There is no question that PDF's and readers have been around for many years whether on our computer or our portable devices. With all the documents amassed over the years there have been various options for viewing them.

That is why when going through BlackBerry World and our forums I came across a third party viewer called NSR Reader. It allows you to view PDF, TIFF, and DjVu files with ease on your BlackBerry device. In addition, unlike the native Adobe Reader, this includes the ability to rotate pages in case you happen to open a file that is upside down.

Being presented with options when it comes to functionality is always important and having developers create a native application such as this is always welcome. Documents and images are rendered in a high quality format with the ability to turn on Text reflow. By using this function, it acts as a reader view versus page view, documents are not only easier to read as you can basically increase the size of the font or zoom in and still have it fit the screen. In this mode you can also select text to copy and paste or share in other applications. For folks who prefer reading at night, a dark mode is included that inverts the colors to also save power. There is also a convenient shortcut in the menu to a list of your most recently accessed files.

In addition, there are some added features if you go into settings such as cropping blank edges, toggling on full-screen mode, prevent screen locking, and selecting the text encoding for text files.


  • High-quality PDF and DjVu rendering
  • Multipage TIFF files support
  • Opens plain text files with encoding selection option and breaks them into pages
  • Automatically detects and crops blank edges
  • Supports password protected PDFs (except latest Adobe® Reader® X encryption)
  • Saves last reading position
  • Bookmarks support
  • Inverted colors mode helps to save power and read at dark
  • Text reflow mode makes reading huge text-enabled PDF and DjVu files easy
  • Nice preview of recently opened files
  • Active frame (application cover) support
  • Share your files through BBM, Bluetooth, NFC and other apps
  • Fast and responsive user interface.

While there is no support for annotating or saving files it does allow users to add their own bookmarks to files and a place in the side menu to access each and every one of them.

For those who wish to try it out first there is NSR Reader lite available for free, the premium is $1.99, but you are limited to reading only the first thirty pages of a file. Whichever version you download both deserve a look for your BlackBerry 10 device. Having options and different ways in which to view and optimize your PDF's, TIFF files, and text files is always a good thing.

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