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Editors' Review

by   / March 27, 2015

Foxit Reader creates, converts, and edits PDFs (including secure documents), accepts plug-ins, and makes it easy to collaborate and share documents by email and social media.

Pros

Layout: Foxit Reader's layout takes design cues from Office, like the ribbon-style main toolbar, though the software has its own touches, like the Quick Access Toolbar. Nearly everything can be customized.

Protect: Foxit Reader's security features include DocuSign options on the Protect tab.

Read out loud: The View tab's Read feature can read documents out loud through headphones or your PC's loudspeakers. Sliders adjust speech rate and volume.

Support: Hundreds of millions of users have helped Foxit's developers work the bugs out of Reader and add the features and extras that work best. Help is available in abundance, including manuals, error reports, and Command Line Help.

Cons

Complicated: Despite a well-designed interface, Foxit Reader can seem busy and complicated. You can customize things to suit your needs, but that's another complication. Since cost isn't an issue, more basic one-function PDF utilities sometimes offer faster solutions.

Bottom Line

Foxit Reader isn't the only excellent freeware PDF solution out there, but it's certainly one of the top few. Business-oriented upgrades are available for a price, but the freeware has more than enough for most users.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 9.5.0.20723

  • Epona DMSforLegal Integration: Use Reader to directly open/check out PDF files from Epona DMSforLegal and after making changes save/check them in to Epona DMSforLegal.
  • Viewing Article in PDF: Follow pre-defined PDF article/ article box to allow users to skim through the PDF with articles that arrange text content in multiple columns and/or cross multiple pages like in a print newspaper or magazine, focusing on a specific article and ignoring the rest.
  • Smooth Line Art: Provide an option to smooth lines when viewing a PDF that include CAD drawings, which also makes it faster to open the PDF.
  • Add pen and touch support to Reader for Microsoft Surface Pro.
  • Add additional criteria (document properties) in Advanced Search for searches across multiple PDFs and PDF indexes.
  • Sort instances in the search results by date modified, filename, or location when searching files in a folder.
  • Customize the appearance of digital signatures by drawing or importing a PDF file of your handwritten signature.
  • Add an option to set the current size of the signature as default when placing a signature with the PDF Sign feature and the ability to place a signature or stamp by simply dragging a rectangle and filling in with the selected signature or stamp proportionally.
  • For a PDF digitally signed several times, with the capability to view each signed version of the PDF, you can also view the changes made to each signed version.
  • Add shortcut keys for switching quickly between files in the multi-tab reading mode.
  • Add an option to auto-detect portrait/landscape when printing PDFs.
  • Add JavaScript APIs in more usage scenarios including modifying the user interface, creating/modifying PDFs, and printing.
  • Some other user-friendly enhancements.

General

Publisher Foxit Software
Publisher web site http://www.foxitsoftware.com
Release Date May 16, 2019
Date Added May 24, 2019
Version 9.5.0.20723

Category

Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory PDF Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 7/8/10
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 75.77MB
File Name FoxitReader95_enu_Setup_Prom.exe

Popularity

Total Downloads 17,761,096
Downloads Last Week 1,651

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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