Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

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    September 25, 2014
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Foxit Reader is one of the best free PDF tools available. It's a full-featured PDF solution that can open, edit, print, sign, and, yes, create fully compatible PDFs. It's fast, light, secure, and easy on system resources; yet it leaves nothing out. It integrates with context menus in Windows (XP to 8) as your default PDF tool, but Foxit Reader works alongside other PDF software, including Adobe Reader. But Foxit is no Adobe clone; in fact, many users prefer it to Adobe and other PDF programs, free or not. Recent updates to Foxit Reader 6 include improved support for Eastern Asian languages. Some of Foxit Reader's PDF creation features require Microsoft Word 2003 or better.

Foxit Reader's attractive, well-configured user interface has an Office-style Ribbon toolbar, but a standard menu bar instead of a "Start" button. Foxit Reader's look definitely leans more toward Office apps than Adobe's products; for all that they have similar capabilities. We've relied on Foxit Reader as our default PDF solution for years, and it's performed like a champion. But let's cut to the chase -- creating PDFs with Foxit. There's nothing to it, actually. Click "File," then "Create," and then choose one of four options: "From File," "Scanner," "Clipboard," or "Blank." We clicked "Blank" and named and saved our new PDF. Next we clicked "Typewriter" on the Comment tab and entered some text, pasted some data, and saved our file. But Adobe Reader couldn't open it, at least not until it downloaded and installed support for the Chinese characters in the document (which Foxit handled natively). Once that was accomplished, Adobe Reader could open and edit the document, normally.

For all their similar capabilities, there's no real comparison between Foxit Reader and Adobe Reader. Foxit's real competition isn't Adobe Reader but Adobe Acrobat. Like Acrobat, Foxit Reader can create PDFs. Adobe Reader can't do that on its own. But Acrobat retails for $70 to $100. Foxit's free, though you do need Word for some of Foxit's features. Foxit has premium upgrades, too. But the free Foxit Reader more than meets most users' needs.

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4 stars

"It's the only game in town!"

October 02, 2014  |  By hawaiianman79

 |  Version: Foxit Reader


Much faster scrolling than Adobe Reader and simpler!


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.


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 ("

September 30, 2014  |  By PoxyPig

 |  Version: Foxit Reader


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


Later versions have become bloated and attempt to install OpenCandy PUP and Foxit Cloud.
I allowed Foxit to update itself to version 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.


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

What's new in version
Version may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Publisher Foxit Software
Publisher web site
Release Date September 24, 2014
Date Added September 25, 2014
Category Business Software
Subcategory Office Suites
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 36.2MB
File Name FoxitReader703.0916_prom_enu_Setup.exe
Total Downloads 16,923,727
Downloads Last Week 5,161
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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