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:
    16,910,631
  • Date Added:
    June 20, 2009
  • File Size:
    36.2MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    4,857
  • 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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5 stars

"easy to be used"

August 23, 2009  |  By enzo53

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.0 build 1817

Pros

you just install it and that's it

Cons

I didn't find anything

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5 stars

"There is no cause, I like it better than acrobat."

August 23, 2009  |  By onog33

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.0 build 1817

Pros

Faster performance.

Cons

Not at all.

Summary

Acrobat installer has no offline installer now. Foxit is small in size and has portable facility.

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4 stars

"works fine and uses few resources"

August 21, 2009  |  By pedrofdz

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.0 build 1817

Pros

Runs consuming very little amount of memory and processor capacity

Cons

is limited in secondary functions like voice reading

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3 stars

"Older builds were better."

August 20, 2009  |  By nmalhotr

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.0 build 1817

Pros

Faster than Acrobat. Much faster

Cons

Issues with Vista and Firefox.
In Vista triggers User Access Control everytime...very annoying.

Does not open PDF files with firefox only IE.

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5 stars

"Foxit is easy to load and translates PDF files quickly"

August 19, 2009  |  By powmetguy

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.0 build 1817

Pros

It doesn't seem to have the memory requirement that Adobe does so it operates much more readily.

Cons

Haven't seen any problem areas.

Summary

It;'s easy to load and just works every time.

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5 stars

"Mozilla's Foxit Reader"

August 19, 2009  |  By snodinn

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.0 build 1817

Pros

Love it. Small footprint on my hard drive.

Cons

Can't think of any at this time

Summary

Programs that take less time to download or take up less room on the hard drive, plus they work flawlessly are pretty great.

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5 stars

"very good replacement for Adobe"

August 19, 2009  |  By Chrisw484976

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.0 build 1817

Pros

It is responsive

Cons

I have nothing bad to say about this product

Summary

Good replacement for Adobe

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4 stars

"quick - limited disk space or memory use - nicely done"

August 18, 2009  |  By djoc1

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.0 build 1817

Pros

addresses the minimum needs of people using pdf files

Cons

unless you buy, any notations or markups will cause a stamp noting this is a trial package .....

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5 stars

"Great low-profile pdf file reader"

August 18, 2009  |  By jonl60

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.0 build 1817

Pros

The low byte count for this program is what stands out for me.

Cons

Nothing to dislike.

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5 stars

"Saved My Life From Adobe Hell....."

August 17, 2009  |  By HighlandAuctions

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.0 build 1817

Pros

Super fast download.... no learning curve... I picked the custom install

Cons

Haven't found one yet except for it offering to make Ask my default search (err no thanks).. and the toolbar

Summary

Adobe is just getting tooo big (air, reader etc..) and with mandatory updates the file size gets whopping without you even noticing. If you want something simple, just read and print, this is your man

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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 2000, Windows, Windows 2003, Windows XP
Additional Requirements
Download Information
File Size 36.2MB
File Name FoxitReader703.0916_prom_enu_Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 16,910,631
Downloads Last Week 4,857
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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