Foxit Reader

The Foxit Reader is a fast, and feature rich PDF viewer which allows you to open, view, and print any PDF file. Unlike other free PDF readers, Foxit Reader also includes easy to use collaboration features like the ability to add annotations, fill out forms, and share information with social networks. Foxit Reader has a small footprint that starts up instantly, renders PDF files quickly and uses very little memory, which is especially important with today's handheld devices.

The Foxit Reader is packed full of convenient and easy to use viewing, commenting and printing features that make document collaboration simple. Foxit Reader's secure platform insures worry free operation against malicious virus and provides a secure and reliable digital signature verification platform for exchanging electronics documents without putting the user at risk from falsified documents.

Note: Contains an optional adware toolbar and it may be regarded as virus by your antivirus software. We recommend you deselect this option during installation.

Download: Foxit Reader | 32.6 MB (Freeware)
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To be honest this used to be lightweight and quite fast, but sadly lately turned into crapware/bloatware. At work I often open up wiring diagrams designed in AutoCAD and printed in a PDF file, and it runs like a snail even on my boss i7 computer. Will give Adobe Reader a try and it's like I remember it used to be then will start looking for alternatives.

Edit: Just tried Adobe Reader and it's by far worse than with Foxit Reader, meaning it takes a lot more time to open the same file i just tested with Foxit Reader. Time to look for alternatives if not revert back to Foxit Reader.

Edit: 129MB from Adobe Reader for a freaking PDF reader?

Edited by caesar, Oct 30 2013, 8:43am :

Alright, just gave Sumatra a try and the render of this thing is by far worse than even Adobe Reader. Sumatra renders the file eventually but when I try to zoom in the text isn't readable so looks like I'll revert back to Foxit Reader.

Is there anything I can do to make the rendering of the files faster?

No idea if its faster for rendering but I quite like PDF-XChange Viewer, used to use foxit but have been using this since I decided I didn't like Foxit 5

Compare to Adobe PDF reader, this one seems to be resource friendly by good margin. But would have been happy to see if the installer could have been far smaller by download size

I personally use Adobe reader but checked with lower specs systems running single core amd sempron processor, and legacy OS like Windows XP SP3, there found this one running better compared to Adobe

WTF is this separate "CloudReading" entry that gets added to the Add/Remove Programs list? FoxIt still seems to work after nuking it. Why is this crapware getting installed without my permission? I certainly wasn't prompted for it.

Top Qat said,
Just installed it, did not see a "CloudReading" entry in Add/Remove Programs list.

I installed it on two systems (both running 7 x64), it got installed on both. I always do a custom install and uncheck as much as I can.