Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1.0.1021
  • Total Downloads:
    16,910,631
  • Date Added:
    October 31, 2011
  • File Size:
    36.2MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    4,857
  • 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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    3.8

    out of 17 votes

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

"I used to love this program"

December 06, 2011  |  By jmdcpa

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.0.1021

Pros

Typewriter and drawing function allow you to edit pdf files.

Cons

Not only does it rearrange your desktop icons but it doesn't maintain your user settings when you upgrade! Also, on one installation, it kept changing the user setting to allow multiple instances instead of tabs.

I'm still using but I refuse to install any upgrades.

Summary

They better fix their problems soon or I'll start looking for a better option.

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3 stars

"Was better before"

December 04, 2011  |  By Lasse74

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.0.1021

Pros

Its small and quite fast.

Cons

Some Printing issues.

Summary

Still an ok choise.

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4 stars

"Light and customizable"

December 03, 2011  |  By sebarmo

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.0.1021

Pros

Loved lightness and the possibility to customize toolbars and all properties.

Cons

I would like to zoom with an specific number, but it's not possible.

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5 stars

"i FIND THIS A VERY GOOD ALTERNATIVE."

November 30, 2011  |  By Jim Brunner

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.0.1021

Pros

Operates in the background automatically.

Cons

None that I have found.

Summary

I would recommend this program for all Firefox users.

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1 stars

"Dont bother if you printing using foxit"

November 22, 2011  |  By jnieurzyla-1

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.0.1021

Pros

Fast loading and display.
And their customer service is honest and fair..

Cons

When it prints docs, it screws up and prints larger than your printer can handle, ie,. prints A4 as legal

Summary

Still in development, and we are testing it for them.
Foxit suggest we stick to version 4.31......

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4 stars

"Foxit updates have solved prior problems."

November 19, 2011  |  By ronmettler

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.0.1021

Pros

Fast, works well with Adobe Acrobat and Adobe X fill in forms. Unlike Adobe Reader, a form can be filled out and saved to a storage device. Adobe Reader only permits a form to be filled and then printed without being able to save the completed form.

Cons

Not a substitute for Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat X. Without paying for upgrade, the program will not allow pages to be added, inserted or deleted.

Summary

Very good product.

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3 stars

"It used to be great!"

November 19, 2011  |  By alasanon

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.0.1021

Pros

I know they exist but I'm currently too annoyed to identify them.

Cons

Upgrading from 5.0 to 5.1 wipes out all of your settings forcing you to tinker ad nauseum in an effort to regain it's former usefulness. The one feature I valued the most (tabs for opening multiple docs) has now gone deep undercover and when it chooses to emerge does so in an unreliable manner. If there is a setting to control tab behavior in Preferences, it is obviously hiding under an unrecognizable description.

A search on the company's forum website (in the vain attempt to resolve my issues) reveals pages' worth of posts about sports games on "live TV!" - ***? Oh, and I can't even post my question since I am still waiting on moderator approval.

End result: a whole lot of wasted time screwing around with the program INSTEAD of using it to access my documents! That'll teach me to try and keep all my programs up-to-date.

Summary

If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

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5 stars

"still the best"

November 17, 2011  |  By tetrani

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.0.1021

Pros

The fastest and easiest of them all

Cons

Not aware of any

Summary



Updated on Nov 22, 2011

Out of All I've tried I like this best

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3 stars

"There is a printing issue"

November 13, 2011  |  By algeee

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.0.1021

Pros

It works as a pdf reader

Cons

Am not able to reduce documents to print on A3 and A4 size paper

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1 stars

"not worth the trouble"

November 12, 2011  |  By dubyadd

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.0.1021

Pros

none that I am aware of for me!

Cons

last time I did an update, I had to do a complete system restore to get my PC to work again

Summary

this is supposed to lighter and faster than adobe, maybe it is but cause too many problems for me to use

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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 Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 36.2MB
File Name FoxitReader703.0916_prom_enu_Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 16,910,631
Downloads Last Week 4,857
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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