There’s a new version of the light-weight PDF reader program that I use, called Foxit Reader 3.0.
I got tired of Adobe Reader getting bigger and bulkier — and taking so much longer to start. Foxit Reader is a quick download, which install and quick starting, too.
Foxit Software’s Foxit Reader 3.0 has one version, but it has three different subscription models, including a free version. They’re all available via the downloaded version.
First, there’s the completely free Foxit Reader 3.0 propram. It has a large feature set, but some additional features are available in what I call the "sponsored" version and in the paid Pro Pack version. The Pro Pack has been around in earlier version. However, the sponsored model is a new subscription version for Foxit.
Think of the sponsored version as similar to the original free Opera license, which included banner advertising or the old Eudora email program, which had similar advertising. There are two sponsored options.
If you choose to let Foxit Reader 3.0 automatically check or updates, the built-in Commenting Tools are activated so you can use them. They’re turned off otherwise, unless you purchase the paid license.
If you install the Foxit Toolbar or install the eBay icon (both of which are individually selectable to be installed or not during the installation of Foxit Reader 3.0, the Text Viewer, Text Converter and Typewriter Tools are turned on.
The final version is the annually-licensed Pro Pack of add-ons. It includes the Text Viewer, Text Connverter, Typewriter Tools, Commenting Tools, Drawing Markup Tools, advanced editing tools, multimedia tools and measure tools.
On the left below, we see the default screen of Foxit Reader 3.0, which you’ll see if you open Foxit Reader itself. Of course, most users will double-click on a PDF file, so that Foxit Reader opens and immediately loads the file.
On the right above, you see two documents loaded into Foxit Reader 3.0. The familiar rabbed interface allows you easily to jump between documents.