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Spotlight: Foxit PDF Reader

Figure A - Snaps open

Foxit PDF Reader snaps open immediately without the need for any delaying techniques such as a splash screen.

For a full review of Foxit PDF Reader, check out the TechRepublic Product Spotlight Blog.

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9 comments
PromptJock
PromptJock

The author is ** INCORRECT ** regarding the Typewriter feature! The "free" (i.e., unregistered) Foxit ** DOES INDEED ** allow the user to make annotations and save the file back (caveat: the source PDF permissions must allow re-saving!). However, with the "free" version, you'll see a red "watermark" at the top of the annotated document telling you you edited, etc. the document with the ** UNREGISTERED ** Foxit. Once you register Foxit (believe me, it's WORTH the "paltry" $40!), "watermarked" documents can easily be "un-watermarked" via a simple Menu command. I've been using Foxit for 4 years now (registered!) and believe me, it's INVALUABLE for nicely filling out/printing e-bills and other PDF forms.

seanferd
seanferd

Although as not as light on annoyance as the earlier versions, Foxit PDF is incredibly less annoying than Adobe's. I got tired of fighting Adobe-bloat and the default behaviors, so switching was a hands-down winning solution.

seanferd
seanferd

" Figure A - Snaps open (Spotlight: Foxit PDF Reader) " As well as the original Item link. :p

drzaius
drzaius

While I agree that Foxit has many strengths, when it comes to certain large drawing files, it's pretty useless. For example; I can open a 6.1MB architectural drawing in Foxit and it takes 46 seconds to completely render the drawing. Adobe Reader does the same in 11 seconds. The file has to mostly redraw when ever you pan and completely redraw when the zoom is changed so the time difference is substantial. Also Foxit will frequently crash when viewing such files.

Mohammad Oweis
Mohammad Oweis

You can add or modify bookmarks in the free reader version. Unlike Adobe, you have to get the pro version to add or modify bookmarks. I recently used the application and like it.

kcomputer
kcomputer

excellent choice for everyone who wants a superfast, easy to use pdf reader.

rocket ride
rocket ride

I like Foxit Reader and I use it about 95% of the time. There is a small minority of documents that it just doesn't seem to "like". Also, there is one annoying bug which comes up if you decide to save an online file which you browsed your way to. Instead of saving the file under the name it was on the server as, it will supply a random hexadecimal title and you will have to hand type or paste in the title from the browser. It' just a stupid little thing with a relatively simple workaround, but it is a bit annoying. Is that something that works correctly in the paid version?

Mohammad Oweis
Mohammad Oweis

One more important feature is text highlight and adding comments to the PDF. Which you can't have it for free with Adobe Acrobat.

Willie11
Willie11

I use Foxit reader (the free one) and I like it. I especially like the typewriter feature that allows you to "fill in" PDF forms or forms you have scanned into a PDF. After you fill out the form you print it and it looks just like you filled it out with a typewriter. You guys do remember what a typewriter is right?