Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.2
  • Total Downloads:
    16,910,631
  • Date Added:
    March 10, 2010
  • File Size:
    36.2MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    4,857
  • 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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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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5 stars

"EXCELLENT PDF UTILITY"

September 05, 2014  |  By solo247

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.3.815

Pros

been using FoxIt PDF for years now, and has always been impressed with its performance and many options for working with PDF files. It has features that fits users of every stage, but really is geared towards those who are looking for a professional pdf application that does extraordinary things with pdf files and documents. And, best of all - ITS FREE!!!

Cons

all great things in this innovative software, nothing to complain about.

Summary

highly recommended software for your day-to-day PDF needs.

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2 stars

"Newest version is poor"

July 19, 2014  |  By dafolzey

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.1.0618

Pros

Requires little memory or storage.
Attractive UI
Integrates well with Internet Explorer
Great PDF printing/creation capabilities

Cons

The newest version uses a constant 12-13% of my rather powerful CPU, there is no reason for this.

Summary

I haven't directly noticed any of the malware that other reviewers have listed, but a PDF reader using a constant 12-13% of my CPU is definitely indicative of malware, which is what got me suspicious initially. Its a shame, becuase Foxit used to be the best PDF reader out there. I generally try to avoid Adobe products because of their security history, but really they're the only other free choice, so I guess I'm going back to the red and white team.

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1 stars

"Foxit Reader should be removed ASAP"

June 17, 2014  |  By eezee_cnet

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

Pros

There are no pros, anymore.

Cons

1. Newest update comes with the OpenCandy malware. DO NOT INSTALL!!
2. I checked the support forum today, and it's over-flooded with spam.

Looks like the dev's of Foxit gave up on their product and want to go out in a blaze of malware and spam. I got the message, Foxit will be removed from my systems and it will not be installed or recommended by me ever again.

Summary

Looks like the dev's of Foxit gave up on their product and want to go out in a blaze of malware and spam. DO NOT INSTALL!!

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4 stars

"It works o.k. for me."

June 08, 2014  |  By brakker1

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

Pros

Easy to use, which is a big plus for me.

Cons

none that I am aware of.

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1 stars

"Dangerous malware in latest update- no warning"

June 06, 2014  |  By rlc24u

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

Pros

None. Cant use it if I cant trust it.

Cons

See here:
http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/foxit-reader-upgrade-warning.360532/

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5 stars

""The best PDF Reader""

June 03, 2014  |  By Barpa21

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

Pros

The software is very lightweight and for instance much faster than any other PDF reader software. Foxit Reader comes with a cool free PDF creation tool allowing you to convert any format into PDF. In my opinion, This makes the product more useful and definitely put it on top of other popular PDF Readers like Adobe Reader .
I mostly use Foxit reader to create, share and provide comments to PDF documents. This tool has worked so well for me that many people with whom I work with, have finished Downloading Foxit reader due to its great annotating capabilities.

Cons

The user interface is not like Adobe but more likely to Microsoft Office. If you don't like Microsoft office UI, you won't like Foxit UI.

Summary

I always recommend my friends and co-workers to use Foxit. Foxit Reader has become an important tool for me to the point that I use it at work all the time. Even, when I have to provide feedback to documents not in PDF, I prefer to convert them into PDF and do my comments from Foxit reader .

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1 stars

"Loved the old version, got malwared by the latest"

June 01, 2014  |  By kmcchi

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

Pros

(BUT SEE CONS) I spend a lot of time reading academic pdfs, and Foxit reader has been my favorite for the variety of ways I can annotate things. Easy to use multiple highlight colors, easy to write notes and comments and change the fonts/sizes I use; also like how it uses tabs for multiple open files whereas Adobe clutters up my main taskbar with unique program windows when multiple pdfs are open.

Cons

Just setting up a new computer yesterday, I downloaded and installed the latest Foxit from the Foxit website - and got a boatload of malware that took me hours to clean up. Now I'm afraid to try any other Foxit downloads. They need to acknowledge this and advertise a guaranteed malware-free version before I'll try it again.

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4 stars

"Same Great PDF reader/printer I've been using for years"

May 17, 2014  |  By jmc452

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

Pros

More features than I'll probably ever learn to use, but nice knowing they are there if I need them.

Cons

None so far.

Summary

Noted the junk it would have installed if not paying attention, but lately, everything I've downloaded from Download.com has had these so just pay attention! My criticism is with Download.com for allowing it.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.2
Version 3.2
General
Publisher Foxit Software
Publisher web site http://www.foxitsoftware.com
Release Date March 10, 2010
Date Added March 10, 2010
Version 3.2
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003
Additional Requirements None
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
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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