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For Linux Users
If you are using Linux, please read the article How To Install Free PDF Reader In Linux for installation instructions.
February 2009 saw the release of a new office productivity application called Free PDF Reader. This was originally planned as a technology demonstrator for the PDF viewer component of our Java PDF library PDFOne. However, Free PDF Reader was released as a full-fledged product.
Free PDF Reader, as the name indicates, is a free PDF reader application. It can also print PDF documents and export PDF pages to several image formats.
Free PDF Reader was packaged as a portable application, that is, it did not have an installer. You can carry it around in a USB flash drive and run it on any Windows, Linux, or Mac computer that has latest Java Runtime Environment from Sun (Unfortunately, OpenJDK is not supported.) The runtime environment can be downloaded from
To start using Free PDF Reader in Windows, you need to:
javaw.exeand click on Open.
The FreePDFReader.jar will then be loaded and executed by the Sun Java Platform SE binary (javaw.exe) and Free PDF Reader will be displayed.
Tip: If you set
javaw.exe as the default application for the "jar" file type, then you will be able to simply click the FreePDFReader.jar file to launch Free PDF Reader.
Alternatively, you can create a shortcut or use the Run dialog box in the Start menu with a command similar to:
"C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_06\bin\javaw.exe" -jar "c:\freepdfreader\FreePDFReader.jar"
If you try this option, please replace the paths of javaw.exe path and FreePDFReader.jar with the correct locations from your computer. You need to use quotation marks if the paths contain spaces.
If you wish to make Free PDF Reader as your default PDF viewer in Windows, follow these steps. (I have used Windows XP as the example. I have assumed that the extension "PDF" is already registered as a known file type and is associated with some other application, say, Adobe Reader.) Please get the help of a Windows expert if these steps seem complicated.)
"C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_06\bin\javaw.exe" -jar "c:\freepdfreader\FreePDFReader.jar" "%1"in the Application used to perform action: text box. PLEASE REPLACE PATH OF javaw.exe AND FreePDFReader.jar WITH CORRECT PATHS FROM YOUR COMPUTER.
Sometimes, Free PDF Reader may run out of memory when loading huge PDF documents. To enable Free PDF Reader to load such files, increase the minimum and maxium heap size allocated to the Java Virtual Machine in the javaw.exe command, as shown below
"C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_06\bin\javaw.exe" -jar -Xms32m -Xmx128m "c:\freepdfreader\FreePDFReader.jar" "%1"
Here, the minimum heap size is set to 32 MB and maximum heap size is set to 128 MB. Ensure that you use integers for the heap sizes and that the minimum size is not larger than the maximum size.
To easily copy the path of a file in Windows, you can use Windows Explorer context menu extensions mentioned in the article Copy File Path and Name using Windows Explorer Context Menu Extensions.
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