Foxit Reader

by JL Beeken on 4-19-2010

Here’s a dandy piece of software for genealogists. Foxit Reader. It also comes as Foxit Reader Portable.

Instead of being just your run-of-the-mill (very fast) PDF reader, it also has tools for:

  • adding bookmarks
  • adding notes
  • highlighting text
  • copying images

I especially like the tabbed browsing. You can have more than one PDF open at a time. If you’re used to using Adobe Reader this will give you some annotation tools instead of none.

This is an example how I use ‘notes’ to include source information. This opens and closes to a small icon so it doesn’t take space on the page.

There’s a catch; some features only function in the Foxit Reader Pro Pack ($39):

  • text viewer and text converter
  • additional commenting tools
  • form filler
  • spell checker
  • advanced editing tools
  • creating links
  • attaching files

I’ve been using PDF Plus for my PDF editor for a few years now and would be lost without it. It costs around $80 but it has some additional functionality such as the ability to combine PDFs as well as combining other types of files into PDFs. It looks like PDF Plus has been discontinued and is now sold as PDF Gold for $99. Foxit has tools for PDF creation too but they come in separate software.

All these choices come in trial versions.

(Disclosure: I am not an affiliate for any of the afore-mentioned products. This is not a paid advertisement.)

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