Foxit Reader

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Foxit Reader is a free and light-weight PDF document viewer for Windows. Its core function is compatible with PDF Standard 1.7. Whether you're a consumer, business, government agency, or educational organization, you need to read, create, sign, and annotate (comment on) PDF documents and fill out PDF forms. Foxit Reader is a small, lightning fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows you to open, view, sign, and print any PDF file. Foxit Reader is the only high volume PDF reader... More info »

Alternative names for Foxit Reader: Foxit Mobile PDF, Foxit Mobile Reader


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Use the address http://cdn01.foxitsoftware.com/pub/foxit/reader/desktop/win/ for downloading without any hassle. You can use this adress's root (http://cdn01.foxitsoftware.com/pub/) for browsing and downloading other Foxit software products, same ones that are available on the web site.

This is, because presently (2014.02.19.) the foxitsoftware.com website allows dowloads only if you enable JavaScript on both foxitsoftware.com AND marketo.net. The latter website's reputation is NOT SO GOOD, it is used to track users/downloads/etc. See https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/marketo.net and http://hosts-file.net/default.asp?s=marketo.net for more.

  • For controlling JavaScript on Firefox, i recommend using NoScript, also Ghostery

  • Also, for (amongst other things) defending against unwanted software installations (e.g. OpenCandy), i would recommend the use of Comodo Firewall (This is an Alternativeto.net program page link) The HIPS feature makes it the best firewall i used to date.

[Edited by Zodarr, February 19]


NO annotation and comments in Linux?

Comment by braniti about Foxit Reader Also mentioning: Evince Okular Oct 2013

Hi good app as Evince , but both Foxit & Evince do not support annotation &comments on Linux (I'm behind LUbuntu 12.04, just tested) . Luckily AlternativeTo directed me to Okular , that one has these important features. ( I know Foxit Windows version is excellent. )


I have used this program for years, now worse than Adobe. It forces you to install other programs or aborts install. No thanks.


Decent, but still lacking.

Comment by Quixotic about Foxit Reader Also mentioning: Adobe Reader Mar 2013

I was looking for an alternative to the free version of Adobe Reader. I needed something that would let me save bookmarks as well as has multiple tabs and opened quickly. Foxit does both of these things, although the bookmark part is severely lacking. There isn't any real way to organize your bookmarks. You can change the name and order of them, but that's about it. Page navigation is a bit annoying compared to Adobe when on a laptop, and it doesn't look too great either. I've also noticed a lot of ads when you open the program. Sadly, I haven't found a better program yet that is free.

Pros: Opens fast, Bookmark Pages, Free Cons: Ads, Eyesore, Harder to Navigate.


New versions are getting worse. I switched to Evince

Negative Comment by CopyTrans about Foxit Reader Also mentioning: Evince Sep 2012

New versions are getting worse. I switched to Evince


Ads are annoying.

Comment by RustyS about Foxit Reader Also mentioning: Cool Reader Apr 2012

The start page (which you rarely see), is 75% covered with ads for Foxit products. You can edit the html file for the start page, and/or delete JPG files for ads, but it's a bunch of trouble. The funny thing is, the program has an option to turn off advertising. It doesn't work. On top of that, there's a registry key you can change to zero to supposedly get rid of the ads. They probably reduce the advertising. They don't eliminate it.

Otherwise, like the program so far. It works, unlike Cool PDF reader. It's not TOO terribly bloated, and yet it will read PDF files aloud.


Good reader. Has good note taking capability (Typewriter). Pretty snappy to use. But wastes space with the tab bar. Limited image extraction (screen-cap).