Adobe has just released the official Adobe Reader application for Windows 8. You can download the app from the built-in store both on Windows RT and Windows 8 systems. It is basically a version of Adobe Reader that puts all emphasize on the reading part. The program ships with little options. You can browse the local system for pdf documents to view them in Adobe Reader, use it to view pdf email attachments and pdf documents that you find on the web (when you download them) but that's about it in terms of functionality.
PDF documents are displayed in full screen when you open them and you can use the mouse's scroll wheel, the scroll bar or the computer keyboard to browse the documents. A right-click opens a menu with options to change the view mode from continuous to single page, and to search the document.
As far as options go, this is as minimalistic as it can get. It does not have to be a bad thing though, as minimalistic means that you do not get the bloat that is usually associated with Adobe Reader. It opens fast and does not slow down your system when it is running.
On top of that, you also not be subject to the security issues that befall desktop versions of the program in regular intervals.
Now that we have established that Adobe Reader for Windows 8 is as lightweight as it can get, there is one more thing that we need to address. Why would anyone install the Adobe Reader Windows Store application when the built-in Windows Reader provides you with a superior set of features. Windows 8's default document reader supports pdf documents and other documents, offers options to highlight text and add annotations, save files, and rotate the screen. Adobe Reader on the other hand only supports pdf documents and none of the other features.
As far as quality goes, they are both pretty good and I can't really see a difference in quality between the two of them. I'd stick with Windows Reader for now as it offers better functionality.Advertisement
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