SumatraPDF has just become a very strong contender as an everyday PDF viewer on Windows. The reason: it finally supports searching and bookmarks in version 0.8.
Its interface is still a bit over simplistic, but it’s already quite good for everyday uses. At the moment, the keyboard shortcuts are not very well-documented. Looking at the source code, I noticed some missing entries that are noteworthy:
- The search interface:
/starts a search, so as
F3is next, and
Shift-F3is previous. Note that the toolbar doesn’t have to be visible for the search keys to work.
Ctrl-Ltoggles full screen mode.
F12toggles the bookmark panel.
(Update: Also note that Ctrl-Drag will select a region and copy its text to clipboard.)
I don’t have a list of the numerous PDF viewers on Windows here: a google search will get you many hits. Personally, I have “switched” to SumatraPDF on my browsers a few months ago, while spending most of my “PDF time” in PDF-XChange Viewer (see this post about its annotation capability).
I should note that SumatraPDF 0.8 is still missing hyperlink support. Also, none of Windows PDF viewers seems to support pdfsync (round-tripping between PDF and TeX source). I know the former is being worked on. The latter, hmm…
P.S. Common PDF viewers on Windows also include Ghostview and Foxit Reader.