Foxit Reader and Foxit PhantomPDF gain Shared Review, 2D Barcode Display features


In its first major updates for almost 18 months, Foxit Corporation has unveiled Foxit Reader 7.0 and Foxit PhantomPDF 7.0. Both builds gain Shared Review capabilities along with 2D Barcode Display.

Each build also gains unique functionality -- user environment customization is the biggest draw in Foxit Reader, for example, while Foxit PhantomPDF users gain an Outlook Add-in, plus PDF Portfolios and Document Sanitzation features.


Both Foxit Reader 7.0 and Foxit Phantom PDF 7.0 add a new Shared Review feature to the roster. This allows users of both platforms as well as MobilePDF Business users to participate in a shared document review. Note, a Shared Review session can only be initiated by PhantomPDF users.

Also added to both builds is a 2D Barcode Display, enabling support for 2D barcodes generated from Ultraforms-enabled fillable PDF forms.

RMS security has also been tightened (in the case of Foxit Reader users, this is available via a separate plugin) with the addition of new capabilities such as dynamic revocation, log analysis, additional control over access rights and integration into Outlook.

Foxit Reader 7.0 also adds greater user environment customization features, specifically the ability to create new tabs or customize existing ones using the ribbon-based toolbar.

Also beefed up is protection against unauthorized usage of digital signatures through the use of passwords as well as the ability to digitally sign and verify XFA forms.

Foxit PhantomPDF 7.0 adds an Outlook plug-in that makes it possible for users to convert email directly to PDF from Outlook itself -- they can also be archived or output to a PDF Portfolio, which users can now create and edit.

A new Document Sanitization feature allows users to remove undesired information from documents prior to publishing, while the new build also promises better editing and annotation tools.

Foxit Reader 7.0.3 is available as a freeware download for PCs running Windows XP SP3 or later. Foxit PhantomPDF 7.0.3 is available as a free trial download. PhantomPDF is available in two editions, with prices remaining unchanged from the previous version at $89 (Standard) and $129 (Pro) respectively.

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