Having problems using Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print your Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files? It’s time to try other solutions. An alternative pdf files reader, Foxit Reader, has just released its latest Foxit Reader 3.0 final version. Comparative to Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader is tiny in size, has a simplified user interface, is features-rich and fast delivering. It has gained popularity amongst users and is slowly replacing Adobe Reader which is always associated with slow loading, security threat, etc.

There are various enhancements and improvements in terms of functionality and new features in Foxit Reader 3.0. It has added a new Multimedia Design feature to empower users to add/edit/delete multimedia files. Its new Multiple Panels help users to organize, attach and thumbail their PDFs file. Foxit Reader 3.0 has developed a new plug-in that supports Mozilla Firefox. Firefox users can install the Foxit Reader 3.0 plugin to handle pdf files. There are also substantial upgrades and enhancements to the existing features. For instance, Foxit Reader 3.0 has enhanced the print setup/shortcut keys, allowed better Annotation/Toolbar/Permission control, improved Select Text/Update options, etc. The list of improved features in this release is as follows:

New features:

  • Enticing Multimedia Design.
    Now users can not only play multimedia in Foxit Reader, but also are empowered to add, edit or delete multimedia files with the incredible Movie Tool and Sound Tool.
  • Attachment Panel.
    Lists all the attached files in the PDF document, and provides a number of common options that helps users manage the attachments, such as opening, deleting and adding description to the attachments. Users can also change the security settings when opening an attachment in this panel.
  • Thumbnail Panel.
    Shows thumbnail images for each PDF page and allows users to quickly view relevant portions of a PDF file. Now users can navigate through PDFs with page thumbnails.
  • Layout Panel.
    Lists PDF layers in the document, allows users to control the display of some certain content areas.
  • Metric Unit Support
    Within the preferences dialog box it gives users the option to set the unit of page dimension in either metric system or imperial system.
  • Auto-scrolling with Middle Mouse Button.
    In the Hand Tool reading mode, users can perform auto-scrolling by holding the middle mouse button/wheel mouse button down.
  • Awe-Inspiring Foxit OnDemand Content Management.
    This new add-on enables users to organize, share and collaborate on documents and forms online. Users can upload from Foxit Reader or send documents with ease. Advanced features include workflow driven document sharing, revisions of documents, CollabRoom for group collaboration.
  • Firefox Support.
    With Firefox Plugin, users can view and work with PDF files loaded in Foxit Reader with Firefox web browser.

Enhanced features:

  • Improved Select Text Tool.
    Not only used for selecting text, but also enables users to add most types of annotations, including highlight, strikeout, underline, squiggly, replacement, etc.
  • Enhanced Print Setup.
    Supports printing separate pages or a range of pages by entering 1, 3, 7-10 or whatever in the Pages text box within the Print dialog box.
  • Better Annotation Control.
    Allows users to align and center multiple annotations on PDF pages, including Notes, Drawing Markups and Typewriter Comments.
  • Advanced Toolbar Control.
    Completely rearranges the toolbar layout and allows users to easily customize the tools that appear in Foxit Reader.
  • Better Permission Control.
    Disables and grays out some UI elements when users are not allowed to perform the corresponding operations on the protected PDF document.
  • Improved Upgrade Mode.
    Foxit Updater Preferences dialog box allows the user to configure the update settings. Foxit Reader supports the ability to check for updates automatically on a weekly or monthly basis.
  • Improved Popup Note.
    A popup note turns transparent when it is open but not selected. Users can also cut, copy or paste text in the new popup note.
  • Enhanced Shortcut Keys Input.
    Press F11 to enter or exit the full screen mode. Use keyboard shortcuts to fill PDF forms easily.
  • Transferrable preferences Settings.
    Foxit Reader creates an INI file to save user’s preferences settings so that it can be easily kept and transferred. Users can keep their own settings and don’t have to configure them when Foxit Reader is updated or moved.
  • Many Bug Fixes.

Download the latest Foxit Reader 3.0 via the following links: