These days you get an awful lot for free from PDF viewers – both Foxit PDF Reader and Nitro Reader now sport powerful tools for creating PDFs as well as viewing them – but there’s still a market for commercial tools like Foxit’s PhantomPDF.
The suite provides everything you need to convert, rearrange and edit PDFs as well as create them – whether using the program’s built-in support for dozens of documents, Office plug-ins or simply the virtual PDF print driver it includes as a catch-all for more obscure documents too.
PhantomPDF’s conversion tools make it easy to turn PDFs into Office documents, RTF, HTML, plain text and image formats. There’s built-in OCR for creating searchable and selectable PDF documents and basic tools for editing text, images and page order.
Business-friendly tools include form design on top of the usual support for filling in and saving form data. Documents can also be secured using encryption and permission controls.
PhantomPDF also includes all the functionality found in the free Foxit Reader program, so you can highlight and annotate pages, add stamps and even insert handwritten signatures via a scanned image or by using the freehand tool supplied.
New features added in version 6 include paragraph editing, PDF form creation, the ability to edit scanned documents, drag-and-drop pages between documents, bundled desktop PDF index, improved file compression and PDF A, E and X Creation and Validation.