FoxIt Reader Provides Small, Fast PDF Reader

June 25, 2008

Everybody needs the ability to view PDF files, right? For most users this means you install Adobe Reader. A full install of Adobe Reader v8 takes up 210 MB on your hard drive and it can be a bit slow to load. A new version is on the way with even more features and I fear it will be even larger and slower. We’ll soon find out.

The good news is that you don’t have to use Adobe Reader to read PDF files. Foxit Reader is much smaller and faster. It only takes 7 MB to install (2.55 MB to download) and it loads lightning fast.

For the past few months I have been working with Foxit Reader and I was hesitate to include it with my CorelDRAW X4 Unleashed book because it wouldn’t automatically open the Bookmarks panel even if it was specified in the PDF file. Foxit Reader 2.3 was released about a month ago and it solved this issue. So we’re including both Adobe Reader and Foxit Reader with CorelDRAW X4 Unleashed and the user will have the option of which to install, if any.

For those of you developing PDF files, you really need to have both installed so you can test your files in both products. For the rest of you, I’d highly recommend you use Foxit Reader for its smaller footprint and superior speed!

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  1. Gerard Metrailler

    Another tool of interest to open PDF files is WordPerfect Lightning which is available as a free download from Corel. It can open PDF and is a really nice note taking application.


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