Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 1877 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1.4.0104
  • Total Downloads:
    17,073,158
  • Date Added:
    May 10, 2012
  • 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

    3.3

    out of 11 votes

    • 5 star 3
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 3
  • All Versions

    4.1

    out of 1877 votes

    • 5 star 972
    • 4 star 509
    • 3 star 137
    • 2 star 94
    • 1 star 165
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4 stars

"Good & fast get's want I want done no problems"

May 11, 2012  |  By Anthonyrussel

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.4.0104

Pros

Works well, no bugs, no constant updating

Cons

Why the ask tool bar, I know it is free, but the ask toolbar is a pain, i found that even if I uncheck the ask toolbar still manages to get in.

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1 stars

"Installs Ask toolbar on upgrade without asking"

June 15, 2012  |  By osdm

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.4.0104

Pros

Used to like this when Adobe was slow and bloat. Now the only plus is ability to add labels to PDF (and edit them afterwards).

Cons

Installs bloatware & changes browser settings upon upgrade without asking.

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1 stars

"Latest version has problems"

June 14, 2012  |  By b54oramaster

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.4.0104

Pros

I've used Foxit for years as my pdf reader and have always liked it because it was SO much faster than Adobe Reader, except that....

Cons

Now, for some reason, there are many web pages that Foxit falsely perceives as malformed pdf's when it is patently obvious that they AREN'T pdf's. Little things like, oh, any Amazon page or any Bing search. A warning pops up and there is NO WAY to get rid of it because once you click it, it immediately comes back, rendering the web page pretty much useless. Oops. Hopefully, it's a bug that they'll fix, but for now save yourself this aggravation.

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2 stars

"Warning Bloatware"

June 12, 2012  |  By proels1

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.4.0104

Pros

Fast lightweight pdf reader, before the latest update.

Cons

installs the ask toolbar and changed my homepage

Summary

Used to love foxit, the latest update installed the ask toolbar without asking. I hate crapware. I'll switch to another program

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5 stars

"SO FAR SO GOOD"

June 11, 2012  |  By wwwgjsnet

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.4.0104

Pros

WORKS PERFECTLY. LIKE THE EXCELLENT USER MANUAL

Cons

NONE THAT I HAVE EXPERIENCED

Summary

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR THOSE WITH FINITE FUNDS.

GENERALLY, I CAN AFFORD ANYTHING THAT IS FREE.

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5 stars

"Did the job!"

June 02, 2012  |  By yanayo

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.4.0104

Pros

-Recession-friendly (gets no better than FREE!)
-Nice user interface (no cheap/chinsy feel, despite being free software)
-Easy to use
-Did its job

Cons

None for me

Summary

Needed to fill out a tedious form, available only in PDF. Was dreading the thought of having to waste ink printing it out and then time hand-writing the thing. Found this software, was able to quickly fill out the form. Now can send in my form with a nice, professional, typewritten look. Recommended!

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4 stars

"Works well"

May 27, 2012  |  By thedefiant1

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.4.0104

Pros

Works well, fast, less bloat.

Cons

I found none

Summary

I use it and have not had any problem.

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4 stars

"Works just fine, fits my needs"

May 20, 2012  |  By earlbender

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.4.0104

Pros

none !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cons

none !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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4 stars

"Small, fast and does the job."

May 14, 2012  |  By Jumpeeman

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.4.0104

Pros

Small, fast and does the job.

Cons

None so far. . .only used it a few times but so far so good which is why I only gave it 4 stars. . . I haven't been using it long enough to fully test it. . .

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5 stars

"Excellent PDF reader."

May 12, 2012  |  By ry

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.4.0104

Pros

Extremely fast load loading and easy to use.

Cons

None that stands out.

Summary

For reading and sending PDF documents to the printer, this product is tough to beat,

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1 stars

"Spyware, beware!"

May 11, 2012  |  By FootballLife

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.1.4.0104

Pros

None. Foxit doesn't even work properly in Firefox any more.

Cons

- Despite specifically unchecking all of the "add the Ask toolbar" and other unwanted it was installed anyway. Spyware, beware.

- Foxit used to be a smaller, lighter, faster alternative to Adobe.

- Try Sumatra pdf. It's what Foxit used to be .. smaller, lighter, faster.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.1.4.0104
Version 5.1.4.0104 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug-fixes.
General
Publisher Foxit Software
Publisher web site http://www.foxitsoftware.com
Release Date January 06, 2012
Date Added May 10, 2012
Version 5.1.4.0104
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 41.78MB
File Name FoxitReader720.0722_prom_enu_Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 17,073,158
Downloads Last Week 4,162
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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