PDF Readers for Windows Mobile & Pocket PC

3 ways to read PDF files on a PDA

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The PDF (Portable Document Files) format makes it easy to carry a document from one computer to the next while maintaining formatting and the overall look of a document. Even though PDF files are typically viewed on a computer monitor, you can view them on your PDA as well. There are a number of software programs that will enable your Windows Mobile or Pocket PC PDA to view PDF files.

The following applications are no longer supported for Windows Mobile devices, but they can be downloaded from third-party websites.

Best Mobile PDF Reader: Adobe Reader for Pocket PC 2.0

Adobe Reader for Windows Mobile Pocket PC
What We Like
  • Resizes PDFs to fit smaller screens.

  • Adobe developed the PDF standard.

  • Compatible with most PDAs.

What We Don't Like
  • No longer actively updated.

  • Must be downloaded from third party sites.

Adobe Reader for Pocket PC 2.0 adapts PDF files for viewing on mobile devices. This program works with Microsoft ActiveSync. Features include the ability to submit form data over a wireless connection, wireless printing with compatible ​Bluetooth or 802.11 enabled printers and Pocket PC handhelds, and the ability to view Adobe PDF slideshows generated by Adobe Photoshop Album.

Best for Annotating PDF Files: Foxit Reader for Windows Mobile

Foxit for Windows Mobile Pocket PC
What We Like
  • Annotate PDF files.

  • Print PDF documents.

  • Small file download size.

What We Don't Like
  • Pocket PC version available only through 3rd party sites.

  • Manual is available online only.

Foxit Reader for Windows Mobile supports Windows Mobile 2002/2003/5.0/6.0 and Windows CE 4.2/5.0/6.0. With Foxit Reader, you can re-flow PDF documents for easy viewing on a handheld screen and search for text within a PDF file. Foxit Reader for Windows Mobile supports multiple languages.

Lightweight Mobile PDF Reader: PocketXpdf

PocketXpdf for Windows Mobile Pocket PC
What We Like
  • Clean and simple interface.

  • Does not require a lot of system resources.

What We Don't Like
  • Problems with zooming up close in PDF's.

  • Hasn't been updated in several years.

PocketXpdf lets you use manually defined or automatic bookmarks within PDF files. You can open pages by double tapping in the outline view. PocketXpdf also offers support for password-protected PDFs. While viewing a PDF file, you can zoom by dragging a rectangle around a particular area. Text search capabilities are also included.