Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    6.0.2.0413
  • Total Downloads:
    16,928,603
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 17, 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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  • Current Version

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4 stars

"Get the job done."

May 25, 2013  |  By RMax304823

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 6.0.2.0413

Pros

Fast and uncomplicated.

Cons

Requires a couple of extra clicks to adjust the size of the document.

Summary

On the whole, I think I was more satisfied with Adobe, but the difference is too slight to justify the effort in changing back.

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5 stars

"Excellent alternative to Adobe Acrobat"

May 22, 2013  |  By stevecobb

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 6.0.2.0413

Pros

I thought Foxit was just a reader, but I was wrong! For free, you get a real PDF editor and creator. Just bypass the adware during installation - it's really not that hard, hello? - and you have a program that can mark up, comment, add graphics to, save and print and send any kind of PDF document. You can also create PDF's from a word processor, because a Foxit printer has been installed. A great program.

Cons

Just the guilt I feel at not paying anything for a real live substitute for Acrobat. Well, I'm sure I will miss Adobe's high prices and intrusive installation restrictions - NOT.

Summary

If you need a PDF creator and editor, give this program a try. You have nothing to lose, and you may find it just as good as Acrobat.

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2 stars

"My AdAware Wouldn't let me download ir due to adware"

May 09, 2013  |  By brandall5479

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 6.0.2.0413

Pros

Don't know

Cons

The download contains adware and was blocked

Summary

I would like to try it if the maker would remove the adware

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1 stars

"The skinny kid got fat"

May 07, 2013  |  By cornfused1963

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 6.0.2.0413

Pros

None there is none

Cons

Zooming takes forever... loading is ridiculous... over bloated piece of junk.

Summary

it seems that all programs seem to be moving this way... autodesk is the same way.... so many features, few of which actually work, and then remove the productivity from the original product.... what trash...

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1 stars

"ONCE a nice light PDF Viewer"

April 30, 2013  |  By tboy123456

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 6.0.2.0413

Pros

None anymore

Cons

Tsk Tsk... WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FoxIt?? You have created a monster!

Was a beautiful EASY PDF viewer Now you can't or Don't know how to change the skin color.

Summary

If it ain't broke......

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5 stars

"Has become a comprehensive app now"

April 29, 2013  |  By iswaryam

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 6.0.2.0413

Pros

Started using Foxit reader as a light alternative to Adobe. I liked its simple UI then. Now with an in-built PDF printer it has become a 1-stop PDF solution for me, so I dont need to install a separate PDF printer.

Cons

None so far

Summary

Happy about the enhancements and new features, no cons so far

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5 stars

"Great substitute for Adobe Reader."

April 26, 2013  |  By nevadaoutlaw

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 6.0.2.0413

Pros

Does almost everything Adobe does.

Cons

Seems to be just a tad slower. But don't get me wrong, if it is slower, it is not much.

Summary

I inadvertently deleted a few DLL lines from Adobe. This was a good replacement. I would give it 4 1/2 STARS.

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3 stars

"They Messed Up An Excellent Product!"

April 25, 2013  |  By joelb662

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 6.0.2.0413

Pros

Still better than most, repeat most, of the competition. Feature rich.

Cons

Much, repeat MUCH less convenient to use. Cannot set default printer. Automatically defaults to Foxit Reader printer. Must reset each time to send to printer. Now defaults to a very crowded, much less intuitive reader page. Cannot set to default to reader mode, or if it IS posible, I cannot figure how

Summary

Do not care to learn ANOTHER free PDF reader, so will stay with Foxit. But not if more changes - poor changes - are made to this version. Not a productive revision.

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1 stars

"They ruined it completely"

April 25, 2013  |  By rpelleti22

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 6.0.2.0413

Pros

I can see none, other than teh fact that you can view your document. More than that, you will get frsutrated searching for the function that was easily accessible before.

Cons

This software used to be simple to use and nice to look at. Now they made it uselessly complicated and so incredibly ugly to look at!
I could not even find the way to activate the HTML links in pdf documents.

Summary

Do not update from the previous version! I will uninstall it and search for a better pdf viewer. Why can't software developpers have to tinker with a good thing and ruin it in the process? Incomprehensible...

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3 stars

"Used to be great"

April 23, 2013  |  By phoebus64

 |  Version: Foxit Reader 6.0.2.0413

Pros

Lightweight

Cons

Parasite icons

Summary

I used to love this software but the latest version installed intrusive icons in all of my Microsoft Office applications and there's no way to hide or remove them that works. I just uninstalled Foxit and replaced it with a less annoying reader.

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General
Publisher Foxit Software
Publisher web site http://www.foxitsoftware.com
Release Date April 16, 2013
Date Added April 17, 2013
Version 6.0.2.0413
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory PDF Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows
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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