Foxit Reader-Advantage over Adobe

After hearing numerous warnings about various security flaws in Adobe’s Reader and the delays in getting the patches out, I decided to make the switch to the light-weight Foxit Reader. I happily removed Adobe Reader from our computers and installed Foxit. I say Foxit is lightweight as it weighs in at under 4MB, while Adobe’s Reader is a hefty 20MB.

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From Foxit’s website, here are the advantages…

  • Breezing-fast: When you run Foxit Reader, it launches instantly without any delay. You are not forced to view an annoying splash window displaying company logo, author names, etc.
  • Annotation tool: Have you ever wished to annotate (or comment on) a PDF document when you are reading it? Foxit Reader allows you to draw graphics, highlight text, type text and make notes on a PDF document and then print out or save the annotated document.
  • Text converter: You may convert the whole PDF document into a simple text file.
  • High security and privacy: Foxit Reader highly respects the security and privacy of users and will never connect to the Internet without users’ permission. While other PDF readers often silently connect to the Internet in the background. Foxit PDF Reader does not contain any spyware.
  • Dennis O’Reilly of Windows Secrets Newsletter writes that we must be more aware when downloading patches, upgrades and fixes to software. Software vendors are not only giving us the critical patch, but some (including Adobe & Sun Java), try to sneak in other software along with the update. I noticed when I was updating my Java, I was given an ad for Carbonite and it seems that everyone is trying to get me to install a toolbar, change my search provider, my home page or to pass along information to them.

    I have a feeling inexperienced computer users will probably reboot and wonder why things look different because they didn’t notice they now have a new search page.While working on a client’s computer last week, I removed several inches of toolbars that I’m sure were installed because they just kept clicking the ‘ok’ button.

    For small business owners or companies who must comply with federal regulations, Foxit offers a security suite of products that comply with regulations at a low cost.

    If you are an Adobe user (most of us still need them for the Shockwave Player and Flash Player), here’s the link to update your products.

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