Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 1869 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0 build 1817
  • Total Downloads:
    16,882,572
  • Date Added:
    June 20, 2009
  • File Size:
    36.2MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5,836
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista

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 3.0 kills the bloat and throws in some useful features, such as multimedia support and content-sharing options, while still allowing you to quickly access your PDFs.

The interface mimics Adobe's, so you won't have to change your reading habits. In our test, the text readability was similar. The small program starts surprisingly fast compared with Adobe. 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. Recent updates include fixing the hyperlink problem, multimedia support, printing highlighted-only sections, and tabbed PDF browsing, so you can read multiple PDFs simultaneously and with ease. Overall, unless you're tied to Adobe we strongly recommend this freeware competitor.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.4

    out of 38 votes

    • 5 star 23
    • 4 star 10
    • 3 star 3
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 1
  • All Versions

    4.1

    out of 1869 votes

    • 5 star 969
    • 4 star 509
    • 3 star 137
    • 2 star 93
    • 1 star 161
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  • 4 stars

    "It's the only game in town!"

    October 02, 2014   |   By hawaiianman79

    Version: Foxit Reader 7.0.3.916

    Pros

    Much faster scrolling than Adobe Reader and simpler!

    Cons

    Versions 6 and 7 crash when history recent documents is set to "0". The ribbon takes up too much room on low height wide screen monitors, I use the classic toolbar mode.

    Summary

    Where else is there to go, all the other free pdf readers are lacking for one reason or another, stick with Foxit.

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  • 1 stars

    "Serious issues with latest version (7.0.3.916)"

    September 30, 2014   |   By PoxyPig

    Version: Foxit Reader 7.0.3.916

    Pros

    Foxit has been an excellent free PDF viewer over many years.

    Cons

    Later versions have become bloated and attempt to install OpenCandy PUP and Foxit Cloud.
    I allowed Foxit to update itself to version 7.0.3.916. After that neither the Mozilla plug-in nor the one for IE8 worked. My attempt to install the latest browser plug-in file was thwarted when Foxit refused to recognise their .fzip format.
    I've had to do a system restore to get version 6.2.2 back and working.

    Summary

    What was a fantastic application has been ruined over the years. An alternative PDF viewer is needed to replace Foxit

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    Full Specifications

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    General
    Publisher Foxit Software
    Publisher web site http://www.foxitsoftware.com
    Release Date June 20, 2009
    Date Added June 20, 2009
    Version 3.0 build 1817
    Category
    Category Business Software
    Subcategory Document Management Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 2003
    Additional Requirements
    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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