To match with the features offered by Nitro PDF Reader, Foxit software has released their Foxit Reader v6 with addition of new features. To offer more easy to use and familiar experience for Office users, Foxit Reader v6 has got Office 2013 style ribbon toolbar, where in previous versions classic toolbar mode has been offered, the new Ribbon mode is now enabled by default in this version.

With the addition of support for hundreds of file types, this version has brought the PDF creation feature where you can able to drag and drop supported file to this PDF Reader interface for creation. If you’ve Microsoft Office installed, by using Foxit plug-in, you can able to convert Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents to PDF easily.

Foxit Reader 6.0 installs Foxit Reader PDF Printer driver for easier printing from any application, you need to set it as default printer or you can choose it from the system print dialog and get the printing done to a PDF file.

Foxit Reader Version 6 with ribbon toolbar mode

Disable Ribbon mode in Foxit Reader

Don’t like the ribbon mode? You can switch back to Classic mode, all you need to do is

  • From File menu select UI> OptionsView   View>UI Opitons
  • Select “Change Toolbar Mode”
  • And select “Classic Toolbar Mode”, click “OK”, you need to restart the Reader application for the toolbar changes to take effect.

PDF Sign: As you can sign PDFs in Nitro PDF Reader and Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader also lets you insert your own signature image into a PDF file.

Other new features are: ability to read and search PDF portfolios, whitelist trusted URLs for form submission and this version allows to create and insert stamps. From “create from scanner” functionality you can able to convert hard copies to PDF.

Comment summary, booklet printing, and run script right control features have been improved.

Caution: Be aware after choosing the custom mode, during setup it asks you to install Foxit PDF Creator toolbar and make as default search provider, homepage and as new tab page. You can avoid install of them by deselecting those options on custom mode.

Foxit Reader works on Windows XP/Vista/7/8.

Download Foxit Reader 6.0.

Which PDF Reader do you use? Browser-based one or desktop Reader? What’s your take on this version? Let me know in the comments.