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Foxit Reader

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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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    4.1 stars

    out of 1,855 votes

    • 5 star: 969
    • 4 star: 506
    • 3 star: 137
    • 2 star: 92
    • 1 star: 151
  • Current version:

    4.3 stars

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 1
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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 3.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 2.0 stars

    "Problem with F3"

    January 6, 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Lovely program"

    January 5, 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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  • 3.0 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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  • 3.0 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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