When comparing Evince vs qpdfview, the Slant community recommends Evince for most people. In the question“What are the best PDF viewers for Linux?” Evince is ranked 4th while qpdfview is ranked 5th.
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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.
Pro Low on resources
Pro Open multiple pdfs in tabs
qpdfview is a tabbed document viewer.
Pro Scale, rotate and fit
Pro Allows for some scripting
Opens files in named instances, open files on designated page.
Calling of userscripts on a document is thus far not possible.
Pro Supports Thumbnail Preview
Pro DjVu Support
Pro Add highlights and text annotations
Pro Switch Tabs with Keyboard Shortcuts
Pro Reloads on changes instantly
Pro Fast search in all opened files
Pro Continuous and multiple-page layouts
Pro Outline, properties and thumbnail panes
Pro Fullscreen and presentation views
Pro PostScript Support
it is available on any major computer OS
Pro Supports TOC-Sidebar
Pro Dark mode
However only inverted colors.
Pro Deactivation of GUI elements
Pro Input forms are editable
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).
Con No multiple mapping of commands
Having two key mappings to execute the moveUp command doesn't seem to be possible.
Con Configuration intended via GUI
There is no explicit documentation of configuration parameters used in qpdfview.conf and shortcuts.conf (those are the most important ones). However the files are editable conveniently, which is of value.