Foxit - Free Adobe Acrobat Reader Alternative2183712

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Foxit Reader is one of those treasures that you find in the garbage masses of the internet. It's a free Adobe Acrobat Reader alternative. My friend told me about Foxit yesterday in a very intelligent Aim discussion about how Adobe Acrobat Reader is terrible, and most PDF readers along with PDFs are Satan's spawn. Actually it wasn't that intelligent, but we did decide that PDFs could be handled much better, and that Adobe Acrobat Reader shouldn't be the only widely available and well-known PDF reader.

Foxit Reader succeeds where PDF . It starts and loads fast, closes equally fast, and doesn't take up much memory. The file size tops out around 2MBs, while Adobe's tops out around 80MBs. It also doesn't cause Windows to crash, or other programs to fail. Adobe Acrobat Reader takes up 41MB of memory with a 9MB PDF, while Foxit Reader takes up only 10MB of memory with that same 9MB PDF. It allows you to easily look at PDFs, and the scrolling actually works in Foxit. Anyone that's used Adobe Acrobat Reader can tell you that it's a pain in the arse to scroll with.

Let's say you actually want to work with your PDF documents, that's not a problem either. In the Pro edition you can do everything you wish with your PDFs. The Foxit Pro Edition, unlike Adobe's reader costs only $39 for a 1 user license, for almost the same thing Adobe charges $449. Now, I'm sure it's more powerful, and made for bigger corporate jobs, but if you just want a reader that excels at doing the basic stuff, Foxit is the one for you.

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