Just about anyone who uses a computer has opened a PDF document at some point. I found this PDF reader when I was looking for a smaller free alternative to installing Adobe 40+MB reader for my Windows Home Server. Found it on download.com (CNET) which is my favorite place to find freebies. Just go to download.com and read the comments. Its so very quick to open, its a small install and does exactly what I needed it to. When installing it thought, keep your eyes open as it wants to install a bunch of other, what I consider to be, crap that is not even close to being needed to open a PDF. So, if you want to save space and want your PDF documents to open a little quicker use Foxit Reader. – Greg
Info pulled right from their site www.foxitsoftware.com:
Foxit Reader is a free PDF document viewer, with incredible small size, breezing-fast launch speed and rich feature set. Foxit Reader supports Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista. Its core function is compatible with PDF Standard 1.7.
In the past, you’ve had to download a huge PDF reader from another software company, 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 certain software.
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 just 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.