Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.4.5.0124
  • Total Downloads:
    16,928,603
  • Date Added:
    Jan. 28, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    34.54MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    4,945
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #3 in PDF Software

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

    3.6

    out of 14 votes

    • 5 star 6
    • 4 star 4
    • 3 star 0
    • 2 star 0
    • 1 star 4
  • All Versions

    4.1

    out of 1869 votes

    • 5 star 969
    • 4 star 509
    • 3 star 137
    • 2 star 93
    • 1 star 161
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4 stars

"Great Free Reader, use it all the time"

April 16, 2013  |  By nathansurendran

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.5.0124

Pros

Lightweight, cross platform, tabbed layout.

Cons

Doesn't edit.

Summary

If you need editing functionality, then you really need to get a hold of Qoppa PDF Studio Pro which can be picked up for free!

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5 stars

"Works for Me"

March 24, 2013  |  By pauly1651

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.5.0124

Pros

Easy to use, easy set up, no problems
FREE

Cons

None, nada, zip

Summary

A good and totally usable alternative to Adobe reader.
I have had zero issues with the software.

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1 stars

"MIXIdJ?????"

March 18, 2013  |  By lulubrown2

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.5.0124

Pros

I won't even try it - I fell for the other CNET recommended free PDF software that also installed MIXIdj and conduit as my default browser - can't fool me twice.

Cons

Really, MIXIdj??? Do you know how time consuming it is to uninstall that thing??

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5 stars

"Works great for me."

March 15, 2013  |  By Johnl5555

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.5.0124

Pros

Fast. No hassles.

Cons

None so far.

Summary

I switched from Adobe Reader on all our computers now.

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1 stars

"FOX IT adds malicious search engines like MIXI DJ!!!"

March 11, 2013  |  By oneofour

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.5.0124

Pros

none what so ever, did not install due to malware

Cons

Do not install FOX IT - it installs malicious search engines like MIXI dj - and it's really hard to uninstall - and you cannot un-click them, it installs the search engine default. CNET get a grib - I cannot trust downloading software from your page - when every other installations add (in my opinion) malware - so I have to spent hours uninstalling...

Summary

Do not install.

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1 stars

"Using CNET installer it installed Whitesmoke malware"

March 03, 2013  |  By systemic

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.5.0124

Pros

Reader did install and appears to work

Cons

Even after unchecking and refusing additional toolbars and downloads it installed Whitesmoke toolbar and related malware which had to be disinfected.

Summary

Current release is packaged with malware. Problem has been reported.

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5 stars

"great pdf alternative"

February 25, 2013  |  By markusporno

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.5.0124

Pros

flexibility
asian fonts, updates, free tools
integrates with firefox easily

Cons

sometimes tries to load old missing files (probably settings issue)

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4 stars

"I like it!"

February 22, 2013  |  By bsstan

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.5.0124

Pros

Simple to install and use. I hope it is safer than Adobe!

Cons

I haven't used it long enough to find fault with it.

Summary

Good I like it because it works.

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1 stars

"Reader and Phantom crash constantly"

February 16, 2013  |  By mededitor

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.5.0124

Pros

The editing features and tools are very nice and intuitive.
Great design, readable fonts, etc.

Cons

Crashes consistently when scrolling and when typing quickly in a yellow sticky note.
Does not maintain customized toolbar settings when program is closed
Crashes consistently (did I mention that?)

Summary

I cannot understand the high ratings everyone is giving this program. Both Reader and Phantom crash on me consistently. I've been contacting Foxit since October, and still have problems with the same issues time and time again. And their crash-complaint form online refreshes clean, saying my email address "is invalid." They've acknowledged this needs to be fixed, but since SEPTEMBER '12? I'd like to purchase it, but can't justify the money because it's so unreliable. Comments? Suggestions?

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5 stars

"An excellent, easy to use PDF reader with useful extras"

February 06, 2013  |  By cnot

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 5.4.5.0124

Pros

In an earlier review, now removed, I praised the program but criticised Foxit customer services after an issue regarding the Foxit Forum. I am now happy to withdraw the criticism.

For some unknown reason, I was barred from the Foxit Forum after posting a message seeking advice. For weeks I tried contacting Foxit but my emails were ignored. Recently, by chance, I received a marketing email from Foxit and I was able to contact them using the including link. My forum issue was quickly resolved and had been caused by over-zealousantispam operation on the forum site. This meant my contact attempts were also considered to be spam attacks.

Once contact was established, the query in my original forum post was answered and my forum registration reactivated immediately so customer support works.

I am now happy to recommend Foxit Reader as an excellent, easy to use PDF reader which is light on system resource usage and offers a number of extra facilities that are rare in free PDF readers.

Cons

None that would put me off recommending the program.

A little more clarity and explanation of the various options within the installation process would be useful - it is possible to install unnecessary and unwanted extras if you are not alert during the process.

Summary

A very good PDF reader which is remarkable in that it is free but offers so much. It is easy on system resources and offers additional features missing from certain other free PDF readers.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.4.5.0124
Version 5.4.5.0124 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
General
Publisher Foxit Software
Publisher web site http://www.foxitsoftware.com
Release Date January 28, 2013
Date Added January 28, 2013
Version 5.4.5.0124
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory PDF Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 7
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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