Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 1868 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
7.0.3.916
File Size:
36.2MB
Date Added:
September 25, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Total Downloads:
16,884,121
Downloads Last Week:
5,836
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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    4.1

    out of 1868 votes

    • 5 star: 969
    • 4 star: 508
    • 3 star: 137
    • 2 star: 93
    • 1 star: 161
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  • 1 stars

    "Serious issues with latest version (7.0.3.916)"

    September 30, 2014   |   By PoxyPig

    Version: Foxit Reader 7.0.3.916

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Later versions have become bloated and attempt to install OpenCandy PUP and Foxit Cloud.
    I allowed Foxit to update itself to version 7.0.3.916. 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.

    Summary

    What was a fantastic application has been ruined over the years. An alternative PDF viewer is needed to replace Foxit

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  • 5 stars

    "EXCELLENT PDF UTILITY"

    September 05, 2014   |   By solo247

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.3.815

    Pros

    been using FoxIt PDF for years now, and has always been impressed with its performance and many options for working with PDF files. It has features that fits users of every stage, but really is geared towards those who are looking for a professional pdf application that does extraordinary things with pdf files and documents. And, best of all - ITS FREE!!!

    Cons

    all great things in this innovative software, nothing to complain about.

    Summary

    highly recommended software for your day-to-day PDF needs.

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  • 2 stars

    "Newest version is poor"

    July 19, 2014   |   By dafolzey

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.1.0618

    Pros

    Requires little memory or storage.
    Attractive UI
    Integrates well with Internet Explorer
    Great PDF printing/creation capabilities

    Cons

    The newest version uses a constant 12-13% of my rather powerful CPU, there is no reason for this.

    Summary

    I haven't directly noticed any of the malware that other reviewers have listed, but a PDF reader using a constant 12-13% of my CPU is definitely indicative of malware, which is what got me suspicious initially. Its a shame, becuase Foxit used to be the best PDF reader out there. I generally try to avoid Adobe products because of their security history, but really they're the only other free choice, so I guess I'm going back to the red and white team.

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  • 1 stars

    "Foxit Reader should be removed ASAP"

    June 17, 2014   |   By eezee_cnet

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

    Pros

    There are no pros, anymore.

    Cons

    1. Newest update comes with the OpenCandy malware. DO NOT INSTALL!!
    2. I checked the support forum today, and it's over-flooded with spam.

    Looks like the dev's of Foxit gave up on their product and want to go out in a blaze of malware and spam. I got the message, Foxit will be removed from my systems and it will not be installed or recommended by me ever again.

    Summary

    Looks like the dev's of Foxit gave up on their product and want to go out in a blaze of malware and spam. DO NOT INSTALL!!

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  • 4 stars

    "It works o.k. for me."

    June 08, 2014   |   By brakker1

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

    Pros

    Easy to use, which is a big plus for me.

    Cons

    none that I am aware of.

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  • 1 stars

    "Dangerous malware in latest update- no warning"

    June 06, 2014   |   By rlc24u

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

    Pros

    None. Cant use it if I cant trust it.

    Cons

    See here:
    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/foxit-reader-upgrade-warning.360532/

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  • 5 stars

    ""The best PDF Reader""

    June 03, 2014   |   By Barpa21

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

    Pros

    The software is very lightweight and for instance much faster than any other PDF reader software. Foxit Reader comes with a cool free PDF creation tool allowing you to convert any format into PDF. In my opinion, This makes the product more useful and definitely put it on top of other popular PDF Readers like Adobe Reader .
    I mostly use Foxit reader to create, share and provide comments to PDF documents. This tool has worked so well for me that many people with whom I work with, have finished Downloading Foxit reader due to its great annotating capabilities.

    Cons

    The user interface is not like Adobe but more likely to Microsoft Office. If you don't like Microsoft office UI, you won't like Foxit UI.

    Summary

    I always recommend my friends and co-workers to use Foxit. Foxit Reader has become an important tool for me to the point that I use it at work all the time. Even, when I have to provide feedback to documents not in PDF, I prefer to convert them into PDF and do my comments from Foxit reader .

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  • 1 stars

    "Loved the old version, got malwared by the latest"

    June 01, 2014   |   By kmcchi

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

    Pros

    (BUT SEE CONS) I spend a lot of time reading academic pdfs, and Foxit reader has been my favorite for the variety of ways I can annotate things. Easy to use multiple highlight colors, easy to write notes and comments and change the fonts/sizes I use; also like how it uses tabs for multiple open files whereas Adobe clutters up my main taskbar with unique program windows when multiple pdfs are open.

    Cons

    Just setting up a new computer yesterday, I downloaded and installed the latest Foxit from the Foxit website - and got a boatload of malware that took me hours to clean up. Now I'm afraid to try any other Foxit downloads. They need to acknowledge this and advertise a guaranteed malware-free version before I'll try it again.

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  • 4 stars

    "Same Great PDF reader/printer I've been using for years"

    May 17, 2014   |   By jmc452

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

    Pros

    More features than I'll probably ever learn to use, but nice knowing they are there if I need them.

    Cons

    None so far.

    Summary

    Noted the junk it would have installed if not paying attention, but lately, everything I've downloaded from Download.com has had these so just pay attention! My criticism is with Download.com for allowing it.

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  • 1 stars

    "Good product once, now spoilt with adware/malware!"

    May 10, 2014   |   By Bravodex

    Version: Foxit Reader 6.2.0.0429

    Pros

    Do not decide before you read the cons!

    I have used Foxit reader for many years. It was the one which offered a wide variety of annotation capabilities for free at a time when Adobe offered only limited annotation capabilities for free. Compared to adobe, it was lighter and quicker as well. In all these years of use I have been extremely satisfied with it is performance. I did not switch back to adobe even when it offered all annotation capabilities for free. But now, foxit has forced me to switch back to adobe (see cons).

    Summary of Pros:
    - Small installation size (Unlike adobe's bloated one)
    - Loads of annotation functionality for free
    - Quicker than Adobe
    - Mobile versions also available

    Cons

    (1) Updates come bundled with adware/malware
    (2) Pathetic customer support: They don't lend you an ear but try to shut your mouth!

    Summary

    In summary I quit Foxit only because of their malicious practices regarding adware/malware. I still miss its excellent functionality while I am using Adobe. Keep away from them till they apologize and change their practices regarding adware/malware, else you run the risk of ruining your computer, just like I did!

    More details:
    (1) Updates come bundled with adware/malware:
    Recently, when Foxit notified me of an update, I clicked on the update button. Now, while doing so, foxit installed other software which included adware/malware (Mobogenie: Open Candy I presume!). These caused many issues on my PC even after uninstallation (crashes, hangs, inappropriate folders in C drive; I don't know what else I have to face!). A decent company would have asked for my permission before installing these crap on my PC!
    (2) Pathetic customer support!:
    When I tried to bring this to their attention in Foxit Forums, I was surprised to find that site filled with spam messages. It didn't look like a forum of a decent company. I later figured out why! Legitimate complaints in the forum where diluted or pushed down by these spam messages so that someone has to really make an effort to see them! When somehow I managed to post on the forum regarding the issue, I got immediately blocked (please note that I never used any abusive language, as I've used their product for many years)! Now it is for you to decide what sort of a company it is which tries to block such true constructive criticism just because it is bad publicity!

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