PDF Stacks is a program for browsing PDF files (not just viewing), but it is only available for Windows and Mac.

Is there any alternative for Linux or Android?

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    Can you expand on what you mean by "browsing"? Commented Jan 23, 2016 at 6:05
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    We will need much more information to give good recommendations here – asking for "a tool like X" is never giving enough details, even if linked. You should always list your requirements explicitly. Please see How to ask for an alternative to some software and the questions linked to it for details.
    – Izzy
    Commented Jan 23, 2016 at 13:30

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I think that what you are looking for is Mendeley.

Like pdfstacks you can:

  • Browse PDFs
  • Organise PDFs
  • Annotate PDFs

But unlike pdfstacks:

  • Available for Windows, OS-X, Linux, iOS & Andoroid
  • Also available as browser plug-in
  • Free basic packages (2GB of storeage)
  • Cross Platform Sync
  • Reference & Citation Manager
  • Groups & Collaboration tools Limited on the free plan
    • Invite others into public or private groups with shared papers, notes & annotations
    • Discussions within the group
  • Social Networking and searching the public papers of other users

There are different levels of usage plans:

  • Free Plan £0 pa, no credit card or billing details required:
    • All of the above with 2 GB of storage
  • Personal Storage Plans
    • Plus £44 pa = 5 GB Personal Library, 1 private or invite only group, 3 groups collaborators, 100 MB Shared Library
    • Pro £88 pa, As plus but 10 GB Personal Library
    • Max £132 pa, As Pro but Unlimited Personal Library starting with 100 GB.
  • Team Plans Various pricing based on the team size but with 50% discount for educational & non-profit use
    • Unlimited private groups
    • Flexible team sizes up to 50
    • Unlimited group library space
  • Institutional Edition
    • Some extra features and more support

All prices quoted in Annually, (monthly x 11), in GBP and current as at 24/01/2016

N.B. I don't work for Mendeley but I do use it

  • I was not looking for such, but that indeed sounds very interesting (+1)! You might wish to add the sharing capabilities (reading lists/references/articles), citations and bibliography. Any word on the account needed? Any money involved? Privacy concerns? ;)
    – Izzy
    Commented Jan 23, 2016 at 13:39

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