Foxit Reader Foxit Reader 10.1.1.37576 for Windows

by Foxit Corporation

Avg. Rating 3.7 (1,565 votes)

File Details

File Size 68.8 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows (All)
Date Added
Total Downloads 187,214
Publisher Foxit Corporation
Homepage Foxit Reader

Publisher's Description

Foxit Reader is a small, fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows you to open, view, and print any PDF file. Unlike other free PDF readers, Foxit Reader also includes easy to use collaboration features like the ability to add annotations to PDF, fill out PDF forms, and share information with social networks. Foxit Reader has a small footprint that starts up instantly, renders PDF files quickly and uses very little memory, which is especially important with today's mobile devices. The Foxit Reader is packed full of convenient and easy to use viewing, commenting and printing features that make document collaboration simple. Foxit Reader's PDF secure platform insures worry free operation against malicious virus and provides a secure and reliable digital signature verification platform for PDF documents without putting the user at risk from falsified documents.

Latest Reviews

sophialiu

sophialiu reviewed v8.3.2.25013 on Aug 28, 2017

Today, I come across an wonderful Blu-ray playing software. The F2Fsoft Bluray player can play Blu-ray folder, Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray iso files, different types of DVD and normal videos on TV, PC and PS3. It is powerful but easy-use software. Today, I will share you how to play Blu ray with this player software.

eternia

eternia reviewed v8.0.2.805 on Sep 14, 2016

This used to be my favorite pdf reader years ago. But now it sucks. It has big installation file, without any lite version. They installed a lot of unnecessary stuffs into your laptop, namely:
-language proofing tools
-pdf creator
-pdf printer
-browser plugins
-microsoft office plugins
-cloud service
The latter one being the most evil, because we can't opt out. I am pretty sure I ticked the disable check box. But the service is still running. What makes them think I want to store my files in their server? I am very disappointed!

cyberguy

cyberguy reviewed v8.0.2.805 on Aug 9, 2016

This used to be my favorite reader, but I moved away from it when they started adding a lot of unnecessary (to me) stuff. One of the things I liked about foxit was its lightness and no-frills approach to reading pdfs. Sadly Foxit is following Adobe down the bloated reader road. Sad.I can't give it more than a mediocre rating.

Mirage_Etoile

Mirage_Etoile reviewed v7.3.4.0311 on Mar 18, 2016

Older versions are light and improve pdf performance.
Anyway better than acrobat yet.

cltx99

cltx99 reviewed v7.2.0.0722 on Aug 10, 2015

I went to oldapps.com and found Foxit 5.3 For me it's just fine. I don't like or need all of the junk on the newer versions, as my PDF nedds are simple.

nilst2006

nilst2006 reviewed v7.1.5.0425 on Apr 28, 2015

Due to You haven't been able to un-tick their cloud-BS i give it a 3.

reddy.shyam

reddy.shyam reviewed v7.0.6.1126 on Dec 1, 2014

I love this program. Though getting a bit bloated still best of the PDF readers out their. Constantly improving and listening to the users.

smaragdus

smaragdus reviewed v7.0.3.916 on Sep 24, 2014

Foxit Reader is the worst PDF reader, worse even the Adobe Reader.

FatBastard

FatBastard reviewed v7.0.3.916 on Sep 24, 2014

I loved version 5.x but versions 6.x and 7.x totally suck !!

balanceinmotion

balanceinmotion reviewed v6.2.3.815 on Sep 24, 2014

great tool

Avg. Rating 3.7 (1,565 votes)
Your Rating
sophialiu

sophialiu reviewed v8.3.2.25013 on Aug 28, 2017

Pros: Today, I come across an wonderful Blu-ray playing software. The F2Fsoft Bluray player can play Blu-ray folder, Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray iso files, different types of DVD and normal videos on TV, PC and PS3. It is powerful but easy-use software. Today, I will share you how to play Blu ray with this player software.

Cons: Today, I come across an wonderful Blu-ray playing software. The F2Fsoft Bluray player can play Blu-ray folder, Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray iso files, different types of DVD and normal videos on TV, PC and PS3. It is powerful but easy-use software. Today, I will share you how to play Blu ray with this player software.

Bottom Line: Today, I come across an wonderful Blu-ray playing software. The F2Fsoft Bluray player can play Blu-ray folder, Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray iso files, different types of DVD and normal videos on TV, PC and PS3. It is powerful but easy-use software. Today, I will share you how to play Blu ray with this player software.

eternia

eternia reviewed v8.0.2.805 on Sep 14, 2016

This used to be my favorite pdf reader years ago. But now it sucks. It has big installation file, without any lite version. They installed a lot of unnecessary stuffs into your laptop, namely:
-language proofing tools
-pdf creator
-pdf printer
-browser plugins
-microsoft office plugins
-cloud service
The latter one being the most evil, because we can't opt out. I am pretty sure I ticked the disable check box. But the service is still running. What makes them think I want to store my files in their server? I am very disappointed!

cyberguy

cyberguy reviewed v8.0.2.805 on Aug 9, 2016

This used to be my favorite reader, but I moved away from it when they started adding a lot of unnecessary (to me) stuff. One of the things I liked about foxit was its lightness and no-frills approach to reading pdfs. Sadly Foxit is following Adobe down the bloated reader road. Sad.I can't give it more than a mediocre rating.

Mirage_Etoile

Mirage_Etoile reviewed v7.3.4.0311 on Mar 18, 2016

Older versions are light and improve pdf performance.
Anyway better than acrobat yet.

cltx99

cltx99 reviewed v7.2.0.0722 on Aug 10, 2015

I went to oldapps.com and found Foxit 5.3 For me it's just fine. I don't like or need all of the junk on the newer versions, as my PDF nedds are simple.

nilst2006

nilst2006 reviewed v7.1.5.0425 on Apr 28, 2015

Due to You haven't been able to un-tick their cloud-BS i give it a 3.

reddy.shyam

reddy.shyam reviewed v7.0.6.1126 on Dec 1, 2014

I love this program. Though getting a bit bloated still best of the PDF readers out their. Constantly improving and listening to the users.

smaragdus

smaragdus reviewed v7.0.3.916 on Sep 24, 2014

Foxit Reader is the worst PDF reader, worse even the Adobe Reader.

FatBastard

FatBastard reviewed v7.0.3.916 on Sep 24, 2014

I loved version 5.x but versions 6.x and 7.x totally suck !!

balanceinmotion

balanceinmotion reviewed v6.2.3.815 on Sep 24, 2014

great tool

FatBastard

FatBastard reviewed v6.2.3.815 on Aug 20, 2014

I loved 5.x but 6.x totally sucks!

mikebratley

mikebratley reviewed v6.1.4.0217 on Mar 11, 2014

nice

chrispaul

chrispaul reviewed v6.1.2.1224.1 on Feb 17, 2014

pretty good

psycros

psycros reviewed v6.1.1.1031 on Nov 3, 2013

Foxit Reader: once a lightweight and non-intrusive alternative to Adobe Reader, it now embodies everything that we hate about Adobe! They actually brag about "social network" features. Do these developers not live in the same reality as the rest of us?

minimarko

minimarko reviewed v6.1.1.1025 on Oct 29, 2013

I abandoned Foxit a while back but decided to try it again... bad decision. I remember when Foxit first came out and I'm jumped to it to get rid of the giant install print of Adobe Reader. Back when Foxit first came out it was advertised as a much smaller, simpler alternative with a footprint of just over 1 mb. Since then it has ballooned to being almost the same size as Adobe Reader... begging the question: why bother? The unfortunate part of this is that Adobe Reader is almost a required installation on all computers, and 99% of the average novice and intermediate computer users don't use any of the bloated features baked in, except to simply view a PDF.

I suppose if you need plenty features and maybe don't like Adobe Reader it's a nice alternative, but if you want a small, simple reader go with SumatraPDF.

crosseyedlemon

crosseyedlemon reviewed v6.0.6.0722 on Aug 17, 2013

Hilbert brings up some interesting points in his review but personally I don't feel the PDF format was ever designed for the purposes of book reading. I would suggest he convert the books he has in that format to one of the more standard E-book formats. Foxit is a solid replacement for Adobe.

DJE_

DJE_ reviewed v6.0.6.0722 on Aug 16, 2013

To change to classic toolbar from registry change to 0 from 1

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader 6.0\Windows]
"IsTabbedToolbarMode"=dword:00000000

derekbd

derekbd reviewed v6.0.3.0524 on Jun 8, 2013

My rating of 4 stars is conditional. I love version 5.4. I know how to adjust everything to suit my simple needs (reading only.)
When I recently allowed the update I was taken aback (quite); the ribbon concept is new to me. For a month or so I just went back to adobe (which I keep on my computer only for those times it's required by some other process.) Then I decided to look at the ribbon, doing a google search and finding some basic help on its use. After a bit of consideration I thought "Why should I change something that has worked for me for years, when I don't have to?"
I deleted v6, went to oldversion.com and grabbed 5.4, put it in place, tweaked all the preferences, including making sure it would never offer me an update. Now I am happy again.
So as far as I am concerned Foxit doesn't need to do any more development. They can shut up shop.

Hilbert

Hilbert reviewed v6.0.3.0524 on May 27, 2013

Well I've just uninstalled Foxit 6x. ...And the uninstall survey at Foxit never even gave me the chance to explain why I did so, so I'll do so here.

Recently, the Foxit PDF viewer has become bloated beyond all recognition--but not so followed by useful function. Why the hell can't Foxit's developers leave well enough alone or just fix its longstanding limitations is beyond me. Foxit has always been promoted as the lightweight viewer that was to outdo Adobe's lumbering behemoth--a feat that's easily accomplished by almost any other PDF viewer product on the market--yet Foxit now stands on the threshold to outdo even Adobe.

Also, the new ribbon UI is absolutely hideous, it's ugly in the extreme but more importantly it takes up far too much valuable screen real estate. Can't these stupid developers realize that vertical resolution is already at a high premium with the wide 'movie-viewing' screens we commonly use today and that such screens are NOT conducive to viewing page or book-shaped data as is so commonly available with the PDF format? Deliberately making the problem worse is just nonsensical.

Even the older standard UI, which you can switch back to if you look hard enough, takes up too much screen real estate (and using full-screen mode isn't necessarily convenient).

It's hard not to get the impression that Foxit's developers spend more time playing games than they do actually using their product or otherwise they'd see what they were doing isn't conducive to user ergonomics when viewing PDF's in a typical PC environment. (And just because Microsoft does something it doesn't mean it's AOK and the world must follow--the ribbon, Vista and Win 8 being three first-class examples of notable M$'s stuff-ups!)

There are many notable issues/problems with Foxit that I could address but I'll limit myself to two: its grindingly slow speed and its essentially useless Text Viewer.

I look at many scanned books in PDF format. If the compression is high and the page background color is noticeable (yellowish/sepia etc.)--which contributes to processing overhead--then Foxit simply grinds to a halt, even on the fastest of PC machines.

By now--with modern machines having plenty of memory--you'd think Foxit would have proper memory management allowing for read-ahead and decompression features that would make the moving around within such books easy to do, however, to put it bluntly moving around a large scanned book with Foxit is simply torturous--painfully tedious in the extreme. With Foxit, it is NOT possible to flip back and forth in a large book without coming to a grinding halt.

On occasions I've been forced to print out several hundred pages to overcome the problem of slow speed. If anyone says I'm exaggerating then I'll gladly provide any number of readily available problematic examples that are on the Internet Archive to illustrate the point. Using Foxit with such books is an excellent example of where the electronic book HAS NOT superseded the traditional physical one. It should not be so.

The second really annoying problem with Foxit is its inanely stupid Text Viewer. This problem has existed with Foxit for generations of versions yet the developers still insist in wasting their with time with nonsense such as the ribbon. It's the usual problem of software development these days--forget the substance of the program and concentrate on useless fluff that's easy to do which is likely to attract the attention of neophytes.

The problem with Foxit's brain-dead Text Viewer is that it adds arbitrary numbers of hard spaces between words as well as hard CR/LFs at end of lines. It does this to give some semblance or justification of the page layout as printed in the book but to do so with fixed-width Courier font is simply farcical. Reformatting this horribly messy text is a nightmare in a word processor as there is any (inconsistent) number of 'random' blanks between words to eliminate to get back to the correct single spacing not to mention eliminating thousands of hard CR/LFs (let alone seeing the adoption of traditional niceties [long-accepted reading ergonomics] of ensuring that sentences are separated by two blank spaces when using fixed-width fonts such as Courier New--a fact known to traditional typewriter typists for well over a 100 years but almost totally lost on the modern IT generation).

At minimum, Foxit should eliminate attempts at justifying text whilst it uses a plain text, fixed-width font output. Ultimately, it would be much better to format pages in HTML, or in Open Document format or even RTF. As it is, the Text Viewer is nigh on useless--one can't even use it to cut-and-paste a title from a book without spending minutes in a word processor reformatting and eliminating unnecessary spaces.

I'll leave the many other problems such as Foxit's inability to properly reduce background (page) colors on old scans, the issue with ads etc. and the longstanding and annoying problem of not holding (remembering) a single page display on wide screens (where it invariably falls back to two pages) for a later review.

If you wish to continue to use Foxit in any serious way then I'd suggest you carefully analyze your usage requirements. I think, in most cases, you'll find that you'd be much better off with earlier versions such as v4.3 or perhaps some other low-footprint PDF viewer that's altogether different.

Artem S. Tashkinov

Artem S. Tashkinov reviewed v6.0.3.0524 on May 26, 2013

Steadily becoming as bloated as Adobe's own PDF reader.

mrainey

mrainey reviewed v6.0.3.0524 on May 24, 2013

I've used Foxit for years, and still like it. The ribbon can be hidden and the toolbar is highly customizable. Foxit is still fast enough for me.

adamadamadam

adamadamadam reviewed v6.0.2.0413 on May 16, 2013

Used to be good but avoid. Becoming ever more bloated and more commercial.

On upgrade without asking my permission it
- made itself default program for PDF
- installed a printer driver
- changed the icon and description for PDF files

On uninstall, it failed to properly undo these steps.

Bos70

Bos70 reviewed v6.0.2.0413 on Apr 20, 2013

Foxit Reader 6.0.2.0413 -- HORRIBLE. Slower to load than previous version, larger, the ribbon reduces screen space (and, thereby, reduces the vertical space available for the document), and the clutter of icons and text on the ribbon is highly distracting. (It has an unfinished, beta look to it too, as do other programs that use a ribbon.)
I used the previous version of Foxit because it was fast, simple, clean and maximized document area.
I don't see a previous version available on www.foxitsoftware.com . However, I just found the original version that I downloaded last November, FoxitReader543.0920_enu_Setup.exe (15,645,152 bytes), so I'll try to uninstall 6 and reinstall it.
Note -- I previously found that uninstalling Foxit is tricky (not all files removed), when ZoneAlarm reported a virus present in a previous version (ZoneAlarm was happy with 543.0920).

FatBastard

FatBastard reviewed v6.0.2.0413 on Apr 17, 2013

I used to love Foxit Reader but in version 6 they added the ribbon which I bleeping hate!

I will stay with version 5 for now and probably switch to another program in the future

reddy.shyam

reddy.shyam reviewed v6.0.2.04131 on Apr 16, 2013

Still the best and nice UI changes brought in v6 (if you like windows 8/ribbon UI and stuff).

Zoroaster

Zoroaster reviewed v6.0.2.0407 on Apr 11, 2013

Bloated.
Version 5 14MB, version 6 28MB, version 7 on for 56MB ?
Vegas is nice but not for a pdf reader. Slow now, heavy, and version 6 has even become Vegas without the aesthetcs : ugly.
Too many features, I want to fly a Beechcraft when going to PDF, not a A380.
Read a comment stating SumatraPDF, tried it, adopted.

CyberDoc999

CyberDoc999 reviewed v6.0.2.0407 on Apr 9, 2013

this Bloated and slow
time to use Sumatra pdf

hushthequiet

hushthequiet reviewed v5.4.5.1141 on Jan 24, 2013

It would appear that i have made a very grave error using foxit reader.

having saved two completely separate projects in two separate files i assumed when i opened one and the others appeared also- in other tabs- that xing them out wouldn't hurt the file saved elsewhere .

How horrendously wrong I was .

3 hours worth of work lost forever.

I wont bore you with how much I loathe and despise them.

From now on however , if anyone asks me I will tell them the free foxit reader is worth exactly what it costs
or less
a lot less

Music4Ever

Music4Ever reviewed v5.4.5.0114 on Jan 16, 2013

Personally Sumatra does the job for me & is faster & smaller, but Foxit is still good & doesn't try to take over the universe like Adobe.

egg83

egg83 reviewed v5.4.5.0114 on Jan 16, 2013

Yes, the size of this program has grown over the years, but it still works well for me. Have had no rendering problems with the many documents that I have thrown at it. Still loads quite quickly and handles having several pdf documents open without eating too many resources.

nvic

nvic reviewed v5.4.4.1023 on Nov 9, 2012

It's sad seeing this product become bloatware.

Nonetheless, it still works well, is still smaller than Adobe's reader, and doesn't have a pile of crap running in the background.

Lsavagejt

Lsavagejt reviewed v5.4.3.09201 on Nov 7, 2012

Firefox has built-in pdf capability, but for some reason it is turned off by default. If all you need to do is read pdfs, then you do not need anything else, although Foxit Reader has always been a very reliable product.

Zootopia3001

Zootopia3001 reviewed v5.4.3.0920 on Sep 27, 2012

Don't see the reason to use this bloated 5 version. Adobe is still supporting Adobe Reader 9.x so all you need is Foxit Reader v4.3.1.0323.
Three stars for this bloated 5 version being that it's still better than the even more bloated Adobe Reader 10 version which I would rate 1 star. Foxit Reader v4.x gets 5 stars.

FatBastard

FatBastard reviewed v5.4.3.0920 on Sep 27, 2012

Haters will hate.
This is a very good pdf-reader.

HeilNizar

HeilNizar reviewed v5.4.2.0901 on Sep 6, 2012

My deepest condolences Foxit.

Using PDF-XChange Viewer.

tickleonthetum

tickleonthetum reviewed v5.3.1.0606 on Jun 11, 2012

Had it's day!

I know use SumatraPDF, which supports PDFs, CBRs, CBZs, EPUBs & MOBI books as well!

jakebathman

jakebathman reviewed v5.3.0.0423 on May 8, 2012

Used to be my go-to, super fast PDF reader alternative, and I swore up and down to anyone that would listen.

Now it's very bloated, slow, etc. Sad to say I'm now uninstalling and switching (probably to Sumatra PDF).

NormanC

NormanC reviewed v5.3.0.0423 on May 7, 2012

Foxit is becoming as bloated as Adobe now, plus the Ask/spyware/junkware I'm done with it.

Sumatra PDF is now the best PDF viewer out there.

psycros

psycros reviewed v5.3.0.0423 on May 3, 2012

Foxit has reached a new low, graduating from pre-checked homepage hijacking and ignoring your file association choices to actually embedding malware in their product. Truly sad..I actually liked this program. ***DANGER - AVOID***

nilst2006

nilst2006 reviewed v5.1.4 on Apr 29, 2012

Fox(sh)*t Malware ! Boycott this BS !

gurgle

gurgle reviewed v5.1.4 on Feb 15, 2012

was neat and fast, but last three versions are on their way to be as bloated as adobe. useless by now as there are much better unbloated free alternatives

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v5.1.4 on Jan 7, 2012

Good but I much prefer Sumatra which is smaller faster & renders even complicated electronic schematics correctly & is totally true Freeware.

guti

guti reviewed v5.1.4 on Jan 7, 2012

Was a regular user during Foxit 1.x and 2.x. Starting with 3.x it bloatted (at the maximum of version 5).

Lots of features available, but less than Acrobat. Maybe you want to try PDF-XChange, SumatraPDF, or SumatraPDFOpt.

paulglassman

paulglassman reviewed v5.1.3 Build 1201 on Dec 16, 2011

Foxit is a very handy tool for making comments on or filling in PDFs that otherwise don't allow for those functions. But BEWARE: even if you specify that it not be the default reader, it will usually be the default reader. And you will waste countless minutes if, for example, you want to print a shipping label from the U. S. Postal Service online, which only works with Adobe Reader. Foxit invades that print option as well and prevents the label from printing. All in all a useful tool with despicable invasive capabilities. I have to confess that I continually install and un-install it, since the type feature, which is hard to find, by the way, is so handy.

ILLEGALien

ILLEGALien reviewed v5.1.0 Build 1021 on Oct 26, 2011

Classic toolbar view is added back in 5.1 so it's much more acceptable than the 5.0.x atrocity.

gurgle

gurgle reviewed v5.1.0 Build 1021 on Oct 26, 2011

Why must every good software become bloated by adding completely useless features? It was great soft while being small and fast - sadly more!

Lsavagejt

Lsavagejt reviewed v5.1.0 Build 1021 on Oct 26, 2011

It's OK.

Sorb

Sorb reviewed v5.0.2.0718 on Sep 22, 2011

I don't love the new version either but the final straw was when the upgrade installer completely messed up all my desktop icons for the last time. Nobody needs this, just install SumatraPDF instead.

Sinister

Sinister reviewed v5.0.2.0718 on Jul 25, 2011

Used previous versions extensively and loved them for sleek design and fast operation. Version 5 lacks both speed and visual simplicity. Had to uninstall it and revert to 4.3 (it is still available on the official site). Hopefully, Foxit will listen to users and give us back power and speed of previous versions. Otherwise, I'll have to switch to Sumatra or Adobe.

tickleonthetum

tickleonthetum reviewed v5.0.2.0718 on Jul 23, 2011

Foxit now forces you to choose from 4 garish colour themes, black, blue, orange and purple. It also now uses non standard Windows as well.

Functionally the Navigation Toolbar has gone. It's also becoming very bloated with unneeded features and bundled spamware...

Quite frankly it looks hideous and is harder to use.!

Used to love it, now hate it and will start looking for something else...

I have now gone back to the official Adobe version!

rafu

rafu reviewed v5.0.2.0718 on Jul 23, 2011

I used to use Foxit Reader due to 1 file only and its tiny size. Version 5 is a garbage with size of 50mb!

Lsavagejt

Lsavagejt reviewed v5.0.2.0718 on Jul 22, 2011

Ask toolbar IS optional. I just downloaded the latest Foxit version and there is no Ask toolbar. Otherwise Foxit stays out of the way, integrates well with Firefox, consumes 0 resources when not in use (don't know about when I am using it), doesn't phone home, doesn't nag or crash. It simply does what I need it to do, which isn't often, and it' STILL free, with no hidden gimmicks.

DaCash

DaCash reviewed v5.0.2.0718 on Jul 22, 2011

No more portable version, mandatory Ask toolbar, not as agile as used to be.
I'll stick with 4.3.x and other pdf readers

lookmann

lookmann reviewed v5.0.2.0718 on Jul 22, 2011

i no longer use the drab, bloated foxit reader. try pdf exchange viewer and you'll have no reason to complain. and its gui colour change option in the 'view' menu is simply awesome.
i give 2 points to foxit, just because it works atleast,after all the baggage it carries recently.

no1

no1 reviewed v5.0.2.0718 on Jul 21, 2011

Used to be my favourite PDF viewer, but it's now (especially in v5) become slow and bloated. Foxit have totally lost sight of their original unique selling point of being small, lean and efficient.

GrailKnight

GrailKnight reviewed v5.0.2.0718 on Jul 21, 2011

I no longer will use Foxit since the developers decided the Ask Toolbar would be installed even after I unchecked it.

Installed SumatraPDF and it does the job fine.

antigin

antigin reviewed v5.0.1.0523 on Jul 19, 2011

Sad to say, but Foxit became a real crap. Installs Ask Toolbar, even after unchecking Toobar installing. Hate this! That's totally lame and unfair.

uzi

uzi reviewed v5.0.1.0523 on Jun 5, 2011

While most of the "added value" parasites that are now part of Foxit can be elliminated one way or the other. The Ask Toolbar can be removed, and the ads and first page annoyances can be disabled. It is no longer a "fast and lightware" PDF reader. even after removing all the added annoyances, it is still much heavier than version 4. It seems that while Foxit enjoyed the path that Adobe took to make their reader very heavy, Foxit now goes exactly the same path.

For now I'll continue to use Foxit, Reader but will look for alternatives that support recent PDF standards, while being truly "fast and lightweight".

compmaint

compmaint reviewed v5.0.1.0523 on Jun 1, 2011

I like Foxit Reader, but this new update is ridiculous as it forces you to install the Ask toolbar and change your search and homepage to Ask. Here's how to avoid that mess:

http://www.computer-main...ating-to-foxit-reader-5

MrBongo

MrBongo reviewed v5.0.1.0523 on May 27, 2011

Whether or not there is a version that doesn't install the Ask toolbar drivel is neither her nor there. Foxit aren't the first to employ this tactic and probably wont be the last. Disappointing to say the least. I've switched to PDF X-Change. http://www.tracker-softw...duct/pdf-xchange-viewer

nvic

nvic reviewed v5.0.1.0523 on May 27, 2011

As others have said, the normal installer now forces a toolbar on you. Get the MSI version to avoid the toolbar.

Also of note: The program now has a "Start Page" which shows your PDF history and runs ads for Foxit's commercial products when no PDF is open. You can turn off the "start page" in the settings if you're annoyed by the ads.

Aside froml the advertising, it works as labeled. I've been using Foxit since the 2.x days, and have never been disappointed.

4 of 5 because of forced toolbar in normal installer.

MickyFoley

MickyFoley reviewed v5.0.1.0523 on May 26, 2011

FileForums now included the.MSI, which should not have any toolbar inside.

ZenWarrior

ZenWarrior reviewed v5.0.1.0523 on May 26, 2011

Now no choice but to also install an useless toobar. It was fun while it lasted, Foxit Reader, but I'm off to find software which doesn't force me to install a toolbar--or at least offers me the option of paying to avoid it. Now, where's another PDF reader?

Edit: MajorGeeks and no toolbar? Wrong! Tried it. Same thing there. Foxit Reader is dead.

Bala7

Bala7 reviewed v5.0.1.0523 on May 26, 2011

WARNING: this thread is being monitored and censored of any critical posts.
Shame on you FileForum!

From the Foxit Forums on forced installation of toolbar:
http://forums.foxitsoftw...installation-of-toolbar

Alternatives:
PDF-XChange Viewer - excellent
Nitro PDF - very good, pro ver available with more features.

nheimler

nheimler reviewed v5.0.1.0523 on May 26, 2011

I'm seeing everyone that got stuck with the Ask Toolbar, but I've installed this on several PCs today downloading the file from MajorGeeks and I've not seen it install Ask Toolbar once.

Great alternative to Adobe Reader! Can even disable the ads and ad bar in Foxit without a hitch. Very nice and well done!

been

been reviewed v5.0.1.0523 on May 26, 2011

It's no longer possible to install Foxit without also accepting the Ask toolbar ... as such this program is now adware and I hope FF will reclassify it. I shall certainly be finding a new pdf reader.

Orbitration

Orbitration reviewed v5.0.1.0523 on May 26, 2011

My only criticism is that the godawful Ask Toolbar absolutely installs itself regardless if you uncheck the boxes.
I really really hate the Ask Trojan Bar

reddy.shyam

reddy.shyam reviewed v5.0.1.0523 on May 26, 2011

Best Adore reader alternative and light weight. Been using it for 2 years now. Serves my purpose. Thanks to the author.

# New Features:
* Supports XFA form filling.
* Supports to open the RMS¨Cprotected PDFs with Foxit Reader.
* Supports to customize shortcut keys for various commands.
* Supports to reload the opened PDF document that is modified by other PDF tools.
* The new Split View mode allows you to divide the PDFs into two panes or four panes.
* Fit Visible mode enables the PDF pages to fit the width of the window.
* Supports Tabbed Toolbar Mode.
* Supports 11 different page transition types in the full screen mode.
* Offers four nice skins for appearance change.
* Supports to search keywords in the comment and bookmark.
* Enables you to preview a PDF attachment in Microsoft Outlook.
* Displays the PDF files in the Windows Explorer as the thumbnails if Foxit Reader has been set as the default PDF viewer.
* Adds more available command lines.
# Bug Fixes:
* Fixed an unexpected termination of Foxit Reader when opening some affected PDF files.

Evalu8

Evalu8 reviewed v4.3.1.0323 on Apr 22, 2011

Finally had enough of Adobe Reader slowing my system down, so turned back to this, now that the version number's gone up. I'm impressed. Very quick. No need for install by downloading the zip file from the foxit website. My laptop is breathing again. Overall resolution is very good, though images in documents could be improved. This has come on leaps and bounds since I last tried it in the early days. A highly recommended alternative for casual pdf readers.

Lsavagejt

Lsavagejt reviewed v4.3.1.0323 on Mar 25, 2011

It's hard to get excited about a pdf reader but this one's probably the best.
Yes, on install there are options for crap, but those options can be deselected. Otherwise it stays totally out of the way until you need it (integrates perfectly with Firefox with minimal overhead, and is well maintained)--- Good stuff.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v4.3.1.0323 on Mar 24, 2011

Very nice viewer, I don't like Adobe reader/acrobat and this is far less intrusive than that piece of junk. Grrrrrrrr to Adobe.

soldier1st

soldier1st reviewed v4.3.1.0218 on Feb 27, 2011

very good pdf reader and ir works with almost every pdf out there but it is constantky improving. the exe version includes crapware but yet the msi one does not.

tickleonthetum

tickleonthetum reviewed v4.3.1.0218 on Feb 24, 2011

Been using this for years no complaints.

@SoundMix: The download is 7.5 MB, and the installed program is 11.5 MB so I don't know where you get your 5KB from?! However as Adobe Reader is a 22MB download alone, the point is the same!

SoundMix

SoundMix reviewed v4.3.1.0218 on Feb 24, 2011

This is the BEST PDF file reader out there. Why is it the best? It is the most secure, company is a Microsoft Partner, it does not have ANY crapware as mentioned below, fast, free, fills forms, small footprint, integrates with browser if desired, does not need to be used with installer (zip file version which is not shown on betafiles), portable version (also not shown), and much more. I've been using it for years and have never had a problem. Have it installed on dozens of computers.

YoungOldies: You are clueless about the size of this program, try 7k, look at your Adobe folders, they are way biigger.

Cris3

Cris3 reviewed v4.3.1.0118 on Feb 2, 2011

Hey, how come I didn't get the ask toolbar? Adobe first made me load the Adobe Download Manager. Then snuck in the Google tool bar. The file was corrupted so wouldn't load. Got it from a different browser but wouldn't open a PDF off an ASUS disc that had the manuals on it.

Loaded up Foxit and I was able to read the manuals and have real functions I can work with.

Complaining about it loading the Ask bar. Uncheck it or uninstall it is all. Try and find good free software that doesn't try to slip in something on you these days. We're in a recession. The software writers have to eat and pay their mortgage. Be glad it works and its free.

kbsoftware

kbsoftware reviewed v4.3.1.0118 on Jan 20, 2011

A few years ago used to be my favorite pdf viewer but it's seriously gone downhill, especially with all the crapware, ask yikes.

Now I recommend pdf xchange viewer, what Foxit could of been but missed the mark by a mile. It's free but there's also a paid version.

YoungOldies

YoungOldies reviewed v4.3.1.0118 on Jan 20, 2011

Why install this crapware, it's even bigger than Adobe's original.
Do yourself a favor and install a small and fast alternative instead of this malware ridden piece of slow bloat.

johnusa

johnusa reviewed v4.3.1.0118 on Jan 20, 2011

To "reviewer" and all other users who are complaining about this software's installing the "Ask" toolbar.
You must not be following the correct procedures to not install this toolbar, as I just downloaded the "exe" file from here, installed it and did "reject" the "Ask" license and deselecting all "Ask" option boxes, and when the setup was completed the "Ask" toolbar was NOT installed.
You must be doing something wrong. Please follow proper installation procedures and pay attention on what you are selecting and clicking.

reviewer

reviewer reviewed v4.3.0.1110 on Jan 15, 2011

Actually it does install the Ask Toolbar (even behind your back) but it depends on what installer you downloaded (yes, there are two, which is a stupid thing but both are signed by Foxit [so they are official installers]).

If you downloaded the:
msi installer, you will NOT be forced to use the ask toolbar.
exe installer, you WILL be forced to use the ask toolbar.

So stop calling each other names and realize that, yes, Foxit is distributing itself with Adware, it might be a nice PDF reader (I use it and hate its guts [it does too many sneaky things while installed]) but the company is practicing shady methods. I would advise you to choose a different product.

maks7

maks7 reviewed v4.3.0.1110 on Dec 7, 2010

In my opinion PDF-XChange is the fastest, most feature rich alternative to Acrobat. And it's FREE! I prefer PDF-XChange to Foxit (and Adobe, of course).

pjafrombbay

pjafrombbay reviewed v4.3.0.1110 on Nov 18, 2010

How does this spy-ware/spam infected rubbish still rate at 4.1 stars? Do yourself a favour and try PDF-XChange Viewer (http://www.tracker-software.com/) - this is what Foxit Reader used to be/could have been like.

I would rate Foxit at "0" if it was possible.

Peter

pjb

pjb reviewed v4.2.0.928 on Sep 29, 2010

@ dotnetnightmare - must be your install of FF that is corrupt.
I have not had any issues on loads of PC's I use with Windows 7 and FF 3 & FF 4 Beta and FF Minefield Builds. All PDF's I have needed open ok in the browser with Foxit.

Good application, small download, good functionality and less bloat than Adobe.

dotnetnightmare

dotnetnightmare reviewed v4.1.1.805 on Aug 19, 2010

It lacks a working plug-in for Firefox. You can download a PDF and then open it. Deal Breaker! I even tried the "Phantom" suite and had the same problem. Adobe opens PDF's in Firefox for my viewing pleasure and then, if I choose, download the file.

Virtual_ManPL

Virtual_ManPL reviewed v4.1.1.805 on Aug 9, 2010

Download ZIP from the official website and stop crying about installed plugins and toolbars which you can disselect during installation...

Still the fastest in browsing PDFs

FixXxeR

FixXxeR reviewed v4.1.1.805 on Aug 8, 2010

Below is a link to a screencast recording of the current installer posted to betanews.

http://www.screencast.co...-4c6f-b344-dc99d2d5ae00

Note, I unchecked 4 boxes and clicked decline. No spyware installed at all, no toolbars, nothing but the main program. Perhaps taking a second to read instead of blindly clicking will solve your problems.

And no, I am not promoting foxit reader, even thou I do own a license for the reader pro pack, and pdf creator. I currently use Adobe reader as it is very quick and responsive on my systems. Just wanted to disspell the bashing and FUD being spread by some of these "reviewers" against this decent alternative reader.

Wilfried

Wilfried reviewed v4.1.1.805 on Aug 7, 2010

The moment you are presented with the FAKE "Should I install ASK crap" window, the spyware is already running on your system.

This spyware runs on a "per-gamble" basis, meaning it will not always install the spyware, so that people would say to others, "Hey, get this one from this site, it's spyware free", while in reality it isn't.

Get SumatraPDF if reading PDF is all that you need, it's lightning fast and doesn't even require installation.

FoxItReader is now on the HpHosts BLACKLIST for continuous spreading of spyware.

Bala7

Bala7 reviewed v4.1.1.805 on Aug 6, 2010

All you Foxit sycophants are in serious need to re-education.
Foxit continues to use deceptive practices to trick the user into installing the ask toolbar. The very fact Foxit bundles known adware/spyware with their program means Foxit is NOT freeware but Adware.

There are too many high quality PDF readers for absolutely free without any deceptive installs. Example: Nitro PDF and the unbelievably full featured PDF-XChange Viewer available as .exe and .msi installers and also portable version. http://www.docu-track.com/downloads/users/

RWW

RWW reviewed v4.1.1.805 on Aug 6, 2010

I really like this program but it still puts the Ask toolbar into my machine even when I clear the boxes.
So I finally give it a four even though the program itself is great.

Input Overload

Input Overload reviewed v4.1.1.805 on Aug 6, 2010

Great reader, quick start, blows Adobe Reader into the weeds. As below you don't have to install the tool-bar.

Bala7, you are as we say in the UK a Fat-Head.

I actually use PDF-Viewer on this PC & have Foxit on one of my laptops & other PC's I care for who want Foxit as choice, none have traces of ask.com in the registry's. Do you think we were all born yesterday?

And as a point, installing the FREE PDF-Viewer using YOUR link my firewall caught the installer attempting to connect with 'Ask Install Checker'. IP 66.235.120.104. Using port 80. dl.iad.ask.com. - Most interesting. the URL the IP points to is:

http://sp.ask.com/toolba...ll/web/ask/download.php. I rest my case.

Virtual_ManPL

Virtual_ManPL reviewed v4.1.0.0726 on Aug 6, 2010

Download ZIP from the official website and stop crying about installed plugins and toolbars which you can disselect during installation...

Still the fastest in browsing PDFs

reddy.shyam

reddy.shyam reviewed v4.1.0.0726 on Aug 4, 2010

Light weight freeware and as good as any professional pdf reader. Guys, just clicking 'Decline' on ask toolbar installation page, will continue with normal installation. Little inconvenience to us but its a freeware and they have to make money someway. Hope you will all understand.

MikeEx

MikeEx reviewed v4.1.0.0726 on Aug 4, 2010

The installer tricks those who jam the 'next' button into installing ask toolbar.

Simply hitting [I Decline] on the ask toolbar screen will continue to the Foxit Reader installer.

Bala7

Bala7 reviewed v4.1.0.0726 on Aug 3, 2010

Installs the Ask toolbar whether you want it or not. Unchecking Ask during install is not respected. Foxit is ADWARE not freeware.

sammCA

sammCA reviewed v4.0.0.0619 on Jul 26, 2010

Not sure what the problem is with Ask or other options. There is "Preferences | Internet | Hide Ask.com Search button", if that helps. The other options, typically tied with the purchased version, I simply don't select. Seems a small effort for a good, free tool. /Cheers

pjafrombbay

pjafrombbay reviewed v4.0.0.0619 on Jul 3, 2010

I've had it with this product. Its a very good PDF reader but they package it with the Ask Toolbar which is installed even when you specifically de-select the option.

I'd rather pay a small shareware fee than put up with this underhand behavior.

I'll go back to Adaobe or another viewer.

Peter

Virtual_ManPL

Virtual_ManPL reviewed v4.0.0.0619 on Jul 3, 2010

Download ZIP from the official website and stop crying about installed plugins and toolbars which you can disselect during installation...

Still the fastest in browsing PDFs

Lsavagejt

Lsavagejt reviewed v4.0.0.0619 on Jun 30, 2010

Have to be careful not to use its updater, and it wants to install a bunch of crap like toolbars and front page b.h.o.s- Yuck! but it does have a nice Firefox plugin. Anyway.....

Jan Walsschaert

Jan Walsschaert reviewed v4.0.0.0619 on Jun 29, 2010

It's perhaps more bloated than the original.
For simple a lightning fast viewing, just get SUMATRA PDF Viewer,
you don't even need to install that program.

ac_zr5002002

ac_zr5002002 reviewed v4.0.0.0619 on Jun 29, 2010

I've been using FoxIt happily for a couple years now, until recently. Most pdf that I attempt to open from a webpage hang foxit.

The last straw was Foxit installing an IE and FireFox toolbar, which I can not remove from IE. Onto next free PDF reader. Goodbye

anonymouscowturd

anonymouscowturd reviewed v4.0.0.0619 on Jun 29, 2010

So Foxit just decided to hijack my default setting for PDF reader from PDFX-Change Viewer.
Take a running jump over that cliff Foxit....

therube

therube reviewed v4.0.0.0619 on Jun 29, 2010

* Added a advanced set of professional features
The New Reader 4.0 now includes Comments tools, Text Viewer & Text Converter, Form Filler, Spell Checker and Advanced Editing Tools; and it is still free. No additional licensing is required for more features with PDFs.

* Enhanced Safe Mode Setting
Supports Safe Mode settings during installation, streamlining the workflow and offering better protection with PDF File.

* Bug Fixes:
Fixed the crash issue when opening certain PDF documents.

dirhtml

dirhtml reviewed v4.0.0.0619 on Jun 29, 2010

Good, but a distant second place to PDF X-Change viewer.

DKDude

DKDude reviewed v3.3.1.0518 on May 30, 2010

How difficult is it to disable the searchbar.
here's a snap from the installing process.
http://img203.imageshack...img203/6548/numbnut.png

Only tools who press next without reading wil get the searvhbar.

Jan Walsschaert

Jan Walsschaert reviewed v3.3.1.0518 on May 21, 2010

Top Rated Malware !

Virtual_ManPL

Virtual_ManPL reviewed v3.3.1.0518 on May 21, 2010

us3r = butthurted user who cant even read and download ZIP pack without any toolbars...
so CRY SOME MORE...

5/5

P.S. Pierdol sie ;)

us3r

us3r reviewed v3.3.1.0518 on May 20, 2010

@Virtual_ManPL
You fk moron. At least read the change log before posting such a retarded comment.

'Many Bug Fixes'
Fixes some bugs from previous versions including an issue where Ask Toolbar may be installed by default.

therube

therube reviewed v3.3.1.0518 on May 20, 2010

http://www.foxitsoftware.../reader/whatsnew331.htm

Virtual_ManPL

Virtual_ManPL reviewed v3.3.0.0430 on May 5, 2010

5/5

lulz for n00bs who installs toolbar clicking only next... next like idiots...

beelzebub360

beelzebub360 reviewed v3.3.0.0430 on May 4, 2010

I don't really see whats bad about it.
Its still tremendously faster and less bloated then Adobe & it opens and lets you read PDFs
What do you want from it?
It does what it was made to do.Still a fine program &anyone saying that it is worse then the original without giving any solid reasons are just talking trash.

Do not click through the install w/o reading & you will be fine!![untick toolbar installation]
A version w/o toolbar is availabe too

therube

therube reviewed v3.3.0.0430 on May 4, 2010

v3.3 New features:

* Secure Trust Manager
The new Secure Trust Manager enables users to allow or deny unauthorized actions and data transmission, including URL connection, attachments PDF actions, and JavaScript functions; efficiently avoiding the attack from malicious contents and viruses.

* Improved Ask Search Button Setting
Enables users to show or hide the Ask Search Button in the Preferences menu.

* Many Bug Fixes
Fixes some bugs from previous versions including an issue where Ask Toolbar may be installed by default.

Alexander-GG

Alexander-GG reviewed v3.2.1.0401 on Apr 26, 2010

Very low quality. Ask/Foxit toolbar is installed by default without permission. Real peace of sh*t.

cricri_pingouin

cricri_pingouin reviewed v3.2.1.0401 on Apr 15, 2010

Install the sodding Ask toolbar (sleazily renamed Foxit toolbar) no matter what your setup choices are, toolbar which is subsequently a pain in the butt to remove. Hence not freeware but adware, and any such software gets a red card from me. Another promising product falling as casualty from greed.

sjk1000

sjk1000 reviewed v3.2.1.0401 on Apr 15, 2010

Update from showing Foxit support this forum:

Hello I am sorry for the changes it's made to your system. Here is a link to
the reader with no toolbars
http://developer.foxitso...oadfile.php?fileId=9774
or the msi version
http://downloads.foxitso...pe=msi&mirror=cdn01

Thank You

My original review on this forum:
Warning. This installs toolbars and changes the home page and default search engines across all browsers without asking for any permissions. Do not install unless you support this kind of thing and/or want to go through and reset all this. Also not sure how many other changes it's made to my system. I consider this as malware.
I've no idea how well the software works. Uninstalling

Note that this software does have an uninstaller

deadzone

deadzone reviewed v3.2.1.0401 on Apr 14, 2010

I guess the author's greed finally got the better of him, now that he's forcing Ask.com crap on the user without their permission. Thanks for the old versions, but it's time to switch to Sumatra.

uberfly

uberfly reviewed v3.2.1.0401 on Apr 5, 2010

It works well, but yes, this software does now install the ask.com toolbar and changes the home page on your browsers, without even the slightest tip-off that it's about to do so. Even the custom install route doesn't bother to mention it. So Foxit Software, nice alternative to Acrobat, but you guys are trash.

jotte_ct

jotte_ct reviewed v3.2.1.0401 on Apr 5, 2010

Beware! It will install Ask components regardless of your selections during the setup process!

therube

therube reviewed v3.2.1.0401 on Apr 2, 2010

Version 3.2.1 has fixed a security vulnerability.

Vulnerability Fixed: Foxit Reader will run executable program embedded inside a PDF automatically without asking for user’s permission.

Virtual_ManPL

Virtual_ManPL reviewed v3.2.0.0303 on Mar 13, 2010

5/5
for superior page caching and image method scaling

Artem S. Tashkinov

Artem S. Tashkinov reviewed v3.2.0.0303 on Mar 12, 2010

It's getting bigger and bigger and soon will match Adobe's own PDF reader? No, thanks.

I'm about to switch to STDU Viewer.

reddy.shyam

reddy.shyam reviewed v3.2.0.0303 on Mar 12, 2010

Still the best!

ballyhairs

ballyhairs reviewed v3.2.0.0303 on Mar 11, 2010

Used to like it till I tried PDF-XChange
Its good one though, but that one is better.

FatBastard

FatBastard reviewed v3.1.4.1125 on Nov 30, 2009

Thank god for this software. It's like a thousand times better than Adobe Reader...

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v3.1.3.1030 on Nov 22, 2009

My needs are simpler than what this product can provide, but in testing I still find that for accessing / viewing PDF files, this product is not as smooth and consistent as I would like it to be. Sumatra PDF 1.0 provides a better experience for me, though Foxit is no slouch. It's just that it's not as good as I had expected, given the recommendations that I have fielded from fellow users.

Suggestions and feedback has been sent in the hopes that the programmers will take them into consideration. There is little use complaining if you do not make an honest effort to help see the product improved, I guess.

Here's hoping.

Virtual_ManPL

Virtual_ManPL reviewed v3.1.2.1013 on Oct 21, 2009

5/5

egg83

egg83 reviewed v3.1.2.1013 on Oct 14, 2009

Program works fine, no problem with rendering most PDFs, but have had problem on Vista, the UAC keeps popping up with the most recent releases when program launches. Hmm. Did not do this before.

therube

therube reviewed v3.1.2.1013 on Oct 14, 2009

(3.1.2.1013) Bug Fixed

Fix the memory leak issue where the memory usage will be kept growing while viewing PDF files with Foxit Reader.

http://forums.foxitsoftw.../showthread.php?t=15481

Young Strider

Young Strider reviewed v3.1.2.1013 on Oct 14, 2009

It's getting bigger and bloatier than it's father due to all spyware and nagware.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v3.1.2.1013 on Oct 14, 2009

Best pdf reader available on the market. Owns Adobe Reader in ANY and every respect.

And sorry guys, I don't see any bloat.

Daddy_Spank

Daddy_Spank reviewed v3.1.2.1013 on Oct 14, 2009

This program is getting bloated compared with earlier versions..... very unfortunate!!!

Joseph A

Joseph A reviewed v3.1.2.1013 on Oct 13, 2009

For anonymouscowturd,

Try this link at the publisher's site:

http://www.foxitsoftware.com/downloads/index.php

There you'll find the true 3.1.2.1013 version (I suppose).

anonymouscowturd

anonymouscowturd reviewed v3.1.2.1013 on Oct 13, 2009

This is getting ridiculous. Again i download and install. And again the result is the previous version 3.1.1.928.Not the version stated on FileForum 3.1.2.1013.
Someone somewhere is dropping the ball on this...

Virtual_ManPL

Virtual_ManPL reviewed v3.1.1.0928 on Oct 9, 2009

still 5/5 for me

@ anonymouscowturd - remember that you can download MSI or ZIP file and extract only exe...
and you can disable ad in program if you want ;)

reddy.shyam

reddy.shyam reviewed v3.1.1.0928 on Sep 29, 2009

On the official site shows Foxit Reader 3.1.1.0901. I cannot find the mentioned version any where.

Though bundled with other software, its optional to install. So thats ok.

Edit: Official site now reflects fileforum version.

anonymouscowturd

anonymouscowturd reviewed v3.1.1.0928 on Sep 28, 2009

Don't know about you guys but downloading from Fileforum still gives me the 3.1.1.901 version not the 3.1.1.0928 as stated.
Secondly what the hell is with bundling google toolbars and e-bay links?
What happened to you Foxit? You used to be cool.
PDF X-Change Viewer is now my first choice.

Diam0nd,
Every other application out there gets a slating for bundling and not just from me. That includes the java installer, Chrome and a myriad of others. Being able to uncheck the option isn't really the point. If you went to buy groceries and the person at the check out asked you a cluster of questions every time would you not get a little bit peeved? People ditch apps because of such things so it's not really a good direction to go in. Just my two cents. Incidentally you mention CCleaner, but i only ever use the zipped/portable version which is why i never picked up on it.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v3.1.1.0928 on Sep 28, 2009

Simply the best pdf reader around. Some of the others might be OK, but are too simplistic, imho.

I prefer FoxIt Phantom now, since it's basically the same Reader, BUT with an ability to edit PDFs, stamp them (approved, verified, etc) and correct whatever I might see fit. AND it's also as fast the the Reader. Quite an addition to their line-up!

anomoly:
Ever tried installing anything using CUSTOM installation? Almost EVERY program I know tries to install crap by default, I mean, cmon it's the internet age, use custom installation already.
FoxIt Reader is free, and I don't blame authors that they are trying to make a living for themselves.

anonymouscowturd:
Is there a reason you can't UNCHECK all that stuff during installation? I mean, Google Chrome offers installing s*** too, CCleaner too, and I can go on and on. NO program forces you to install stuff.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v3.1.1.0901 on Sep 11, 2009

This reader is a total must-have for anyone who's ever used a PDF. But their Foxit Phantom is simply amazing. It's basically the same Foxit Reader, BUT with all the functionale of a full-fledged pdf editor. AMAZING!!!

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v3.1.1.0901 on Sep 3, 2009

The portable version is only 6.95 M using ap compactor.
Too bad it tries to install crap and hijack your browser by default

Virtual_ManPL

Virtual_ManPL reviewed v3.1.0.0824 on Aug 25, 2009

5/5

@ uzi - you can disable small ads like Ryusennin said...
and if you dont want bloadware simply download ZIP pack or extract from MSI... ;)

Ryusennin

Ryusennin reviewed v3.1.0.0824 on Aug 24, 2009

"there is no way to turn off the internal ads"

Right-click on any toolbar > Advertisement

uzi

uzi reviewed v3.1.0.0824 on Aug 24, 2009

I am quite disapponted with the direction Foxit took lately. Version 3.0 is excellent if you are careful enough not to install the unwanted "value added" things, during the installation. Version 3.1 took things further that way. Now it really goes in the direction of becoming a bloatware. Who needs an internet search bar inside a PDF viewer? and now it seems that there is no way to turn off the internal ads (in version 3.0 there is).

Now when I reverted back to version 3.0, it practically means that the version I use will no longer be maintained.

Infidelus

Infidelus reviewed v3.1.0.0824 on Aug 24, 2009

Nice little app that I've been using for ~3 years now. No installer required, just run the exe. Does what it says on the tin, and no crap bloatware like Adobe.

Never liked the Pointless Document Format anyway, but if I absolutely have to use it, Foxit scores a win here.

5/5 from me

Virtual_ManPL

Virtual_ManPL reviewed v3.0 Build 1817 on Jul 22, 2009

Lightweight PDF viewer...

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v3.0 Build 1817 on Jun 30, 2009

No need to install period as there is a compressable portable version. Has too many dead pro options with the "if you do not want to see this again, click here bs" boxes. Advertising is built into the help menu, and Foxit's claims of it being secure and not accessing the internet without asking is PURE BS. All you have to do is open the help menu & it's already reaching without asking I might add.. Looks a 1000 % better than I remember but is an advertising LOAD of crap. I'll stick with pdfxchange. At least they aren't trying to sell you something that has nothing to do with pdf's whatsoever. And pdfxchange never asks until u do.

STDUSupport

STDUSupport reviewed v3.0 Build 1817 on Jun 22, 2009

Good software.

But STDU Viewer from stdutility.com more better. And can read images and DjVu files.

egg83

egg83 reviewed v3.0 Build 1817 on Jun 22, 2009

Really like this program, lightweight, and not bloated like Adobe, deserves 6 stars. Some may not like the program, that is why they have the uninstaller.

GrailKnight

GrailKnight reviewed v3.0 Build 1817 on Jun 22, 2009

Still a fine program and anyone saying that it is worse then the original without giving any reasons are just talking trash.

Do not click through the install and you will be fine.

Zanyth0x42

Zanyth0x42 reviewed v3.0 Build 1817 on Jun 19, 2009

Great PDF Viewer, nice, lightweight and fast, great plugin for Firefox etc;

statm1

statm1 reviewed v3.0 Build 1817 on Jun 19, 2009

I don't really see whats bad about it. Its still tremendously faster and less bloated then Adobe and it opens and lets you read PDFs. What do you want from it? It does what it was made to do.

bigmama

bigmama reviewed v3.0 Build 1817 on Jun 19, 2009

i agree that has become worse than the original.
if you want an alternative portable and free pdf reader try sumatra

Juhandra

Juhandra reviewed v3.0 Build 1817 on Jun 19, 2009

Has become worse than the original.

uzi

uzi reviewed v3.0 Build 1506 on Mar 30, 2009

Foxit reader is a much better replacement for Adobe.
Most of the problems it had in former versions are now solved.
One should be careful during the installation if one wants Foxit to be free from an irrelevant toolbar, an irrelevant shortcut to e-bay. During installation, choose custom installation, then choose not to install the Foxit toolbar, and in the next installation screen choose not to add shortcuts to e-bay. Now, the only remained thing is to open the program, and under the vuew menu to uncheck the advertisement. This will permanently disable the internal advertisement, and will let Foxit be free from nagging/unwanted things.

Chocobito

Chocobito reviewed v3.0 Build 1506 on Mar 14, 2009

Its a shame in what its become Foxit Reader, until version 2.X this was a fast and light software, but now its full of nag and other crapware. Im really shame about it. Its time to try other PDF Reader, Foxit no more.

VinzZ

VinzZ reviewed v3.0 Build 1506 on Mar 11, 2009

Exactly Yassgo, I recently descovered PDF Xchange too after I was a bit disappointed about the installer of Foxit (I don't want a toolbar or change my homepage!). And to be honest PDF Xchange is way better and faster to print documents , is fast and they have a portable version. The only advantage of Foxit is that it is x-platform.

yassgo

yassgo reviewed v3.0 Build 1506 on Mar 11, 2009

Good PDF viewer !
It was the best one until I discovered PDF XChange Viewer (Freeware) !

bobad

bobad reviewed v3.0 Build 1506 on Mar 11, 2009

Now unacceptable. Too much garbage. FoxIt is no longer Freeware. It's bloatware, crippleware, nagware, and crapware. Too many strings attached to be called "Freeware" with this release. There are truly free alternatives available. Too bad, FoxIt is a great program beneath all the garbage. I suggest keeping the last clean release or grabbing a clean alternative.

NightFright

NightFright reviewed v3.0 Build 1506 on Mar 11, 2009

The best alternative to Adobe Reader you can find. To avoid the nagware stuff they are offering you in the installer version, be sure to get the zipped version. You won't need much more than the mere executable file, anyway. Perfect program for USB drives!

moog

moog reviewed v3.0 Build 1506 on Mar 10, 2009

used to love it
but now with all ad ware
takes twice the time to install it

uberfly

uberfly reviewed v3.0 Build 1506 on Mar 10, 2009

It's good and lighter than Acrobat Reader, but choose custom when installing (and pay close attention). You really run the gauntlet during install removing their own Firefox toolbar, ask.com, ebay icons, the resetting of your home page, and unruly check boxes that nefariously re-enable themselves when your back is turned. Lowering rating because of this BS.

Second Shadow

Second Shadow reviewed v3.0 Build 1506 on Mar 10, 2009

Awful! It's now not freeware but CRIPPLEWARE!

Take a look at these links:

- Freeware Foxit pdf Reader too will now install Ask toolbar ... else get crippled ! (http://www.winvistaclub.com/s27.html)
- Beware Foxit Reader Includes AskToolbar! (http://securitygarden.bl...ncludes-asktoolbar.html)

Bye, bye, Foxit! Thanks for the memories when you were actually freeware

eaves

eaves reviewed v3.0 Build 1301 on Jan 4, 2009

I've been using FoxIt for well over a year. Never saw any adware in this or any previous version.

The other poster must be hallucinating.

Dwarden

Dwarden reviewed v3.0 Build 1301 on Jan 4, 2009

what adware ?

dreadlox

dreadlox reviewed v3.0 Build 1301 on Jan 3, 2009

Good software, but I just have to rate it 3 for the adware it tries to sneak in.

wiak

wiak reviewed v3.0 Build 1301 on Jan 2, 2009

Exellent PDF Reader
It starts like 500% faster than Adobe Reader
It uses 500% less resources than Adobe Reader

btw just say no to the yahoo toolbar and ebay icon

kbsoftware

kbsoftware reviewed v3.0 Build 1301 on Jan 2, 2009

I know that I don't have to install all the crap it want's me too, but even so I just can't support it for the adware etc. crap. Once an author goes down that route, well it's a slippery slope.

tbresson

tbresson reviewed v3.0 Build 1301 on Jan 2, 2009

Excellent PDF reader! It's a small install, it's fast and it works.

The only reason for not giving this piece of software a 5/5 is that it seems the developers are beginning to add "features" which reminds me of all the reasons to find alternate versions like I once did with Adobe.

All sorts of features in the installer most of which I'd pass on and thankfully still can but also the updater features allows me to install all sorts of things I have no idea what's for. This latter features actually reminds me a lot of the same features Adobe has.

Is Foxit PDF Reader beginning to loose it's own reason for existing?

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v3.0 Build 1301 on Jan 2, 2009

The smallest and fastest *.pdf reader around. But: BE CAREFUL WHEN INSTALLING - it offers a lot of adware crap. But well, developers gotta eat too I guess...

jspratjr

jspratjr reviewed v3.0 Build 1301 on Jan 2, 2009

Back to Foxit from Sumatra & CoolPDF - Foxit loads faster and I like the interface much better than others.

Not too difficult to not install the "junk"...sheesh.

therube

therube reviewed v3.0 Build 1222 on Jan 2, 2009

You are not FORCED to install anything.
PS: Current version is build 1301.

Foxit Setup -> Next
License Terms -> Agree
(choose) Custom Install -> Next
Settings & plugins dialog (choose as you wish)

INSTALL

After you click INSTALL, you are presented with another dialog containing 3 checkboxes;

* I accept License Terms & want to install Foxit Toolbar
(Note this is the license terms for the toolbar - NOT for foxit itself. You had already agreed earlier to the foxit license terms.)

* Make Ask.com my default search

* Reset my homepage to Foxit Startpage

All 3 options can be unchecked. Upon unchecking, it does present a warning;

"By NOT installing this toolbar the following items will not be available for free use; Typewriter Tools, Text Viewer & Text Converter."

Typewriter DOES work. It is only that if you SAVE the document it is watermarked. AFAIK, this is the way it has always been with the free version. (The two Text tools, I really don't use, so I don't know if there is a difference there?)

NEXT

Setup Completed!

At that point, you are then presented with yet another dialog that by default will create eBay icons.
Uncheck it & click Finish.

Done.

halc

halc reviewed v3.0 Build 1222 on Jan 2, 2009

Great SW, although lacking some high-end features of Adobe Reader.

However, deducted two stars for the forced install of Ask spyware crap toolbar.

ALFT22

ALFT22 reviewed v3.0 Build 1222 on Dec 31, 2008

I just downloaded this and although I have only used it twice now it seems to be 100% better than adobe! It took only a couple of minutes to download, compare that to Adobe which takes 30 minutes or more (and I still could not get Adobe 9 to download).

I just give up on Adobe - have Adobe 8 on my computer and it won't uninstall to install version 9. Adobe reader 8 is corrupted and won't open and during 9 partial installation it took off my even older version of Adobe so I couldn't read any of my PDFs anymore. After two days of fiddling with Adobe and starting to pull my hair out, I found Foxit. Never heard of it before but I'm glad I downloaded it.

I do recommend to install this with custom settings and not install all the extras like Ask.com and ebay toolbar. So far I am very happy with this. (I have XP and downloaded on Mozilla)

I would give a rating of 5 but I have only had it for a day. But seems to be 110% better than Adobe.

Aegis69

Aegis69 reviewed v3.0 Build 1222 on Dec 29, 2008

Uh oh, this app now installs ASK toolbar in your browsers, appears to be no way to opt out of that during install...

I smell evil...

Sumatra here I come!

BelgianWaffle

BelgianWaffle reviewed v3.0 Build 1222 on Dec 28, 2008

Great free PDF program. I wish adobe reader was this light, fast and useful :)

simko

simko reviewed v3.0 Build 1222 on Dec 28, 2008

Best free pdf reader out there , eod
And as already been said if you dont want the toolbar etc dont install them.

Galifray

Galifray reviewed v3.0 Build 1222 on Dec 26, 2008

While overall it's a good program. It seems to be suffering from some bloat. It's up to 6 MB unpacked, plus at least 3 MB more if you install the recommended toolbars, East Asian, plugins and other "extras."

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v3.0 Build 1222 on Dec 26, 2008

Galifray: so then don't install the 'optional' "bloat"... what's the matter with you? Nix the editor, creator, image extractor, Asian fonts, toolbar, online space collaborator, etc.
Those ONLY get installed if you go into Options and mark them anyway.

HenryPeck: i actually find this release renders even faster. This program is improving impressively by leaps and bounds.

Latest Foxit release auto installs FF plugin in most Moz browser variants-- even K-Meleon & Flock.... you must manually copy it over to work in Opera 9.xxx also if you wish(v10 already comes with built-in Foxit).

FYI if you already edited pdf extension in FF, to open in exterior Foxit, you MUST re-edit it(within FF options of course) to now utilize Foxit Plugin).

PDF Creator install still buggy on Vista...installs on one of my systems(ironically one with lots of problems), will not install in the main one...go figure.

henrypeck

henrypeck reviewed v3.0 Build 1120 on Nov 25, 2008

The best way to eliminate Adobe's bloat.

Chocobito

Chocobito reviewed v3.0 Build 1120 on Nov 24, 2008

The speed for render documents in this version is quite slow that version 2.

fenixproductions

fenixproductions reviewed v3.0 Build 1120 on Nov 21, 2008

Wery nice PDF viewer UT the newest version, the more issues.

Currently there is the problem with toolbars settings. Last editions were correctly saving buttons visibility. This one still loads the same crap.

I don't believe it will be fixed once for good. My pessimism came from years of waiting for similar feature for browsers integration. Nothing changed in this area so far.

I will rate it for 4 but keep older version.

betasun

betasun reviewed v3.0 Build 1120 on Nov 21, 2008

Much better than the last version .
improvements are welcome .

xapaox

xapaox reviewed v3.0 Build 1120 on Nov 21, 2008

really fast to just read pdf documents (it can really do more of course). a must have piece of software

zapatero

zapatero reviewed v3.0 Build 1120 on Nov 20, 2008

The installer reported that "Mozilla firefox is not installed", but of course it is. To use certain simple functions in the free version, a toolbar "powered by Ask" must be installed. It wants to create icons to eBay (what for?)... I prefer PDF-XChange Viewer, which has more options in the free version.

NightFright

NightFright reviewed v3.0 Build 1120 on Nov 20, 2008

Who needs Adobe Reader when you can use this just by downloading the zipped version and just click on the exe file to load it?
You have now an option in the program to remove advertising ("View" -> "Advertisement") - even if it will be back on next startup.

Only thing that still has to improve: There's no other language than English, and language packs available on the site are very old and don't work with this new build. Translators, go for it now!

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v3.0 Build 1120 on Nov 20, 2008

Best pdf reader around, hands down!

Sumantra is good, but doesnt even come close.

Ryusennin

Ryusennin reviewed v3.0 Build 1120 on Nov 20, 2008

Lightning fast.

Only problem is, Firefox beta builds (Gran Paradiso, Minefield) aren't detected by the updater, which will prevent the installation of the Firefox plugin. Not a big deal though, you can still will online docs in the standalone viewer.

us3r

us3r reviewed v3.0 Build 1120 on Nov 20, 2008

Great PDF reader, but since it's 'freeware' it shouldn't prompt a user to install like a dozen of adware/spyware toolbars, links and other useless crap during the installation :X. And there's this banner in the program itself. Seriously they should decide whether it's freeware or adware.

Stoerpser

Stoerpser reviewed v2.3 Build 3309 on Sep 19, 2008

I believe that the download-link ist broken
Try this download page:
http://www.foxitsoftware.com/downloads/

Zoroaster

Zoroaster reviewed v2.3 Build 3309 on Sep 17, 2008

"Maybe Adobe Reader isn't that bad after all". For sure it isn't, and moreover the font rendering is as to what I've seen rather lousy with Foxit. Adobe Reader Lite loads as fast as Foxit, and has the touch of authentic quality.

Undesired Username

Undesired Username reviewed v2.3 Build 3309 on Sep 17, 2008

I'm getting sick of this turd. I had to come here to download the full installer, since the thing was unable to download and install the update the usual way. Sick of the bugs and limitations as well.

Maybe Adobe Reader isn't that bad after all. Plus, using Adobe Reader, the DOpus preview plugin works...

Artem S. Tashkinov

Artem S. Tashkinov reviewed v2.3 Build 3309 on Sep 17, 2008

It's still incompatible with some PDF files but much better than a resource hog named Adobe Reader.

ninjeratu

ninjeratu reviewed v2.3 Build 3309 on Sep 17, 2008

It's great!
Fast and lightweight.

Daddy_Spank

Daddy_Spank reviewed v2.3 Build 3309 on Sep 17, 2008

I love this software. Everyone should use it instead of the BLOAT that adobe puts out there

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.3 Build 3309 on Sep 17, 2008

This is WAY faster than the adobe reader ever was and/or will be.

Salmanazar

Salmanazar reviewed v2.3 Build 3201 on Sep 1, 2008

Not impressed by the "save as text" option only being available in the paid-for version. Also, rendering of vector artwork is sometimes very slow compared to Adobe Reader - I can virtually watch the illustrations being drawn - and something is not quite right with the font rendering. As far as startup speed goes, Adobe Reader 8.1 starts up nearly as quickly on my PC which is not a high-end machine.

Undesired Username

Undesired Username reviewed v2.3 Build 3201 on Aug 15, 2008

The known issue with the Find feature ignoring the Enter key upon initial use is still not fixed. And now, you can't disable the advertisement. (Or, at least, on my system I can't turn it off as I could before.)

n8p

n8p reviewed v2.3 Build 3201 on Aug 6, 2008

Foxit has been the best PDF reader for me for some time, but now that they fixed the bookmark window issue, it's even better. For a good laugh, read this review of Adobe 9:
http://blog.micropledge.com/2008/07/adobe-reader-9/

Yakumo

Yakumo reviewed v2.3 Build 3201 on Aug 5, 2008

"Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 is still better."

please explain how so.

PDF's opening direcly in foxit open instantly, and are very fast to use. It's LACK of a browser plugin is an absolute plus, it never causes a browser to lockup or crash.

mflip

mflip reviewed v2.3 Build 3201 on Aug 5, 2008

Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 is still better.

pjb

pjb reviewed v2.3 Build 3201 on Aug 5, 2008

Fixes the watermark error from previous version.
Work really well.

legion

legion reviewed v2.3 Build 3201 on Aug 5, 2008

Best PDF viewer for me :)

zapatero

zapatero reviewed v2.3 Build 3201 on Aug 5, 2008

Good, but for me PDF-XChange Viewer is better. For one thing, it allows to annotate PDFs in the free version.

Landsnes

Landsnes reviewed v2.3 Build 2923 on Jul 19, 2008

Good!

Works great for me! Fast and good, but I really dislike the bookmarks pane, which I can't permanently remove.

Chocobito

Chocobito reviewed v2.3 Build 2923 on May 25, 2008

This last version had improved a lot, the bug and vulnerabilities are gone.

finalcut

finalcut reviewed v2.3 Build 2923 on May 25, 2008

5/5! no more slow adobe
this is a great software 100% compatible, ive never had a single problem and im using it everyday

gate1975mlm

gate1975mlm reviewed v2.3 Build 2923 on May 24, 2008

No thank you I will stick with the "slower" but "more compatible" Adobe Reader 8 :)

Dreimanis

Dreimanis reviewed v2.3 Build 2923 on May 24, 2008

name one and provide a trusted link.

foxit reader is great, fast and excels at what it's built for - viewing pdf documents.

pnutts

pnutts reviewed v2.3 Build 2923 on May 23, 2008

Too many vulnerabilities.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.3 Build 2923 on May 23, 2008

Simply amazing. Lightning fast and supports tabs. Simply WOW!

yabun

yabun reviewed v2.3 Build 2923 on May 23, 2008

Awesome!! Been using it for years.

gamiras

gamiras reviewed v2.3 Build 2825 on May 21, 2008

Two words. Unicode names. Is this a joke? It's totally unacceptable for a PDF viewer to refuse unicode-named files. PDF files can be written in many languages, yet this software defeats the purpose of PDF. LOL.

Sephiroth...

Sephiroth... reviewed v2.3 Build 2825 on May 3, 2008

I like very much Foxit Reader and I don't find other reader better that this, and all of you that find Foxit incompatible just click in check updates in the reader and download the asian language compatibility pack ;)

halc

halc reviewed v2.3 Build 2825 on Apr 28, 2008

I have to agree with those who say Foxit is incompatible. I have several non-latin PDF files that Foxit refuses to properly render for some parts of the document.

I have no idea why. The slow and bloated Adobe reader renders these documents fine.

I wish it would just work.

I would be willing to pay $100 for the Pro pack, if it was just 99.9999999999999999% compatible and had really good markup tools that allowed me to keep the original PDF intact, but still put my own notes on them.

Ah well, maybe Adobe will... forget it :)

Chocobito

Chocobito reviewed v2.3 Build 2825 on Apr 27, 2008

I don't like the last version, is a little buggy, so I stick with the 2.2 version for a while, but Foxit is the best PDF reader at all, is the most fast and is very compatible. PDF X-Change Viewer is awfull and slow, Sumatra is very fast but don't show very well all the files.

stisev

stisev reviewed v2.3 Build 2825 on Apr 27, 2008

"To all you PDF-XChange Viewer developers that are writing negtive reviews here. Compared with Foxit Reader, PDF-XChange Viewer is total crapware.

I am NOT a PDF-XChange Viewer developer. I think it's quite irritating that any negative reviews are debased as insignificant or from te competition. If anything, you may be a FoxIt developer trying to downplay FoxIt's problems.

PDF XChanger > FoxIt > 1000 year old turd > Adobe products.

De Julien

De Julien reviewed v2.3 Build 2825 on Apr 26, 2008

I wonder why they are so busy hiding what's new...

SandraDuboix

SandraDuboix reviewed v2.3 Build 2825 on Apr 26, 2008

It has become almost as bloated as the bloat-champs from Adobe.

improvelence

improvelence reviewed v2.3 Build 2825 on Apr 25, 2008

Foxit sucks and lacks true compatibility and it's buggy. I say Fixit or Fuxit.

Its a lot faster than Adobe though.

reddy.shyam

reddy.shyam reviewed v2.3 Build 2822 on Apr 25, 2008

Excellent freeware! I love the multitab feature.

Dave \o/

Dave \o/ reviewed v2.3 Build 2822 on Apr 25, 2008

stunning little program. I use this exclusively when doing all my assignments for university.

5/5

boaz

boaz reviewed v2.3 Build 2822 on Apr 25, 2008

Reads PDF files ok. But when I printed a PDF file that is several pages, it takes forever to print from this program. It took around 10 minutes to print a several page PDF on a HP laser printer. Adobe reader, although bloated, doesn't have this problem for some reason. Bottom line is; I like this program for reading PDF's, but it's terrible for printing them.

wodez

wodez reviewed v2.3 Build 2822 on Apr 25, 2008

I really like foxit reader. Easy to use and light weight compared to PDF-XChange Viewer or Adobes own bloatware. Also if you dont like the small AD for the pro version that Foxit displays or that it adds some red text when saving a PDF you just modifed. You can easily remove those annoying features using Resource hacker.
To all you PDF-XChange Viewer developers that are writing negtive reviews here. Compared with Foxit Reader, PDF-XChange Viewer is total crapware.

stisev

stisev reviewed v2.3 Build 2822 on Apr 25, 2008

**** THAT'S IT ****

I am FINALLY dumping FoxIt. PDF-XChange Viewer is my new viewer.

FINALLY a portable PDF viewer that works better than FoxIt.

Eric20

Eric20 reviewed v2.3 Build 2822 on Apr 25, 2008

Was using this for a while.
But it seems that Foxit is getting worse.
More interested in selling pro features than making a reliable free viewer.

PDF-XChange Viewer is my new PDF app of choice.

Stingray57

Stingray57 reviewed v2.3 Build 2822 on Apr 24, 2008

Oh man, I just dropped Foxit. I tried PDF-XChange Viewer, and I'm done with Foxit. Foxit's GUI has been clunky for a while the last release was crappy (toolbars all over the place and some you couldn't remove). And in this version; I just tried it, the bookmarks on the left hand side don't work- not even listed.

I liked Foxit because it was small (was 1.5mb, now it's almost 3mb), fast and portable, but whats with the fact it handles audio and video now? There goes the bloatware diet...

PDF-XChange has the typewriter and you can enter & save the contents to the PDF (crappy ploy- Foxit would never let you save the typed information), you can extract the images in the PDF and the GUI; And someone besides a closet programmer was refining the GUI because it's clean. It's portable, it's tabbed - I likes it.

Sorry Foxit, but seems like these guys have been listening to the users in the support forums and you haven't.

It's been real and it's been good, but not real good. See ya!

some guy

some guy reviewed v2.3 Build 2822 on Apr 24, 2008

best non bloat free reader....

madmike
dodcudesk is crap

madmike

madmike reviewed v2.3 Build 2822 on Apr 24, 2008

Tis no good for the professional print company, dones output in CMYK, Docudesk is a better alternative

SELonBN

SELonBN reviewed v2.3 Build 2822 on Apr 24, 2008

Foxit has been a great alternative to the monstrous Adobe product and this version makes it even better. I'm curious about the X-Change viewer mentioned below. I can't find it - can anyone supply a url or more accurate name?

anonymouscowturd

anonymouscowturd reviewed v2.3 Build 2822 on Apr 24, 2008

Better than previous release. And still way better than Acrobat. However i must agree with some others here. I think this has been eclipsed by x-change viewer which is simply superb. However this still earns a 5.

Blaxima

Blaxima reviewed v2.3 Build 2822 on Apr 24, 2008

while it has made some improvements my biggest gripe is still here. This little guy is just way too pushy when it comes to file association. It basicly doesn't let go even when I choose to open pdf's with another program.

I tried sumatra but it bogs down on large pdf files. Give X-change viewer a try its freeware too. Someone on here suggested it and I'm glad they did because it is an excellent viewer which handles files big and small and with speed on them all

Joco

Joco reviewed v2.3 Build 2822 on Apr 24, 2008

Now I can go back to Foxit. Version 2.3 has fixed all my previous gripes which got me go back to Acrobat. Foxit 2.3 now opens faster, no longer alter system fonts rendering, and more importantly it remembers the page and the zoom level of the documents from the last time. Even better it now has tabbed interface for multiple PDFs. The GUI is also sleeker. The search form now is on par with Acrobat reader.

Personnally, I find there are a lots of improvements in this 2.3 release. Congratulations.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.3 Build 2822 on Apr 24, 2008

Best pdf reader around!

Adobe Reader SUCKS!

De Julien

De Julien reviewed v2.2 Build 2129 on Feb 26, 2008

Big corporates suck, freeware rock.

bballboy1205

bballboy1205 reviewed v2.2 Build 2129 on Feb 4, 2008

Everyone knows the strength of this small nifty software. so I am not going to repeat it here. iono what u guys talking about here about the toolbar and everything... In their website, they have the setup file with toolbar or without toolbar. even if u get the with toobar setup file, u can uncheck the toolbar option. here is the url if u wanna check it out...http://www.foxitsoftware.com/downloads/

Cooledit

Cooledit reviewed v2.2 Build 2129 on Nov 24, 2007

Been using Foxit build 1606 and now trying 2129.

Toolbars keeps popping up after i disabled some
of them - really annoying!

Therefore not happy with build 2129...

xyzcb1

xyzcb1 reviewed v2.2 Build 2129 on Nov 22, 2007

While I admit this is light weight, however wtf were they thinking install Yahoo toolbar and Yahoo messenger altoghter w/o options to deselect at installation? Who knows what else they install.

And when uninstalling yahoo messenger, it reset the computer, without any option to save anything. Lost so much data.

Dystopian1984

Dystopian1984 reviewed v2.2 Build 2129 on Nov 18, 2007

Excellent, fast and simple, everything you need for the average user.

stevesim89

stevesim89 reviewed v2.2 Build 2129 on Nov 11, 2007

can foxit reader open pdf in browser window like adobe reader?

Landsnes

Landsnes reviewed v2.2 Build 2129 on Nov 10, 2007

Great!

This program replaced Adobe's Reader on my computer a while ago. Adobe Reader was huge, slow and cluttered, while this program is small, fast and simple, and gives me all the PDF features I need. Full score!

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v2.2 Build 2129 on Oct 2, 2007

Pff. Even the pro version has a cheesy gui. I switched to pdf-xchange viewer. NOTHING beats acrobat pro. nothing

zapatero

zapatero reviewed v2.2 Build 2129 on Oct 1, 2007

Good, it is getting closer in quality and options to Adobe Reader, less the bloat.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.2 Build 2129 on Oct 1, 2007

Top notch!

zeeZee

zeeZee reviewed v2.2 Build 2129 on Oct 1, 2007

pdf files? it's like neon green condoms. it was invented use it.

cricri_pingouin

cricri_pingouin reviewed v2.1 Build 2023 on Sep 3, 2007

I give it a 3 for the good old days. As someone pointed out, there are so many features that nag you that they are only available in the paid Pro version, alongside the banner, that this does not qualify as freeware anymore.
If you do not want any of the pay-only features and nags, you'll have to dig out versions prior to 2.0

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.1 Build 2023 on Aug 25, 2007

Best pdf reader around. Adobe - slow, bloated crap.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v2.1 Build 2023 on Aug 25, 2007

Adobe is the #1 'reader'. (pro). It's like, if you're gonna buy one , Adobe is IT..
If this is crippled, I will use another.

Stingray57

Stingray57 reviewed v2.1 Build 2023 on Aug 24, 2007

Wow - they really packed in the extras in to this version. My last version was 2.8mb and this version almost doubles that. Agreed the toolbars; all should be removable. Not everyone needs all that stuff. and this version far exceeds it's name as a 'reader'.

It still opens fast, requires not install, can run from a USB stick, but they need to ease up on the bulk. It's a PDF reader.

Hey Foxit- Don't go 'Adobe' on us...

Galifray

Galifray reviewed v2.1 Build 2023 on Aug 24, 2007

All of the new features, and toolbars are more than a bit annoying. If you access them, they say that they are part of a "ProPack" and will leave "evaluation marks" that you will have to put up with. So the entire program is now adware for the Pro version of FoxIt Reader.

In addition, I do not care for the fact that only some of the toolbars can be removed. Others stay around. And why the duplication of Zoom In / Out tools?

Finally, to the reviewer claiming FoxIt Reader is smaller. They why does it now take up 5.27 MB of hard drive space?

Joco

Joco reviewed v2.1 Build 2023 on Aug 23, 2007

Annoying for reading big document: no way to sync Content - Bookmark, at each page scroll the last line of the previous page is lost and the 1st line of the new page is 50% of time unreadable).

Big toolbar, with plenty of tools (attachment, form, drawing, etc.). These tools are not necessary for reading a PDF. They take room on the toolbar and reduce the space that could be used to display the content. There is no way to make these tools invisibles. Who is going to need a "Quadrilateral Link Tool" when reading a PDF?

Buggy: Alt+1 (bookmark), Alt-2(full screen) don't work when focus is on bookmark bar. In full screen mode, pressing Alt-1 freeze the application.

Search (one hit at a time) is not as powerful as Acrobat Reader (a list of all hits).

On the plus side: GUI is better. Foxit now open the document and resumes to the position when it was closed.

coover

coover reviewed v2.1 Build 2023 on Aug 23, 2007

The latest build is a bit more than 2 MB while the former was more than 3 MB. Great work, Foxit.

anonymouscowturd

anonymouscowturd reviewed v2.1 Build 2023 on Aug 23, 2007

This is a great program, but i don't really feel the "improvements" were all that handy (atleast for me). Most of the time i use PDF is for reading. Not for creating forms or marking up. So all those extra bit for annotating is useless to me. What i really needed was a proper bookmark system (why the heck is it so difficult to implement for PDF readers? you have to use a JS hack in Acrobat). Remembering where the document was read up to (a new feature) goes some way to solving that of course it won't allow you to create multiple bookmarks which would be ideal. Still, way better than Acrobat.

therube

therube reviewed v2.1 Build 2023 on Aug 23, 2007

This new version introduces many exciting features, including interactive form filler, form designer, loupe tool, zoom tool, measure tool, image tool, file attachment tool, link tools and much more.

More here, What's new in Version 2.1?

maria_madonna

maria_madonna reviewed v2.1 Build 2023 on Aug 23, 2007

sumatra is better

h377r1d3r

h377r1d3r reviewed v2.0 Build 1606 on Jun 4, 2007

Briliand and lightweight pdf reader.

some guy

some guy reviewed v2.0 Build 1606 on Apr 8, 2007

nice lightwieght, I personally not a big fan of PDF format but use this to read them. Can't go wrong.

yobby

yobby reviewed v2.0 Build 1606 on Apr 7, 2007

Extremely fast startup and rendering, but bad with print.
I have Adobe Reader installed (with its startup-sections disabled) only for printing.

sjc001

sjc001 reviewed v2.0 Build 1606 on Apr 7, 2007

Great. Much easier to use than Adobe's reader.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.0 Build 1606 on Apr 7, 2007

Fox > *

zridling

zridling reviewed v2.0 Build 1606 on Apr 6, 2007

Same here. Foxit "luv-me-long-time," but I've moved to Sumatra PDF Viewer for good.

ModderXManiac

ModderXManiac reviewed v2.0 Build 1606 on Apr 6, 2007

It may be smaller than Adobe Reader, muuch smaller, but it doesn't render nor print nearly as well.

I'm willing to sacrifice the memory for quality. I'm sticking with Adobe in the meantime.

Argai

Argai reviewed v2.0 Build 1606 on Apr 6, 2007

Foxit PDF Reader is a nice, fast and easy to use PDF reader.

Corbit

Corbit reviewed v2.0 Build 1606 on Apr 6, 2007

Does just what it says and is light and very, very quick.

As an aside, the Sumatra fannies should ease off on the juice maybe.

Mandeep

Mandeep reviewed v2.0 Build 1606 on Apr 6, 2007

Haha, what is up with these people obviously affiliated with the other pdf reader? Anyway, is there a change log?

Ain Soph Aur

Ain Soph Aur reviewed v2.0 Build 1606 on Apr 6, 2007

WOW, thats amazing! As yokozuna wrote, the Sumatra PDF Software are realy a better alternative as Foxit PDF Reader!!!! Foxit is extremly good but Sumatra is even better! Check it out please at: http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf

My new favorite :)

yokozuna

yokozuna reviewed v2.0 Build 1606 on Apr 6, 2007

Foxit is really very good, however, I decided to install and use another alternative PDF viewer known as Sumatra PDF http://blog.kowalczyk.info/software/sumatrapdf I find it even better than Foxit PDF Reader.

bigmama

bigmama reviewed v2.0 Build 1606 on Apr 6, 2007

good, free, portable and fast

i would have given it 5 out of 5 if it had the decode .dlls in the same file.

however they are available for download @ the homepage

viperiii

viperiii reviewed v2.0 Build 1606 on Apr 6, 2007

It is a small file (lower memory requirement and disk space) that mean faster loading time & last thing, it is FREE!!

brunok

brunok reviewed v2.0 Build 1516 on Apr 2, 2007

It's just horrible to read documents in it. Yes it's really fast, but the font quality with ClearType on is horrible, it's very uncomfortable to read text in it. And the search and bookmark features are a little flawed...

zridling

zridling reviewed v2.0 Build 1516 on Mar 31, 2007

Fortunately, Foxit has been kept simple and quick (so far). If you need more persuasion, just compare the size of the installation files. For those with rendering problems like mjm01010101, be sure to download the Microsoft GDI+ module.

Although this is irrelevant, I do wish the rest of Foxit's PDF software was more affordable. They split their software into too many fragmented functions, and If I'm going to spend that kind of money, I'll just spit on it and give it to Adobe. (WARNING: While Acrobat 8 works fine on Vista, Adobe Reader is not supported.)

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v2.0 Build 1516 on Mar 17, 2007

I agree w/ jspratjr :

for personal i would get Foxit & "never" Adobe Reader...

for business i would 'never get Foxit'...esp. for $$$-- i would swallow the considerably higher price & system resource hogging of Acrobat.

jspratjr

jspratjr reviewed v2.0 Build 1516 on Mar 16, 2007

Good for personal use, but doesn't cut it for the business world.

grum36

grum36 reviewed v2.0 Build 1516 on Mar 16, 2007

test it and you'll never use adobe

amweiss157

amweiss157 reviewed v2.0 Build 1516 on Mar 16, 2007

Much faster than adobe, never had rendering problems. Great program all around!

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v2.0 Build 1516 on Mar 16, 2007

Acrobat 8 renders *much* better, prints *much* better, and is marginally slower. Unless all you do is view pdf's, this isn't quite a good option.

Yes, many people use PDF's for printing, document control, documentation, it's not just this format for viewing on a screen.

As far as speed, Acrobat 8 is better than 6 and 7, which is good enough for our uses.

Foxit had this annoying habit of starting to advertise and drop these javascript dll's in it's executable directory.

steveso

steveso reviewed v2.0 Build 1516 on Mar 16, 2007

So much better than Adobe's bloated reader.

I cannot understand why a company, with Adobe's resources cannot make a free reader better than what they make available. Adobe's is a 27.5MB download that (by default) downloads and installs a download manager on your computer, and then takes minutes to unpack and install, thanks to the ridiculous netopsystems installer provided.

Get this one instead, install it and be glad you did.

Dreimanis

Dreimanis reviewed v2.0 Build 1516 on Mar 16, 2007

awesome app. since i don't use all the features in acrobat, this is perfect for me.

vcorvinus

vcorvinus reviewed v2.0 Build 1414 on Feb 22, 2007

I hated Foxit Reader 1.x -- it was a piece of crap. I love version 2, though. Even updates are easy. Beats waiting a month for Adobe to load...

greenglen

greenglen reviewed v2.0 Build 1414 on Feb 19, 2007

Never mind all the tech chat, this is the pdf reader you want. I've tried several and this is what fits the bill. Fast, compact, no nonsense...does all I want/need from a pdf reader. Such joyous celebrations when I uninstalled Adobe!

RaGhul

RaGhul reviewed v2.0 Build 1414 on Feb 16, 2007

The rendering is just a 'tad' lower quality than Adobe's. Barely noticeable for most users.

But what you will notice is:
• Takes up MUCH less HDD space.
• Uses less RAM.
• Faster. Loads in less than a second.

So, do I prefer it to Adobe Bloatware? Hell yes!!

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.0 Build 1414 on Feb 15, 2007

Best pdf reader.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v2.0 Build 1419 on Feb 10, 2007

As a standalone executable it can be compressed to 1.57MB

erolyavuz

erolyavuz reviewed v2.0 Build 1419 on Feb 9, 2007

1419-10=1409
It has copy/paste Turkish text problem. Turkish characters can not copy. Very fast, small and single exe file... Great.

Avast!
TuneUp Utilities
Ccleaner
Foxit Reader
These are great.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.0 Build 1419 on Feb 9, 2007

Best pdf reader around. Period.

anonymouscowturd

anonymouscowturd reviewed v2.0 Build 1419 on Feb 9, 2007

This link is still pointint to the old version with build 1409. Still that version works fine and is excellent.

Yggdrazil

Yggdrazil reviewed v2.0 Build 1316 on Feb 7, 2007

Compared to Adobe Reader view quality is really bad. But it's a great app to place on your usb stick!

An easier way to get rid of the banner ist to import the following registry keys:

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Foxit Software\Foxit Reader\MainFrame]
"AdvertiseIndex"="0"
"ShowEditorAd_908"="0"
"ShowReaderAd_908"="0"
"ShowTypewriterAd_908"="0"
"ShowPOAd_908"="0"
"ShowSDKAd_908"="0"

Cooledit

Cooledit reviewed v2.0 Build 1316 on Jan 31, 2007

This reader is quite good, but not perfect.
Want to disable the Ad for good?

Start Foxit exe-file, goto View menu
and turn off Ad, close Foxit.
Repeat above 5-10 times.

Works for me :)

DudeBoyz

DudeBoyz reviewed v2.0 Build 1316 on Jan 29, 2007

I still prefer 1.3 instead of 2.x cause 1.3 is faster and leaner.

Plus, I wish they would get rid of that ad. Yeah, you can turn it off, but you have to do it each time you run it.

But it is a LOT better than Adobe's PDF reader.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v2.0 Build 1316 on Jan 18, 2007

I find it interesting that as a standalone executable at 3.78mb it can be compressed down to 1.57mb (alpx). Why would u want to have anything more than one executable? Just zip the file alone (after compression). the uninstaller is rediculous

-Lord-

-Lord- reviewed v2.0 Build 1316 on Jan 18, 2007

Foxit is excellent as an alternative to Adobe... It's faster, lighter, not so bloated and doesn't try to load itself or it's functions every time the OS is started. It does have one flaw that I've noticed. In pro, when the typewriter feature is used, and the document is saved.... when another user tries to open the file in adobe or another reader, the type written portion is not visible. It's as if it doesn't exist and never did. Fix that, include a PROPER installer so the app can register itself in the OS so you don't have to create your own associations and links, and you'd have it mastered. I would like to give a 3.5 but since I can't, rounding up nets you a 4.

billweh

billweh reviewed v2.0 Build 1316 on Jan 17, 2007

I love the speed of Foxit over Adobe, however I have to agree with some of the other posters that Foxit does not show the PDFs in the best light. I have had a number of them come out difficult to read, almost like the font wasn't drawing completely - which is not quite right, but maybe the font was too thin?

Sometimes the document was just off. One of the users below posted this link:
http://www.flickr.com/ph...id=166568765&size=o

And this is exactly what I was seeing.

HelgeFossmo

HelgeFossmo reviewed v2.0 Build 1316 on Jan 17, 2007

Dont listen to [deXter], he's a idiot.

Foxit is excellent replacement for Adobe Reader, smaller and faster. The UI is very similar to Adobe Reader aswell.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.0 Build 1316 on Jan 17, 2007

[deXter], you underaged retard. You should have at least TRY the program before writing a comment and rating it. Dumass.

Best PDF reader out there. Fast, secure, feature-rich and FREE.

twosheds

twosheds reviewed v2.0 Build 1312 on Jan 13, 2007

deXter,

You are surely joking - are there any programs anywhere that can get anything useful done while a PC is occupied at 100% load? And Foxit is MADE for older PCs that cannot run Adobe Bloatware at any usable speed or efficiency. I have to agree that you sound like you're working for 'The Man'... lol

George43

George43 reviewed v2.0 Build 1312 on Jan 13, 2007

deXter,
You are joking are you not? If not I suspect you work for the bloatware company you suggest as an alternative.

bobad

bobad reviewed v2.0 Build 1312 on Jan 13, 2007

FoxIt is a perfect replacement for the slow and bloated Acrobat Reader. It's a real pleasure to click on PDF files and watch them load instantly. All software should be so easy to fast, easy to set up, and work so well.

[deXter]

[deXter] reviewed v2.0 Build 1312 on Jan 13, 2007

smarterthanyou:

http://ardownload.adobe....enu/AdbeRdr80_en_US.exe

You don't to download a download manager. Infact, I got this link from FileForum itself.

I rate Foxit a 3 because althogh its small, it comes at a price: Its horribly slow, low on features and interface/usability is below par.

Surprised? Well, you'll really know Foxit is slow when a) You're opening a VERY large PDF file or b) You have a very old pc like I do or c) Your system is under heavy (100%) load and you're trying to open a pdf. Under these conditions, compare Foxit and Adobe Reader. You'll find that the Adobe reader handles the PDFs very well. Sure, Foxit may startup faster, but when it comes to the actual rendering of PDFs, its slow. And very difficult to navigate. I can't believe they don't a feature as simple as Ctrl+Scroll to zoom a pdf! Ctrl+Scroll has become a very standard feature in all GUI/document apps, so its surprising that they haven't included it. Again, it makes the whole exercise of going through a PDF very difficult. I had stopped using Adobe a few years back, when Foxit was out, and because Adobe was turning to be a bloat. But guess what? bloat doesn't necessarily mean slow. Adobe 8 also has the advantage of using 2D GPU acceleration for your PDFs, meaning which you'll be able to scroll and zoom even more effortlessly, without any lag. Lag, thats another issue in Foxit. You zoom in a document or pan around a large-res document, you'll find Foxit lagging and sluggish.

Guess small doesn't necessarily mean fast.

WillBeKicked

WillBeKicked reviewed v2.0 Build 1312 on Jan 12, 2007

To "smarterthanyou" (really?):
What's wrong with their ftp site, why don't you just download the full installer there? Have a look here: http://tinyurl.com/ymgjnj (Preview http://preview.tinyurl.com/ymgjnj)
Whining but having no clue...

Pensador

Pensador reviewed v2.0 Build 1312 on Jan 12, 2007

After I replaced the official Adobe Reader by Foxit, I've never looked back! I use it mainly to view my university assignments and project descriptions. It is just so fast and so far I have not found any downside to it.

AntiochMedia

AntiochMedia reviewed v2.0 Build 1312 on Jan 12, 2007

It's great for casual PDF reading. Compatible is nice. My reason for sticking with the bloatware that is Adobe Reader is that there is not an image selection tool. The snapshot tool does allow users to select an area, but being able to click on an image, have it automaticallly select (especially when layed) and copy to clipboard is a feature I use in Adobe Reader in the work that I do.

Please add this!

smarterthanyou

smarterthanyou reviewed v2.0 Build 1312 on Jan 12, 2007

The main reason I use Foxit PDF Reader is because of Adobe's requirement that you use their download manager to get their PDF Reader 8 software. I think Foxit is a lot faster but this is a moot point considering my desktop computer has 3GB of RAM, a Western Digital Raptor hard drive and an AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor.

I would probably switch back to Adobe's PDF Reader software if I could just download the whole executable file to my hard disk instead of using a download manager.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.0 Build 1312 on Jan 12, 2007

Best pdf reader around. Fast, reliable, free.

zapatero

zapatero reviewed v2.0 Build 1312 on Jan 12, 2007

It works, but Adobe Reader is much better. The main justifications for using this program used to be that Adobe Reader was slow and big. V. 8 is still big, but faster, and has a pretty face and many options. So the case for Foxit Reader is not as strong as before.

polysius

polysius reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Jan 8, 2007

Slow and inefficient when reading large PDFs with big images. Scrolling speed is severely slow in such conditions.

Has DRM rubbish built in as well, and therefore is just as frustrating as Acrobat Reader.

Better than the official reader, but not by any wide margin. There are better viewers out there.

Diam0nd

Diam0nd reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Dec 15, 2006

Simply the best reader around. Quick (to say the least). Flexible. Constantly updated. Small. Free.

RaGhul

RaGhul reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Dec 7, 2006

I've been using this for about a year now. So, either it's good and I like it, OR I don't like change. (No, it's the FIRST one.)

Not for editing, and the display image isn't as clear as Adobe. But for the overwhelming majority of PC users who just need to read/print a document, it beats the pants off of Adobe. Less resources, WAY less hard drive space. Starts in a snap, prints quickly.

As for the printer issue the other guy mentioned... weird. I've had no print problems. One happy-camper here.

cricri_pingouin

cricri_pingouin reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Dec 7, 2006

Works great and fast, BUT text selection and copy/paste are very erratic. I had to reverse to Adobe Acrobat Reader to improve my efficiency after suffering Foxit's flaw (albeit the only one I found, but a massive drawback for my usage). Hence a 3 this time, sorry.

Nikkie

Nikkie reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Oct 31, 2006

Always a pleasure!!

This is what i put on all fresh installs of xp..

Stephen Bungert

Stephen Bungert reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Oct 12, 2006

Installs in less than a second and starts up almost as fast... get rid of adobe crap!

notomat

notomat reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Oct 2, 2006

The slow printing is NOT a printer issue. It's as if Foxit is sending bitmap renderings of the pages to the printer. In my case, this happens on 6 out of 6 computers connected to 3 different printers. A local printer doesn't seem as bad, but two of mine are network printers (on two separate networks), and a medium-sized PDF can take 45 minutes to print - spit out a page, pause 90 seconds, spit out a page, ... !

Check out the printer / spooler / whatever window - you'll see HUGE document sizes streaming out. Like the others, I always make sure to have Adobe Reader an "Open with ..." away to use when I need to print.

Foxit is my default, though. It's great for quick viewing.

Umapathy

Umapathy reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Oct 2, 2006

Seems like Foxes are performing well :)
Just follow the tradition like Firefox small and yet powerful. Like this software. Cool :)

twosheds

twosheds reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Oct 1, 2006

Would be nice if they bothered to mention (here or on their site)what has actually changed in this version...?

Tosawyer

Tosawyer reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Oct 1, 2006

Love this software been using it for months now. It has a very small footprint is very quick and it's free. I have not experienced the printing delays reported by the other reviewer so this may be a printer specific issue.

maxwyler

maxwyler reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Oct 1, 2006

Foxit PDF Reader is an amazing piece of software, and is very useful when you need to open a PDF file on someone else's PC that doesn't have a PDF Reader installed or has older versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader, since it doesn't need to be installed.

The Ad/Banner can be removed, right-click anywhere and uncheck the appropriate option (something "Show Ad Banner").

zridling

zridling reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Sep 30, 2006

Whatever you think of Foxit, can we all agree that we hate Adobe? Foxit wouldn't be so popular if Adobe didn't get fatter and slower with every release... throughout their product line.

Skyfrog

Skyfrog reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Sep 30, 2006

It runs nice if you have an old system, otherwise Adobe is much better. This is also adware, and I don't like programs that show banners trying to get me to buy their other products.

InSuboRdiNaTioN

InSuboRdiNaTioN reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Sep 30, 2006

Fast & Light, a superb alternative to Acrobat reader. However, you lose some browser functionality (such as the ability to print USPS Postal labels on the USPS website).
I have yet to experience the slow printing issue others complain about, it is lightening fast for me.
Adobe Reader 8.0 isn't too far out on the horizon. I'm hoping Adobe has listened to their customer base, but I'm doubtful.

pyridox

pyridox reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Sep 30, 2006

It's a fast reader for PDF files. However, like another reviewer mentioned, it's not very good at printing the PDF file. If the PDF file is only a couple of pages it prints fine, but if the document contains several pages or more; see how long it takes to print out!! I used this until I found out how long the printing took, then I reverted back to Adobe reader. For me, 9 out of 10 times I need to be able to print out the PDF document, and I really don't feel like waiting 15 minutes (or longer) to wait for it to finish printing! Adobe reader does'n exhibit this printing delay issue/

If they improve the printing issue, I would glady go back to using this program, as I can't stand Adobe reader. There is no "changelog" as to what they fix?

mkeeley

mkeeley reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Sep 30, 2006

Good points:
Nice and small, therefore also loads faster.

Bad Points:
By default screen rendering is no where near as good as Adobe Reader, i.e. both text and graphics are blurred in Foxit whereas they're nice and crisp in Adobe Reader. Setting "Display text optimized for LCD screen" does improve the text but doesn't help graphics.

If they sort the rendering problems out it will be a fine replacement for Adobe Reader, but not as it stands (unless, perhaps, if all your PDF's are text only).

Tom Pix1

Tom Pix1 reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Sep 30, 2006

It would be nice to change the "less than 1 MB" to "less than 2 MB" either

Realy fast, usefull and nice program

Treize

Treize reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Sep 30, 2006

Small, fast, easy to use. Basically it's Adobe Acrobat without the bloat. Excellent replacement.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Sep 30, 2006

We started to pull this reader because of the annoying nag messages. Even adobe doesn't nag you with upgrading to pro with popups.

zipped version is always the same link:
http://www.foxitsoftware...treader/foxitreader.zip

some guy

some guy reviewed v2.0 Build 0930 on Sep 30, 2006

5 plain and simpile fast and not all the bloaded crap like Adobe. my only pdf reader you need.

give it a lowwer rating because it won't run on 95 is stupid time to upgrade.

jerry4dos

jerry4dos reviewed v2.0 Build 0922 on Sep 25, 2006

v2.0 no longer runs on Win95 (although v1.3 ran fine). As I write this, FF/BN has it listed as "OS Support: Windows (All)". Perhaps that needs to be changed to "Windows 98 and later".

urbanriot

urbanriot reviewed v2.0 Build 0922 on Sep 24, 2006

Wow... ! I can not believe how FAST this is. So far I haven't had a problem with a single PDF file. I always thought the issue with large PDF's opening was a problem with the PDF itself, but it seems as though Adobe is hugely dropping the ball.

boaz

boaz reviewed v2.0 Build 0922 on Sep 22, 2006

I really like this for PDF reader, because it's very fast to open up. However, I don't like it when I have to print a multi-page PDF document. When I try to print a PDF file, with perhaps 10 pages, it takes FOREVER to print. It's a great reader, but it doesn't print PDF's very well.

^M^

^M^ reviewed v2.0 Build 0922 on Sep 22, 2006

I didn't notice how Slow was Acrobat Reader till I tried Fox-It.

It's fast, clean and light, I love it.

Higgy

Higgy reviewed v2.0 Build 0922 on Sep 22, 2006

No problems viewing any PDF so far.

mjm01010101 and Pixelsmack,

The single executable is still available here:
http://www.foxitsoftware...treader/foxitreader.zip

Pixelsmack

Pixelsmack reviewed v2.0 Build 0922 on Sep 22, 2006

I drop my rating a notch for the best and fastest PDF reader out there only because it now has to be installed. It is also slightly larger in size.

I really hope the creators don't fall prey to feature bloat and forget the mission, "A small, fast, executable for reading PDFs".

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v2.0 Build 0922 on Sep 22, 2006

What happened to the single executable?

rhoadesb

rhoadesb reviewed v2.0 Build 0912 on Sep 16, 2006

JEdwardP wrote, I agree with, and see no reason to say it differently:

" don't like the PDF format, generally speaking, but some of my dislike for the format was due to my dislike of the Adobe Reader. The Foxit reader allows me to not dread PDF files anymore, and for that, its authors have my thanks."

abear27

abear27 reviewed v2.0 Build 0912 on Sep 13, 2006

An excellent viewer for the casual PDF user... If you're looking at game manuals or simple documents, this can't be beat.

However...

I've found that there continues to be a problem with complex documents loosing their formatting when viewed with Foxit PDF Reader, something that PDF was created to eliminate!

Ian C.

Ian C. reviewed v2.0 Build 0912 on Sep 13, 2006

Great light weight PDF Viewer.

JEdwardP

JEdwardP reviewed v2.0 Build 0912 on Sep 12, 2006

In spite of one misinformed report to the contrary, version 2.0 of this excellent product IS STILL FREEWARE.

For some time now, I've been uninstalling the bloated Adobe reader from Windows machines I overhaul, and replacing it with this.

I don't like the PDF format, generally speaking, but some of my dislike for the format was due to my dislike of the Adobe Reader. The Foxit reader allows me to not dread PDF files anymore, and for that, its authors have my thanks.

Perth, Australia

Perth, Australia reviewed v2.0 Build 0912 on Sep 12, 2006

To Matt2971 and other Foxit-Reader users...

This great piece of non-bloated [unlike the original PDF maker] is still FREE! It also comes with its "check for updates" function and a PDF printer to save it in a PDF format for printing later.

The website as a web face-lift :^) also.

+++++++++++
Free Reader; http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php

Foxit Reader 2.0 itself is free. For add-ons, the critical add-ons are free while advanced add-ons are non-free. For example, you can use the following functions for free:
View or print PDF document
Fill out PDF forms and save them
Convert PDF document into text file
Critical add-ons, such as UI language package, JPEG2000/JBIG decoder, CJK package, GDI+ for early Windows version, etc

The followings are several examples of non-free, advance add-ons:
You can try out annotation tool for free. However when you save the annotated document, it will be stamped with an evaluation mark on the top-right corner of the annotated pages. If you purchase a Pro Pack add-on, then there will be no evaluation mark.

Foxit Converter which allows you to convert non-PDF file into PDF file is non-free.
Foxit Editor which allows you to modify contents of a PDF file is non-free.

solitaryexplorer

solitaryexplorer reviewed v2.0 Build 0912 on Sep 12, 2006

Go to http://www.foxitsoftware.com/products/ and enjoy free 2.0 version!

anarkhy

anarkhy reviewed v2.0 Build 0912 on Sep 12, 2006

from their site, this is still free, the only pay is FOXIT PDF EDITOR

Foxit Reader(.zip) Info 2.0 1.7 MB Free

Foxit PDF Editor Info 1.4 Build 1531 1.4 MB Price

matt2971

matt2971 reviewed v2.0 Build 0912 on Sep 12, 2006

When I download this it's still the 1.3 version. When I got to the site it looks like the 2.0 version is a pay product.

Hope I'm wrong as it's a great product - who would pay for a PDF reader? I'll be sticking with 1.3 if that's the case.

Tosawyer

Tosawyer reviewed v2.0 Build 0912 on Sep 12, 2006

Very well written software, works great, very fast.

anonymouscowturd

anonymouscowturd reviewed v2.0 Build 0912 on Sep 12, 2006

Awesome. But still needs a scroll zoom. Other than well nigh perfect!

dejavu

dejavu reviewed v2.0 Build 0912 on Sep 12, 2006

Fantastic!

Install: Unzip FoxitReader.exe in a folder of your choice, right click on it and put a shortcut in the desktop!
Uninstall: Highlight the folder above and simply delete! Don't forget the shortcut in Desktop!

yagood

yagood reviewed v2.0 Build 0912 on Sep 12, 2006

Quote from below: "Complete garbage for one simple reason; NO UNINSTALLER." - ROTFL!

alphatrigon

alphatrigon reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0609 on Sep 10, 2006

fantastic software...sadly some people don't read, and there is simply no room for that in this information age. :)

Lightning quick and basically zero footprint/resource app.

ecjs

ecjs reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0609 on Aug 31, 2006

There is no need of an uninstaller as one just puts the executable in the dust bin to uninstall it.

rav0

rav0 reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0609 on Aug 29, 2006

Complete garbage for one simple reason; NO UNINSTALLER.

benZin

benZin reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0609 on Jul 10, 2006

The greatest !

Madjock

Madjock reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0609 on Jun 16, 2006

Great app, no install required, just drop the exe in to a suitable folder, let it associate with pdf and open, super fast.

Richardky

Richardky reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0609 on Jun 16, 2006

simple fast and free

works perfect ..i used to avoid anything pdf due to the bloated adobe hog..

thanks you foxit

kpouer

kpouer reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0609 on Jun 15, 2006

Pantagruel, did you report your bug to them ? They are cool, I did once, they answered me and fixed it.
I like this reader

toolsmith

toolsmith reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0609 on Jun 14, 2006

I agree with pantagruel - the boxes around (what are they, links?) are drawn in thicker lines in foxit than in Reader - and in some cases they actually obscure the numbers. Surely this can be tweaked.

Don Juan

Don Juan reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0609 on Jun 13, 2006

That PDF looks perfectly readable to me, I don't see the problem. Great program.

DJHasis

DJHasis reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0609 on Jun 13, 2006

Free and now it's multilingual!

Not fully 100 % compatible with all pdf-files BUT the support has been improved alot in previous versions.

Pantagruel

Pantagruel reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0609 on Jun 13, 2006

Yes, it is light. But it doesnt properly display all pdf files. Examlple:

Here is the picture of a pdf file with acrobat reader:

http://www.flickr.com/ph...id=166568764&size=o

And here is the same file with Foxit:

http://www.flickr.com/ph...id=166568765&size=o

Looks horrible if you ask me. But if you know how to fix it, please let me know, and I will gladly use foxit reader from now on.

rip_pit

rip_pit reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0609 on Jun 13, 2006

The best free and light replacement for acrobat (which is about 60 Mo) and take a lot of resources. This one doesn't.

betasun

betasun reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0609 on Jun 13, 2006

for the last 2 relaeses the link is broken for me ,anybody the same problem ?

Zerbe

Zerbe reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0609 on Jun 12, 2006

Lightweight and fast...everything Adobe isnt. Does what I need it to do.

dejavu

dejavu reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0609 on Jun 12, 2006

Wonderful work!

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0609 on Jun 12, 2006

We use when Acrobat fails.

spiked

spiked reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0602 on Jun 3, 2006

With 2.0, Foxit finally tackles more than basic PDF viewing. In this beta, I was able to fill out simple forms (as actual PDF forms, not using the "Typewriter" function) but the JavaScript add-on was very buggy. Automatic downloading of the JavaScript add-on went smoothly, but it dropped the 2 DLL files in the same directory as the EXE without giving me any choice. Fortunately, these were not COM DLLs, so I could move them freely without worrying about the registry. If you're like me and kept the Foxit 1.0 EXE in a directory with a bunch of other single-EXE utilities, you may want to rethink and give Foxit 2.0 a directory of its own if it's going to be growing itself via automatic download of add-ons. Size-wise, I think it would have to download thousands of add-ons before coming close to Adobe, so I'm worried about bloat in Foxit yet.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0602 on Jun 2, 2006

compresses fine with alpx 1.2.85 down to 1.27mb
http://fileforum.betanew...etail/Alpx/1110410043/1

BootBlock

BootBlock reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0602 on Jun 2, 2006

Finally, the quality of ClearType text is much better - although the Times Roman font seems to fade along the top of its characters. Kinda hard to explain. The anti-aliasing along the top could be stronger; would be nice if there were options to control how fonts are rendered. Anyway, this definately deserves a 5!

jmmeaux

jmmeaux reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0602 on Jun 2, 2006

This is a really great program! After fooling with Acrobat reader for the past many years, I recently dumped it for Foxit. Foxit really is much better. Lighter weight, faster, smaller, easier to use and fewer bugs. Acrobat Reader has really gone down hill the past few years, I'm glad I found Foxit! Now I’m Acrobat free!

bobad

bobad reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0602 on Jun 2, 2006

This is one of the most useful programs to come out in a long time. I appreciate being freed from the slow, bloated Acrobat Reader. I like no-install 1 file programs. Having said that, 2.x jumped up considerable in size. That's disappointing, but it's still fast and simple. I just hope it doesn't get any bigger, a my USB drive is getting full!

Richardky

Richardky reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0602 on Jun 2, 2006

lean loads fast .. rendering is fine for me .. its the only PDF reader i use and best of all its free

i would do without before i would ever install adobes bloated crap.

thank you FOXIT !!

zapatero

zapatero reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0602 on Jun 2, 2006

V. 2.0 - Build 0602

Rendering of pages is still noticeably inferior to that of Adobe Reader, it looks "amateur". Searching for text is a two-step process (Tools > Text Viewer, Edit > Find Text). Print preview in FinePrint is very bad, Reader´s is perfect.

sanawar

sanawar reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0602 on Jun 2, 2006

Foxit is just Awesome!! Lean and mean alternative to Adobe Acorbat Reader.

drumcat

drumcat reviewed v2.0 Beta Build 0602 on Jun 2, 2006

Beta2 seems even faster. No install, and no 50MB of ram wasted by Acrobat. Love it. So do many Adobe employees. =)

ogman

ogman reviewed v1.3 Build 1621 on May 31, 2006

Finally, a great alternative to Adobe crapware.

zapatero

zapatero reviewed v1.3 Build 1621 on May 26, 2006

V. 1.3 build 1621

The search function does not work.
When I print to FinePrint, the text in the preview cannot be read (ok with Adobe Reader).

AntiochMedia

AntiochMedia reviewed v1.3 Build 1621 on Apr 21, 2006

As a web developer who receives a large amount of resources via PDF file -- I found that the disadvantage to Fox-It is that it does not allow copy/paste of individual elements in the PDF document. For viewing - it's much faster than Adobe Acrobat.

I will not reinstall Acrobat on my system due to the bloat and Adobe's auto-update system that fails on every download, every time.

It should check upon program launch of a new update. It's not that difficult.

Anyway - Fox-It isn't where I'd like it to be for a 5, but it deserves a 4. Adobe is a 2.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v1.3 Build 1621 on Apr 21, 2006

I'm increasingly suspicious of all PDF viewers. I cannot get good, reliable printing from any PDF viewer across many ranges of printers using PS or PCL6 drivers.

pyridox

pyridox reviewed v1.3 Build 1621 on Apr 21, 2006

It's a nice .pdf reader, but did anyone try printing a pdf file that was several pages or more? It took a very, very, long time to print a 6 page pdf file from Foxit Reader, around 15 minutes on my HP Laserjet 5M. It printed one page every couple of minutes, very annoying. I thought that it may have been fixed in this release, but the same problem exists. The Adobe reader seems to buffer & print better.

It is a very fast reader though, it loads up much faster than Acrobat Reader. I give it a 4, because of the printing issues.

Zerbe

Zerbe reviewed v1.3 Build 1621 on Apr 21, 2006

Great app, much faster and less bloated than adobe. If you need a simple fast reader, this is for you. You can even download a zip file from their site so you dont even need to install it.

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v1.3 Build 1621 on Apr 21, 2006

Better than sliced bread...

"Foxit Reader version 1.3 build 1621 fixes some printing bugs and it also improves the displaying quality."

This is such a great alternative to Adobe & commercial products, that one doesn't mind tagging along while glitches get fixed.

ArabianNight

ArabianNight reviewed v1.3 Build 1522 on Apr 15, 2006

The best pdf reader.

oopl

oopl reviewed v1.3 Build 1522 on Mar 30, 2006

wow, major props for this release!

davereid20

davereid20 reviewed v1.3 Build 1522 on Mar 28, 2006

They have fixed the printing problem (page printing one solid black box over the entire page) I had on my Epson Stylus CX6600. Many thanks for the new version and I'm now giving it a better rating.

pyridox

pyridox reviewed v1.3 Build 1522 on Mar 28, 2006

Works very fast as a PDF file viewer, no problems vieing documents so far. However, it took very long to print a 4 page PDF file. It took several minutes to print out on a HP b&w laser printer.

twosheds

twosheds reviewed v1.3 Build 1522 on Mar 25, 2006

Delighted to see that this version does not restore the registry entries that show the unpleasant ad-banner in the top-right corner. It gets the final star for that!

eaves

eaves reviewed v1.3 Build 1522 on Mar 24, 2006

Works excellently. I use it multiple times per day in my job, and I've never had any rendering problems with it, up to PDF's that are over 40 pages long.

Kramy

Kramy reviewed v1.3 Build 1522 on Mar 23, 2006

AMAZING!!! This version fixed every single text/graphics rendering problem I encountered in all previous betas. I've been archiving broken PDFs, and now 100% of them look absolutely fine.

This is the first version that deserves a 5 based on render quality, not just its speed.

Esquire

Esquire reviewed v1.3 Build 1522 on Mar 23, 2006

Sadly, I have to revert to the bloated Adobe Reader.

There is no doubt this is an excellent PDF reader! It loads immediately; it's so much smaller than Adobe, but its brilliance is marred by constant printing issues (still won't print PDF I generated of reports over 3 pages long using CutePDF Writer) and doesn't handle online PDF on secured sites well (I get an error trying to read PDF generated by online banking services that I use).

benZin

benZin reviewed v1.3 Build 1522 on Mar 23, 2006

yeah, it s very good

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v1.3 Build 1522 on Mar 23, 2006

I've severely chastised Google for bundling Adopey instead of this, which i use instead.

drumcat

drumcat reviewed v1.3 Build 1522 on Mar 23, 2006

I could rave, but I'd just rather tell you that Adobe employees use this tool. That says it all.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v1.3 Build 1522 on Mar 23, 2006

Awesome, they fixed the printing issue that I mentioned a while back.

some guy

some guy reviewed v1.3 Build 1413 on Mar 10, 2006

This is the best freeware pdf reader, hell I like this better then Adobe's overbloated 20 procsess running reader. Light weight and fast great job guys

W2k4EVER

W2k4EVER reviewed v1.3 Build 1413 on Feb 20, 2006

Good idea - bad software. First: Printing is a nightmare with this software; some pages (not all!) are printed only half of the sheet, others are not readable. Second: The first time you start it, it asks to set FoxIt as the default PDF reader. If you choose "No" and activate the "Do not ask again", it will continue to ask this questions after some time (randomely). This is just not acceptable.

twosheds

twosheds reviewed v1.3 Build 1413 on Feb 14, 2006

Since I now have to hack the registry to get rid of the ads, I won't be updating this otherwise-nice PDF viewer. Loses one star just for imitating an annoying feature of the free Adobe Reader when it dispenses with so many others.

jogygeorge

jogygeorge reviewed v1.3 Build 1413 on Feb 14, 2006

I still rate this very high, though in reality, its not really version 1.3 build 1413. Yes, the about box says it is, but if you click on the file without opening it and look at the status bar, it says version 2 build 1413.

This now includes all the features of the pro version with the difference being a note on the first page stating that the pdf has been edited by Foxit software.

I feared a drastic increase in size upon this addition, but, well, its really only minimal!

phamductri

phamductri reviewed v1.3 Build 1413 on Feb 13, 2006

Who would really use Adobe Reader when you already have this program ? I'm so glad that I don't have to install Adobe Reader on my new computer

QBgreen

QBgreen reviewed v1.3 Build 1413 on Feb 13, 2006

Stellar freeware! How many truly need the ridiculous bloat and drag of Acrobat Reader? This program is perfect for reading the ocassional PDF file. A no-brainer.

Kramy

Kramy reviewed v1.3 Build 1413 on Feb 13, 2006

This version starts in under a second(cold start) on an IBM Thinkpad 390e(333mhz)! Amazing!

mjm01010101: Download the zip off their site. As for "small"...graphics. It's just like Media Player Classic - 5mb+ exe, but most is graphics.

Doubledoom: Fully compatible with
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v1.3 Build 1413 on Feb 13, 2006

EDIT: those of you who have either migrated your Program Files elsewhere, or who have Foxit already installed: select Custom Install!!!! The setup routine detects previous Foxit installed but does NOT attempt to replace it, also it default installs to C:\Program Files: does not detect where it's been moved: like 99.99% of most apps(except for ironically, a couple of MS extras-- just a couple though, most correctly detect the moved location though, so not bashing MS needlessly here). ALSO: if you click Browse to point install routine to your present Foxit folder, it will try to install in a new Foxit Subfolder of that one: Foxit Reader\Foxit Reader\... watch out for that. All in all, I'm still ecstatic over this app!!!!!!!!

I can't say enough good things about this great app.

And yeah, kind of silly to bust walnuts for having a setup routine-- the author's in a no-win situation: one camp says it's not professional enough w/o one...

Actually a setup routine is especially good for unattended windows installs, just include this program's setup routine w/ its install switches in your win install package and you're good to go.

TC17

TC17 reviewed v1.3 Build 1413 on Feb 13, 2006

I have been ranking this a 5, but now when I use it, for whatever reason, the stupid thing is spamming trying to get me to buy a "pro" version??? And has now limited features. This is no longer freeware.

I'm really sick of companies that do this. Sucker you in with a free product so they can charge you later.

DaveBG

DaveBG reviewed v1.3 Build 1413 on Feb 13, 2006

1 bad thing only - when you scroll down on specific docs it sucks more and more memory...

benZin

benZin reviewed v1.3 Build 1413 on Feb 13, 2006

yeah, excellent, no installation, very fast!

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v1.3 Build 1413 on Feb 13, 2006

I use snagit for making pdf's (saves hyperlinks in firefox) & this because it does not use adobe's annoying startup exe's which just take resources. Printing? no problems here hp psc 2210

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v1.3 Build 1413 on Feb 13, 2006

It's no longer small, and it does require setup. :(

Doubledoom

Doubledoom reviewed v1.3 Build 1413 on Feb 13, 2006

Although it opens quick and views pdfs created with acrobat writer 4 & 5, it is much slower handling acrobat writer 6 & 7 files. Text quality appeared more blurred on these as well when compared to acrobat 7.

pjlasl

pjlasl reviewed v1.3 Build 0104 on Feb 6, 2006

Too bad you can only give this five stars! Very good program! Very small, compared to 70meg bloat. For those complaining about the ad banner, you can deactivate it from inside the app (view...advertisement)...as for the printing, I didn't have any problems printing.

Use CutePDF to create your PDF and this to view it

davereid20

davereid20 reviewed v1.3 Build 0104 on Jan 22, 2006

I do like that it's fast and small (good for older machines like my girlfriend's hand-me-down computer), but there's no form-fill feature in the free version, and printing is horrible. I tried to print several PDFs and all that came out were pages covered in blank ink. Installed Acrobat Reader and all the PDFs printed fine (printing from other applications like OpenOffice, Firefox worked fine throughout).

As of now, AVOID this software. This bug has been needed to be fixed since November. You will find much better use from Adobe Acrobat Reader with Acrobat Reader Speed-Up (http://fileforum.betanew...er_SpeedUp/1069854583/1).

Banquo

Banquo reviewed v1.3 Build 0104 on Jan 20, 2006

I didn't really like it; first I don't like any program with ad banners and second it's basically a crippled version of Adobe Reader. Sure it's small and loads faster, if that's really important in this day of 400GB hard drives and 3+GHz processors.

Stingray57

Stingray57 reviewed v1.3 Build 0104 on Jan 6, 2006

This program is an absolute no brainer. It's awesome. Overall it's awesome, I have dropped Adobe altogether.

Two things:
1. I was testing with it the other day and I did notice the 'form filler' was having some issues. I filled out a PDF and tried to save it w/the information I put in and it didn't get saved, but if I printed it to PDF using another app the information got saved.

I am not sure this is the way it's supposed to work or a bug.

2. More of a request, but it would be nice to be able to extract images from the PDF your viewing.

Kudos to the authors! Saving the world one line of code at a time.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v1.3 Build 0104 on Jan 5, 2006

I've had inconsistent printing results from this product compared to acrobat, so it's back to acrobat for me. In particular, printing to a color xerox phaser printer would bring black "splotches" where there was blue dithering to white color.

Can't use it. Printing WYSIWYG is too important.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v1.3 Build 0104 on Jan 5, 2006

it does open links in pdf's. it just can't create them. I like the date format better than random numbers too

wellsjs

wellsjs reviewed v1.3 Build 0104 on Jan 5, 2006

I also uninstalled Adobe Reader and installed Foxit PDF Reader. Works great on native PDF files. It doesn't read embedded web-based PDF files, so that makes it half a solution! So I give it half a rating = 3! :(

QBgreen

QBgreen reviewed v1.3 Build 0104 on Jan 5, 2006

Terrific! This is a no-brainer for those that just need to read and print PDFs.

CyberDog

CyberDog reviewed v1.3 Build 0104 on Jan 5, 2006

Excellent as always.

FYI, build 0104 comes after build 1231 because the builds are named for their release dates (Dec 31 -> Jan 4). I think they'll need to start adding the year in there pretty soon, however.

Zoroaster

Zoroaster reviewed v1.3 Build 0104 on Jan 5, 2006

Great software. Fullfills my pdf needs.
Forgive my computing terminology ignorance, but how does build 0104 come after build 1231?

ranasrule

ranasrule reviewed v1.3 Build 0104 on Jan 5, 2006

awesome

CapZap

CapZap reviewed v1.3 Build 0104 on Jan 5, 2006

Wow. I'm impressed. So very fast with such a small footprint. I just tried it and switched -- uninstalled Acrobat.

I tried it for the file size but the speed is what hooked me.

Kramy

Kramy reviewed v1.3 Build 0104 on Jan 5, 2006

That's funny joeshmoe7, since I would have said a "quick and clean" way of providing PDF support, since Adobe leaves megabytes of s*** lying around and oodles of registry keys.

Adobe...pretty much as bad as Symantec. Makes me very glad to have Foxit!

bellgamin

bellgamin reviewed v1.3 Build 0104 on Jan 4, 2006

It's a superb PDF reader. Compared to Adobe's bloated PDF program, Foxit is faster, lighter, & more stable.

joeshmoe7

joeshmoe7 reviewed v1.3 Build 1231 on Jan 4, 2006

excellent, a quick and dirty way to give a pc PDF reading support. Much nicer then Adobe's monstrosity.

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v1.3 Build 1231 on Jan 4, 2006

Good changelog items. btw folks, this download here is not an installer, just extract it to your foxit folder.

BootBlock

BootBlock reviewed v1.3 Build 1231 on Jan 4, 2006

Gives Adobe's terrible reader a good kick in the pods. My only complaint is about how bad the ClearType quality is, but other than that..

benZin

benZin reviewed v1.3 Build 1231 on Jan 4, 2006

always on top !

Eldar

Eldar reviewed v1.3 Build 1231 on Jan 4, 2006

oneroan: Download the latest build at Foxit's website. It's what I always do and it's always the latest version. :-)

oneroan

oneroan reviewed v1.3 Build 1231 on Jan 4, 2006

The verison in ABOUT window is build 0104???

matt2971

matt2971 reviewed v1.3 Build 1231 on Jan 4, 2006

Great! Been looking to dump that Adobe bloatware for years but never got round to looking.

Uninstalled Adobe Reader 7.0.5 - on an XP system mind - and it asked for a reboot. Says it all really. :-)

googun

googun reviewed v1.3 Build 1231 on Jan 4, 2006

This is a nice little reader. It does what one expects it to do - it reads PDF files. It makes Adobe Reader look ridiculous - which it is.

Slightly off-topic but... the Foxit website looks a bit amateur.

sanawar

sanawar reviewed v1.3 Build 1231 on Jan 4, 2006

This is exactly what we need!! Does what it says and is slim and trim.

I hope Foxit Reader is made more and more functional and feature rich as is the Adobe without the bloat.

Go foxit!!!

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v1.3 Build 1231 on Jan 3, 2006

Fast, but crashes when attempting to print to some of the network printers I use.

Kramy

Kramy reviewed v1.3 Build 1231 on Jan 3, 2006

This thing starts up incredibly fast...on my system, v1.3 b1231 is starting up instantly. Opening an 8mb PDF file is also instant(takes less time than tapping enter twice).

Anyone that wants to stick with Adobe Reader...I'm happy for you. ;)

Edit: Hey, the download size is only less than 1mb if it's 7-zipped!

peterw999

peterw999 reviewed v1.3 Build 1231 on Jan 3, 2006

I wihs they made a Firefox plugin for this ... I'm tired of having to wait for adobe to open up when viewing PDF links in browser. And then to have it crash teh browser half the time .. and then for hte program to sit resident in memory long after the browser is closed. this would seem like an ideal app for a small browser plugin.
somebody make one. thanks.

JEdwardP

JEdwardP reviewed v1.3 Build 1231 on Jan 3, 2006

For me, choosing this program over Adobe's isn't a function of whether I could afford the space required by Adobe's.

It's rather a question of whether Adobe's extra features are worth any of the space they take up, and for me, the answer is a resounding "No."

All I ever need my PDF reader to do is read, and for that, Foxit reader has been wonderful. For MY purposes, it's an almost dream-like improvement over the bloated, system invasive creature the Adobe product had become.

I had gotten to the point of only reading PDF when absolutely necessary, but now I no longer shy away when I see a link to one or an e-book that's PDF-only.

Webgenie

Webgenie reviewed v1.3 Build 1209 on Dec 26, 2005

Stingray57: "hehe. I just DL the latest 'patch' from Adobe. over 16mb. I want to see those poor dialup customers pull down 16mb for a 'patch'."

Hey, I could do 16MB on dial-up, but wouldn't want to do it for a patch! I tried to get Open Office, which is almost 80MB, but that is just not possible without some real speed.

Because of the slowness of Adobe, I have long avoided reading pdf files, even though I have a load of documents that are excellent reading. I got Foxit, and now I will have to retrain myself when I run into a pdf - it's fast, light and painless to use. I can do without extra features, because without Foxit, I just don't read pdfs.

Stingray57

Stingray57 reviewed v1.3 Build 1209 on Dec 20, 2005

I freakin love this app. Small compact, fast and doesn't require a installation. Just run it.

hehe. I just DL the latest 'patch' from Adobe. over 16mb. I want to see those poor dialup customers pull down 16mb for a 'patch'.

Bottom line- it's great! If the ratings had a 10; I would ask for an 11.. It's that good.

precurgent

precurgent reviewed v1.3 Build 1209 on Dec 18, 2005

>Foxit Reader actually loads slower for me than >Adobe Reader 7.0.5 does

"This is a lie."

Not a lie, since it is true for me too. Adobe 7.0.5 is faster for me. Though I have used Adobe Reader SpeedUp.

Foxit sucks due to lack of features, plain and simple. Whine about the size of Adobe, but who cannot afford 70 mb of space for a free program?

galtroarc

galtroarc reviewed v1.3 Build 1209 on Dec 13, 2005

This is top-notch. The speed and quality are amazing. You've just got to wonder why would Adobe make such a fat reader - at the very least they should be providing for a 'lite' version that comes near foxit's performance.

mjm01010101

mjm01010101 reviewed v1.3 Build 1209 on Dec 13, 2005

My company is considering moving to this reader since we have had one too many issues with acrobat 7.0.5, and Adobe has ignored our pleas for help. In my testing the foxit reader has addressed my concerns.

benZin

benZin reviewed v1.3 Build 1209 on Dec 13, 2005

excellent, free, simply, very fast, in short : adobe reader is dead

oomingmak

oomingmak reviewed v1.3 Build 1209 on Dec 13, 2005

Excellent program.

I got sick an tired waiting around for Adobe Acrobat to haul its fat a$$ into memory. Admittedly the latest Acobat version opens quick (but only because of the start up caching). Acrobat still doesn't beat the small, simple, stand-alone, no-install nature of Foxit.

Has Adobe EVER made a program that opens even half quickly?

The Seeker 11

The Seeker 11 reviewed v1.3 Build 1209 on Dec 13, 2005

Does exactly what you want it to - no more, no less.

Great for older PCs too.

hurzx

hurzx reviewed v1.3 Build 1209 on Dec 13, 2005

A must-have utility that I recommend to all friends and collegues. Speed is just incredible.

utomo

utomo reviewed v1.3 Build 1209 on Dec 12, 2005

OK this is good reader for desktop.
but people also need PDF reader for pocket PC.
meanwhile the Adobe reader for pocket PC is too big. and there is NO alternative in the Pocket PC market.
I hope somebody make it. and I believe it will become popular.
Thanks

drumcat

drumcat reviewed v1.3 Build 1209 on Dec 12, 2005

I've actually recommended this to friends at Adobe, and they use it. Figure that out!

You can put foxit on, and still use reader. You have to open your fillable forms in Adobe Reader, but for "normal" pdf viewing, there's nothing better! Also works inside your browser, so when you click that pdf link, it doesn't "hang" waiting around for Adobe Reader to chug along.

Fantastico!

Don Juan

Don Juan reviewed v1.3 Build 1209 on Dec 12, 2005

Love this program. It opens in about 3 seconds instead of 30 seconds like Acrobat Reader.

kikoboy

kikoboy reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 11, 2005

fast and light - the only drawback is that it doesn't support fillable forms...other than that it works dandy

DJPM

DJPM reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 7, 2005

Down with corporate spawned bloatware! Thank heavens for these little gems that truly increase productivity, instead of just yapping on and on about it.

Yogurth

Yogurth reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 6, 2005

The only problems in this wonderful program I have are quirky text selection, and lack of mousewheel support in bookmarks part of viewer.

Great!

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 6, 2005

Ahhh, 1mb-- what a breath of fresh air! I just compared install sizes-- Foxit: 2-2/3mb, Adobe7: 150mb!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I certainly don't miss having that huge benemoth loaded in cache, waiting for it to be opened & used. I come into contact daily with pdf files and have not noticed any issues or missing features-- in fact, now i'm able to keep a lot of documents open w/o any problem or taking a performance hit. Impossible not to give this a 5-- i'd even have tolerated a couple of bugs or problems in exchange for its benefits-- but can't seem to find any. Great job.

Cool-Gui

Cool-Gui reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 6, 2005

I love it! Been using it for a while, and it does garble some adobe generated PDFs... but I tend to blame adobe for that most of the time. Also to the previous reviewer... they offer both a zip file with the exe and an installer. Some people are just more comfortable with an installer.

http://www.foxitsoftware.com/download.htm

terracesider

terracesider reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 6, 2005

At last a credible alternative to Adobe.

There's a few minor problems which have already been mentioned by summoner, but I've had no problem with the highlighting. It loads very quickly: a 40mb pdf with a lot of graphics in a about a second.

It links ok with Firefox, using the download manager to open a link in Foxit automatically. So far, unlike Adaobe it hassn't crashed FF.

skgan60

skgan60 reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 6, 2005

altou it's small and fast, i think this software has bad rendering in printing. it created a much bigger file size to my printer than the acrobat did.

Joco

Joco reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 5, 2005

How come this software can do the same job than the creator of PDF format with a reader 30 times smaller?

4/5 because search feature doesn't work very well. The highlight is not correctly positionned on the right word.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 5, 2005

acrotray which runs at startup (adobe) is lame & the #1 reason to use this

bellgamin

bellgamin reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 5, 2005

Thanks to FoxIt I finally got rid of my computer's flatulence (aka Adobe).

FoxIt is fast. Intuitive. SPLENDID!

ModderXManiac

ModderXManiac reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 5, 2005

AH!

An alternative reason to dump Acrobat reader entirely!

Fast, non-bloated. You get the picture...

summoner

summoner reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 5, 2005

Very nice, especially the print menu shows that the developers carefully considered functionality (print multiple pages per sheet, even if the printer driver doesn't support this).

Shame that the bookmark function doesn't work properly, as it can be very useful when reading through long user-manuals. Another let down is the fact that the app saves it's settings in the registry and not in a local ini file, as that would be usefull for mobile users hopping from computer to computer (I added Foxit to my USB thumb drive non-the-less).

I give the app a four out of five because it emulates Adobe Acrobat Reader very well, surpasses it in some points and demonstrates just how bloated Adobe Acrobat Reader really is.

hurzx

hurzx reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 5, 2005

You're simply the best! ;))

bobad

bobad reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 5, 2005

Excellent! It's a "1-File Wonder", with no install. That's about as "green" as software gets. The Acrobat reader was getting crazy big and slow, and used a "BHO" (browser helper object) commonly used by spyware programs. When there is software put on the Web just to speed up a program, the authors should have gotten a clue it was getting too fat. Foxit is the "Anti-Adobe"... get it!

lookwhatifound

lookwhatifound reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 5, 2005

very useful app.
however as for the comparision with acrobat reader, after using reader speedup (i only have IA32.api and Search.api plugins left, coz that's enough for reading pdf files), the acrobat reader also loads as fast as this one.
but the best part with this one is that there's no need to download huge bulky adobe acrobat reader and go through the long setup process. just downlaod and open pdf files. as simple as that.

dejavu

dejavu reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 5, 2005

Faster! Excellent Software!

PetePat

PetePat reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 5, 2005

Small, portable, fast. I use pdf reader just to read, perfect for me.

>Foxit Reader actually loads slower for me than >Adobe Reader 7.0.5 does
This is a lie.

Comit

Comit reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 5, 2005

Exactly what I was looking for. Anything to get rid of Adobe Reader, as it's turned into a bloated behemoth now.

retroK

retroK reviewed v1.3 Build 1130 on Dec 5, 2005

great little program! never loaded adobe reader again since i have this one..

Klusternisse

Klusternisse reviewed v1.3 Build 1111 on Nov 29, 2005

very fast .pdf-reader :) you won't regret it

httpd.confused

httpd.confused reviewed v1.3 Build 1111 on Nov 27, 2005

Oh boy, a third-party PDF reader. This thing is to Adobe Reader what µTorrent is to Azureus.

Foxit Reader actually loads slower for me than Adobe Reader 7.0.5 does (no, I don't use the Adobe Reader Speed Launch feature). And Foxit Reader's find feature isn't anywhere near as useful as the one in Adobe Reader.

I see no way to control security settings, such as whether JavaScript imbedded in PDF files is allowed to run.

No Clear-Type option.

And at least with Adobe Reader, I know how to get rid of that stupid advertisement.

In short, I see absolutely no reason to use this decrepit thing. Adobe Reader may take a slightly-ridiculous ~70 MB or so, but at least it has the damned features that belong there.

Tokar

Tokar reviewed v1.3 Build 1111 on Nov 27, 2005

Thank god they chose a new icon for PDF files.
I hated that green/yellow icon that earlier betas gave PDF icons in Windows Explorer. The icon is now more blue/black which is a lot nicer.

mp4city

mp4city reviewed v1.3 Build 1111 on Nov 23, 2005

i been using this pdf viewer since the first version came out loll, it was less then 569 KB now its still under 1mb cool isn't it, apart from adobe over 20 MB that's crazy !

gawd21

gawd21 reviewed v1.3 Build 1111 on Nov 22, 2005

If I am forced into using PDF crap, at least I have Foxit to make it less painful. I love this little guy.

emrldjetta

emrldjetta reviewed v1.3 Build 1111 on Nov 22, 2005

Very fast and can easily be run from a USB thumbdrive.

OroKen

OroKen reviewed v1.3 Build 1111 on Nov 21, 2005

I agree. It's the best, too fast and simple. Awesome!!!

Tukkan

Tukkan reviewed v1.3 Build 1111 on Nov 21, 2005

Excellent and free, what else is there to say. A great companion for PDFCamp http://www.deprice.com/pdfcamp.htm

benZin

benZin reviewed v1.3 Build 1111 on Nov 15, 2005

Excellent!!

ye110mann

ye110mann reviewed v1.3 Build 0929 on Oct 28, 2005

Adobe Acro-what?
Ditch that bloat. Foxit PDF Reader is all you need. There's a CJK plugin on their website too if you need East Asian support.

ArKay74

ArKay74 reviewed v1.3 Build 0929 on Oct 24, 2005

First run:

"Foxit Reader, Best Reader for Everyday Use! has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience."

Anyway, still a good idea... Now if there only was a browser plugin I'd be happy (since I have PDFs on my harddisks) :)

dataman2ya

dataman2ya reviewed v1.3 Build 0929 on Oct 6, 2005

Adobe pdf reader 7.0 requires about 62 mb of your hard drive and takes a few more seconds to load up. But if your like me, disk space is limited on a laptop hard drive and Adobe 62 mb is too much space, than Foxit pdf reader will be your best choice out there. It free, it's fast, it's only takes 2 mb disk space and it be updated. I will always use Foxit pdf reader on my laptop period. So if want save space on your hard drive and want awesome pdf reader this is the one. As Ebay feedback would say A++++++++++++++++ fast, would download updates!!

benZin

benZin reviewed v1.3 Build 0929 on Oct 6, 2005

EXCELLENT! Just an executable program! Fast, verys fast! And powerful!

cricri_pingouin

cricri_pingouin reviewed v1.3 Build 0929 on Sep 30, 2005

Just unzip it, it contains a single file: the program executable. No need to install, and very portable. And it opened all the files I threw at it! Simply excellent, I've been long hoping for something like this. Top marks from me!

TC17

TC17 reviewed v1.3 Build 0913 on Sep 24, 2005

I've always used the Adobe Reader for so long. After trying this program, its amazing how much faster Foxit loads pdf files. Its night and day difference. Obviously the Adobe Reader has become way too bloated.

I'll be using Foxit from now on as long as it works with everything. The only thing it really needs though is an installer. (edit: after I type that I see there is an installer, however the one I downloaded didn't have it)

Kramy

Kramy reviewed v1.3 Build 0913 on Sep 16, 2005

Great PDF viewer! Fast - takes like 2 seconds to start up the first time even on a slow system, and then starts up instantly after that.

Twosheds: Until recently the ad could be disabled, but they removed the option since most people never bothered turning it off...

Besides, it adds some colour to non-XP systems.

Edit: Oh, and yes, the latest version's ad is slightly more annoying as it draws your attention more.

twosheds

twosheds reviewed v1.3 Build 0913 on Sep 16, 2005

Very nice, quick; what a pity is chooses to emulate Adobe Reader's most hated function, the spam advertising in the top right corner (though the product it advertises is FoxIt's own 'pro' application, not Acrobat Pro).

benZin

benZin reviewed v1.3 Build 0913 on Sep 16, 2005

EXCELLENT! Adobe Reader is dead mouahah ^^

dejavu

dejavu reviewed v1.3 Build 0913 on Sep 16, 2005

I use Foxit and sometimes Brava Reader. Standalone file, Foxit PDF viewer is light and do all I need to see my PDF files!

ckjnigel

ckjnigel reviewed v1.3 Build 0913 on Sep 16, 2005

Super!
And it works like a dream opening PDFs in a Firefox tab.

Ruffus2000

Ruffus2000 reviewed v1.3 Build 0913 on Sep 16, 2005

It is the best Application for PDF Viewing. It's small, no Installation needed and does what is says.

Hi zridling!
Do you know a free alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader? I don't think so.

tp

tp reviewed v1.3 Build 0913 on Sep 15, 2005

great app..

netean

netean reviewed v1.3 Build 0913 on Sep 15, 2005

zridling... wierd you think the font rendering sucks.

It looks perfectly ok to me - it's not something I sat back and noticed was either great or poor.

great pdf reader, loads quickly, does all I need from a pdf reader - i.e. reads pdfs

zridling

zridling reviewed v1.3 Build 0913 on Sep 15, 2005

Terrible font rendering makes this useless.

darkpepe

darkpepe reviewed v1.3 Build 0913 on Sep 15, 2005

Blazing fast at loading, but super slow scrolling pages with certain pdf files.

madk0w

madk0w reviewed v1.3 Build 0913 on Sep 15, 2005

Found out about the program a month ago, and i'm never installing acrobat ever again..

this stuff is like pure gold

Tom Pix1

Tom Pix1 reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0819 on Sep 10, 2005

I start using this in order of acrobat (big fat) reader

the one & only problem I have is that I can't do find in hebrew documents, just in english ones

hurzx

hurzx reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0819 on Sep 8, 2005

More than excellent. How can you do without it?

azmantek

azmantek reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0819 on Sep 3, 2005

EXCELLENT. Period :)

ciayko

ciayko reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0819 on Aug 30, 2005

Absolutely wonderful. Very small size. It loads PDF documents in a snap. No installation required. Forget the bloated & elephantine Acrobat reader.

reidyn

reidyn reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0819 on Aug 25, 2005

This is a fantastic tool. Small, free, lightweight, fast. I use it instead of the Adobe tool precisely because it's so quick and lightweight. It is minimal on features, but more often you're just wanting to read and maybe print a PDF, and don't want to wait for the full reader to load. I wouldn't downgrade the rating on this for not performing EVERY feature of the full Adobe reader. If you need those, use the real one. Judge this on its own terms -- as a small, light, minimal reader.

tronds

tronds reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0819 on Aug 24, 2005

Can you extract pages from a PDF with Foxit?

twosheds

twosheds reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0819 on Aug 23, 2005

Absolutely fantastic - turns the PDF file format from being semi-useful to being as essential as TXT files, just by doing what the format's creators can't or won't do - creating an INSTANTLY loading fully-featured PDF reader without spyware or nags.

That said, be aware that this is upware, a 'lite' version of a paid-for product, though a little research should turn up the small 170kb .reg file that will disable the app's Adobe-imitating corner-banner.

horsecharles

horsecharles reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0819 on Aug 21, 2005

I have to agree with ZenWarrior-- there's just no excuse for all the Adobe bloat, esp. when it's ONLY a reader...even if it also had edit/create capabilities, it'd still be too big.

If it was up to me, we wouldn't even have a pdf format-- instead i prefer the pdb Palm format.

Second Shadow: I also run maxthon in place of IE--

your issue may lie in a subsequent IE patch's change to your security /privacy /custom/ advanced /script /etc. settings, ditto for any change made by firewall/AV, a spywareblocker / spybot immunizer/tea timer, or by yourself(& since forgotten?).
Maybe if you register the foxit dll, or even copy it to your system folder & register it there. You may have to edit the pdf file-type properties-- use another extension like doc for reference...Or you may have to remove from your system & registry all Adobe instances.

My beef with MS is that they arbritrarily disable functionalities & change settings--but to boot still leave IE at risk-- as of this writing, to get all necessary web work done, too much time is wasted sleuthing settings changes, unnecessary services, plugins/extensions for other browsers-- & after all that wasted time, there is no ONE browser compatible w/ all sites & all embedded content.

Yeah, Adobe may be faster than Foxit, but sleuth windows Cache & Temp, plus TIF, task manager, ram vcache, etc. to see how many complete instances of Adobe(with all plugins & recent files worked on) are ongoing & using up gobs of resources...By itself it may not mean much, but try having simultaneously open a browser w/ two/three different pdf documents, another browser page w/ embedded multimedia or flash, an office document and just one/two more of the following: a Mapquest for directions / picture editor / voip call / large file transfer....

Any app that can be made 10/20 times smaller than its competitors and to boot does not need installing, plus has none or very-little ongoing processes, is invaluable in my book-- enough to make up for minor incompatibilities or bugs. Keep up the good work.

ZenWarrior

ZenWarrior reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0819 on Aug 21, 2005

Foxit's PDF reader stomps all over Adobe's 20+ Mb super-bloated reader. It's leaner, meaner, and *much* faster. Browser integration has been flawless. (Hmmm...20+ Mb vs. 1.5 Mb to do the exact same thing--read PDF files--in 99.5 percent of cases. That one is a no-brainer.) Unless you have exceptionally special needs, stop wasting your time and resources with Adobe and adopt Foxit.

stevvie

stevvie reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0819 on Aug 21, 2005

I used to use Acrobate Reader speeder to trrim Acrobat. But I've been using this for the past few months and it's simply AMAZING. It's fast and has a MUCH small footprint.

dejavu

dejavu reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0819 on Aug 21, 2005

Excellent!!!

Second Shadow

Second Shadow reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0708 on Aug 12, 2005

I don´t mean to be a party pooper, but my personal experience with Foxit reader isn't all that great. For some unknown reason a few days after I installed it, it lost its browser integration feature, so every time i tried to open a pdf file INSIDE my Internet browser (maxthon 1.3.3), it just popped a dialog box offering to save it to disk. Very annoying. "Preferences" didn't show a section where I could reset it.
Appart from that, though basic it offers every feature you need to read a pdf file, except maybe "fit to width", which would be a welcome addition.
Speedwise, it's fast, but maybe not much faster than Acrobat reader AFTER you trim it with "Reader SpeedUp" (http://www.tnk-bootblock...uk/prods/misc/index.php).

Just my $0.02 ....

JEdwardP

JEdwardP reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0708 on Aug 5, 2005

This is a wonderfully fast and lightweight antidote for the slow-footed behemoth the Adobe product has become.

Yes, I've seen the reviews that mention some printing problems, but I can't consider that, because I never print PDF.

I just read them, and for a reader, this 1MB, single-file executable is a thing of digital beauty.

DACWILSOL

DACWILSOL reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0708 on Jul 22, 2005

I stand corrected. After uninstalling Adobe Reader 7 and all it's updates, I tried a few alternative pdf reader. Foxit Reader is the best.
It opens very quickly and printing is very clean. Future versions of this program can only improve performance overall.

benoitdelmelle

benoitdelmelle reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0708 on Jul 19, 2005

Very great and light PDF reader. Of course, it just has basic functions but it is sufficient for people who just want to read PDF files.

taxis

taxis reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0708 on Jul 13, 2005

Very small, so it loads very fast and I use it as regular PDF viewer. It has problems with printing documents, and there are a few documents that only load in Acrobat Reader, but in all other respects I like the program.

One little feature of Acrobat that I miss in Foxit Reader is the automatic zoom to the actual page width (WITHOUT margins).

Mountain_Man

Mountain_Man reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0708 on Jul 12, 2005

i tried foxit reader and i love it. its fast and i mean really fast, not to mention u dont need to install it. an installer would be useful tho. i use this instead of acrobat reader because sometimes i just want to read a pdf and thats it.

Ulmo

Ulmo reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0701 on Jul 4, 2005

Simply FAST.

bobad

bobad reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0701 on Jul 3, 2005

Man, FoxIt is FAST! It's nice to be rid of the slow, cheesy Acrobat Reader. I really like the way FoxIt went to a 1 file executable. No Windows bloat, no registry bloat.

waves

waves reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0701 on Jul 3, 2005

Finally a non-resource hog pdf viewer.

ecjs

ecjs reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0701 on Jul 2, 2005

I prefer the official Adobe product. But why not ?

viserov

viserov reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0701 on Jul 1, 2005

Great app. I love how quickly it loads and don't mind that it doesn't open up inside Firefox itself. I like it opening in a separate program anyway.

devilofadawg

devilofadawg reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0701 on Jul 1, 2005

Best thing since apple pie...actually loads quickly so I can read the files.....Im not interested in the science of PDF....acrobat is a glutton memory pig.

DACWILSOL

DACWILSOL reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0701 on Jul 1, 2005

Fine for just reading pdf but it has some issues with printing them. Program is going in the right direction, but Brava Reader is a better alternative product to Adobe at this time.

ibod

ibod reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0701 on Jul 1, 2005

No adware here. There is a link to buy foxit pro but that's static; it doesn't connect to the internet and download fresh ads.
It has displayed every pdf so far fine, a bit slow on the graphics but still up & running significantly faster than the latest acrobat reader.

hurzx

hurzx reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0617 on Jun 24, 2005

For just reading, which is 100% of my needs, Foxit is perfect. Light, speedy and no problem of integration with all browsers. Just perfect.

zridling

zridling reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0617 on Jun 19, 2005

Yet another piece of adware I don't need on my system, and Foxit's font rendering is still horrid and overall, it lacks many features the free Adobe Reader has. Foxit is just interested in selling you something else.

viserov

viserov reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0617 on Jun 17, 2005

This program is great! It is LOADS faster than Adobe Reader. Keep up the GREAT work with this app!

wingo

wingo reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0617 on Jun 17, 2005

much faster than adobe acrobit_h. haven't had any problems with hidden pictures yet. :)

skonrad

skonrad reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0617 on Jun 17, 2005

i'd love to use this program instead of acrobat, but the legibility on my laptop is just so much worse. (yes, i already turned on the option for lcd optimization). but good effort guys, keep it coming.

SuperVegeta

SuperVegeta reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0617 on Jun 17, 2005

Good program, but actually it doesn't support images correctly. Some PDF document are images free and unfortunately I need of them.

Bischoff

Bischoff reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0519 on May 21, 2005

What can one say other than Brilliant!
For me it definetly is. Many hours of my life are wasted on waiting for Acrobat Reader to load ANNOYING!, But no more:D
And It has showed great compatibility with pdf docs.
Gotta Luv it

jogygeorge

jogygeorge reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0519 on May 21, 2005

Want to know .... I've never, ever bothered even looking at a link that had a pdf extension until I found the Foxit PDF Reader! Yes, I always thought that people should either use html or a plain text file rather than force users to download some crazy 8+MB file (over dialup) just to see some document.

fourte3n

fourte3n reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0519 on May 20, 2005

Love it... just got my dad on to it also. I use it on my usb flash drive as a portable pdf viewer.

ibod

ibod reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0519 on May 20, 2005

no problems here, works well for opening pdf's in ie based browsers too.

Cerviperus

Cerviperus reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0519 on May 20, 2005

I rate this a 4 only because there is always room for improvement. Otherwise I think it's top-notch so far. Unlike alexweber15, I have had no problems opening documents. I even tried it on a 2500+ page file and it opened just fine, and still quicker than Adobe on the same document.

The only trouble I've had so far is opening a document that is very image heavy---by that I mean that each page is almost entirely created with images, not text. Even then, it opens the document, it just takes a long time, and hesitates greatly from one page to the next.

Still, for everyday PDF files, this program is great. The ease of installation (there is none) and the minimal download size make this a necessity for anyone that hates to wait on bulkier viewers. Best yet, it's free.

guti

guti reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0519 on May 20, 2005

Great, better and faster than eXpert PDF Reader, and a lot of faster than Acrobat.

It has still some compatibility issues, and some lacking features, but is fine for 90% of the users.

egg83

egg83 reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0519 on May 20, 2005

This is great for me. Dont need all of those other features that Adobe reader has, just want to view PDF files. Quick and dirty, has my vote!

viserov

viserov reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0504 on May 10, 2005

This program loads VERY quickly, and the small footprint and download size is a DEFINITE plus. I uninstalled the bloatware Adobe Reader, and don't plan on looking back.

guitardave78

guitardave78 reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0504 on May 6, 2005

Superb. Small Fast Free!!
Acrobot is good, but big and bloated. This is just the sort of thing you want a client to download to read pdfs and not have to worry about connection speeds and download times!
950k vs 13-26mb!!!

Keep it up and keep it free!

patel

patel reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0504 on May 5, 2005

Cool App.
Unlike Adobe Reader, It has very good support/functionality to view documents in Full Screen. While in FUll Screen, scrolling is really good. Also, It does not have Adobe Speed Loader running in the memory all the time to load documents Faster.

wong888

wong888 reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0504 on May 5, 2005

Firefox and Foxit integration extension is available now, get it here:

https://addons.update.mo...tion=firefox&id=636

Kamael

Kamael reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0504 on May 5, 2005

Acrobat Reader is soo bloated...this thingy loads in a flash and it does what it's supposed to do...read pdf documents, and very well...

allsiante

allsiante reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0504 on May 5, 2005

We don't need this. We have Acroread, Ghostview, both free.

zridling

zridling reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0504 on May 5, 2005

I got nothing against this product, yet in this latest release it still renders fuzzy fonts, even with ClearType. Remind me, how is that good in a reader? Is Adobe Reader not "free enough" now? Both have the exact same interface except FoxIt is adware, constantly displaying a big fat ad to get you to buy their other products.

yokozuna

yokozuna reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0504 on May 5, 2005

zridling, my experience is just the opposite - please, take a look at e.g. this document http://images.industrycl...s/127/404VSsfeature.pdf Do you see the difference? Believe me that in displaying CKJ languages Foxit beats Adobe Reader, so the comparison would not be fair for AR (however, what a shame for Adobe!). European languages displayed by Foxit are at least on par with the Adobe product.

Tokar, you are right ;-)

Nikkie, I use Opera and so what? I can manually show what should be open by what. I guess FF should be able to do the same.

Tokar

Tokar reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0504 on May 5, 2005

maybe no firefox support is saying that you should be using Internet Explorer... ;)

Nikkie

Nikkie reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0429 on May 3, 2005

no firefox support .. no download . sorry .next !!

lls

lls reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0429 on May 2, 2005

First of all it should open ALL pdf documents. But it doesn't.

Tokar

Tokar reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0429 on May 2, 2005

So much faster than Adobe...its unbelievable.

Still no FireFox support...HUZZAH! Hail IE!
HAHA...

One thing i would like to see though is when you click the page numbers in the left column for it to go to the actual page like Adobe PDF reader does...

zridling

zridling reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0429 on May 1, 2005

On the two different system setups that I loaded Foxit onto, it failed to render the fonts properly, leaving them fuzzy except when zoomed at 100%. What good is a reader if you can't read from it? Also, it doesn't allow you to fill and print forms like Adobe Reader. Not sure why Adobe's free Reader is bloated since it's fast now and you can manually remove any of the DLLs you don't use, such as accessibility, etc.

wagner reatto

wagner reatto reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0429 on May 1, 2005

just like this one.

fair_is_fair

fair_is_fair reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0429 on Apr 30, 2005

One word.

Excellent.

cltx99

cltx99 reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0429 on Apr 30, 2005

Good-bye Adobe. An excellent PDF reader with speed and no bloat.

PaceyPimps

PaceyPimps reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0429 on Apr 30, 2005

Fast and smaller and less resorces than Adobe reader 7.0 but is missing ...........

Internet Explorer 6 Intergration!

Maybe the next version

GSMAN

GSMAN reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0429 on Apr 30, 2005

Best I've seen in a while, This version also has a crop screen shot-to clipboard button.
The file icon is more distinguishable now too!

devilrider

devilrider reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0429 on Apr 30, 2005

Hm.

This thing roxx.

Juts a few comments on previous reviews.

- What applet ? its just like a "menu" item that points to Homepage. Its not anoying realy.
- Search: Shure there is
- Text Select: are you bind ?

This thing needs no installation, just start it.
Cool to put on a USB Stick.

btw. Screenshot is outdated. Looks diffrent now.

uranos227

uranos227 reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0429 on Apr 29, 2005

East Asian Language Support.
It can be downloaded in homepage.

war593122

war593122 reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0429 on Apr 29, 2005

lol

Ctrl+ f guys.

and ad is pretty easy to get rid of ;)

ryanb0885

ryanb0885 reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0429 on Apr 29, 2005

While I personally don't use search functions for the majority of .pdf documents I view, it is definetly a needed feature as other users have mentioned. Alas, I will still continue to use Foxit.

Joco

Joco reviewed v1.3 Beta Build 0429 on Apr 29, 2005

No search, no text selector, annoying ad applet an the top right of the window.

Johnoost

Johnoost reviewed v1.2 Build 0114 on Feb 2, 2005

Still lacks a search function.

bobad

bobad reviewed v1.2 Build 0114 on Feb 1, 2005

Nice, very nice. Light, dead fast, and just enough features, now including "Search". Wish it had a BHO or hook for Explorer. Note this is not V. 1.2.0114, but 1.2.0201. Here's the change log...o Hyperlink opening (didn't work with Firefox);
o Empty warning dialog for non-privileged user;
o Added support for some non-standard Chinese fonts;
o Crashing on a number of documents;
o Rendering problem for tiling patterns;
o Text selecting problem for certain documents.

fUnkYth99

fUnkYth99 reviewed v1.2 Build 0114 on Feb 1, 2005

Small and very fast, highly recomended for every day use. I was just looking for a program like this.

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