When comparing Zoho Docs vs Evince, the Slant community recommends Evince for most people. In the question“What are the best Microsoft Office alternatives?” Evince is ranked 18th while Zoho Docs is ranked 32nd.
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Pro Allows for real-time collaboration
Multiple people can work on the same document at the same time.
Pro No installation required
While Zoho Docs offers native applications for desktop and mobile, you can choose to use the webapp which doesn't require you to download anything and can be accessed from anywhere where there's an Internet connection and a modern web browser.
Pro Reasonable MS Office compatibility
Pro Free and open source software
Pro Can annotate a pdf
It isn't immediately obvious how to do this, but the instructions are here.
As of 13 June 2018, the icons/screenshots on that page look different than what can be seen under Evince v3.18.2, but the devs have been alerted to this discrepancy, and there are requests they make the finding/using of annotations more intuitive than they are now.
Pro Can find a word in a pdf
Pro Supports touchpad gestures
Pro Good integration with Gnome desktop
Pro Supports touch interaction
Supports touch, including drag and pinch to zoom.
Pro Can play embedded video
To my knowlegde, the only PDF reader on Linux that can play embeded video (unfortunately not in presentation mode, which is a major drawdack).
Pro Search results list
Click/tap the magnifying class in the top bar.
Con Can get expensive quickly
Zoho Docs has 2 paid plans - $5/user/month and $8/user/month that add additional functionality and increase the storage limit. Compared to standalone purchases, the subscription fees can quickly rack up, especially since they are on a per user basis.
Con Scrolling is not smooth
Con Window can't be resized
You can only read in a small box or fullscreen, no way to manually size window.
Con Tied to GNOME
Comes with all those weird things like popovers and clientside windows.
Con Keyboard shortcuts cannot be rebound
Con Thumbs not working
Scroll once, and all thumbs in the side panel are gone.
Con Poor UI
Since version 3 it is almost unusable.
Con Unicode Problems
Some languages other than English do not render correctly
Con Adding annotations isn't as intuitive as it should be
Instructions can be found here. Specifically, a user should be able to select a word or block of text, then right-click and see highlight/add note options in the drop-down menu. Currently, this option isn't available (as of Evince v3.18.2 / 13th June 2018).