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I've been using Foxit Reader but recently became aware that they're bundling malware with their software installation.

One of my favorite features of Foxit is the Typewriter function which allows you to type over a pdf document. It's very handy for filling out forms.

I'm looking for recommendations for other free software which allow you to do this. Preferably something lightweight and adware/malware free, of course.
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These are considered premium features. Why not keep using the older versions? Does the newer versions offer that much better features that you need to update? There's not a lot of PDF software out there that will let you edit and at the same time is free.

Try PDFescape.com and even they have restrictions, 10MB or less and less than 100 pages (seems like online only). The only other option is to buy the software, I'm still using Foxit Phantom 1.0 to fill in PDF's with the typewriter tool.

PDFEdit - http://pdfedit.cz/en/pdfedit_windows.html

PDFTK - http://www.angusj.com/pdftkb/

Pretty much if you don't like those free options you'll have to buy Foxit Phantom Standard, or take a look at Adobe Acrobat Pro or SodaPDF.
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I've been using Foxit Reader but recently became aware that they're bundling malware with their software installation.

One of my favorite features of Foxit is the Typewriter function which allows you to type over a pdf document. It's very handy for filling out forms.

I'm looking for recommendations for other free software which allow you to do this. Preferably something lightweight and adware/malware free, of course.

Not sure what you're looking for exactly because in your subject line you say:

"...software that is capable of adding comments"

Filling out a PDF form and adding a comment are two entirely different things. I can fill out a blank PDF form using just about any freeware out there - that includes Adobe Acrobat, PDF Xchange Viewer and similar software. But if you're truly looking for a software that can add comments to a PDF document, you'll have to purchase a paid-for software with that kind of capability as pointed out by anoob.
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Originally Posted by lukeman3000 View Post

I've been using Foxit Reader but recently became aware that they're bundling malware with their software installation.

One of my favorite features of Foxit is the Typewriter function which allows you to type over a pdf document. It's very handy for filling out forms.

I'm looking for recommendations for other free software which allow you to do this. Preferably something lightweight and adware/malware free, of course.

    I use PDF-XChange Viewer (free) and it can write comments on PDFs and fill forms with no problem.  I stopped using Foxit Reader because I was having problems with it randomly not loading PDFs in Firefox.
    Softpedia's page does say that it has adware.  I have not had any problems with ads except for the "Download PDF creation tools" banner on its menu bar next to the close button.  I also have a firewall that lets me deny programs to connect to the Internet.  If you unplug your Internet connection before running the installer, the installer won't be able to download any adware.  Overall, I'm very happy with PDF-XChange Viewer.
 
 
    Edit: What's the deal with Foxit Reader having malware?  I am not aware of any malware in Foxit Reader, and neither is this page.  Did you simply forget to select Custom install and deselect the toolbar download?
 
Edited by Techie007 - 3/11/14 at 11:30am
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I wasn't aware PDF X-Change was adware. wth.gif I mean "Download PDF Creation Tools" is barely visible when I use it, and I've never had it try to download anything ever.
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I use PDF-XChange Viewer (free) and it can write comments on PDFs and fill forms with no problem.

Can you please specify which version you are using? I've been using PDF XChange Viewer (freeware version) for quite some time and on the version I'm using currently, adding comments is available on the Pro version only.
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Originally Posted by Techie007 View Post

I use PDF-XChange Viewer (free) and it can write comments on PDFs and fill forms with no problem.

Can you please specify which version you are using? I've been using PDF XChange Viewer (freeware version) for quite some time and on the version I'm using currently, adding comments is available on the Pro version only.

Odd. I don't have it installed on my laptop, but I know on my desktop what I can do is add text boxes and whatnot to annotate a PDF. I'll test it when I get home.

EDIT: I checked, and it sounds like you're looking for this menu option.


Edited by Quantum Reality - 3/12/14 at 6:49pm
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You could use an old version of Foxit. I have the 5.4 installer and it's not malware-infested
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Can you please specify which version you are using? I've been using PDF XChange Viewer (freeware version) for quite some time and on the version I'm using currently, adding comments is available on the Pro version only.

    I am using an old version (version 2.5.201.0, just haven't updated!), but as Quantum Reality showed in his screenshot, the markup tools are in the Tools menu, not the Comments menu.


    FWIW, I just downloaded the latest version of Foxit reader (6.1.4.0217) directly from foxitsoftware.com and ESET says that it is virus free.  I'm not going to install it here because I'm using PDF XChange Viewer; but, if you unplug (or turn off) the Internet before running the installer, it won't be able to download anything (adware?) not already included in the downloaded package. wink.gif
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Odd. I don't have it installed on my laptop, but I know on my desktop what I can do is add text boxes and whatnot to annotate a PDF. I'll test it when I get home.

EDIT: I checked, and it sounds like you're looking for this menu option.

I was indeed looking at the wrong menu option. I was definitely not thinking clearly by looking in the "Comments" menu for a feature like adding comments. LOL. Seriously though, I rarely do anything fancy or extra with PDF documents other than just viewing (and occasionally filling out forms). Didn't even occur to me that there could be another "comments' section under the Tools main menu header. Thanks for providing the screenshot.
Edited by DaChosenOne - 3/13/14 at 7:15am
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