Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.4.4.1128
  • Total Downloads:
    16,928,603
  • Date Added:
    Dec. 05, 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

    4.3

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star 12
    • 4 star 1
    • 3 star 5
    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 0
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    • 4 star 509
    • 3 star 137
    • 2 star 93
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5 stars

"Amazing!Better than Adobe"

March 10, 2013  |  By shirley_i

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.4.1128

Pros

Using from last few years, excellent to use tab browser, comparatively small and quick in installation, utilization.

Cons

I have not found yet!

Summary

Using from last few years, excellent to use tab browser, comparatively small and quick in installation, utilization.

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5 stars

"Favorite software!"

January 27, 2013  |  By Maggy_Q

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.4.1128

Pros

Been using Foxit Reade for the past year, and I have really enjoyed the simplicity and quickness of converting Zip files. I'll try the newest version for sure.

Cons

Fast, easy to use, excellent set of tools and free for charge.

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5 stars

"Foxit reader is the fastest viewer in the world."

January 20, 2013  |  By sophiec478_

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.4.1128

Pros

Adobe viewer is too slow to see pdf files because of auto-sucking-update. Foxit reader is the fastest viewer in the world.

Cons

I have not found yet.

Summary

Adobe viewer is too slow to see pdf files because of auto-sucking-update. Foxit reader is the fastest viewer in the world.

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5 stars

"Easy to use"

January 20, 2013  |  By Carriebrs

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.4.1128

Pros

That lightweight, fast speed, and easy operation offers me a convenient environment for dealing with pdf files.

Cons

Hope more features!

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3 stars

"Good program but very poor support"

January 14, 2013  |  By cnot

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.4.1128

Pros

Efficient and easy to use. In most respects my favourite PDF reader but unfortunately I have had to ditch for a competitor and give only 3 stars rather than the 5 I would have given.

Cons

Spybot identified the component C:\Program Files\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader\GdpAnalytics.exe as Elex.V9: [SBI $C58772AA] Executable which is a PUPSC. I realize that this identification is likely because GdpAnalytics.exe shares similarities in behaviour to Elex.V9 and is probably quite harmless but I wanted to be sure. I had registered for the Foxit forums so posted a query about the issue and this duly appeared in the forum. The next time I logged on to the forum, after the initial welcome, a message appeared from vBulletin (apparently the forum manager) which stated I was banned from the forum. No reason was given and the ban and the date given for the lifting of the ban was 'Never'.

I have since emailed Foxit and the Forum administration using built-in contact facilities, my webmail facility and my ISP email account but have not even had an acknowledgement let alone any answers.

Summary

A very good product spoilt by abysmal support service from Foxit and its forum administrators w2hich have led me to remove the program completely from my system and to install a use a PDF reader from another company.

Updated on Jan 14, 2013

Apologies for typos in last section which should read as follows:

A very good product spoilt by abysmal support service from Foxit and its forum administrators which has led me to remove the program completely from my system and to install a use a PDF reader from another company.

Read more: Foxit Reader - CNET Download.com http://download.cnet.com/Foxit-Reader/3000-10743_4-10313206.html#ixzz2HxwkRRJt

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5 stars

"Great services!"

January 10, 2013  |  By Leko_y

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.4.1128

Pros

Foxit Reader is my first choice of pdf program.It takes considerably less memory and disk space on my system. My files which is displayed on the app. is clear just like reading a paper book and is easy to share with others.

Cons

Not found yet.

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2 stars

"Problem with F3"

January 06, 2013  |  By cromule

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.4.1128

Pros

Foxit Reader works well in general.

Cons

There is a problem that should be fixed, the F3 key for Find Again doesn't work. There are custom keyboard assignments, but none is available for Find Again. The problem has been reported and acknowledged in Foxit forums, but as of Jan 5/13 it has not been addressed, at least for me (I'm using Win 7/64).

Summary

I changed to another (slower) viewer as I need the F3 function.

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5 stars

"Lovely program"

January 05, 2013  |  By Dott_w

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.4.1128

Pros

I can easily add annotation which is so benefit to keep record on my reading. Besides, the form filling feature is cool. The function enables me to fill the form directly!

Cons

As I say, none!

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3 stars

"Nice, Lightweight Reader"

December 30, 2012  |  By tonester59

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.4.1128

Pros

Light footprint and easy on system resources. Display quality is (usually) okay.

Cons

Cannot create PDFs and some did not display correctly. I also didn't really care for the interface - maybe it's just a matter of getting used to it. And, seriously, having to watch your download like a hawk to avoid all the extra garbage companies try to dump on you gets old fast - it's odd that you'd need a toolbar to create a PDF when other readers have it built in, but hey, it's free.

Summary

For users just needing a reader that's smaller and less resource hungry than Adobe's , Foxit makes a nice alternative. For an even more minimalist reader, you might check out the Sumatra. But if you're fussy about things like a full feature-set and top-notch display quality, you'll probably find yourself missing your Adobe (at least when it's working correctly - my 1st download of v.11 wouldn't even open ). Still Foxit is a nice reader that's worth checking out.

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3 stars

"Prefer the Adobe reader UI"

December 26, 2012  |  By TMerrillh

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.4.1128

Pros

It installs and works OK

Cons

The added "free" games it downloaded.
The UI is more cluttered than Reader, offering features I don't use. Didn't seem appreciably faster

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.4.4.1128
  • DocuSign Integration
  • Microsoft SharePoint and Active Directory Rights Management Service Integration
Key integration features include:
  • PDF File decryption, allowing users to decrypt AD RMS 2.0 complaint PDF files so users with the correct credentials can access them based on the permissions they have been granted.
  • Support Microsoft Office Workflows - Provides a consistent user experience to protect PDF documents in a similar workflow as protecting Microsoft Office documents.
  • Works with SharePoint - Decrypts and opens AD RMS 2.0 protected files on SharePoint servers.
    • SharePoint file check-in/check-out - Allows users to seamles
General
Publisher Foxit Software
Publisher web site http://www.foxitsoftware.com
Release Date December 04, 2012
Date Added December 05, 2012
Version 5.4.4.1128
Category
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 7, Windows XP
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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