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Foxit PDF Reader

CNET 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Fast download, great program."

    January 7, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 2.0 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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