Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader 8.3

Free
Creates, converts, annotates and reads PDF documents
4.1  (2,529 votes)
8.3
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Although the name suggests what is probably its main use, Foxit Reader can be used not only to read PDF documents but also to create files. Moreover, while reading a PDF, it is possible to add annotations and highlight some parts. The application has a nice interface, which in many ways resembles that of Office products, that is why most users are likely to feel comfortable using it.

The program allows creating documents from scratch or from other file types, including Office documents, TXT, web pages, WPS and XPS. Moreover, it supports using a scanner or even the clipboard as a source. For me, it is a huge limitation that the program asks you to buy the OCR feature if you want to use it. The tool also lets you convert documents using any other application that supports printing as it installs itself as a virtual printer, too. Unfortunately, it seems to have some limitations as to inserting pages or merging existing documents.

Foxit Reader has some editing features as well. For instance, it supports adding new objects and erasing existing ones. In addition, it also comes with various stamp templates. It is good news that it has a support of forms. Luckily, the resulting files can be saved not only to the disk but also shared the email and such Cloud services as Evernote and Tracker.

All in all, from my experience, Foxit Reader is certainly the most complete of the free PDF readers available. Conveniently enough, its features can be expanded by installing plugins. Probably the most relevant features of Foxit Reader are those intended to protect the created documents. In this respect, allows adding signatures, certificates, etc. It also has a special type of protection against running unauthorized scripts.

Pedro Castro
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Review summary

Pros

  • PDF creation and conversion.
  • Built-in security.
  • Features expanded by plugins.
  • Various sharing options

Cons

  • Some features do not work unless you pay
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Uinsin42

Uinsin42 Excellent!

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Kiril

Kiril Small and fast. Easy to use. Recommend.

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Илья Пацев

Илья Пацев Great software, and I loved it, but they changed the GUI and it is a major change. This made the experience worse for me personally. The way that highlighting worked before (ver 6) was perfect, and it was the most important single feature I use for my schoolwork. With version 7.1.5.425 I just want to roll back to version 6, or find alternative suite.

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