PDF Bloatware

One of the freeware tools that has made it’s way into my standard toolkit in 2007 has been the Foxit PDF Reader.

Unlike Adobe Acrobat Reader, which I find to be slow, bloated (28megabyte installation package just to read a PDF file!?) and constantly requesting updates, Foxit PDF Reader is a small install, lightening fast and reliable in use.

Foxit PDF Reader is free for Commercial use.

Don’t get me wrong, Adobe Acrobat Reader is still a better fit in many situations (I have one client who loves the "Save as Text File" feature which Foxit doesn’t include) – but for the majority of casual PDF file users, I think Foxit PDF Reader is a much better alternative.

EDIT:- No sooner did I publish this blog than I stumbled across Viral Tapara – Microsoft Technical Evangelist – blogging on the virtues of Foxit PDF Reader in a similar vein. Great minds and all that. 😉

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