Foxit Reader 12.1

Free A free alternative to Adobe's Acrobat Reader
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Opens your PDF documents, displays their content and sets bookmarks, adds comments, validates signatures and embeds text-to-speech support. The tool also includes security features, such as the ability to automatically stop JavaScripts from executing their code or to prevent URLs from being accessed directly from the PDF.

Though originally devised as a closed file for printing houses, PDF files are now not only ubiquitous but also the most popular format for exchanging information in a secure yet flexible way. As one of the most popular free PDF tools, Foxit Reader is all you’ll need to view, read, and annotate any PDF document securely and effectively, and sign and share your own PDFs just as safely.

The program is both simple and intuitive, especially if you are already familiar with the ribbon design present in all Office tools. The look and feel of the program’s interface and its ribbon will immediately remind you of the latest versions of Word or Excel, thus reducing the interface’s learning curve to a minimum.

You will find basic viewing options, such as the fit-to-page feature, the “zoom lens”, the rotation tool, and – and this is a feature you won’t come across with very often – a “reflow” option. This feature breaks the PDF’s fixed layout principle and performs a temporary transformation of your document into a text-based file that the program’s viewer can reflow according to your needs. This can make an excellent accessibility tool for those who find it difficult to read PDF files with small-sized fonts and long fixed lines. more

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  • Sign PDF documents securely
  • Encrypt and decrypt PDF files
  • Annotate and share PDFs
  • Add images and text to PDF documents
  • Create and insert stamps


  • Offers limited editing tools

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rating yatt
So convenient to use.

May 10, 2022 Was it helpful?  yes(0) no(0) | Reply
rating Nargess
I used it before on my windows 7 laptop and it was working perfectly. But now on my new one, which is windows 10, the highlight is not working!
The important feature for students!

Sep 20, 2021 Was it helpful?  yes(1) no(0) | Reply
rating Spencer
Well designed reader, lighter than Adobe reader. The only issue is that they removed the better user interface after version That was the last version that allowed a classic interface, so that's the version I use. I'll update when there's an option to have that interface again.

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