Read, create and collaborate on PDFs for free

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Read, create and collaborate on PDFs for free

Foxit Reader's new version adds support for online collaboration, touchscreen capability, Dropbox integration and more.

Foxit Reader has become one of the more popular alternatives to Adobe Reader, because it’s fast, free and offers several additional features. As well as reading PDF documents, but Foxit Reader also allows you to create PDFs, convert them to text, highlight and annotate them, and more.

The latest version, Foxit Reader 8.0, adds support for Touch Mode on touchscreen devices, Dropbox integration, an auto-save PDF option and other refinements.

However, its big new addition is support for Foxit’s new online ConnectedPDF Document Management System.

When users launch Foxit Reader 8.0 for the first time, they’ll be invited to sign up for ConnectedPDF. The online system works with specially adapted PDF documents (cPDF format) that allows users to edit PDFs through their web browser and more easily collaborate with others.

When signed into ConnectedPDF in Foxit Reader, users will be able to create and register new versions of cPDF documents, request a file, configure permissions, make comments and join a connected review without any third-party servers. Users also gain control over document data and settings as well as file access history and messages.

The new version also adds Dropbox integration to existing support for OneDrive and Google Drive, allowing users to easily access cloud-hosted PDF files direct from the Foxit Reader File > Open dialog.

The new release now allows users to convert .msg email files to PDF simply by right-clicking the file in File Explorer. Foxit Reader’s new auto-save feature is set to five minutes by default – but this is configurable through the File > Preferences > Dialog – to protect documents in case of power failures or program crashes.

Other refinements include the ability to preserve formatting when copying tables from PDFs, the ability to view custom metadata and support for printing PDF sections or pages directly from selected bookmarks.

Users can additionally cut, delete and move multiple bookmarks at once and pin frequently accessed folders from cloud platforms to the File > Open and Save as panels for quick access.

Best of all, Foxit Reader 8 remains free to download and runs on PCs with Windows 7 or later. Some PDF creation features also require Microsoft Office 2007 or later.

Foxit also offers commercial PDF editing software, including PhantomPDF, which costs US$109. Among other benefits, it allows you to create interactive forms, secure PDFs and make changes to a document – such as adjusting the content or layout – without having to go back to the word processor or design software that created the document.

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