Foxit Reader is a free PDF viewer available in multiple languages that allows for the creation, viewing, and light editing of PDF files. The developers have made versions for Windows Vista and later, Android, and Apple iOS.
- ConnectedPDF allows document owners to track changes, grant specific readers access rights, and collaborate with others using an integrated comment system.
- Toolbar is very familiar to anyone used to Microsoft Office products and is completely customizable.
- Security features like disabling embedded scripts from transmitting data.
- Scan and convert documents into PDFs in one step.
- Integration with other office software, such as Microsoft OneNote and the most common web browsers.
- Convert and create PDFs easily from the toolbar from common file types or directly from your scanner.
- Extremely lightweight compared to free and paid alternatives.
- There is no advanced PDF editing capability outside the ability to fill in forms.
- No OCR in the free version.
- Doesn’t support advanced multimedia PDF features, such as 3D models or video.
Foxit Reader is a breath of fresh air in the PDF viewer world. It’s small, lightweight memory footprint and streamlined design allow you to get right to work reading, creating, and printing PDFs with ease. Its fast performance allows you to work with extremely large or image-filled documents without breaking a sweat. Although lightweight, there are still a variety of features included that you wouldn’t expect from a free software. Standard features like support for forms are there, but so are more complex features you won’t find in more expensive options, such as ConnectedPDF and the unique variety of security features Foxit provides. That said, if you need things like OCR, embedded 3D models, or even the ability to split and merge documents, then Foxit Reader won’t be an option. But for the rest of us who only use PDFs for viewing documents, digitally signing, and the occasional creation Foxit Reader is the best choice you can make. This is a piece of software that doesn’t try to be something it isn’t. Foxit sticks to the core functionality of viewing and using PDFs securely and does it very well.
Foxit USED to be really good and then they made it more than just a PDF reader, they made it into an aggressive marketing platform - but I guess we're all so used to having ads rammed down our eyeballs and tricked into installing unwanted software that I guess it feels like the norm. I mean it wouldn't be so bad if they offered a paid version of the app, you know like $25 lifetime license to remove all the adware bullshit.