Foxit Reader can let you open and annotate PDFs. The application has a nice clean interface. Those users with previous experience with Adobe Reader will probably find no difficulty to use this application as there are no significant differences when it comes to usage. The first time you use this reader, a wizard will help you personalize the interface. Such things as preferred skin, available toolbars and reading mode can be set at this point. Fortunately, you can use separate tabs to open various documents at the same time. There is also navigation side panel to help you go straight to the desired part of the document by means of document page thumbnails, document structure and bookmarks. Likewise, the application has multiple toolbars but not all of them need to be visible at all times.
Foxit Reader can render PDF documents correctly, even when other similar applications may fail to do so. It also allows you to take snapshots of a given region or copy the selected text. Moreover, you can use the numerous markup tools available, such as shapes, arrows, freehand, notes and strikeout to make the desired annotations.
The application also includes some other functions, such as reading aloud a text and sharing a document on Facebook and Twitter. In addition, it can connect to the Right Management System to check a given’s document signatures. However, it does not let you create your own digital signature.
Although Foxit Reader is faster, has a small installation package, consumes less memory and occupies less disk space than Adobe Reader, there are some functions available from Adobe that are not presented in this application. My advice is to check whether you really need those missing functions; if you do not, then, Foxit Reader can be a great option for you.
- It is fast
- It uses less memory and disk space than other similar applications
- It has a clean easy-to-use interface
- It allows marking up documents
- It allows sharing documents on social networks
- It does not support some of the functions that are included in Adobe Reader