Foxit, widely recognized as No. 2 behind Adobe in the PDF software market, has revamped its lineup.

Already respected by many consumers as a faster and lighter alternative to Adobe Reader, Foxit PDF Reader has jumped all the way up to version 5.0. This new build is now capable of XFA form-filling, which means users can complete PDF forms electronically without having to print and fill in by hand. Also, version 5.0 displays a significantly improved user interface, allowing people to choose from the increasingly popular ribbon menu bar, or traditional drop-down menus. You can customize your own shortcut keys, view previews of PDF files in Outlook and thumbnails in IE, or enable a Split View of PDFs. Overall, the program offers some welcome flexibility and productivity features. Companies using the Foxit PDF Reader also get some enhanced security, as the program can now open documents protected by Active Directory Rights Management Service.

Meanwhile, Foxit has also updated its PhantomPDF Suite. This newest offering has been renumbered as PhantomPDF 5.0 to sync up with its Reader counterpart. It's available in three separate editions, all of which should be significantly faster at creating PDFs than previous Phantom versions. Foxit PhantomPDF Express is on the entry-level side, with all your basic tools for annotation. It can also validate digital signatures and encrypt with passwords. Foxit PhantomPDF Standard goes a step further and lets you edit existing PDF document content. And finally, Foxit PhantomPDF Business gives you advanced editing, and allows you to control usage rights with Microsoft Active Directory RMS. All of the editions enable users to create PDF documents with one click from Microsoft Office programs.

Enterprise users may also enjoy the just released Foxit PhantomPDF Plug-in SDK, which will allow them to develop custom tools and extensions using the Reader and Phantom as platforms.