Review: Foxit PDF Reader

Foxit PDF Reader is a no-frills PDF reader that is light-weight and extremely quick loading, perfect for desktops, laptops or even netbooks.

Figure A - Snaps open

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

Figure B - No errors

I have not encountered any problems with PDF files over the last few years; PDF files render well and without errors.

Figure C - Supports PDF forms

Here, I open an actual PDF file that I grabbed from the Internet to demonstrate its support for the PDF Forms feature.

Figure D - Form fields

You can see the form fields highlighted in yellow.

Figure E - Saving

The free Foxit PDF Reader also supports saving of PDF files with PDF Forms, allowing it to be used in organizations that requires this feature.

Figure F - Bookmarks

This image shows the view of a technical manual in PDF form. Here, you can see that bookmarks are supported on the left column. The program is similarly fast when scrolling through large files.

Figure G - Configuration

A quick look at the configuration options for the PDF viewer. Despite its light weight and small size, a sizeable number of settings can be tweaked to your preference.

Figure H Typewriter tool

Changes can be made to the PDF document via the Typewriter tool. However, note that this feature, while shown in the screenshot, is only available in the paid version of Foxit PDF Reader.

Figure I - Updates

It is easy to update Foxit PDF Reader from the Help menu. Be aware though, that attempting to update when the program is not running under Administrator rights (An account tagged as Administrator doesn't count) will fail.

Figure J - Interface changes

A final look at how configurable the software is. Even the Foxit advertisement can be turned off, as with the MenuBar, StatusBar and various toolbars.