When comparing Chromium vs Xodo PDF Reader & Editor, the Slant community recommends Xodo PDF Reader & Editor for most people. In the question“What are the best PDF viewers for Windows?” Xodo PDF Reader & Editor is ranked 5th while Chromium is ranked 10th.
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Pro Completely open source
Unlike Google Chrome, Chromium is completely open source.
Pro Supports all of Google Chrome features
As Chrome is based on Chromium they overlap in supported features. Chromium syncs between devices, automatically updates, has great built-in developer tools, installs extensions without a restart, includes a combined text bar for entering URLs and searching and has excellent HTML5 compatibility just like Chrome.
Pro Access to Chrome's extensions
Chromium can access the Chrome Web Store and all the extensions hosted there can be installed and used on Chromium.
Chrome and Chromium are available on almost every device nowadays
Every tab and plugin runs in its own subprocess so they will never affect the whole browser ,however that consumes more memory than other browsers
Pro Backed by Google
Chromium was first released as a large portion of Chrome's source code as an open source project by Google in september 2008. The idea was to encourage developers to review the underlying code and to contribute in making Chrome cross platform and port it to Mac and Linux as well.
Nowadays Chromium is a large project with a huge community that's standing behind it but still Google continues to take an extremely active role in Chromium development. This ensures the longevity and constant development and improvement of the browser.
Pro Great handling for S-Pen/Digitizer
Can open more than one PDF at a time in tabs.
Pro No ads
The reader offers a lot of features for free with no ads.
App can reflow any PDF for an enhanced reading on small terminals. The process is a bit slow but works for every PDF.
Pro PDF can be read from SD Card
Xodo does not copy the PDF files to the internal memory.
Pro Very (very) good support
Feature Requests and bugs are nicely handled.
Pro Works great with diverse cloud services (e.g. Seafile) and saves changed documents on the fly in the cloud
Pro Efficient user interface
You get what you want by few interactions.
Con High RAM usage
Due the sandboxing, Chromium also eats a lot of RAM , which can be a problem for machines with smaller RAM.
Con Lacks privacy options
Con Misses some proprietary multimedia codecs
Unlike chrome, Chromium misses proprietary multimedia codecs per default. There might be some ways over ffmpeg and co but it is still a gray zone. Also by enabling, it also removes one of the core features of Chromium of being open source software
Con No official builds
There are no official builds available so you have to rely on a third party distributor
Con Can be dangerous
There are plenty of Chromium distributors and every one of them can disable specific features (like sandboxing) for their build, so you will never know what you get.
Con Not possible to disable WebRTC
Con Simple, dull, bare-boned
Con Lacks support for certain common media formats
As Chromium avoids bundling any proprietary software, media that requires proprietary codecs or formats such as AAC, H.264, MP3 and Flash will not play by default on Chromium.
Con Lag when reading
When switching pages, there can be some lag and a re-zoom of the page.