Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.1.1.0928
  • Total Downloads:
    16,928,603
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 01, 2009
  • Price:
    Free

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

    4.2

    out of 31 votes

    • 5 star 16
    • 4 star 6
    • 3 star 7
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 0
  • 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

"Quick and easy"

October 11, 2009  |  By pbeecham

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.1.1.0928

Pros

Much faster loading

Cons

nothing to dislike

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5 stars

"All it says and more!"

October 11, 2009  |  By dave1310

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.1.1.0928

Pros

Small install, great functions, intuitive operations.

Cons

Not recognized as an adobe reader by my on-line school - their "blackboard" system requires access to an adobe reader and it won't recognize Foxit! Drat!

Summary

Installed quickly. Reads whatever I've thrown at it. SMALL install size compared to adobe. great interface. good support. free. I can't even think of a nit to throw at it.

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4 stars

"Fast and Reliable"

October 11, 2009  |  By rewallac

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.1.1.0928

Pros

FAST FAST FAST

Cons

Not Adobe Acrobat

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3 stars

"works but..."

October 11, 2009  |  By ronf572

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.1.1.0928

Pros

it does easilly open most pdf.
it seems to open them faster.

Cons

i am not crazy about the interface.
honestly it may just be i am programmed now for adobes interface and change is uncomfortable.
i just dont feel like i have as much control as in acrobat reader, i probably actually have more.

Summary

it works, if i never used acrobat it would be a simple choice of this one, but i just feel more comfortable with acrobat.

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5 stars

"Great alternative"

October 09, 2009  |  By dword

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.1.1.0928

Pros

Faster than Adobe Reader

Cons

Simply a reader

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5 stars

"GREAT reader !!!"

October 09, 2009  |  By zzuebe2

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.1.1.0928

Pros

Light, very light... Hardly uses any resources... Renders much quicker than Adobe...

Cons

It wants to sneak a tool bar on you... Be very careful and read the EULA before installing...

Summary

This is a must for anyone wishing a lighter, quicker PDF reader. If you are not careful when installing, it'll throwe a tool bar at you and before you know it, it's there... You can decline this if you are very careful and read all instructions... GREAT little piece of software... Just wish they weren't so "sneaky"...

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3 stars

"Has a bit of a learning curve"

October 09, 2009  |  By rwludlow

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.1.1.0928

Pros

It has a nice look to it.While I do not have it set as the default, it comes up first. Interesting assertiveness.

Cons

I have not found some things yet that I have needed. In particular, where to get a printed copy of what I am looking at. Just one of the things that I have not yet figured out.

Summary

I am still learning how to use Foxxit Reader. However, if I do not get it figured out pretty quickly, I will take it off of my computer. I have no problem trying things out and if they are not friendly enough, I just delete them. I do not have the time, nor patients to spend trying to figure things out.

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5 stars

"Neat PDF reader without the fuss"

October 09, 2009  |  By mlnoone

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.1.1.0928

Pros

Small file size, works without installation, so the exe can be carried around and even run from a portable drive

Cons

So far I've had no problem

Summary

This is an excellent portable PDF viewer. If you happen to get stuck with a computer without adobe reader installed and you happen to have this on your USB stick, your day is saved!

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2 stars

"Memory leak"

October 09, 2009  |  By vietdoor01

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.1.1.0928

Pros

my memory increased too much

Cons

When i use it, my memory increased too much and caused out of memory

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3 stars

"Good replacement for Adobe"

October 08, 2009  |  By wmthweatt

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.1.1.0928

Pros

Free, Small foot print.

Cons

Wants to make you use Ask.com as default search. Wants to add toolbar or it says some feature won't work.

Summary

Ok for Adobe replacement, but don't want to use Ask.com

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.1.1.0928
Version 3.1.1.0928 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Foxit Software
Publisher web site http://www.foxitsoftware.com
Release Date September 28, 2009
Date Added October 01, 2009
Version 3.1.1.0928
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 34.54MB
File Name FoxitReader706.1126_prom_enu_Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 16,928,603
Downloads Last Week 4,945
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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