Adobe Reader

Adobe Reader for Windows

  • Free
  • In English
  • Version: Lite

Adobe Reader without the bloat

Adobe Reader Lite is a stripped down, minimal version of Adobe’s famous PDF reader.

Although Adobe Reader is the original PDF reader, many people would argue that with all the add-ons and new functionalities added in recent versions, it’s just too sluggish and bloated to be considered the best. That said, it is a complete tool, nice to look at and reliable, which is why the developer of Adobe Reader Lite decided to use it as the basis for this version.

If you have ever used Adobe Reader, Adobe Reader Lite will be second nature. Open up the app, import your PDF document and you’ll be viewing it in a matter of seconds. Where Adobe Reader Lite differs from the original is hard to pinpoint, but it’s safe to say that it’s the same app, with everything but the essential features stripped away.

That said, whether or not Adobe Reader Lite is actually supported by Adobe seems to be a bit of a gray area. It also completely lacks Adobe Reader Lite-specific documentation or resources, which make using it feel a little risky. It’s also hard to understand why anyone would use a modded version of a somewhat subpar program, when there are great dedicated alternatives like PDF-XChange Viewer and Foxit Reader around.

Adobe Reader Lite is a much lighter version of Adobe’s classic Reader, but it’s still nothing to get very excited about.


  • Adobe Reader, but better
  • All the same basic functions


  • No support
  • No documentation
  • There are much better, simpler PDF readers


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