Install ‘qpdfview’ (PDF Viewer) 0.4.2beta1 on Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10, 12.04 LTS

‘qpdfview’ is a features rich, fast loading, PDF viewer. It was first released only for Ubuntu, but now packages exist for other GNU/Linux distributions as well.

I came across it when it was pretty new, and since then it has been updated with various new features & improvements, including a new ‘settings’ window, which when compared to the one it had back then, has a lots of new options!.

Now we can manually set a background & page colors (very useful), add annotations, supports showing page thumbnails, enable/disable tabs, change page & thumbnail spacing settings (including the display size), configure text hinting, change keyboard shortcuts, enable page prefetching for faster page loading times, change how many pages to be included in a ‘row’, configure modifiers for enabling keyboard shortcuts for ‘Zooming’, ‘Rotate’, ‘Copy to Clipboard’ and more.

'qpdfview' 0.4.2beta1 running on Ubuntu 12.10
Don’t let the ‘initial simplicity’ fool ya! 😉 …

'Settings' window - 'qpdfview' 0.4.2beta 1

I also observed that ‘qpdfview’ uses a bit more memory than ‘Evince’ (default document viewer in ‘Unity’). But that’s because, by default ‘qpdfview’ use a ‘cache’ size of 32MB. So just to test, I reduced it to zero MB, disabled page prefectching, and after that, the memory usage became pretty much the same for both viewers (while opening the same document of course).

But I recommend that you keep the cache size to an acceptable level (depending on your RAM) & optionally, enable page prefecthing for faster page loading times as well.

For selecting texts, first press & hold the ‘Shift’ key and then use your mouse to select the text field. You can modify the shortcut via the ‘Settings’ window.

Copying text & images in 'qpdfview'

Anyhow, if interested, you can install ‘stable’ versions of ‘qpdfview’ on Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10, 12.04 LTS, 11.10, 11.04 & 10.04 by using the below commands. If you prefer the ‘unstable’/’daily-builds’, skip the below commands and use the ones below it.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:b-eltzner/qpdfview

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install qpdfview

For ‘unstable’ packages, use the below ones.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:adamreichold/qpdfview-dailydeb

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install qpdfview

That’s it.

Any issues ?

Well, while trying to highlight or copy texts, the content area flickers (goes to displaying a white/blank surface & then come back to displaying the content, over & over again). That’s probably because the 0.4.2 version is still a ‘beta’ release, so its probably a bug.

Other than that, ‘qpdfview’ worked like a charm. Good luck.

2 thoughts on “Install ‘qpdfview’ (PDF Viewer) 0.4.2beta1 on Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10, 12.04 LTS

  1. Came to your page because of installation issue with FoxitReader, which I needed for its graphical copy function. This is even better. Thanks!

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