Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader 8.1

Feature-rich document viewer to annotate, edit, create, and print PDF files
4.1  (2,590 votes)
9.1 (See all)

Not many free PDF viewers and readers offer the plethora of functions and features present in Foxit Reader. More than just a simple PDF viewer, this free utility allows you to create new PDF files, both from scratch and from an existing Office document. Moreover, you can edit existing PDF files, annotate them, add comments, rotate their pages, print them out, etc., all from a familiar and intuitive ribbon-based interface.

Put a great part of the functionality of the most popular PDF free reading tool into an Office-like interface, and you’ll end up with Foxit Reader. The already familiar ribbon interface is packed up with top-quality features that will open, edit, create, display, protect, and help you share PDF files easily. You can have as many files open at one time as required – each will be assigned in a new tab, and you can move from one another just by clicking on it.

You can highlight text, add annotations, copy text and paste it in another document, insert images and assign actions to them, include artwork with or without a comment on your PDF files, etc. It comes with a Word-like word count feature that you won’t easily find in similar PDF tools, not even in Acrobat Reader DC. Besides, you can handwrite your own signature and insert it on any document or use a digital signature for it. Finally, PDF files can be password-protected using this same tool to guarantee their privacy.

In a very similar fashion as it appears in the Adobe reading tool, you can activate the navigation panel, which will take you to whatever bookmarks the document has, to its table of contents, any comments you inserted, a thumbnail view of all pages, etc. The read-aloud function is also available in Foxit Reader. It will allow any user, and especially those who are blind or visually impaired, to access the content of the current page or of the entire PDF file comfortably using TTS technology.

Foxit Reader goes well beyond the functionality that we usually find in most PDF viewers and readers, free or not. Its well-organized and intuitive interface, together with its extensive range of features and functions, make it a serious contender among the many PDF viewing tools out there, including the almighty Acrobat Reader.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary


  • Ribbon-based intuitive interface
  • Integrates with Box and Alfresco, and with Foxit Archive
  • Allows for connected reviews via ConnectedPDF
  • Creates PDF files from Microsoft Office documents
  • Signs PDF files using your own handwritten signature or eSignature


  • No drawbacks found
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