Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.1.4.1125
  • Total Downloads:
    16,882,572
  • Date Added:
    November 26, 2009
  • File Size:
    36.2MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5,836
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7

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 208 votes

    • 5 star 109
    • 4 star 66
    • 3 star 10
    • 2 star 16
    • 1 star 7
  • 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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What's new in version 3.1.4.1125
Version 3.1.4.1125 is a maintenance release.
General
Publisher Foxit Software
Publisher web site http://www.foxitsoftware.com
Release Date November 25, 2009
Date Added November 26, 2009
Version 3.1.4.1125
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows
Additional Requirements None
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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