I am looking for a PDF reader / presentation software for Windows that would allow me to show on one monitor the PDF presentation, while the other monitor would show a combination of the current slide, the next slide, notes, and time elapsed. Essentially something like pdfpc, but for Windows. The only thing that I've found is open-pdf-presenter, but its memory usage is extremely high, and so even a 400KB PDF file makes my computer crash (you would think that 4GB would be enough... The developer insists that it's a feature).

Does anyone know of any such software that would work for me? Thanks.

  • "The developer insists that it's a feature" - the "developer" ought to be ashamed of themselves! Ask the "developer" if they will open source the app
    – Mawg
    Sep 17, 2019 at 7:01

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The LibreOffice Impress program allows you to do at least most of this, (I don't have any pdf files with embedded notes to test on at the moment).

  • Open a pdf in impress,
  • Press F5 and the first page is displayed full screen on the other monitor or the projector
  • Local screen shows current page and next page, you can toggle on notes as well.
  • You can add notes, transitions, timings, etc., but probably then need to save as an impress presentation afterwards.
  • Free
  • Cross Platform I just tried it on Windows 10 but I know it works on OS-X, Linux, Windows 7/8, etc.


When opening .pdf documents in Impress you need to scroll down the file types to the Impress block of file types and select .pdf from there: enter image description here Result of opening your sample file in Impress as above: Edit Screen

Result of Pressing F5 (On Dual Screen PC):

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Toggle On Notes

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Versions Used for the above:

MS Windows 10, LibreOffice

  • Impress doesn't seem to be able to open PDF files. Instead they are opened in Draw, and they are completely garbled (overlapping text, spaces inserted at random, math formulas are a mess), in addition to taking an inordinate amount of time to open (5+ minutes on my decent computer). Not an option.
    – user17860
    Sep 10, 2015 at 7:27
  • @user17860 - I just opened one to try it you need to scroll down the file types until you get to the Impress file types and then select pdf from that group, Sep 10, 2015 at 7:29
  • It does open in Impress now, but the text is still messed up and math formulas all go berserk (this is supposed tor read "a . b = b . a" -- certainly not a clock...).
    – user17860
    Sep 10, 2015 at 7:37
  • Do you have a sample file that you could share? Sep 10, 2015 at 7:54
  • Sure: s000.tinyupload.com/index.php?file_id=07365659759616859271 (I hope this file host is OK). Created using pdflatex & beamer.
    – user17860
    Sep 10, 2015 at 8:04

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