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  • lyndi_wu

    The Foxit Editor I can find as Version 11.2 from here: https://www.foxit.com/pdf-editor/version-history.html

    But for the Foxit Reader, which I actually use, I can only find the old version 11.1 here: https://www.foxit.com/pdf-reader/version-history.html

    Am I missing something?
    Last edited by dsadas; 12-15-2021, 02:27 PM.

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    • The latest version of Foxit Reader is 11.1, the reason why we released Foxit PDF Editor 11.2 was that it embedded Foxit Sign module, while Foxit Sign is paid module that not available in free version, so Foxit Reader is not updated.

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      • The format sidebar man, it is so annoying. foxit why you have to be the way you are. please just add a button to hide it or to move it somewhere else. what is this obsession with rigidity. I am not able to go back to the previous version also. Link is not working. Give me the link to version 10. Please do something the the sidebar.

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        • Format Sidebar Shall Go
          We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused. Actually you can click on the arrow as the attached screenshot to hide the Format Panel, but it works in the version 11.1 or later version, please check which version you have.
          You can download the latest version11 and version10 from our website.


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          • Originally posted by richell_huang View Post
            The latest version of Foxit Reader is 11.1, the reason why we released Foxit PDF Editor 11.2 was that it embedded Foxit Sign module, while Foxit Sign is paid module that not available in free version, so Foxit Reader is not updated.
            So to conclude, Foxit Reader is not being updated soon, and the problem mentioned in post #201 persists. This is one effective way to permanently drive users away to other PDF readers, which has probably already happened to a considerable extent since the format panel issue in summer 2021 and the slow updates that followed.

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            • I made an account just to agree. The format panel is incredibly inconvenient. Whenever I switch back and forth between different PDFs (something that happens very frequently) the Format panel pops up. It is honestly one of the reasons I'm considering switching back to Adobe. It is near impossible to work with. I try to make a comment on a line and the panel pops up. I try to look at a different PDF and the panel pops up. Just make the format panel another option under the Home tab and that's it. Problem solved. Stop with this automatic opening.

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              • After reading other comments, I have noticed that this is a very old issue and it has yet to be resolved. I cannot use this PDF editor any more. I will look for alternatives.

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                • TooGood ,Actually,our product management team have already redesigned the working mechanism of the right panel format tab since version 11.1 of Foxit PDF Editor and Foxit PDF Reader.Please help to give the latest version 11.21 a try by downloading it from our official download center
                  Since version 11.1,the format tab won't appear again automatically when you reuse the same kind of tools again once you have already closed the format tab previously until you choose to manually reopen it again. To reopen the format tab again, please refer to this article.
                  Please let us know if you still have any new suggestions or improvements for the format panel. Look forward to your reply.

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                  • Originally posted by Lisa_lee View Post
                    TooGood ,Actually,our product management team have already redesigned the working mechanism of the right panel format tab since version 11.1 of Foxit PDF Editor and Foxit PDF Reader.Please help to give the latest version 11.21 a try by downloading it from our official download center
                    Since version 11.1,the format tab won't appear again automatically when you reuse the same kind of tools again once you have already closed the format tab previously until you choose to manually reopen it again. To reopen the format tab again, please refer to this article.
                    Please let us know if you still have any new suggestions or improvements for the format panel. Look forward to your reply.
                    Just upgragded from 10.1.4 to 11.2.1 as I was holding off until the comment sidebar was rectified. The ability to hide it is definitely an improvement. Would still like to see the options to put it back in the ribbon to maximise visible document screen width if it needs to be used frequently.

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                    • Originally posted by Lisa_lee View Post
                      TooGood ,Actually,our product management team have already redesigned the working mechanism of the right panel format tab since version 11.1 of Foxit PDF Editor and Foxit PDF Reader.Please help to give the latest version 11.21 a try by downloading it from our official download center
                      Since version 11.1,the format tab won't appear again automatically when you reuse the same kind of tools again once you have already closed the format tab previously until you choose to manually reopen it again. To reopen the format tab again, please refer to this article.
                      Please let us know if you still have any new suggestions or improvements for the format panel. Look forward to your reply.
                      So it seems that this works as far as hiding it - but the bar does not stay permanently hidden. As soon as I click on a different comment, highlight, etc. the bar pops right back out, requiring me to close it again. Is there not a way to permanently hide it by default, and then let us expand it when necessary?

                      Just wanted to echo the other hundred or so users who hate this feature. It really creates an absurd amount of extra work and I am looking at other PDF reader options as well.

                      Thanks!

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                      • PDFUser6796

                        Thank you for your suggestion. Actually there are three types of Format tab, Annotation, Measure and Edit. While using the tools in same type, like Annotation, when you close/hide its format panel, you will not get the format panel until you bring it up. For example, when you use Highlight tool which belongs to annotation and you hide its format panel, then you use the other annotation tool like Typewriter, the format panel will not appear automatically.
                        If you can get the format panel for Typewriter appearing in the same case, please help make a video to show it. Thanks.

                        In addition, would you like to keep format panel permanently hidden for all features?




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                        • Like so many others, created an account on this forum for the sole purpose of registering a complaint concerning the abuse of document space in the current version of Foxit Reader. Why, in all of creation, would anyone think an enormous gigantic panel should be forcefully opened covering a third of the document simply because I choose to type, draw, or highlight portions of the document?

                          What was so wrong with leaving it as it was? Or, at least give us the functionality to move it to the top. Each type of comment I choose, I get different options in the panel. But the panel is so big that ALL of the options would fit into it.

                          Sure, I can hide it. But soon as I attempt to make a second (or third, or fourth, or...), it pops right back open again.

                          Annoying, that's what it is.

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                          • CrashC44 ,We apologize for the trouble. Regarding the difficulties you encountered when using the format panel, I have submitted the suggestion "Design format panel as a floating panel to be able to dock it to the top, and resize the window to a smaller one" as a new feature request to our product management team's consideration with suggestion ID#PHANTOM-17009. I will keep you informed for any progress about it or you may submit a ticket on the this page to give us the report ID#PHANTOM-17009 to track its processing status in the future.


                            For the situation that "soon as I attempt to make a second (or third, or fourth, or...), it pops right back open again.", this should not happen if you are using our most current version11.2.2. As our colleague Lyndi has mentioned below:
                            Actually, there are three types of Format tab, Annotation, Measure and Edit. While using the tools in same type, like Annotation, when you close/hide its format panel, you will not get the format panel until you bring it up. For example, when you use the Highlight tool which belongs to annotation and you hide its format panel, then you use the other annotation tool like Typewriter, the format panel will not appear automatically.

                            So if you could get the format panel for the same type of tool appearing again after you already turn it off in our latest version of Foxit application, please help make a video to show it.
                            If you are still using an older version, please help to update to the latest version 11.2.2 by downloading it from our official download center:
                            https://www.foxit.com/downloads/
                            Foxit Software is the reliable source for fast, affordable, & secure PDF software. From editor to eSign tools and more, we have what your business needs.
                            Last edited by Lisa_lee; 05-14-2022, 03:14 PM.

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                            • Hello All, I'm another user that created an account just to complain about this behavior. That right side panel is extremely disruptive. As other users mentioned, it resizes the document so it's harder to read, and you lose your position inside the document, so it just takes more time to do the same things. The old behavior, where the panel was in the ribbon, was far better. Thanks Lisa_lee for your patience on this one.

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                              • MartinFerrari, Your feedback also has been collected to this report ID#PHANTOM-17009 in our internal system. Any further questions or concerns,please contact us again at any time.

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