Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.2.0.0303
  • 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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.2

    out of 43 votes

    • 5 star 22
    • 4 star 13
    • 3 star 4
    • 2 star 2
    • 1 star 2
  • 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

"Definitely quicker than waiting for Adobe."

April 16, 2010  |  By starrym

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.2.0.0303

Pros

Loads faster and accepts input faster on PDF forms.

Cons

Doesn't support all of the features that Adobe does. Had to go back to Adobe for some tax forms to work correctly.

Summary

I've heard it's not quite as vulnerable to threats as Adobe, but I don't know how you could prove this.

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3 stars

"Foxit good if you like toolbars"

April 02, 2010  |  By steve l

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.2.0.0303

Pros

For free pdf reader foxit is good with many features.

Cons

Foxit have made it difficult to get rid of the toolbar that comes with it so after many years with Foxit I have now moved to Sumatra PDF reader.

Summary

I just do not want the toolbar

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5 stars

"annotate &highlight pdfs. Usable free/demo version"

March 31, 2010  |  By akabbob

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.2.0.0303

Pros

evaluation stamp is rather small
most features don't cause a stamp like highlighting tools and i think inserting text boxes. it seems just that drawing lines and shapes cause stamps.
undo funtction, can take snapshots of pdf topast in word.

Cons

i don't think you can instert bookmarks or hyperlinks. don't what does this.
toolbars are hard to get familiar with in the beginning. no biggy though

Summary

hands down the best i've come accross. more functions than adobe and others and you could use the demo version fully without having to buy.

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5 stars

"Amazingly fast compared to Adobe"

March 30, 2010  |  By ahensel149

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.2.0.0303

Pros

Instantly brings up large, saved .pdf files.

Cons

None at all

Summary

I only use .pdf programs for reading downloaded files. For that use it puts Adobe to shame.

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5 stars

"Amzing program"

March 29, 2010  |  By danapatel

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.2.0.0303

Pros

Easy to use interface and simple .

Cons

None that I have found.

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5 stars

"So much faster - love it!"

March 28, 2010  |  By pooky4

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.2.0.0303

Pros

SOOOO much faster than Adobe's Reader, and doesn't have the instability problems that Adobe's does. Even better - when saving a PDF from an email, it actually remembers your previous save location instead of defaulting to the TEMP folder!

Cons

I tend to be more keyboard-oriented than mouse-oriented, so when I want to print a PDF, I use CTR + P. I should then be able to hit enter to select "OK" and send it to the printer, but for some reason, I can only CLICK on OK. Frustrating!

Summary

Even with the print issue in my cons, I really prefer this program. It's among the first programs I put onto a new PC. Since I have Adobe Acrobat Pro, I use it when I need that type of functionality (i.e. creating PDF's and combining PDF's), but for general viewing and printing, this program is my default.

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4 stars

"Very useful"

March 28, 2010  |  By BrianJSwain

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.2.0.0303

Pros

More compact than Adobe Reader

Cons

Link to Ask

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5 stars

"Much better than adobe"

March 28, 2010  |  By moonshiner6

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.2.0.0303

Pros

Does an outstanding job, fast and small. Does not hog the memery like adobe. Opens all the pdf files that states (must have adobe reader to open)

Cons

None that I have found.

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4 stars

"seems to work OK"

March 27, 2010  |  By bob dillon

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.2.0.0303

Pros

seems to work OK

Cons

I don't use it often enough to see problems

Summary

I don't use it much but the little I have it seems OK

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3 stars

"I downloaded this file because I do not like Adobe"

March 26, 2010  |  By Chrisw484976

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 3.2.0.0303

Pros

It works alright. It is simple to use but then so is Adobe.

Cons

I downloaded this program because I am biased against Adobe and wanted somehting to take its place. Foxit along with its Editor does the trick and seems to open all the adobe rubbish

Summary

Like WinZip, I do not like Adobe reader or Acrobat, and so when I heard there was an alternative I jumped at the chance and downloaded Foxit. It seems to do all that Adobe does, without making a fuss. I generally like this program but I do not know whether that is because of the program or because I am anti-Adobe.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.2.0.0303
  • Undo and Redo--Allows users to easily correct mistakes by cancelling their previous actions and quickly adding back in changes made with the Undo option, this makes it convenient for users to revoke their performances and enables better editing requirements.
  • Expand Current Bookmark--Click the Expand Current Bookmark icon to expand nested bookmarks and highlight the bookmark of the current page.
  • Speed up printing--Foxit Reader has optimized the printing feature, improving the speed of printing dramatically.
  • Logical Page Number Support--Displays the physical and logical page number on the status bar at the bottom of the working area, enabling you to go right to the desired page fast and accurately.
General
Publisher Foxit Software
Publisher web site http://www.foxitsoftware.com
Release Date March 10, 2010
Date Added March 10, 2010
Version 3.2.0.0303
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows 7, Windows XP, 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 16,910,631
Downloads Last Week 4,857
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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