FoxitPhantom PDF Reviews

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Marc Shaffer | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 24, 2020

FoxitPhantom PDF Review

Score 8 out of 10
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Entire operation. To create, edit and read PDFs for sales, marketing, and tech. It handles all of our PDF needs.
  • Creating unique PDFs for all departments.
  • Easy to use, very self explanatory.
  • Strong security.
  • Make it easier to find functions.
  • Greater compression.
  • Fewer resources.
It is fantastic for creating advertising and marketing pieces both industry and consumer-facing. Excellent at creating internal training materials and information.
It is not good at creating graphic-intensive pieces.
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Robert Barnabi | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 24, 2020

Foxit > Adobe

Score 10 out of 10
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FoxitPhantom PDF fits a simple need of combining multiple PDFs or resorting pages of multiple PDFs into one new PDF. Foxit is cost effective compared to the more popular Adobe. Foxit can be purchased and owned vs Adobe subscription service model.
  • Cost effective PDF creator.
  • Opens and creates PDF.
  • Not perfect graphic import from some Adobe PDF.
  • Some users have learning curve when coming from Adobe.
FoxitPhantom excels in the simple PDF edit, creation, modify of PDF files without the high cost or subscription of Adobe Pro PC. Every small business should be using this over Adobe.
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Guy G. Gray | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We us FoxitPhantom during our lease abstracting process. Clients send us their leases and in turn, we abstract them into our application. Helping our clients requires us to convert the file format to a Word document. In the past, we used Adobe Acrobat which presented a lot of challenges when converting from a PDF format to Word. With FoxitPhantom, our issues simply went away.
  • The conversion from FoxitPhantom to Word is the best in the marketplace. This is a far superior product than Adobe Acrobat.
  • Cost is 40 to 60% less expensive than Adobe.
  • The client support whether calling or online is superb.
  • Foxit will allow you do conduct a free trial to test the software.
  • Converting a non US English based lease to Word has required some additional time on our part.
Well suited for commercial real estate. Good for converting PDF documents to Word documents. The tools that come with FoxitPhantom are very easy to understand and use. Much simpler than Adobe.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We are using the FoxitPhantom PDF editor software throughout almost every line of business and department. From time to time, we need to either edit or create PDF files, and the FoxitPhandom PDF editor allows us a convenient and affordable way to accomplish precisely that. We use the Foxit PDF reader as part of our standard computer image.
  • The ability to convert other formats (such as Word documents) to PDF is a very useful feature.
  • It allows you to combine multiple PDF files to a single file, or take one and split to multiple files.
  • OCR functionality helps to save us time rather than having to recreate entire documents.
  • It offers a context-menu integration so right-clicking gives you the ability to create/edit files easily.
  • There is a little bit of a learning curve in editing documents.
  • You have to make sure that you have the correct option/tool selected when trying to edit an existing form, otherwise, it will not allow you to edit what you are trying to. For example, if you want to edit a text box, you cannot simply click the text box, you have to select the Text box function, then you can click the box you want to edit.
  • Could use more intuitive menus/tools to make it easier to use the application without having to look at tutorials or help files to figure out how to edit.
FoxitPhantom PDF is a very affordable alternative to Adobe Acrobat Pro. Once you get the hang of using the software, it is very capable and offers a lot of features. If you don't have time to learn new software, it will be challenging to use at first and expect to consult the Help menus quite a bit to figure out how to accomplish specific tasks.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
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FoxitPhantom PDF was rolled out organization-wide to replace Adobe Acrobat and achieve significant cost savings. Most in the organization need a simple PDF reader and this tool does the job. Some groups within the organization insisted on keeping Adobe (i.e compliance, legal, marketing) due to higher than average document review and redlining, but the compatibility between the two tools is not perfect.
  • PDF Viewing
  • PDF Editing
  • Viewing Multiple PDFs at Once
  • PDF commenting/annotating
  • Compatibility with other PDF tools
  • Design/User experience
FoxitPhantom PDF could be well suited for basic PDF reading/editing needs. In order to function properly, I think everyone in the organization needs to be using the tool. In cases where an organization has multiple PDF tools, FoxitPhantom PDF can have compatibility issues. This is especially true when working with outside vendors who use other PDF tools, like Adobe, for annotating or reviewing your annotations. For example, comments or annotations may not show up correctly or are not as intuitive as in the PDF tool they were created on. Other internal teams like compliance and legal also use Adobe because they did not like Foxit and review so many documents. For those who do not have Adobe internally, Foxit can cause annotations to be missed when they aren't intuitively displayed to the Foxit user when they were written in another tool like Adobe.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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FoxitPhantom PDF is being used throughout my organization. It is being used to view, edit, protect, covert, merge and annotate PDFs. It has come in handy especially when converting documents from PDF to Excel and vice versa. When looking for software that provided all these powerful features, this came in at the lowest cost.
  • FoxitPhantom carries superior editing tools over Adobe Acrobat and similar products. It allows you to modify text, images, & objects in a more robust fashion
  • Integrates well with Microsoft Office products such as Word, PPT, & Excel
  • Allows you to work in a nearly paperless environment
  • Not that this is unique to just FoxitPhantom, but the OCR technology can certainly get tripped up with more complex documents
  • Converting documents from PDF to Excel can still have problems
If you are looking for a cheaper replacement to Adobe Acrobat, this is the product for you. It does just about everything Acrobat does and some of the similar features work even better on FoxitPhantom. The ribbon UI on the software is similar to the Microsoft Office suite products, so it is an easy transition to make.
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Julián González | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Bloomstar is an organization with 350+ employees in four locations across Canada.
During the last year we have been updating our software and now we use Foxit as our default software to manage PDF documents.
Foxit Reader has the feeling of a full PDF software and is intuitive and friendlier than other PDF readers. The Phantom version offers all the capabilities of editing, signing documents, sharing, presentations, etc. However, it is still in the transition stage where some users have a local license of a different PDF editor but soon will be using Foxit Phantom too.
Document filing and storage is probably the most common use of Foxit at Bloomstar, especially related to human resources where all employees documents are now filed electronically. In our industry there are a lot of new seasonal hires during floral holidays and using a friendly PDF tool to manage the employees files is very convenient.
  • One thing that stands out is the way Foxit manages all the tabs of the opened documents. It probably sound simplistic but it has the feeling of a web browser like Chrome, but better because when you have a lot of opened documents, you don't get these microscopic tabs that get smaller and smaller, instead you can use arrows that go left-and-right and you can see your tabs and actually read what they are. Similar to the worksheets tabs in the lower part of an Excel file where you can move sideways to keep looking all your worksheets in a document, but even better -again- because you also have a top-right drop-down arrow that will show the full list of documents in a drop-down window, this is similar to the favorites tabs in Chrome where you have a limited number of favorites on the top bar and the rest of them are shown in a list.
  • Foxit is interconnected with their online application. When you want to convert a PDF document into a different type like Word for example, you just click on the extras menu on the top, select convert to Word and then it is interesting that it actually opens your browser and goes to Foxit Online. The great advantage that I see with this process is that you get instant connectivity with everything because Foxit will give you all the available options to store your converted file and that can be Google Drive, Dropbox, One Drive, etc, and of course, your local drive.
  • Mobility is an advantage. Your user is independent of your installed software in your computer. You can access anywhere online, you can have all your store documents in the cloud and if you don't have access to your computer where you have Phantom installed it doesn't really matter because you can pretty much do everything on Foxit Online, so it gives you all the mobility you need.
  • One thing that can be a problem for some users is that at least when running on Windows 10 you can easily find yourself opening PDF files with Microsoft Edge when what you really want is to use Foxit. Somehow Edge overrides the default reader for PDF files and you need to know how to set your default program and do it manually. This is not a particular problem of Foxit but it would be nice to prevent Edge from overtaking the PDF files.
  • Foxit does so many things that it takes time to get familiar with all the small icons that are pretty much everywhere around your interface. You have this tiny quick access tool bar on the top left and some others on the top right, then a couple more on the lower middle. The only problem that I see is that they are tiny and I understand that we all want to maximize the working area on the screen but there could be an option to make them bigger.
  • One downside for some users is that you need to be logged in to your user. I mentioned this as an advantage because it gives you all the connectivity but on the other hand if you don't have internet access or you want to work as a stand-alone user it may be complicated.
FoxitPhantom is very good for sharing files, commenting on files with coworkers, and converting files into other formats. It is also excellent to save your files in every cloud service you use, no matter which one you use. For a basic user who only needs to read PDF documents, a full version like FoxitPhantom is less appropriate and the free reader would be a better option.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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All of our corporate departments use FoxitPhantom and I personally use it on a daily basis. We made the switch from a similar software a few years ago and the transition was fairly seamless. FoxitPhantom can do everything that I need it to do; print straight to pdf, merge documents, highlight, comment, rearrange pages, extract pages, add watermarks, and password protect. This software has been vital in our transition to become "paperless".
  • In my experience, FoxitPhantom can do everything that its better known pdf software competitor can do but it does it for a much better price.
  • Arranging pages, deleting pages, or merging documents is super easy.
  • I much prefer to "print to pdf" instead of printing out hard copies of documents. This software makes saving straight to pdf a breeze.
  • I have a dual monitor setup at work and there are times when I wish that I could view pdf documents on both monitors at the same time. I have not yet figured out how to do that with FoxitPhantom as it appears to limit the user to displaying multiple pdf documents as separate tabs on the same screen. If dual screen is an option in the software, it needs to be more apparent.
  • I can't think of any other desired improvements. This software really does everything that I need it to do.
FoxitPhantom works very well for any kind of business administrative function; particularly in a "paperless" business environment. Documents that are originally created using Adobe Acrobat work seamlessly in Foxit and can be merged and edited with other documents. In my mind, the only limitation to the software is that it may not work well in situations where you need to view two documents on different monitors at the same time.
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Rose Kipkemoi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Foxit Phantom PDF is used by our organization to read, highlight, comment and edit documents for users to read online and manually. It is used across all departments in our organization it is easy to use and install and does not require any technical skills for one to operate. I personally use this software to write articles and edit them for use on my blog and on the company's website.
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to setup
  • You can be able to read, comment, highlight and edit documents
  • Tabbed user interface
  • User-friendly
  • Great software for document reading
  • I have no negative comments on this software
FoxitPhantom PDF is suitable to all users whether in a large or small organisation. It supplements all users needs and requirements therefore better than other document reading softwares.
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anne wanjau | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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FoxitPhantom PDF has been the most important PDF documents and PDF reports reader at work and at home. I like FoxitPhantom because of its clean user interface, ability to zoom in and zoom out documents, adding notes to documents while I read, Share documents with colleagues through email or social media and also convert PDF files to other file formats.
  • Zooming in and zooming out of PDF documents and reports
  • Ability to add notes to a PDF while reading
  • Capability to share files with colleagues and friends
  • Stamping of pdf documents
  • Easy to use graphical user interface
  • Foxit is the best PDFviewer out there, However, an improvement on how to use new features that may be availed later would be very helpful.
FoxitPhantom PDF is suitable for viewing of ebooks, reports, scanned documents and downloaded PDFs either in the office or for personal use. Reports generated from web-based applications are also very well viewed in FoxitPhantom compared to other readers I had used.
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Nick Bencivenga | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We replaced the standard Adobe Acrobat with Foxit when we were faced with purchasing a new Adobe license a few years ago. Since converting our first user, we've never looked back. Our whole organization now utilizes FoxIt, and the experience is far superior to Acrobat. The ability to have tabbed instances, the word recognition, highlighting, etc... just everything is easier. There are so many options, too - so each user gets to do what they want how they want.
  • Multiple instances. You can choose to have "tabbed" set up like your web browser, OR you can allow multiple windows. It's great that you can choose this.
  • It's fantastic at making common features quick-clicks. For example, you can select multiple PDFs in your explorer window, and right click to get to the FoxIt menu. From there, you can select "Combine" and instantly put several documents in the same place. VERY handy!
  • Text recognition is very solid. I've had it decipher some pretty ugly looking faxes with remarkable accuracy.
  • Eh there's nothing big. Minor stuff is that they default to a start page... easily fixable.
  • Really I can't think of another negative. This program is fantastic.
Anyone who edits more than one PDF at a time, who does form field editing, or who is regularly viewing multiple PDFs. If you use Acrobat at all, this is a great replacement. Any organizations where users have varying preferences would do well, since each user can change almost every aspect of the program to their liking.
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Brian Hopper | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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It is being used across the organization as our PDF editor of choice. It allows us to edit PDFs in a simple, easy to use manner, but more importantly it cut down on costs associated with having expensive Adobe Acrobat licensing.
  • Converting documents to PDFs is a breeze. You can do it from within a Word document with the Foxit plugin, or straight from Windows Explorer by right-clicking. You can even select multiple word documents and combine them with a click of a button!
  • Working with multiple PDFs is easy with Foxit. Being able to choose between having different PDFs in tabs or windows, and the ability to drag and drop to rearrange pages is a nice touch. You can even drag and drop pages from one document to the other.
  • The OCR functionality is great. Being able to scan a document and then select text makes my life a lot easier.
  • Using the form fields can be challenging. While some aspects are intuitive, other aspects - like setting a tab order - can be confusing.
  • The user interface is older looking. Would definitely like to have things easier to use. Clients of ours complain that it isn't "pretty" like Adobe.
  • I've never liked having to change the pointer option (hand vs text selector) to do different things. Always trips me up.
A large number of users that are switching from Adobe is a great scenario because it is much more cost effective.

A scenario where it is less appropriate would be where someone uses a CRM or ERP that requires Adobe integration (this happens).
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Jeremiah Alexander | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We currently use FoxitPhantom PDF to convert all our documents to a paperless PDF filing system. We are cleared over 30 filing cabinets so far. We also have implemented an scan-and-shred system where every (well almost every) new document that comes in is immediately scanned and then shredded. Finally we use the PDF optimizer to save space on all our large files.
  • Shrinking PDF files
  • Combining multiple PDF's into one
  • Converting to PDF and printing to PDF
  • Their PDF editing is not very intuitive and building from a blank PDF is frustrating
  • When it does crash, the crash reporting tool has never worked right.
  • Edit text sometimes has problems grabbing the correct text on a busy page
For smaller companies looking to go paperless it is perfect. It's affordable, easy to use, and has a really good workflow for converting everything. I think it also works well for companies who are looking to convert just their mail to email attachments. This was actually where we started and it worked flawlessly. I think bigger companies would need something more integrated or will already have the same features built into a larger system.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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We use FoxitPhantom for those users that have a need to create and edit PDF documents. It gives us the ability to modify PDFs quickly and easily.
  • The UI is very similar to the Microsoft Office "Ribbon", so our users have learned it quite quickly.
  • Very good OCR and edit capabilities.
  • While not exactly small in size, it's far smaller and lighter on system resources than Adobe.
  • Subpar support experience. If you have an issue that requires their intervention it requires a lot of handholding and cajoling on my end to get a resolution.
  • In multi-user environments (i.e. Citrix), it constantly tries to update itself leading to multiple update files in my users' profiles. Although it has GPO extensions that should prevent this, they are not particularly effective.
  • They've begun cloud based document software in their apps.
It is a cost-effective, "lighter weight" alternative to Adobe Acrobat. It works great when installed directly on a user's workstation but I'd be hesitant to install it in a terminal server environment.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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FoxitPhantom PDF was used at my previous employer because it was cheaper, easier to use and was much lighter on our systems then Adobe.
  • Cheaper than Adobe which saves money.
  • Much easier for our end users.
  • Much lighter on system resources which increases performance.
  • OCR character reading
  • Handling of complex documents
This PDF software should be very good for everyday users and most business people. You can also convert multiple documents and the toolbars are pretty easy to use. It also handles unfamiliar fonts well, which I like.

I'd like to see the ability to save a pdf to ePub in future versions.

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