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May 31, 2011

New Version of Foxit PhantomPDF Released

Foxit Corporation has launched Foxit PhantomPDF 5.0, a suite of tools that allows users to create professional PDF documents and forms quickly, affordably, and securely.

Available in three editions, the suite offers an extensive range of usability and power features. The three editions, company officials said, meet the requirements of consumers, home office workers, small and medium-sized businesses, and large enterprises for creating PDF-based documents.

Targeting general customers and business users, Foxit PhantomPDF Express helps users create standards-compliant PDF files from hundreds of file types, and at up to three times the speed of competitive tools. Thanks to annotation features, users can add comments, highlights, stamps, and other features to PDFs.

Foxit PhantomPDF Standard is targeting all businesses. Company officials said that it offers all the functionality and features of PhantomPDF Express. In addition, it also allows users to edit content directly and to design and create PDF forms.

Additionally, comprehensive security features safeguard documents through the use of passwords, certificate encryption, and digital signatures, said company officials.

Foxit PhantomPDF Business has been developed keeping organizations who are seeking to meet regulatory requirements in mind. Company officials said that this edition of Foxit PhantomPDFoffers the functionality and features of PhantomPDF Standard, and is also equipped with additional security required for protection of documents and archives that need to meet compliance or corporate governance standards.

The new version of PhantomPDF incorporates the extensive usage-control benefits of Microsoft’s Active Directory Rights Management Service (AD RMS). Company officials said that this allows the author to control document features within each PDF, such as who has permission to read, write, and print a file.

Additional security enhancements include redaction, which enables users to permanently remove, or redact, visible text and images from PDF documents. With document certification, users can approve a PDF's content and to specify the types of changes that are permitted for the PDF to remain certified. And the feature XFA form filling allows users to leverage existing XFA forms.

Company officials said that Foxit PhantomPDF 5.0 now enables users to create PDF documents directly from Microsoft (News - Alert) Word, PowerPoint, and Excel at the click of a single button, or can batch-create PDF documents from other common formats.

The PDF/A Validation feature verifies that the document is compliant with the PDF/A-1a or PDF/A-1b regulations for long-term archiving. PhantomPDF 5.0 optimizes PDF documents to reduce their file size and compresses scanned documents. PhantomPDF also incorporates the user interface ribbon, making menu items quick and easy to find.

Foxit has also announced the Foxit PhantomPDF Plug-in SDK, a software development kit that converts Foxit PhantomPDF and Reader 5.0 into platforms for delivering additional capabilities for PDF documents and forms.

Recently, Foxit’s PDF was selected by HTC for its HTC (News - Alert) Flyer tablet.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.
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