I have been using evince, the default Ubuntu PDF viewer for as long as I can remember my first Ubuntu installation. Lately, it got me annoyed. The reason is simple, there is this large PDF datasheet for a micro-controller that I read which is over 1800 pages and whenever I open the index, its in expand all mode. I really love using the index to find the section/module I want to read about. The problem is I have to collapse all the index entries before finding the one I want by title. It would be so much easier if I could just be able to open the document with all the index entries collapsed.
Today I had enough, a quick search on the internet and I found an alternative reader, qpdfview, and installed it:
apt-get install qpdfview
Then right click on any PDF file, go to properties, the open with tab, and set qpdfview as the default viewer. To show the index or as they call it, outline, go to view->Docks->outline. Surprisingly, it opens the document with all index entries collapsed, problem solved. All text objects with hyper-links are also shown wrapped in a thin red box, which is very helpful. It also opens files much faster than evince. The invert colors view mode is great for my eyes too, but to give it to evince, this feature was also available. Loving reading PDF files yet again…