Foxit Reader, a popular third party reader for pdf documents, has just been updated to version 6.0 by its parent company Foxit Corporation. The new version introduces several new features to the application, including a new ribbon toolbar that replaces the regular toolbar that has been used in previous versions of the application. This has been implemented according to Foxit to provide users with a familiar user experience as Microsoft's Office suite is also making use of a ribbon toolbar interface. The toolbar is modeled after Office 2013, the most recent version of Office at the time of writing. You can change the toolbar design back to the classic toolbar design by clicking on File > UI Options > Change Toolbar Mode.
The new toolbar is not the only new feature in Foxit 6.0 though. The developers have added pdf creation options to the application that enable users of the program to convert file types into the pdf document format. Supported file types include all major Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint formats as well as different image and other text file types.
To use the new feature select File > Create > From File and select a supported file from the local system.
Foxit Reader ships with its own virtual PDF printer that gets installed automatically during installation or upgrade of the program on the system. You can use it to save any printable document as a pdf file by using the print feature in third party applications such as Firefox, Notepad and virtually any other program that supports the printing of documents.
PDF documents can also be created from the Clipboard of the operating system, by using a connected scanner, or using a blank file.
Another new feature of the newest Foxit Reader version is support for handwritten signatures, the creation and inserting of stamps, and integration with Internet services such as Evernote and the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. The new sharing options are listed under Share in the Foxit Reader window, while PDF Sign and DocuSign are available under the Protect tab in the program. The new signing feature enables users to create and use handwritten signatures either from a scanned image of the signature, from the clipboard, or by using basic drawing options to draw it right on the screen using the mouse.
Stamps are available under Comment > Stamps in the ribbon interface. Here you find a large selection of stamps, both static and dynamic, that you can make use of.
Right next to that is the stamp creation menu that you can use to create custom stamps for use in the pdf reader. Foxit Reader 6.0 last but not least supports the reading and searching of PDF portfolios.
Existing users can use the internal update mechanism with a click on Help > Check for Update to install the new version of the program. The download is also listed on the official Foxit Software website from where it can be downloaded as well. If you use the installer from the website, you have options to uncheck several options during installation including integration with the shell or add-ons, and the new PDF creation options.
Foxit Reader combines pdf reading capabilities with basic pdf creation options. If you never create pdf documents I suggest you take a look at lightweight alternatives such as Sumatra PDF.
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