|Founder||Eugene Y. Xiong|
Fremont, California,United States
Chairman and Founder: Eugene Y. Xiong, CEO: George Z Gao,CTO; Steven Li
|Products||PDF software (Foxit Reader) and development kits|
Number of employees
|Over 325 (7 offices worldwide)|
Foxit Software, Inc. develops Portable Document Format (PDF) software and tools used to create, edit, sign, and secure files and digital documents. It is a multinational software technology corporation headquartered in Fremont, California, with offices in Berlin, Beijing, Fuzhou, South Yarra, Australia and other locations. There are about 425 million Foxit users, with sales to more than 100,000 customers in 200 countries around the world.
In 2009 Foxit Software Company incorporated as Foxit Corporation.
Foxit has contributed to the evolution of the ISO 32000 standard and is currently active in new PDF standard initiatives. The company also played a role in development of the ISO 19005 standard, also known as PDF/A, for long term archiving of documents.
- Eugene Y. Xiong, Founder and Chairman of the Board 
- George Z. Gao, CEO and Director 
- Steven Li, Chief Technology Officer 
- Karl De Abrew, President SDK BU and ConnectedPDF Evangelist 
- Phil Lee, Vice President of Sales 
- David Ronald, Head of Marketing 
- Rowan Hanna, VP of Products and Solutions, Foxit SDK BU 
- Susana De Abrew, VP of Sales & Marketing, Foxit SDK BU 
The company’s first product, Foxit Reader, was released in 2004. It provides a way to view, create and sign PDF files, and add annotations to them. Foxit Reader 3.0 offers comparable functionality to Adobe Reader. It is notable for its speed and small file size. Foxit released version 8.0 in 2016. The software is pre-installed on Windows PCs from HP, Acer, and ASUS. Foxit released version 9.0 in 2017.The software is available as a freeware download for PCs running Windows 7, MacOS and Linux.
Foxit has been found to contribute to persistent failures of Windows 10 File Explorer's context menu.
Foxit PhantomPDF, a multi-feature PDF editor, was released in 2008. Foxit PhantomPDF has an interface that holds many advanced, PDF editing and security features. Foxit released version 8.0 in 2016.
Foxit Software released ConnectedPDF in 2016. ConnectedPDF extends the traditional portable document format by associating a unique identifier with each PDF, thereby enabling capabilities such as file update notifications, document locating and tracking, shared and synchronized review and mark-up, and remote digital rights management and protection.
ConnectedPDF is not a stand-alone product. Functionality is embedded within some of Foxit’s PDF software products. ConnectedPDF is included in the latest releases of Foxit PhantomPDF (version ≥8), Foxit Reader (version ≥8) and Foxit MobilePDF (version ≥5).
The company has developed original equipment manufacturer relationships with a variety of businesses. Foxit’s technology is an enabling technology at the heart of Amazon Kindle, Gmail and Google Chrome, and the company also provides the rendering engine that powers Google's open-source PDFium project.
Foxit has grown organically and through several acquisitions.
|Company||Date of Close||Focus Area|
|Sumilux||July 2016||Sumilux builds a cloud-based collaboration platform supporting the secure sharing and control of documents, as well as all the related real-time interactions. This platform is unique in its capability to manage documents even when they are offline.|
|Debenu||March 2016||Debenu, led by a team with over 15 years' experience from Corporate Pharmaceutical as a US FDA regulations specialist, builds SDK technology to help everyone interacting with PDF to "connect" and work more productively, from developers to end users.|
|LuraTech||October 2015||PDF and PDF/A software solutions for server-side document compression and conversion, in businesses and institutions.|
|Dataintro||August 2014||Dataintro specializes in Data Collection technologies and utilizes tools that go from electronic forms to client-server applications to provide products and services, which are oriented to provide the highest quality data to back-end systems for processing.|
|PhantomPDF||Multi-feature PDF software to view, create, edit, collaborate, share, secure, organize, export, OCR, secure, sign and track PDFs. Available in two editions: Standard and Business.|
|Reader||Free PDF viewer to read, edit and print documents and files. Also available as an app for Android, iOS and Windows portable devices.|
|PDF Compressor||Enterprise-scale software for server-based document conversion and compression of PDF and PDF/A-format files.|
|Rendition Server||Enterprise-scale software for centralized conversion of documents to PDF from all IT systems and applications.|
|PDF SDK||Platform-independent PDF libraries that allow developers to extend the reach of their software to different business systems.|
Foxit Software is an active member of the PDF Association. LuraTech, acquired by Foxit in 2015, was a founding member of the PDF Association. Carsten Heiermann, founder and CEO of the LuraTech group, is member of the association’s board. Thomas Zellmann, who joined LuraTech in 2001, is the association’s Managing Director.
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