Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.3.1.0323
  • Total Downloads:
    16,928,603
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 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

    3.6

    out of 34 votes

    • 5 star 14
    • 4 star 11
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 8
  • 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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5 stars

"The program does what it says fast and efficient."

May 25, 2011  |  By Paulew

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0323

Pros

Very fast and clear.

Cons

Don't have any

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1 stars

"stay away from this product"

May 24, 2011  |  By slandon2040

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0323

Pros

Slightly better that "Reader".

Cons

Installs spyware and tool bars on your PC even if you uncheck the boxes.

Summary

Forget about this one. I have removed it from my 2 personal PCs.
Here is a great on to try :
Sumatra PDF.

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5 stars

"Great PDF Reader"

May 14, 2011  |  By Portaltech

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0323

Pros

I stopped using Adobe acrobat a long time ago when I discovered FoxIT was much lighter on resources. Have not looked back...Only wish there was a Flash alternative also, because we all know how awful Adobe Flash is.

Cons

Wish the reader wasn't the only thing free in FoxIT.

Summary

A Must have! Especially if you have a old or low end Computer.

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5 stars

"Excellent PDF reader. Don't need anything else"

May 11, 2011  |  By salliem

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0323

Pros

Very easy to use.

Cons

Doesn't stay stuck as my preferred PDF reader for some reason. Not too much of a problem though.

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5 stars

"Fast loading PDF Reader"

May 10, 2011  |  By viviencaloy

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0323

Pros

I've been using this since 2007. Lightweight compare to adobe heavy on the load. And to those a couple of idiots having problem in ask toolbar you have to click decline not to accept so that it wont install.

Cons

None.........

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5 stars

"One of the best programs around"

May 06, 2011  |  By scorpio1028

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0323

Pros

Easy to use without problems

Cons

None at this time

Summary

Best program (reader) that I have used

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5 stars

"Very good pdf reader"

April 29, 2011  |  By watchago

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0323

Pros

Good, clean, light, set as my default application to read pdf

Cons

not much to say...

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4 stars

"My preferred pdf reader"

April 27, 2011  |  By kedsmith

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0323

Pros

I like this as it is more secure than other readers.

Cons

sometimes, but very seldom, have problems opening pdf forms on some websites. It seems to be one website where I have a problem.

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1 stars

"Forget unless you want the ASK.COM toolbar!"

April 25, 2011  |  By hammock12

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0323

Pros

Absolutely none unless you love ASK.COM

Cons

install the un-uninstallable ASK.COM toolbar regardless of what you tell it. There are many other equivalent programs out there that do not lie to you about themselves.

Summary

stay away unless you love ASK.COm toolbars.

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1 stars

"Junkware!!"

April 20, 2011  |  By Acklan3

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0323

Pros

It has no redeming qualities

Cons

Installs ASK toolbar after I deselected. Made it's self default, after I deselected. Will not allow the selection of Adobe X as default.

Summary

Stay away. Had to unistall to be able to use Adobe X. JUNKWARE!!!

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Foxit Software
Publisher web site http://www.foxitsoftware.com
Release Date March 24, 2011
Date Added March 24, 2011
Version 4.3.1.0323
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows, 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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