Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1.0.1021
  • Total Downloads:
    16,882,572
  • Date Added:
    October 31, 2011
  • File Size:
    36.2MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    5,836
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows XP/Vista/7

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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  • Current Version

    3.8

    out of 17 votes

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    • 5 star 969
    • 4 star 509
    • 3 star 137
    • 2 star 93
    • 1 star 161
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  • 4 stars

    "It's the only game in town!"

    October 02, 2014   |   By hawaiianman79

    Version: Foxit Reader 7.0.3.916

    Pros

    Much faster scrolling than Adobe Reader and simpler!

    Cons

    Versions 6 and 7 crash when history recent documents is set to "0". The ribbon takes up too much room on low height wide screen monitors, I use the classic toolbar mode.

    Summary

    Where else is there to go, all the other free pdf readers are lacking for one reason or another, stick with Foxit.

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  • 1 stars

    "Serious issues with latest version (7.0.3.916)"

    September 30, 2014   |   By PoxyPig

    Version: Foxit Reader 7.0.3.916

    Pros

    Foxit has been an excellent free PDF viewer over many years.

    Cons

    Later versions have become bloated and attempt to install OpenCandy PUP and Foxit Cloud.
    I allowed Foxit to update itself to version 7.0.3.916. After that neither the Mozilla plug-in nor the one for IE8 worked. My attempt to install the latest browser plug-in file was thwarted when Foxit refused to recognise their .fzip format.
    I've had to do a system restore to get version 6.2.2 back and working.

    Summary

    What was a fantastic application has been ruined over the years. An alternative PDF viewer is needed to replace Foxit

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 5.1.0.1021
    Integrate PDF with Your Social Networks:
    For Facebook and Twitter users, Foxit Reader provides integration to your social networks. Foxit Reader users can log into their account, select text from a PDF document, and share it as Facebook or Twitter status. Users can also take a snapshot of a region of a document and share it as a picture on Facebook or Twitter. Also, users can share the current document, or select a document from Windows Explorer, and share the document using Foxit's OnDemand CM file sharing capability as a link from their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

    Listen to PDF Documents with Read Out Loud:
    The Foxit Reader can read your PDF document to you. This is especially valuable when you're on the go and you cannot read from a screen. Read Out Loud uses the available voices installed on your system. If you have Speech Application Programming Interface 5 (SAPI 5) installed for text-to-speech, you can choose to have Foxit Reader read your PDF documents to you. In addition to normal text content, Read Out Loud can also read comments, image descriptions, and fillable fields.

    Foxit Reader 5.1 provides new usability features to improve the user experience that include:
    • The Read Mode capability, which provides a cleaner reading experience by reducing the clutter of menus and toolbars.
    • Enhanced text rendering so text displays more clearly and better defined.
    • Increased performance for reader startup, opening a PDF file, and closing a PDF file.
    • Automatically choose a printer's paper source based on PDF page size.
    General
    Publisher Foxit Software
    Publisher web site http://www.foxitsoftware.com
    Release Date October 26, 2011
    Date Added October 31, 2011
    Version 5.1.0.1021
    Category
    Category Business Software
    Subcategory Document Management Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 36.2MB
    File Name FoxitReader703.0916_prom_enu_Setup.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 16,882,572
    Downloads Last Week 5,836
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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