SOURCE: Foxit Corporation

Foxit Corporation

April 16, 2013 09:00 ET

Foxit® PhantomPDF 6.0 Makes PDF Editing and Form Generation Easy

Affordable, Business Ready PDF for Enterprises to Home Offices

FREMONT, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 16, 2013) - Foxit® Corporation, a leading provider of solutions for reading, editing, creating, organizing, and securing PDF documents, today launched Foxit PhantomPDF 6.0, a fast, affordable, and secure PDF solution that allows users to create, edit, and secure professional looking PDF documents and forms. New capabilities in Foxit PhantomPDF 6.0 include powerful paragraph editing, easier PDF form creation with intuitive form field recognition, new user interface design, PDF Sign, PDF portfolio support, scanned document editing, multi-document organization, bundled desktop PDF indexing, Evernote® integration to improve collaboration workflows, and more.

PhantomPDF is offered in two editions to meet different user requirements and price points:

  • PhantomPDF Standard - Ideal for groups of all sizes, Foxit PhantomPDF Standard delivers the right features at the right price for users to generate professional looking PDF documents and forms. It allows users to view, create, edit, comment, share, secure, organize, export, OCR, and sign PDF documents and forms.
  • PhantomPDF Business - Robust and deployable to meet the needs of enterprises, Foxit PhantomPDF Business builds upon PhantomPDF Standard by providing additional editing, security, and file compression capabilities.

Details of the new capabilities in PhantomPDF 6.0 include:

Paragraph Editing
Paragraph editing provides editing capabilities similar to that of word processing software. PhantomPDF automatically identifies text boxes and allows users to paragraph edit within that text box. Paragraph editing capabilities include:

  • Automatically reflows and reformats text in the text box as you edit it. Just add or delete content without worrying about the layout.
  • Edit the font of PDF text by changing type, style, size, color, and effect. Align text left, center, or right, while choosing from multiple line spacing options.
  • Automatically changes the color of edited text, making it easy for others to review and approve changes. This option can be turned on and off by the user.
  • Underlines misspelled words within the chosen text box.
  • Align objects on the left, middle, or center. Distribute objects horizontally or vertically. Rotate, flip, or shear objects.

"The ability to do extensive editing with paragraph editing, which includes support for scanned documents, really helps our productivity," said Ravindra Ahuja, CFO for R-Tech Consultants, Inc. (Employee Benefits Consultants). "Now we can create, edit, re-organize, annotate, and sign PDF documents quickly and easily in one solution."

PDF Form Creation
PhantomPDF 6.0 offers two new capabilities which allow quick and easy development of interactive PDF forms through automated form field recognition and editing. The Form Field Recognition tool will identify likely form fields in PDF documents. The user can then touch up the resulting file to develop interactive forms. The Designer's Assistant will allow users to click on a form field and the field will automatically be fitted into the likely space that the field should occupy -- providing one-click form field development.

New Ribbon-based Toolbar
Foxit PhantomPDF updated its user interface with a ribbon-based toolbar based on Microsoft® Office® 2013 (Office 15) style design. This new user interface toolbar provides Foxit PhantomPDF users with a familiar user experience. A ribbon is an interface which provides graphical command buttons organized in tabs based on function. It is a more intuitive and efficient way for users to find, comprehend, and execute commands with a minimum number of mouse clicks and dramatically reduces the need to resort to trial and error or having to read the user manual.

For existing PhantomPDF users who prefer traditional pull-down menus, Foxit PhantomPDF can still be used in Classic Mode.

"The Microsoft Office ribbon style toolbar makes PhantomPDF very easy to use, especially to those users already familiar with Microsoft Office," said Sorin-Eduard UDREA, General Manager for Laser Technology Solutii Globale SRL Romania. "This helps users unleash the powerful features like paragraph editing, scanned document editing, multi-document organization, form creation, document signing, etc."

Sign Documents with PDF Sign
PDF Sign allows users to sign documents with their own handwriting. PDF Sign signatures can be created from an image of your signature or by writing it yourself on touch enabled desktop systems or tablets. Users can create multiple signatures, for example, a full signature and an initial signature. Users can quickly and easily manage, place, and apply these signatures -- enabling effortless PDF document signing.

"The ability to quickly and easily create, edit, and sign documents helps us get our contracts completed fast," said Aleks Wolff, President for Dimex Sales, Inc. "Now we can concentrate more on growing our business."

Read and Search PDF Portfolios
A PDF portfolio is a PDF made up of a collection of multiple files, which can include both PDF files and non-PDF files such as Word documents, spreadsheets, presentations, or images. Foxit PhantomPDF can open and read PDF portfolios and perform searches either within a single file or across all PDF files in the portfolio.

Editing Scanned Documents
When scanning a hardcopy document into PDF, the resulting PDF document is an image, meaning that text cannot be searched, cannot be cut and pasted into another application, or edited. Users typically OCR (Optical Character Recognition) the document to solve the first two issues, making the text searchable and able to be cut and pasted. In PhantomPDF 6.0, users can OCR scanned documents and chose Editable Text mode. Editable Text mode will allow the resulting OCRed file to be edited using paragraph editing. This is extremely valuable if you need to edit documents where you only have a hardcopy of the document. Users can also export the resulting PDF document to Microsoft Office file formats, enabling hardcopy to PDF to Office conversions.

"The paragraph editing capability is powerful -- it is a great time saver to do my editing right in the PDF document," said Charles Dial, software developer for ScholarZero Publishing. "I really value Foxit's 'always there' 24-hour support and their clean, standard-compliant PDF creation quality."

Drag and Drop Pages Between Documents
Many times users want to re-use pages from one PDF document into other PDF documents. PhantomPDF 6.0 allows users to utilize the page panel to drag and drop pages from one PDF document to other PDF documents quickly and easily. These pages can be moved from documents displayed in multiple tabs within one PhantomPDF instance or across documents displayed in multiple PhantomPDF instances. This was a very popular enhancement request from current users.

"The ability to reorder and modify sentences and paragraphs helps me do my job quicker," said Oscar P., business manager of a worldwide internet services company. "Now we can manipulate text and illustrations without having to keep converting the file formats."

Bundled Desktop PDF Index
PhantomPDF 6.0 now comes bundled with Foxit's PDF IFilter - Desktop product. PDF IFilter - Desktop is a plugin that allows the Windows indexing service and other Windows search technologies to index PDF files. This allows users to search for PDF documents located on their desktop system using Windows search by using search terms based on the document's content, title, subject, author, keywords, annotations, bookmarks, attachments, and more.

Integrate with Evernote
Evernote is a unified collection of apps that help people remember everything, get things done, and communicate effectively. Evernote runs on desktops and mobile devices. Foxit PhantomPDF users can now create a PDF as an attachment to an Evernote note. In addition, PhantomPDF provides an Evernote print driver, which will allow any applications with printing capability to convert documents into PDF and automatically put the resulting PDF document as an attachment into an Evernote note.

Other enhancements include:

  • Improved File Compression - reduce the size of the PDF file. This makes it easier to share PDF files with others and to reduce required disk space. 
  • PDF A, E, and X Creation and Validation - validate and create compliant PDF documents for archiving (A), engineering (E), and print production (X).

"Foxit PhantomPDF 6.0 enables users to be more productive in creating, editing, organizing, and searching PDF documents and forms," said Phil Lee, VP of Enterprise Sales at Foxit Corporation. "Enterprises now have a new and improved alternative to Adobe which provides the features they need at a superior value."

For more information, contact Foxit at www.foxitsoftware.com or at 1-866-MYFOXIT.

About Foxit Corporation
Foxit Corporation, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, is at the forefront of cost-effective electronic document solutions. Customers of Foxit's award-winning products include major technology and healthcare companies, global financial services firms, and government agencies. Founded in 2001, Foxit Corporation believes in innovative, standards-based technology and unrivalled customer support, with a deep commitment to sustainable, environmentally sound products and services.

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