Foxit Reader 5.0

Free Foxit Reader is a free fast and secure PDF reader
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Foxit Reader is a free PDF reader which is fast at loading and opening documents. It has a lot of helpful tools for adding annotations, highlighting text, converting PDF to text, interactive form filling, bookmarks, snapshots, and more. It lets you view documents right in the browser window and preview attachments in Microsoft Outlook. It has a Secure Reading Mode, which disables all links and JavaScript actions that could be running in the background. This is helpful when you're working with a lot of documents downloaded from the web.

It has a new, modern-looking interface with options to change the skin color. You can also customize some hotkeys and the toolbar at your convenience. This will help you get the job done faster. You can also customize preferences, like security and updates.

It has a powerful PDF-to-text converter, which lets you view nothing but text (no images or forms), search within a document, select, copy-paste to clipboard, highlight, and even save the document to a TXT file.

The installation comes with the toolbar for your browser. Fortunately, you can uncheck it before it installs, which I recommend because of some privacy issues related to it.

It has a lot of helpful tools and fully customizable interface. Since the addition of the Undo and Redo features a few versions back, it has experienced some important changes and it continues to improve. The security is an important thing developers have in mind as well as the resources it consumes. All in all, it's a great alternative to Adobe Reader.

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  • It loads in seconds
  • It has a lot of helpful tools
  • You can customize hotkeys


  • browser toolbar
  • Most tools are hidden

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rating yatt
So convenient to use.

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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!

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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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