foxit_logo_2009.jpgFoxit Software, a small but determined PDF technology solution provider, has positioned itself as an alternative to Adobe. Brave, huh?

Having recently announced the second phase of their Content Management Solutions, the company aims to help both the individual user along with enterprise businesses with all of their PDF needs, in addition to a few other perks.

Fox Tales

Initially founded in 1996 as a network application company, Foxit Software has been working diligently on the electronic publishing and documenting management tip with intense focus on the implementation of PDF Core technology since 2000. More specifically, Foxit’s most recent aim is to provide viable tools for PDF file printing, PDF displaying, PDF graphic designing, and PDF text processing.

The company also boasts their OnDemand CM Architecture, which delivers software-as-a-service functionality in one integrated platform. Additionally, they’re advocates of the effort to stay green, not only through their paperless document services but also by way of their new eBook reader, “eSlick,” a device that tosses the need for textbooks or other printed documents out the window.

Size Matters

This phase in their new-ish effort promises a fist full of the usual—increased productivity, lower costs, mitigated risks, optimization of work processes, leveraging information assets—particularly for the little guys.

“This…is just another example of Foxit making it easier for the individual and small businesses to have access to paramount document content management solutions without the burden of an enormous cost,” said Eugene Xiong Chief Executive Officer at Foxit Software Company.

“Enormous cost” is probably a slight reference to Macromedia, which tends to charge hundreds of dollars for their bundled solutions. The lighter and less-frills Foxit is, naturally, a bit easier on the pockets. With the exception of one or two, most of the company’s solutions don’t exceed US$ 100.00 for individual users.

And while we admire proponents of the lucratively challenged, we wonder if Foxit is capable feature-wise to stand up to the big bad wolf that is Adobe. Then again, perhaps it’s size that will work to their benefit. After all, one of the most enthusiastically reported reasons to switch to Foxit is its small size, and therefore impressive speed.

The company makes a point to say that you should try their products before you buy (refunds aren't always an option) and there are tons of free offerings if you want to test the waters a bit. 

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