Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 1875 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.3.1.0218
  • Total Downloads:
    17,025,440
  • Date Added:
    Feb. 24, 2011
  • 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

    4.2

    out of 41 votes

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    • 4 star 15
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    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 3
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    out of 1875 votes

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    • 4 star 509
    • 3 star 137
    • 2 star 94
    • 1 star 164
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Results 1–11 of 41

3 stars

"Works but quirky"

February 25, 2011  |  By c|net Reader

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0218

Pros

Displays every doc I've tried; renders well; fast; security by obscurity

Cons

Weak search; misplaced buttons, overlaid text, etc. in dialog boxes; child windows (like search box) remain onscreen when other browser tabs active; full plugin toolbar only visible when browser window stretched really wide; no Linux version

Summary

FoxIt Reader works pretty well and is fast while being less resource intensive than Adobe Reader. However, the misbehaviors and general lack of polish are quite annoying. That FixIt Reader isn't Adobe Reader means it is somewhat less likely to enable malware to gain control of one's computer, though Adobe Reader X's new sandbox design may well be as safe.

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2 stars

"Disappointing and frustrating update"

March 23, 2011  |  By bzgree426

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0218

Pros

Otherwise works satisfactorily

Cons

Will not allow printing of the contents of a monthly meeting program template - the material amended is grayed out and only the outline of the template prints; other tested pdf readers allow complete printing

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5 stars

"Better than Adobe"

March 21, 2011  |  By frankharr

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0218

Pros

Smaller file than Adobe

Cons

None noted to this point

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1 stars

"WARNING! ADDS ASK.COM toolbar without consent"

March 18, 2011  |  By hammock12

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0218

Pros

great program but not with the NON-REMOVABLE ask.com added in!

Cons

without advising or asking consent it adds an ask.com toolbar that you cannot remove from your computer. anyone who has experience with ask.com knows what this means......

Summary

deceitful don't do it.

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5 stars

"Excellent, speedy & functional"

March 17, 2011  |  By Ahmed Azeddine

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0218

Pros

It has it all functional and simplicity of use which can hardly be found in older and well established similar products.

Cons

I wish that the colors were little more vivid, but that's does not take away any of Foxit 4.3.0218 overwhelming qualities, it's just aesthetics.

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5 stars

"Excellent pdf reader, light on resources"

March 15, 2011  |  By oborla

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0218

Pros

Fast loading, excellent marking capabilities and notes/commentary writing. Searches long files very fast. Saves comments, notes, and highlights without problems.

Cons

None so far (one year + since first installation.)

Summary

Excellent alternative to the standard "mastodons" in the industry

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4 stars

"good program, don't like the pop-ups but good program."

March 13, 2011  |  By jiminkearney

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0218

Pros

Does everything that needs to be done.

Cons

Pop-ups afterward.

Summary

Good free program.

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5 stars

"It's Freaken Awesome!"

March 12, 2011  |  By dynodeanmccabe

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0218

Pros

Much better and faster than Adobe. Even more stable. loads faster, saves faster. probably cause it's a lot lighter and smaller than the Adobe beast. Can't wait to a substitute for Flash and browser plugins.It did not install the Ask toolbar on my pc.

Cons

Nothing. it runs like a dream. and Gives you the choice of options to expand the program as well. You may have to pay for the writer part of the software, but it may be worth it.

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3 stars

"Better than Adobe Reader"

March 11, 2011  |  By mrwilli1

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0218

Pros

Don't have Adobe products on my computer.

Cons

Sometimes printing is slow from Foxit Reader.

Summary

A nice alternative to Adobe...

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5 stars

"Great features all for free"

March 11, 2011  |  By kami0000

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0218

Pros

Easy install
Full features
excellent capabilities

Cons

Installs ask toolbar

Summary

I've been using Foxit reader for 3 years. Great product. It has features that you have to pay to download for other pdf readers. Search is very fast and accurate. It doesn't hug the RAM and CPU.

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4 stars

"Functional as good as Adobe"

March 10, 2011  |  By indymax

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0218

Pros

Have had no problems with this reader. Seems to be compatible with all my files.

Cons

Could not find any cons.

Summary

Overall good product .

Updated on Mar 10, 2011

Overall a good product They have several other products that work very well 90% of the time.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Foxit Software
Publisher web site http://www.foxitsoftware.com
Release Date February 24, 2011
Date Added February 24, 2011
Version 4.3.1.0218
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 35.11MB
File Name FoxitReader715.0425_prom_enu_Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 17,025,440
Downloads Last Week 4,377
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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