Foxit PDF Reader

Foxit PDF Reader

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 1869 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2
  • Total Downloads:
    16,882,572
  • Date Added:
    September 19, 2006
  • File Size:
    36.2MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5,836
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Editors' Review

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To put it gently, Adobe Reader is a real pain in the hindquarters.

It's monstrously large, slow to load, and includes many features most users will hardly ever need. Foxit PDF Reader 2.0 omits these widgets and throws in some neat features, such as annotation tools, while still allowing you to read PDF documents.

The interface mimics Adobe's, so you won't have to change your reading habits. In our test, the text readability wasn't much inferior to Acrobat's. The 1.6MB program starts surprisingly fast compared to Acrobat. You might need to fiddle a bit to get it to work with your Internet browser, but you can find help on Foxit's support forums. It's a nice touch that it opens PDFs from the Internet in their own Foxit window, instead of sucking resources from within the browser.

Foxit's biggest flaw in the old version was hogging memory and that has been corrected. We did find it incredibly irritating that URL hyperlinks were unclickable, and that some features were secretly blocked in the evaluation copy.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.2

    out of 40 votes

    • 5 star 25
    • 4 star 6
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 3
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    out of 1869 votes

    • 5 star 969
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    • 2 star 93
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4 stars

"Small and Speedy - what more do you need?"

January 29, 2007  |  By rgsunico

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2

Pros

The PDF format is so widely used, you're bound to need a reader sooner or later. I'll never understand how the official Adobe Reader just seems to get bigger and bigger withe very version and thus runs even slower than the previous one.

Foxit solves these problems with a very lightweight download and a very fast program. It's simple and runs fairly well - not bad for a free product.

Cons

My only hangup is integration with Firefox since it seems to be conditioned for IE at this time. Getting the PDF Download extension for Firefox is a good workaround that allows you to download the file, then open it in an external reader like Foxit but fixing this minor annoyance would definitely go a long way for this product.

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5 stars

"pdf savior- super fast"

January 25, 2007  |  By rvflannery

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2

Pros

Acrobat has become a self-parody with all the updates you need to download. It's ridiculously slow. Foxit is perfect- loads files immediately, with no unnecessary prompting.unnecessary prompting.

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5 stars

"So quick and light on the system"

January 24, 2007  |  By water4l

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2

Pros

It seems to do everything Adobe does without the delays. This is all I use now. Adobe gone. 100Mb PDF opens in about 2 seconds on my Athlon 3400 512MB compared to about 15 sec+ with adobe.

Cons

The only negative is to not have it.

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5 stars

"excellent product"

January 19, 2007  |  By judyw1955

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2

Pros

So easy to use for people like me who arnt computer literate lolol

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5 stars

"very light and usefull alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader"

January 16, 2007  |  By sylvain.comte

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2

Pros

very light and quick at loading

Cons

none, but i'm only using it for basic reading (no annotations...)

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5 stars

"A great alternative to Adober Reader"

January 10, 2007  |  By purple_squirrel

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2

Pros

Easy to use, all of what was great with older versions of Adobe Reader are in FoxIT.

Cons

The updates descriptions don't give away much information of what they are for. Had to remove one that wasn't needed.

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5 stars

"It Works!"

January 10, 2007  |  By largerick

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2

Pros

I tried two other PDF readers. Adobe Acrobat took up a huge amount of harddrive space. It also likes to run in the backgroung-attaching itself to your computer start-up process. Sorax, althought light in computer resources, was for me, difficult to get the hang of, and wouldn't open all PDF files. Foxit, has the look of Adobe Acrobat, the light resource usage of Sorax, and has opened all of my PDF files...so far!

Cons

None known so far.

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5 stars

"Fast download, great program."

January 07, 2007  |  By The Shadow16

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2

Pros

The download took less than 10 Sec. and the installation was very fast, I have been looking for a good free reader that takes less space than Acrobat Reader.I have found it!

Cons

None that I can tell.

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5 stars

"very good"

December 28, 2006  |  By HolleyJeffrey

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2

Pros

open all PDF - and very fast, only 1 file - no need to install.

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2 stars

"disappointing"

December 20, 2006  |  By Joe M

 |  Version: Foxit PDF Reader 2

Pros

Very small, compared to Adobe. Speedy to load.

Cons

The commenting and annotation features cost forty bucks. In its unregistered form, it puts evaluation marks on the file when you save it.

It doesn't render some PDFs properly. Colors and fonts are displayed incorrectly.

The search function doesn't work on some PDFs. On one very long document, Adobe Reader correctly found a particular search string 89 times, while Foxit didn't find it at all.

While only a fraction the size of Adobe Reader in installed program size, it consumes about twice the RAM in operation.

With each version of Adobe Reader more rediculously bloated than the last, I really wanted to like Foxit. Simply put, though, it's buggy and unreliable.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Foxit Software
Publisher web site http://www.foxitsoftware.com
Release Date September 19, 2006
Date Added September 19, 2006
Version 2
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Word Processing Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server
Download Information
File Size 36.2MB
File Name FoxitReader703.0916_prom_enu_Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 16,882,572
Downloads Last Week 5,836
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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