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Just found the Best PDF reader on the Droid!!!!!

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by dividebyzero, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Its called 'BeamReader'
    and it is simply the best one I've found since the Droid first came out!!

    Seriously! Check it out!

    Fast rendering,
    Elegant interface,
    text wrapping,

    wowowowowow I'm all giddy right now!!! :D

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  2. OZFive

    OZFive Member

    I have been using it for a small bit now. Quite nice, you are correct.

    THIS makes you giddy?

  3. jsp_1983

    jsp_1983 Well-Known Member

    So close, and yet so far...

    Adobe's PDF Reader has the superior interface (it doesn't bounce around the way Beamreader does when scrolling a zoomed document, it doesn't reflow PDF objects and it has support for multi-touch zoom) and is much quicker at loading pages.

    Beamreader functions better in text mode, but only marginally. There doesn't appear to be a way to continuously scroll between adjoining pages.

    If PDF Reader had Beamreader's bookmark facility, it would be perfect.

    I'm torn between a PDF reader that allows me to remember the last place I was up to, or one that doesn't annoy me when reading PDFs :/
  4. jsp_1983

    jsp_1983 Well-Known Member

    Okay, having spent ten minutes with Beamreader, in my experience, it sucks goat.

    Reluctantly going back to Adobe's poor offering...

    I'm now willing to pay a respectable amount for a decent commercial offering.
  5. magnus

    magnus Well-Known Member

    Whats wrong with the stock quick office?
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  6. mplevy

    mplevy Android Expert

    Where are you getting the Adobe PDF reader? I searched the market for Adobe and didn't find it.
  7. BeamReader opens pdf files the Adobe app has a security problem with.
    The Adobe pdf reader came installed on my droid.
    I didn't know Quick Office opened pdf's but I've only had my droid a few days.
  8. smchadwell

    smchadwell Lurker

    I'm not getting horizontal scrolling with BeamReader. Is that just me? When I zoom, I can only see the left side of the docs!
  9. loupape

    loupape Lurker

    Haven't tried quick office.. it doesn't come with captivate.. but I've been looking for something like beamreader. I have quite a few books in PDF format and It's nice to be able to use the bookmarks and return to the page I was last reading! I wish there was a program that let me read all the formats this way -- i have a lot of mobi books, ereader book, and now kindle ..
    Thanks for the Tip.
  10. SoonerLater

    SoonerLater Member

    BeamReader also does not make use of the embedded index (if your PDF has one; not all do).

    BeamReader does not recognize phone numbers in a PDF, but Acrobat Reader and QuickOffice do. When you see a phone number in a PDF, you can tap-to-dial when using Acrobat Reader or QuickOffice, but not in BeamReader.
  11. watching

    watching Lurker

    Is there any pdf reader that lets me make entries to fields within a pdf document. I have running log, created by the marathon I am training for, which is a pdf document. On the pc, fields are able to be entered to, for the the actual training completed on the day etc..

    the adobe reader isnt displaying the user entry fields,thanks
  12. Harry2

    Harry2 Extreme Android User

    RepliGo Reader is currently the best PDF readers for Android.
    RepliGo Reader - Android

    You could try to entry fields in PDF with the app.

  13. atraum

    atraum Member

    Documents to Go is another commercial offering with pdf support, it's a big package though.
  14. anoid

    anoid Newbie

  15. Harry2

    Harry2 Extreme Android User

    You could try Fill and Sign PDF Forms - Android

  16. jgscientist

    jgscientist Lurker

    Hi - I have read about the various pdf reader choices, and a few are good for me. However, I cannot find an essential feature in any of them. I like to have several pdfs open at the same time and switch between them (like tabbed browsing). Although this is common in MS Windows, it also appears in iOS, so it may not be a limitation of Honeycomb either (happy to be shown wrong about this). Does anyone know of tabbed pdf reading?
  17. Harry2

    Harry2 Extreme Android User

    The thread is old ;)

    In the meantime I found an other good reader for me, Mantano Reader
    Very good for PDF eBooks :)

    It has no tabs but a nice library screen with the last read books with its cover pictures.
    You reading in a book and when you hit Back button you'll come to this library screen and you can change to an other book, to your last read page.

    So it's only one tip more than using tabs :)

  18. TomIT

    TomIT Lurker

    Free PDF Readers are the biggest disappointment about Android that I've seen. :mad:

    You shouldn't have to pay for a buggy, partial implementation of a global document standard (as with BeamReader). PDF is more than a page to read - it has links, indexes, audio and video. So where are they on Android? On ezPDF, that's where... but you gotta pay.

    I've tested about 15 PDF readers and become convinced that there were no free PDF readers that support bookmark and hyperlink links within a document. qPDF is the only free one that does. And it's pretty fast, but avoid scrolling too much! I've tested all the major free names (Adobe, BeamReader (not really free), Aldiko, PDF Viewer, Cool Reader, Office Suite, Bluefire, AReader), and paid for ezPDF. I can't believe so many products have so little functionality. What a gaping hole in technology! Thanks Qoppa! now you just gotta support embedded audio and video and you can be like a normal free PDF viewer for Windows.
  19. ral

    ral Android Expert

    Is this the $5 app with a ten day trial. I recommend ezPDF Reader instead.
  20. TomIT

    TomIT Lurker

    I'm sure it's not a trial - I've checked everywhere I can. But, I'll post again if it conks out. qPDF is only best because it's free and allows hyperlinks.

    I bought ezPDF as well. I agree, it is the best reader. I recommend it too. But you have to pay.
  21. ral

    ral Android Expert

    This is what I found on BeamReader Free:

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