CNET 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.Foxit Reader - Open, view, and print any PDF file- Download Video Previews:
From Foxit Software:
Foxit Reader is a small, lightning fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows you to open, view, sign, and print any PDF file. Foxit Reader is the only high volume PDF reader providing a complete PDF creation solution, providing the power of PDF creation to every desktop. Foxit Reader comes equipped with comprehensive protection against security vulnerabilities, keeping your system and company safe.
What's new in this version:
- Fixed an issue where large videos embedded in PDF files cannot be played after files are encrypted.
- Fixed a security issue where Foxit Reader tried to load imgseg.dll, which could be exploited.
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All versions:4.1 stars
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Current version:1.0 stars
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"BEWARE - Contains conduit redirect virus"
Version: Foxit Reader 6.1.4.0217
No idea because as soon as I found it stuffed full of adware I removed it.
avoid this software like the plague
"now contains adware"
Version: Foxit Reader 6.1.4.0217
Foxit used to be a phenomenal piece of pdf freeware. Today, I tried to update to the newest version and found that Foxit now requires that you have AVG and an AVG tool bar, neither of which I want.
I sent Foxit an email and asked if they had any other pdf software - perhaps I should have used the word 'freeware' (I'm not saying it has to be purchased). They promptly replied and gave a link to their site for Enterprise. I have not been able to find Enterprise on cnet's site, so I don't know anything about it. Does anyone have a recommendation for a pdf reader - not the MS product, which, for excellent reasons, I cannot use?
The newest version of Foxit freeware contains adware: AVG and AVG tool bar.
If you want AVG and AVG tool bar, and all things being equal, fine. But, I don't want adware.This is Foxit's review on Enterprise: Foxit Enterprise Reader is designed to meet the PDF viewing needs of enterprise and government organizations. It contains numerous PDF customization options making it an easy to deploy PDF Reader that meets organizations' business objectives, adherence to ISO 32000 standards, and PDF viewing requirements. Foxit Enterprise Reader is a small, lightning fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows you to open, view, sign, and print any PDF file. It provides a complete PDF creation solution, providing the power of PDF creation to every desktop, and comes equipped with comprehensive protection against security vulnerabilities. Available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
Updated on Mar 4, 2014
I have registered, just don't yet know if it's free or purchase.
"Now comes with Search Protect Malware & Hijacker"
Version: Foxit Reader 6.1.4.0217
All pros are negated when it hijacks all your browsers with an add-on to use "search protect by conduit" and installs some other shady startup programs and links to a cloud service on top of it.
Unbelievable. I was just prompted for a Foxit update. I do a custom install (not allowing certain features like word integration, in browser preview) and while it is installing, I can see it hijacks my browser homepage, then winpatrol starts alerting me with various new program alerts.
Time to drop Foxit like a stone, if I can't trust the software I use to read and edit PDF files with.
And now I have scrub my machine. Uninstalling Foxit probably won't clean the mess it just made, clean up other systems, tell other people to no longer use foxit ... what a crap move by foxit.
Foxit can't be trusted any longer since they hooked up with the dark side.