Ottawa PC Users' Group, Inc.
 Product Review 


FoxReader vs. Adobe Reader
by Doug Poulter

To put an end to the slow response (and occasional system instability) associated with Adobe Reader, in both Internet Explorer and Firefox, I now use FoxReader (ver 1.3 Beta Build 0819, and of no relation to Firefox). FoxReader is free from www.FoxitSoftware.com. In comparison to Adobe Reader, FoxReader is also a fraction of the size, and displays documents much faster. To use FoxReader:

• in Windows: I have associated the PDF file extension with FoxReader via Control Panel / Folder Options / File Types.
• in Firefox: I have disabled the Adobe PDF plug-in via Tools / Options / Downloads / Plug-ins.

I can still open documents with Adobe Reader by right clicking upon them and selecting "open with". Pending further development, FoxReader does not yet open within tabs in Firefox. Instead, a new incidence of FoxReader opens for each document displayed (this is not necessarily a bad thing as it enables one to continue doing other browser work while downloading a large pdf). While FoxReader does not have the forms fill-in tool of Adobe Reader, FoxReader does have a Typewriter function which lets one type (but not cut and paste) text anywhere.


Bottom Line:

FoxReader
from Foxit Software
Free download from www.FoxitSoftware.com


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