Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 1869 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1.1.0805
  • Total Downloads:
    16,928,603
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 06, 2010
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Foxit PDF Reader, the program that many consider to be a faster, lighter, more able Windows alternative to Adobe Reader, has recently jumped to version 5.0. This newest release comes with many of the same solid features, a few new ones, and an upgraded interface.

As with the previous version, the setup process is a bit cumbersome. First, watch out for the two check boxes that make Ask your browser default search provider and Ask.com your home page. Opt out as necessary. Then, toward the end of the installation process, be sure to read carefully and opt out of the Addin for Mozilla FireFox, Opera, Safari and Chrome--unless, of course, you're into bloated toolbars. Once you make it through the installation gauntlet, the rest should be smooth sailing.

The new Foxit Reader 5.0 interface is a bit sleeker than in previous versions. It still has clean, easily distinguishable icons, and the toolbar is still customizable. In addition, you can now choose your color scheme (black, blue, orange, purple). It's not ground-breaking, but it's a nice touch. You can also choose a new ribbon-style menu and customize your own shortcut keys.

Foxit Reader 5.0 still includes many of the useful features that its rival, Adobe Reader, doesn't. There's tabbed PDF viewing, text-only view, rulers, Safe Mode, and several annotation tools for things like highlighting and commenting. Meanwhile, 5.0 has added a few conveniences that give it an extra edge, including XFA form filling, support for Microsoft RMS-protected files, and previews in Outlook.

Overall, we think the new Foxit Reader is a worthwhile download. While it may not be perfect--it can't create PDFs, and it pesters users with add-ons and upgrades--it's still a solid alternative to Adobe Reader.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.8

    out of 67 votes

    • 5 star 19
    • 4 star 32
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 7
  • All Versions

    4.1

    out of 1869 votes

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    • 4 star 509
    • 3 star 137
    • 2 star 93
    • 1 star 161
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4 stars

"Work well. easy to use"

September 26, 2010  |  By betosampa7778

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.1.1.0805

Pros

I conclude that I have made a good choice.

Cons

none till now

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5 stars

"Works Best With Firefox"

September 23, 2010  |  By elph37

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.1.1.0805

Pros

I love Foxit Reader. The addon for this software works better with Firefox than Adobe's addon. I am so glad the newest version is compatible with the latest version of Firefox. I missed it so. I can open PDF files quickly and easily again !

Cons

I have no idea whether or not Foxit works as well with IE or other browsers as it does with Firefox. Also, I still prefer Adobe outside of the browser environment.

Summary

Bottom line, if you're using the Firefox browser, then Foxit Reader's addon is going to work so much better at loading PDF files within the browser environment than Adobe's addon will. Try it out and see for yourself.

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4 stars

"Love the annotation feature. Great for academic work."

September 22, 2010  |  By julianhopkins

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.1.1.0805

Pros

Light footprint.
Can annotate as well as highlight text.

Cons

Sneaky installation process.

Summary

I was worried about upgrading from version 3 (which I have been using for a long time, with Firefox) to version 4 because of the warnings about annoying toolbars etc.
I was able to install it without any of the extras, but it takes some careful reading:
1. When you uncheck the options for making Ask your default search and setting Ask.com, it also says "By clicking 'Decline', the Foxit Search Bar will not be installed and you will continue the installation of Foxit Reader."
At the bottom you have three choices: "Decline' 'Accept' and 'Cancel' (I think). Anyway, you should choose 'Decline' although that is very counter-intuitive.
2. When you get to the final screen, there are the usual check boxes for a Desktop icon etc, and one is: "Create desktop, quick launch, and start menu item to eBay". I don't know what the "start menu item to eBay" is, but I don't want it.

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5 stars

"I don't use Adobe anymore. PDFs can be annotated."

September 21, 2010  |  By leebutbaggins

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.1.1.0805

Pros

Fast, easy to use, can annotate PDFs.

Cons

None. Very good for an unlimited free version.

Summary

Previous comments about the ASK toolbar are not true.
I downloaded and installed it today, and no ASK tool bar in an of my browsers (IE, Maxthon, Firefox, Chrome), you simply DECLINE the agreement AS STATED DURING INSTALLATION (why don't people read before they click?) in the box that shows the Foxit/ASK toolbar.

It DOES have an uninstaller.

I installed on Win 7 Pro (64-bit)

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3 stars

"Okay but getting bigger with every version."

September 20, 2010  |  By louwin

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.1.1.0805

Pros

Still much smaller that Adobe....

Cons

Started much smaller than it is now. Soon be the same size as the original?

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4 stars

"Like this app"

September 19, 2010  |  By nuttytiger06

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.1.1.0805

Pros

I enjoy using this app. It is smart in many ways. Like a lot!

Cons

nothing negative

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4 stars

"BEST PDF reader i've ever used"

September 18, 2010  |  By hansmans326113

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.1.1.0805

Pros

I prefer it to all others and hope it always work well for us.

Cons

pls live up to my expectation

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4 stars

"I prefer this to adobe"

September 18, 2010  |  By yahpete

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.1.1.0805

Pros

It does the job without a problem.

Cons

I have hadn't any problems with it installing applications I don't want or adware that I am aware of.

Summary

Good for free

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1 stars

"Foxit is Adware"

September 17, 2010  |  By foxit_ADware

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.1.1.0805

Pros

Simple Fast

Cons

It installed a FAKE eBay link with http (http://www.adon-demand.de/red/2303/) That link is goes to REDIRECT page that took me to a Quickstores.us! Quickstores.us is NOT a ligitimate business. It has NO contact info!

Summary

Shame ON Foxit for going to LOW!
STAY AWAY FROM Foxit !!!! STAY AWAY!!!! It is AD WARE!

I am going to back to Macromedia Adobe Reader!!!

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3 stars

"Great PDF reader"

September 17, 2010  |  By ahasley

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.1.1.0805

Pros

Reads PDF files

Cons

Difficult to copy sections of downloads

Summary

Price is right

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.1.1.0805
Foxit Reader 4.1.1.0805 addresses vulnerability associated with the rendering of the PDFs embedded in the new iPhone/iPad jailbreak program.
General
Publisher Foxit Software
Publisher web site http://www.foxitsoftware.com
Release Date August 06, 2010
Date Added August 06, 2010
Version 4.1.1.0805
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows
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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