Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.2.0.928
  • Total Downloads:
    16,928,603
  • Date Added:
    Sep. 29, 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

    4.1

    out of 59 votes

    • 5 star 26
    • 4 star 23
    • 3 star 1
    • 2 star 6
    • 1 star 3
  • 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

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November 15, 2010  |  By duvantoan

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.2.0.928

Pros

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Summary

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5 stars

"Light and easy to use."

November 14, 2010  |  By joycev

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.2.0.928

Pros

Loads quickly.

Cons

Nothing really.

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5 stars

"A very efficient and lightweight PDF reader"

November 14, 2010  |  By ServaGBR

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.2.0.928

Pros

Works in the background and opens instantly when required. It has a very intuitive interface and requires little study to use right out of the box.

Cons

Can't find any cons so far.

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5 stars

"Best reader that I have."

November 13, 2010  |  By jitkaau

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.2.0.928

Pros

Quick to download, does not freeze.

Cons

Haven't found any yet.

Summary

I have an Adobe reader that either freezes or won't download at all. The foxit reader has fixed that.

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5 stars

"Works as expected"

November 12, 2010  |  By BOBRGR

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.2.0.928

Pros

Way better than cludgy acrobat
Security enhancements appear to cause no problems

Cons

There was some problem copying text in a fill-in form, but typing in additional comment fixed the problem.

Summary

Great program

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4 stars

"Small and quick to load and it does the job."

November 12, 2010  |  By pedrobedro

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.2.0.928

Pros

I like using Foxit because it works, opens up pretty quick and integrates with Firefox to read .pdf on the web.

Cons

Nothing not to like about it. Sometimes it fails and I have to re-install it but it's not a big thing to do this.

Summary

It's small and quick, does the job but sometimes falls down and has to be sorted much like everything else. It's free and you don't complain about something at that price you just use something else if you don't like it.

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4 stars

"Does a great job for me."

November 10, 2010  |  By oldad80

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.2.0.928

Pros

Haven't found any cons...

Cons

No disappointments.

Summary

It is small and does everything as advertised.

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3 stars

"more secure and faster then acrobat"

November 10, 2010  |  By nekollx

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.2.0.928

Pros

it does everything Acrobat does but with a smaller file size, faster loads, and is less prone to problems because the developers don't wait a year to update it.

Cons

can't do animated PDFs

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4 stars

"Does the job very well"

November 09, 2010  |  By ltgraph2

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.2.0.928

Pros

fast and effective

Cons

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Summary

Useful tool

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5 stars

"Best PDF Reader I ever had"

November 08, 2010  |  By Iprashant2

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.2.0.928

Pros

Light Weight, Fast ( Faster than Adobe Reader)

Cons

Not any but installation should not include ask toolbar

Summary

This is the best PDF reader I'll recommend it to everyone to use it instead of Adobe Reader

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.2.0.928
Foxit Reader 4.2 now features a PDF digital signature verification technology which uses an enhanced, yet ISO 32000 compliant, verification process that ensures the signature is real and neither the document nor the signature have been compromised. This new verification process provides a secure and reliable platform for exchanging electronics documents without putting the user at risk from falsified documents. The support to MDP Verification will be coming soon. Foxit Reader 4.2 continues to add features that increase security by making it harder for hackers to compromise a PDF document. The current version of the reader includes Address Space Layout Randomization, ASLR, which uses a random algorithm to determine a memory address used to store key file data. A second security feature is Data Execution Prevention, DEP, which simply prevents executing code from a non-executable memory location. ASLR and DEP combine to highly improve Foxit Reader Security and provide a stable platform for enterprise, business and consumer, Foxit Reader users.
General
Publisher Foxit Software
Publisher web site http://www.foxitsoftware.com
Release Date September 29, 2010
Date Added September 29, 2010
Version 4.2.0.928
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista
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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