Foxit Reader 5.1.408 Feb' 2012
This free utility lets you view PDF files--and it takes up less space than Adobe Reader.
- 5.1.4.0104 Version
- Free License
- Free Price
- Windows 7 / Vista / XP Operating Systems
- 13.9 MBFile Size
Update: the below review pertains to an earlier version of Foxit Reader.
Foxit Reader fit the bill nicely as a lightweight alternative to Adobe Reader. There's almost no PDF file that Foxit Reader doesn't handle perfectly. It takes up far less disk space than Adobe Reader, and--even with much quicker performance of more recent versions of the latter--it's still faster.
It's still only a 7 MB download and despite new multimedia handling features, thumbnail and layers view panels, and some other enhancements--it's still fast, though perhaps a tad slower loading than previous versions.
It's still only a 7 MB download and despite new multimedia handling features, thumbnail and layers view panels, and some other enhancements
As with many free programs, there's some advertising to sit through. The install asks to add a Foxit toolbar as well as an eBay shortcut, and it wants to set your homepage to Foxit Software, so don't just blindly click through. Also, though the free version handily lets you alter content, there are watermarks in the finished product. All in all, Foxit Reader is the way to go--unless you simply like wasting time and disk space with Adobe's fatter app.
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