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    "Lightweight and speedy alternative to Adobe Reader"

    October 22, 2006  |   By Cheapster


    Maybe I'm too picky, but it always griped me having to install a slow and humongous application like Adobe Reader (over 65 meg on my PC), just in order to _read_ the occasional PDF. The download alone can be intimidating for those with less-than-speedy internet connections.

    Foxit is a sub-2 meg download, and once installed is a fraction the size of Adobe. (With the optional Asian font and Java support, Foxit is just over 8 meg installed on my PC.) It does everything I need it to do, including PDF forms now, and printing might actually be faster than with Adobe.

    Overall, Foxit suits my purposes well enough, and without all that overhead demanded by Adobe.


    Foxit still doesn't work quite right with Firefox. Getting it to open PDF windows in a Firefox tab takes manually copying DLLs, and even then, it locks up more often than not. As-is, it will open files in a new instance of Foxit. I actually prefer that, but some people will not.

    Also, DDE doesn't seem to work properly, another persistent problem left over from earlier versions. Double-clicking a PDF file opens a whole new instance of the reader, instead of a just new window.

    These bugs give Foxit Reader a somewhat unfinished, even amateurish feel that will make it unappealing to some, especially novices. I like Foxit and use it, but I generally recommend it only to those who are somewhat PC-savvy.

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