Adobe Systems You're also offered a free McAfee Security Scan, but at least you can uncheck that option to do without the scan. It is not mentioned on either the , the Foxit overview page or at download. . The portable version is as a 2. Available in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. I suggest renaming it, however, to make the version number more obvious. I hadn't signed up for Acrobat.
If you use the portable edition of the Foxit Reader, you'll have to click the Browse button to point Firefox to your latest portable copy. The way software is updated on personal computers, with every company rolling their own solution to a common problem, is archaic. The previous version was 2. But, I just stumbled across it by accident. Improvements in Foxit Reader 9. So when I heard last week about an important security update for Adobe Reader 9, I hurried to the Adobe site to download the new version 9.
Support Night Mode, which adjusts the screen brightness to reduce eye strain. The latest edition is build 3201. When teams collaborate and share information, they work at their best. And, in the area of content security, we've expanded our support to elliptic curve cryptography. Portable applications are those that can be run without being installed. If you don't use Foxit at all,. For learning about software that needs to be updated, I'm a big fan of the , but it only goes so far.
Inside the zip file is a single 6. For one thing, Secunia only tracks the most popular software. If you're still using Adobe Reader 7 or 8, you can , respectively, without having to install any other programs. For whatever reason, the fact that there is a portable copy of the Foxit Reader seems to be a secret. Normally-installed software requires certain file names, but this is not true of portable software.
According to Foxit Software, have been added. The portable version of Foxit saved me on one computer where the old version 7 of the Adobe Acrobat Reader could not be un-installed, and the new version 8 could not be installed. New Features in Foxit Reader 9. First, they insulate you from problems with Windows or the registry. Then too, unless you run a their full scan, there is no chance of detecting old versions of portable applications. The normally installed version is , where the reviewer rated it 5 stars out of 5.
Update May 7, 2008: I just stumbled across a feature in the Adobe Reader that is missing from the Foxit Reader - the ability to copy images. But there is another big advantage, the Foxit Reader is portable. Secunia expected a fix from Foxit in an upcoming version of the software, however, as of 12:15 p. The new version is still 2. This downloads a Zip file consisting of a single file, FoxitReader. Foxit Reader has a lot of fans, but it's far from the only free Adobe Reader alternative.
By distancing themselves from the host copy of Windows, portable applications offer two advantages. Had I known about the update last month, I would have installed it. Plus, people just like it. Foxit does not seem to support this. Update May 26, 2008: Secunia has confirmed that the bug they wrote about is fixed in this release.
Finally, it does not warn you about known buggy software for which there isn't yet a patch. Batch edit properties of multiple bookmarks from the context menu. This is not a knock on Foxit, a company that makes a very useful program, one that I use often, and gives it away for free. Then too, it's free and much smaller than the Adobe Reader. Because system requirements change with each software update, refer to the Release Notes for your software version for the latest information on supported operating systems and browsers. I'm reminded of this by the latest update to a popular program, the free Foxit Reader for Adobe Acrobat files. I used Foxit Reader exclusively on my old laptop, but for some reason I switched back to Adobe Reader when I bought my new machine last spring.