PDF Reader for Windows Mobile 5.0

Posted on 2006-05-30
Last Modified: 2011-08-18
I have been searching solidly for a PDF reader for my new Windows Mobile 5.0 iPAQ.

Does anyone know of a simple solution to reading PDFs on WM5?

I have been on the Adobe reader site and the best they can do is version 2.0 - which is for PPC 2003 - and won't work on WM5.

I often download pdf's in my email when I am out and about an a PC based converter is useless to me - it needs to be a viewer based on the mobile device.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Question by:metro9
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    Expert Comment

    I had been told that V1.0 works on WM5. Not sure where you can get it. I will look.
    I have also been told that ClearVue PDF works well. It costs (not much) get it here.

    I have WM5 device, but have not tried any of these.
    I will try now and let you know how it goes.

    Author Comment

    Thanks RickJ

    Look forward to further feedback from you!
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    Hello metro9,

    Here are the results of my testing...
    I could not get ClearVue to work. It installed but doc appeared blank.

    I installed V1.0 and it worked a treat!!  (And its free)
    Get it here. Hopefully it works for you.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the testing RickJ

    Unfortunately, it loads to the point on WM5 where it asks where I would like to locate the software.

    I choose 'device' and after some time tells me that it can not be installed.

    I tried loading onto the sd card  - same issue.

    Any ideas?
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    What device?
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    Expert Comment

    What error does it give?
    Try installing wihtout the sd card in.

    Author Comment

    its a hx2490 ipaq - just says that the application can not be loaded successfully.

    Will try now without the sd card installed
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    I have found a way how adobe reader 2.0 will work on wm5. Simply follow these steps:
    -Install Adobe Reader 2.0 on your PPC
    -Install Total Commander avaiable here:
    Only with total commander you can change the registry
    - start the Total Commander and go to "\" which will lead you to the registry
    - in "HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareAdobeAdobe Reader4.0AdobeViewer" you have to change the entry: EULA from "0" to "1"
    Done! Now adobe 2.0 should work on your PPC!

    This came from this site (not me!!!)
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    Expert Comment

    by:Mohammed Hamada
    Try The NetFront Browser to view PDFs..

    Or you can try pocketxpdf...

    Or reinstall Adobe 2.0 in force VGA mode and switch off security.

    Here's a list of the compatible programs for wm5.
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    Dear metro9,

    I believe Reader Mobile is a reasonably good product for viewing PDF files etc. It is only $19.95 from this site (which is around £10 in UK):

    Reader Mobile:

    I'd recommend you try the free trial version first - as it may not work.

    Hope this helps - GL

    ~ Nerd

    Author Comment

    Thanks for all of the input.

    Just an update...

    Adobe Reader 1.0

    Still getting errors with whatever I do when installing Adobe reader 1.0 - I even did a hard reset last night - loaded it up but still got an error - so I think it is safe to say that reader 1.0 won't work on this ipaq!  Incidentally - a friend of mine did the same think on a Dell Axim - no problems - so I assume it is an iPAQ thing.

    Adobe Reader 2.0

    Tried loading total commander - no idea how to use it!!! Instructions were a bit vague on the website so I sort of gave up!

    Am in the process of loading on Reader Mobile - will post feedback shortly!


    Author Comment

    Thanks all for your assistance.

    I loaded on the 'Reader' program - as recommended by Nerdx.  It cost $12 US and provided a good product that allows you to search etc.

    I did have some problems with putting in the rego code - but I emailed their support dept who was pretty quick to help me out.


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