Foxit PDF Reader

Foxit PDF Reader

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 1866 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
2
File Size:
36.03MB
Date Added:
September 19, 2006
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP
Total Downloads:
16,855,950
Downloads Last Week:
5,185
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    4.1

    out of 1866 votes

    • 5 star: 968
    • 4 star: 508
    • 3 star: 137
    • 2 star: 93
    • 1 star: 160
  • 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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  • 2 stars

    "Newest version is poor"

    July 19, 2014   |   By dafolzey

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.1.0618

    Pros

    Requires little memory or storage.
    Attractive UI
    Integrates well with Internet Explorer
    Great PDF printing/creation capabilities

    Cons

    The newest version uses a constant 12-13% of my rather powerful CPU, there is no reason for this.

    Summary

    I haven't directly noticed any of the malware that other reviewers have listed, but a PDF reader using a constant 12-13% of my CPU is definitely indicative of malware, which is what got me suspicious initially. Its a shame, becuase Foxit used to be the best PDF reader out there. I generally try to avoid Adobe products because of their security history, but really they're the only other free choice, so I guess I'm going back to the red and white team.

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