When comparing Documents To Go vs Evince, the Slant community recommends Evince for most people. In the question“What are the best Microsoft Office alternatives?” Evince is ranked 16th while Documents To Go is ranked 22nd.
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Pro Rich editing features
Docs To Go offers more editing features than you would typically expect on Android devices
Pro Android phone and tablet versions are bundled in one download
One of the best features in this app is being able to use it across devices. Instead of having to download it twice, the different versions are bundled together to save time.
Pro Internal cloud service
You don't need to use any other cloud service in order to access your documents from anywhere
Pro No sign up necessary
Most apps require you to sign up in order to get going, Docs to go doesn't put users through the hassle of filling out a form before getting to use the app.
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 There is a one time fee for the pro version
Con Lack of spellchecker
If you happen to make a typo while using Documentss To Go, you're out of luck because they don't have a spell check feature.
Con Keyboard shortcuts cannot be rebound
Con Thumbs not working
Scroll once, and all thumbs in the side panel are gone.
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 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 Poor UI
Since version 3 it is almost unusable.