Adobe Reader may be the most popular option for reading PDFs on your Mac, but the 77 MB app is far from being lightweight and nimble. If you are looking for an alternative that takes up less space and is easier on your computer, then you should check out PDF Reader X.

When you launch PDF Reader X for the first time, you’ll immediately notice the UI, which is not as polished as some OS X apps. Its interface is functional and efficient, but that can be a benefit as basic reader app does not require a lot of fluff. The best part of the experience is the tabbed interface, which allows you to open multiple documents and easily switch between them.

Beyond reading, PDF Reader X supports bookmarking and has some light annotating features like highlight, strikethrough and underline. You can also add notes, text boxes and a few other goodies. An autosave feature will backup your changes as you make them, which is critical when you are annotating an important business or personal document. A multiple level undo will allow you to erase your mistakes.

Best of all, PDX Expert X is available for free from the Mac App Store. It is also available on github.

Daily Mac app: PDF Reader X is a lightweight PDF reader with some annotation features originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 05 Nov 2013 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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