• 08/07/2012 - PDFCube 0.0.5 (the cwh release) can be downloaded from the usual place  tar.gz, you can see the new features in the manpage: ManPage0.0.5
  • 14/05/2012 - PDFCube 0.0.4  tar.gz released to the public.
  • 13/12/2011 - Emil Kjer successfully built and installed  pdfcube-0.0.4-beta on MacOS X (MacOsDetails)
  • 12/12/2011 -  pdfcube-0.0.4-beta released
  • 12/12/2011 - Andreas Moog reported successfully running pdfcube-trunk on  Ubuntu Precise Pangolin
  • 05/11/2011 - Compatibility issue with poppler 0.18 should be fixed in trunk. (please note that the new version reads transitions from the pdf file, so when a box transition is detected the cube effect is applied).
  • 08/01/2009 - Ooops, we did  it again... :)
  • 25/12/2008 - 365  downloads in the last 4 days.
  • 22/12/2008 - PDFCube PDFCube 0.0.3 released, download it  here.
  • 17/12/2008 - PDFCube source code has been downloaded 175 times in the last 10 days (and 3105 times in the last year and 5925 times since the first release).
  • 12/12/2008 - New PDFCube 0.0.3 beta available. This was a joint work with Karol Sokolowsky.
  • 02/01/2007 - PDFCube made it on  Linux Weekly News
  • 19/12/2006 - Version 0.0.2 released.


PDF Cube is a fast and light PDF viewer with some nice features and effects.

It uses Poppler and OpenGL APIs to add 3D spinning cube page transitions to PDF documents.

It adds some eye-candy and smooth transitions to PDF presentations (specially Latex, Beamer or Prosper presentations).

Rotating 3D cube transition is of great effect when put on a big projection screen, so be moderate! One or two cube transitions done when changing argument can help understanding that you are switching to a new part of the presentation. On the other hand using cube transition on every page can give seasickness to your audience ;).

The main focus of PDFCube is on quality of the animation (given some supported DRI hardware), speed and reliability.


You can  download any pdfcube version.

The latest stable version of PDFCube is 0.0.4

  • Thanks to Alexander Wirt, pdfcube is now in main of  Debian unstable. You can simply apt-get it! Great Alex, Debian is my choice, also. Alex also provided a nice manpage for 0.0.2 that was modified and added to the 0.0.3 release.
  • PDF Cube is included in Fedora 8 and following (Everything section).
  • Seems like PDF Cube found its way into Ubuntu Gutsy (Universe).  Package Information. It's also in Hardy and Intrepid.
  •  ArchLinux is the first distro to package version 0.0.3.


See PdfCubeCompatibility to know which hardware pdfcube runs on and success stories.


Contact information

You can make a donation to PDFCube

(We have no) Mailing list

PDF Cube is an open source, spare-time, money-less (unless you donate) project and needs your help!

Are you a skilled C/C++ developer? Do you know how to program in C++ using clutter? Do you simply want to discuss how PDF cube should evolve? Do you want to ask some questions regarding PDF Cube usage?

Feel free to write to mirko.maischberger (at) gmail (dot) com

Please read the FrequentlyAskedQuestions before posting or sending comments and bug reports.