SOURCE: Foxit Software Inc.

Foxit Software Inc.

March 31, 2016 08:00 ET

Foxit Solves PDF Redaction Problem With Foxit Redactor for Office

First Plug-in for Microsoft Office That Makes Traditional Redaction Easy and Supports Microsoft RMS

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 31, 2016) - Foxit Software, a leading software provider of fast, affordable, and secure PDF solutions, today announced Foxit Redactor for Office™, a new Microsoft Office plug-in developed in cooperation with Microsoft to allow users to protect confidential copy in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Users simply mark confidential copy for redaction within the Office application and then generate redacted PDF documents.

Unlike other redaction tools, Redactor for Office offers the flexibility of creating a simple redacted PDF or, alternatively, a hybrid PDF that redacts sensitive content by default, while making it visible to authorized people under Microsoft Rights Management Services (RMS).

Threatened by potential brand erosion, lawsuits and privacy regulations, organizations are seeking foolproof methods to securely redact confidential information. Additionally, they frequently want to preserve the confidential data and make it visible to select people who should have access.

"Foxit Redactor for Office addresses a persistent problem in the digital world," said David Rand, Foxit vice president of marketing. "There have been numerous news stories about companies and government agencies that thought they had redacted sensitive information from PDF documents, only find out later that the data under the black boxes was not properly removed or hidden. For example, a medical council recently breached the privacy of a doctor because they didn't understand how redaction and PDFs work."

The Foxit Redactor is recommended for anyone who highly values information security, governance, and control, especially those who need to restrict access to documents. With it, users who create documents with sensitive information in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint can create redacted PDF documents where sensitive information is whited out (or blacked out) within the documents for sharing or archiving. Foxit Redactor for Office allows knowledge workers and organizations to secure confidential sections of documents against unauthorized access or modifications.

Users can generate simple redacted PDF documents or hybrid RMS-protected PDF documents. People with RMS access rights to a hybrid document will be able to view the full content. People without access rights can only see the redacted file.

"This solves a huge problem for lawyers and anyone who has to control who sees what," said Thomas L. Bowden, a Virginia attorney with over 30 years of experience. "Secure redaction in PDFs is great. But being able to grant access to the redacted information to authorized parties is revolutionary."

Until now, there has been no method to make information available to authorized users and to include the protected original with it. Foxit worked closely with the Microsoft RMS team to respond to this need and to deliver an incredibly innovative solution to the market. By supporting Microsoft RMS and hybrid redaction, Foxit is delivering advanced data security to organizations while maintaining productivity and workflow.

Foxit Redactor for Office is available immediately at foxitsoftware.com for an introductory price of $9.95. Also available at the site is 5-star-rated Foxit PhantomPDF, the leading solution for users who are looking for fully featured PDF creation, editing, and security. For more information, visit https://www.foxitsoftware.com/products/redactor/

About Foxit Software

Foxit is a leading software provider of fast, affordable, and secure PDF solutions. Businesses and consumers increase productivity by using Foxit's cost-effective products to securely work with PDF documents and forms. Foxit is the #1 pre-installed PDF software, shipped on one-third of all new Windows PCs, including those from HP®, Acer, and ASUS®.

Foxit's Software Development Kits (SDKs) help developers reduce costs and improve time to market by easily integrating industry-leading PDF technology into application workflows. This technology shares the same underlying technology that powers Google's open-source PDFium project.

Winner of numerous awards, Foxit has over 325 million users and has sold to over 100,000 customers located in more than 200 countries. Since Foxit products are compliant with the ISO 32000-1/PDF 1.7 standard, they are compatible with existing PDF documents and forms.

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