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Foxit Reader 6.1.4

View, edit and annotate PDF files with this compact, fast and feature-packed tool

by Mike Williams

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 20 February 2014
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Developer: Foxit Software
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Foxit Reader 6.1.4
View, edit and annotate PDF files

Foxit Reader is the latest generation of Foxit Software's lightweight and speedy PDF reader.

Performance is great, with the program loading documents much faster than Adobe Reader. And it makes fewer demands on your system resources, too, consuming a minimal 10.6 MB of hard drive space (Adobe Reader requires more than 100MB), and very little RAM when loaded.

This version of Foxit Reader sees many new features, too, taken from the now defunct Pro Pack. You're able to highlight or strike out text, for instance, or insert text comments of your own. There are tools to draw shapes, arrows and lines, add callouts or text boxes. You can fill out, print and even save completed PDF forms, and a new spell-checker will highlight spelling errors and offer suggested alternatives for anything that you type.

Other new features include a Text Viewer, which at a click removes complicated formatting to display a plain Notepad-type view of your document's text. A Text Converter similarly saves a complete PDF document as a simple text file. It's easy to embed movies and audio files into your PDF documents. And Foxit Reader's Safe Mode has been enhanced to offer even more protection from malicious PDF files.

And new document collaboration features allow you to save your PDF files online and work on them with others, via almost any computer with a web browser. This is a commercial service, but a generous 3 month trial period means you've plenty of time to try it out. Check the site for more.

This is the brand new Foxit Reader 6 and a major upgrade. New features include:

- New Ribbon-based Toolbar. Based on Microsoft Office 2013 (Office 15) design.
- Improved PDF Creation. Providing a complete PDF creation solution.
- PDF Sign. Allows users to sign documents with their own handwriting.
- Create and Insert Stamps
- Read and Search PDF Portfolios
- Integration with Evernote

Verdict:

It's always been a great PDF viewer, but this major update sees Foxit Reader 6 gain a host of professional editing and annotation features, too. The form filling alone justifies the download, but that's just the start - go grab a copy of this excellent tool immediately

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S*it can happen!

Posted by: Jon, 14 January 2014 16:25

So what did happen to this then stabe/fast/lightweight alternative to Adobe Reader? I used to erase Adobe from every machine I was working on and install this instead.

Since it zapped to v6 it seems supa heavy (installed program is 80MB against half less for v5), dead slow (hanging). What with the sloppy Microsoft Office ribbon design?

If you miss the good old days, do like me, stick to v5.4.5.0124 (the ultimate non professional v5 build prior to v6) uncheck additional installs and disable automatic updates. It perfectly does the job. Good enough!
V5 is missing from Foxit products repository's, but you could easily grab it from any other website such as FileHippo.

4 stars to the older versions. 2 stars since V6.

Added Recently

Posted by: Stephen Hazelwood, 12 January 2014 22:25

I have to agree with "The Crew's" Mike Williams on his rating & recommendation of this program. I recently downloaded, installed, & tried it out because of the recommendation. So this is the 1st time ever trying any version of it & from my time of using it, it's never caused problem 1 & does everything so seamlessly, without a hiccup on my computer's resources. I'm glad I got it & I even set it to my default reader & got rid of the resource hog, Adobe Reader. Thanks for the great recommendation Mike!!!

Feature bloat

Posted by: Donald Schilling, 09 April 2013 12:10

Lightweight? Speedy? Well, it used to be. If I'm going to use a reader bloated with stuff I'll never use, I might as well use Adobe. Anyone know where earlier pre-bloat versions of Foxit can be downloaded?

www.downloadcrew.com reply:

Yes, used to be. I think our review was for v4.x. It needs updating. Have you tried Nitro Reader?

You can download old Foxit products from here: http://cdn04.foxitsoftware.com/pub/foxit/reader/desktop/win/

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