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Foxit Reader

Download Editors' Rating:
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Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 1880 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.2
  • Total Downloads:
    17,087,099
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 10, 2010
  • 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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1 stars

"won't stop crashing after update"

August 09, 2015  |  By anemil87

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 7.2.0.722

Pros

Used to be lightweight and reliable.

Cons

I can't use it without it crashing anymore. It's failed me at a critical time while studying for finals and doing homework. Will not be using Foxit anymore. PDF-Xchange viewer is better.

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1 stars

"Was great until update"

August 09, 2015  |  By anemil87

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 7.2.0.722

Pros

Lightweight

Cons

Crashes all the time now. Unusable after update.

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5 stars

"An excellent PDF reader, your good choice"

August 06, 2015  |  By CC-

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 7.2.0.722

Pros

It is ightweight and runs fast. More importantly, it is free but have more advanced functions than other free tools!
I like it because it offers all that I want for PDF reading, and it consume very little memory.

Cons

It's good currently.

Summary

A great PDF reader, I like it

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5 stars

"Better than Adobe Reader!"

August 05, 2015  |  By hero wang

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 7.2.0.722

Pros

This version introduces a series of new capabilities as well as some bug fixes, to provide a better user experience.

Cons

Bugs Fixed! I love the new version, I will recommend this to all my friends

Summary

Foxit Reader is still a good alternative to Adobe Reader, the new update adds significantly more oomph to the Reader.

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1 stars

"There is no Uninstaller!"

July 09, 2015  |  By Karity01

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 7.1.5.425

Pros

There is no Uninstaller - it's a nightmare, this awful thing is all over the registry and i cant get rid of it.

Cons

Do not get near it.

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2 stars

"How the mighty have fallen"

April 17, 2015  |  By enc0ded

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 7.1.3.320

Pros

Once good now Foxit has ruined what was a good free lightweight simple easy to use PDF reader

Cons

Foxit is bundled with a variety of unwanted apps and bloatware, free software trials which constantly change on each update.
Foxit will attempt to install toolbars and change your system settings.
IE Foxit cloud unwanted no option to NOT install or default printer settings changed ,Foxit install it's own "Foxit PDF printer" which crashes also Foxit does not cleanly uninstall leaves lots of entries in the registry folders .

Summary

I know Foxit wants to make money on adverts etc but given the user no option to uncheck certain features bundled in the program has lost a user

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1 stars

"New versions crash constantly"

April 16, 2015  |  By bwprager123

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 7.1.3.320

Pros

Used to be the best. Now it is unusable with Win 8.1.

Cons

Print to pdf plugin for browser (firefox) causes constant crashing. No way around it. The reader itself as a stand-alone also crashes constantly. Stops responding completely; requires hard stop with task manager

Summary

I would love to know what is a pdf reader that can be used with current version of Windows, MS Word, Firefox, and get on with life already!

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1 stars

"End of an era!"

April 16, 2015  |  By kdavison252

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 7.1.3.320

Pros

Not as annoying and unstable as Adobe's Reader

Cons

Easy addition of text and markup to PDF's

Summary

I've been using Foxit for a long time as it offered so many useful features. As of the last time I updated (7.1.0.306) there have been so many changes that it's no longer useful.
I used to use the Stamp and signature features to quickly drag a stamp in and sign it before forwarding it on to another department. Now the signatures can no longer be dragged over top of a stamp and when I do forward it on, the document won't open claiming that the stamp and signature files are missing.
I frequently organize PDF's via a naming structure. Hitting Save As and naming my files based upon dates, names and other content in my PDF's. Now, Save As changes the viewing tab on the PDF so that I can no longer see the document while I'm saving it. I realize these are minor changes but they present a significant change in the efficiency gained in using Foxit over other solutions.
It feels to me like changes are being made to the software without adequate testing. I can't see any real reason to continue using it now.

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1 stars

"Foxit Reader 7.1.3.320 locks up displaying documents"

April 12, 2015  |  By randmart65

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 7.1.3.320

Pros

It used to be good.

Cons

I have used Foxit Reader for several years as my default PDF reader. Version 7.1.3.320 locks up while displaying documents despite reboots and re-installation of a fresh download. I'm now looking for a different, reliable reader.

Summary

Unless it is fixed quickly, I am done with Foxit

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5 stars

"Runs circles around Adobe Reader"

March 13, 2015  |  By Lobo912

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 7.1.0.0306

Pros

Been using Foxit for a couple of years now and have had no issues with it. New version 7.1 loads pages much faster than 6.0. Program does everything I've asked of it.

Cons

Interface is a little quirky and is not necessarily intuitive, so there's a little learning curve.

Summary

I used to dread working with PDFs because of the instability of Adobe Reader, but with Foxit I'm expanding my usage all the time. Recently created a 50-page PDF document and it went very smoothly.

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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 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 41.78MB
File Name FoxitReader720.0722_prom_enu_Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 17,087,099
Downloads Last Week 3,593
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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