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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Foxit: An Alternative to Adobe for PDF Documents

We're all looking for ways to access PDF documents with assistive technology. Until the process gets figured out, why not use a program that can open PDFs but doesn't take up a lot of room or resources on your computer.

Foxit is a free PDF document viewer and printer. It is available for Windows 98/ME/2000/ XP and the 2003 version. It is mainly compatible with the PDF Standard 1.6 program.

The first thing I like about the Foxit Reader is that it's very small in size. The download is only 1.5 MB. Now, I don't want to downsize the Adobe Reader, but its download size is 20 MB. That's quite a difference! Foxit is also very fast. When you open the program, it launches in a matter of seconds and without any delays. You don't have to deal with a company logo, display names, or anything else that might prevent you from getting to the document.

Another feature is the text converter. This lets you transfer a whole document into a text file.

High security and privacy are also found in the Foxit Reader. It does not have any spyware or adware and it will never automatically connect you to the Internet unless you specify otherwise. How cool is that?! Other features include:

  • Interactive form filler
  • On-demand download of add ons
  • Self-upgrade options
  • Javascript support
  • Improved printing speed

As I said before, the Foxit Reader is a free program. Now, you can view and print your PDF documents, fill out PDF forms and save them, view PDFs as text files and take advantage of critical add ons without using up so much of the space on your hard drive.

Click this link to learn more about the Foxit PDF Reader.

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