20 February 2008

Comment, markup and highlight PDF files with the free PDF-Xchange Viewer

As a researcher, you will collect and store an ever-increasing number of electronic journal articles (see my post on Managing a continuously growing journal article collection). Printing out hundreds of journal articles is time-consuming, costly, a waste of paper, and a storage nightmare. However, many researchers print out articles because they want to highlight important sections of an article, or scribble notes in the margins.

Adobe Acrobat allows the user to markup a PDF file in this fashion, however, it is quite expensive. Well, I'm happy to tell you that there is a free piece of software that allows the user to markup a PDF file in this fashion: PDF-Xchange Viewer.

PDF-Xchange Viewer allows you to highlight text, draw circles and other shapes, add sticky notes, strikeout and underline text.

PDF-Xchange Viewer is a free download.

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