PDF documents are commonly used today, some websites are entirely in PDF, and it is the main form used for E-books. Online guides, user manuals and tutorials are all generally and preferably presented in the form of a PDF, why? Because it adds quality to the document and it is more readable than a word document.
Until recently, the creator of PDF’s PDF reader software, Adobe reader has been the dominant application used to view and modify PDF documents, but in recent times if you have browsed a few software sites, like Softpedia, MajorGeeks and FileHippo, where you find Adobe reader you’ll probably find Foxit Reader next to it as well.
Foxit is another similar PDF reader which uses pretty much the same layout as the Adobe Reader, but there are other few differences and here I will outline some of them and based on this you can decide which one suits you.
One of the differences is the memory consumed, Foxit consumes less memory than Adobe, and you can notice this by the time each application takes to startup, also while using the application, you’ll notice Foxit responds a lot faster. I guess this is onr of the reasons for Foxit’s success. Also Foxit is a simple application; you could also get the standalone version (no installer, just one EXE) of it, compared to Adobe’s 20 something MB installer which takes a considerable amount of time to install compared to Foxit’s standalone EXE.
While Foxit is better in terms of memory consumption, in terms of compatibility, Adobe would be preferred. Foxit cannot open some PDF’s, of course this problem would probably be overcome as new versions of the application is released.
Also, in terms of portability, Foxit is excellent, some guest PC’s may not have a PDF reader installed, in that case, having the 1MB foxit in your portable device can come in very handy.
Finally just to be on the safe side you might want to stick to Adobe Reader, while Foxit has picked up fast it is still the new kid on the block.
When it comes to me, I use Adobe reader on my PC and Foxit on my portable device.