Monday, March 5, 2012

Windows Reader, Built-in PDF Viewer in Windows 8

Microsoft released Consumer Preview with start button removed by default and now allows to download some free apps from Windows Store when you sign-in with your Microsoft account. Unlike in WDP, built-in Windows 8 PDF Readerwhich is called as “Windows Reader” now available for users to open pdf files inWindows 8 Consumer Preview. Till now Windows lacks native support for PDFfiles which arrived finally in Win8 beta.  Though this Windows Reader is a metro app aimed at touch screen devices you can still open PDF files in explorer where by default this app set as default PDF viewer,  let us see what Windows Reader has in its store for us.
Windows Reader

Browsing PDF files via Metro interface is not user friendly

When any PDF Reader is already opened- it’s much easier for us to browse through Windows  explorer to find PDF files and open, where in Windows Reader you need to use “Go Up” button to find local drives and then click on them and then scroll further horizontally, select your PDF file and open it in Viewer.
browsing for pdf files from  windows reader
Because Windows Reader is set as default PDF Viewer app in Windows 8, you can open any PDF file directly from Explorer.

Windows 8’s Windows Reader Features

You can open and view only one PDF document at a time, like modern PDF Readers such as Nitro PDF Reader Windows Reader doesn’t allows us to open pdf file in separate tabs, however you can right click on any where on page in Reader to get options at the bottom which allows to open another file.
PDF File info
Windows Reader allows to view document in single page, two pages or continuous facing mode. You can find any word in the document. Page rotation support is there.  You can navigate via bookmarks if documents has bookmarks. PDF file info such as author name, file size, created date and time, number of pages and permissions displayed inside Windows Reader when you click on info option at the bottom.
bookmarks navigation

Two PDF Viewers in Windows 8 with Chrome

Google Chrome already offers built-in PDF Viewer, that makes two pdf viewers for us in Windows 8 if use Chrome. If you want advanced features in PDF Reader, you can install third-party PDF Readers like Nitro PDF or Adobe Reader.
Do you like Windows Reader?s hare with us in comments.

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