feature of Expert PDF Reader that came by surprise, is the optimize PDF option that helps reducing the size of large PDF files.
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