A Free, MUCH Faster Alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader

Is it just me or is Adobe acrobat reader bloated and slow? Uninstall it and get Foxit Reader.


Foxit Reader is a free PDF document viewer, with incredible small size (only 2.55 M download size), super-fast launch speed and rich feature set. Foxit Reader supports Windows Me/2000/XP/2003/Vista.

In the past, you’ve had to download a huge PDF reader from Adobe, go through a lengthy installation process and wait for an annoying splash window to disappear just to open a PDF document. Moreover, if you want to annotate a PDF document, you have to pay US$299 to buy the full version.

Now with Foxit Reader, you don’t have to endure such pain any more. The following is a list of compelling advantages of Foxit Reader:

  • Incredibly small: The download size of Foxit Reader is only 2.55 M which is a fraction of Acrobat Reader 20 M size.
  • Breezing-fast: When you run Foxit Reader, it launches instantly without any delay. You are not forced to view an annoying splash window displaying company logo, author names, etc.
  • Annotation tool: Have you ever wished to annotate (or comment on) a PDF document when you are reading it? Foxit Reader allows you to draw graphics, highlight text, type text and make notes on a PDF document and then print out or save the annotated document.
  • Text converter: You may convert the whole PDF document into a simple text file.
  • High security and privacy: Foxit Reader highly respects the security and privacy of users and will never connect to the Internet without users’ permission. While other PDF readers often silently connect to the Internet in the background. Foxit PDF Reader does not contain any spyware.

Foxit Reader 2.3 was just released. The new version includes a multimedia player feature allowing Foxit users to not only read PDFs, but to watch and listen to the audio/video elements coming with PDFs as well.

Installation is straight-forward, no hidden settings or toolbar installers, etc.

Instead of Adobe acrobat Reader use Foxit Reader.

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3 Responses to A Free, MUCH Faster Alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader

  1. Alex says:

    I have been using Foxit for quite some time now and love it! It is really fast does not bug me with update windows etc. It has some drawbacks though one of which is when I search for something quite often the pdf looks distorted. Also rarely it cannot display a PDF properly. But nevertheless I still use it and highly recommend it.

  2. Alhollyn says:

    I prefer PDF-XChange more then Foxit. Absolutely outstanding; one of the best PDF utilities available. It's not just a reader, but a tool for making notes and comments, typing, adding graphics or exporting PDFs to images, support for XFA PDF form … I can customize User Interface Appearance myself – I can change colour, fonts or main background according to my style and mood, I can close even a single opened tab without closing the Viewer itself.

  3. Vlya says:

    Foxit Reader is good alternative. But I'm using PDF-XChange Viewer. It's more suitable for my jobs.

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