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Free qPDF Viewer is a Solid PDF Reader Alternative for the PlayBook


The PDF viewer on the PlayBook is pretty good but it is missing some ancilliary features that I wish RIM would add soon. Until then qPDF has stepped in by Qoppa Software. They have ported their Android apps to the PlayBook and their free qPDF Viewer is a solid back to the PlayBook PDF viewer. Sadly it still does not remember your last page but hopefully they will add that. qPDF also has a premium version called qPDF Notes ($9.99 in App World) that supposedly allows you to also edit PDF’s but I tried the free trial and it is very buggy.

Check out qPDF Viewer free in App World

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  1. The native Adobe pdf app is “pretty good”?!?!?!

    Is it April 1st?

  2. It is OK as a reader, what we really need is an annotation app. yes I have Josty but I don’t like their stupid system where I have to copy something to a folder so I can mark it up. I mean what’s up with that? the pdfs are already on the playbook. So I’ve stopped using Josty and will not use it again until they fix the issue.

  3. I was planning to provide PDF Reader as a module inside my current project but also doubted it’s waste of my time. However if someone or Ronen could point out why we need a replacement for the native PDF viewer of PlayBook then we might have a better one.

    In the mean time, I suggest Ronen checking the PDF.js project which was adopted by Mozilla which is such a very powerful open source PDF Viewer (possible editable) written in pure javascript and HTML5. try it here:

    • Hey Keeper. Just ask on the forums what people want in terms of PDF access. Most of it is refining the basic feature set of the native reader. Something like opening up a password protected PDF.

  4. I bought the full version. My textbook has a fair number of images and so I am told that is what gave the app quite a bit of lag. They quickly issued an update to fix file limitations and some performance updates. The developer is pretty active on crackberry forums and seems to be entertaining the possibility of creating a native app.

    Having said this, there isn’t much competition to require a PDF annotator to come with a ton of polish because this is the only one we have right meow.

    It has filled a huge productivity gap for me. I can now add stickies, text, search pdf text, annotate, add textnotes (no bookmarking yet) and fill out forms, woohoo!! One less reason to keep a laptop around.

  5. hi. i would like to ask what is print to go and why its interfering whenever i try to open a file i downloaded from my email thru PB. it’s a pdf file of hunger games book sent to me from my friend’s samsung galaxy sII and i do not know what is wrong that i cannot open it in any way. getting frustrated bcoz i really want to collect soft copies of books for free. help me pls..

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