Warning: this program is not known to work on some versions (works fine for me on 32- and 64-bit 10.04
Even though Ubuntu comes with a lot of great applications for working with PDFs, some functionality is not available in the programs installable through the standard repositories, and sometimes people just prefer something other than Evince, Kpdf, or Adobe Reader. Foxit is one of those programs.
How to Install Foxit
Paste these commands into the terminal:
Find the latest at http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/desklinux/download.html
wget -c http://mirrors.foxitsoftware.com/pub/foxit/reader/desktop/linux/1.x/1.1/enu/FoxitReader_1.1.0_i386.deb
Install the .deb
sudo dpkg -i FoxitReader_1.1.0_i386.deb
(or whatever version you've just downloaded)
If you've got a 64-bit machine, you'll need to:
sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture FoxitReader_1.1.0_i386.deb
n.b. -- this works fine for me, though I have installed a few 32 bit libraries.
Remove the original archive
After you test out that Foxit is working properly, you can remove the original .deb file you downloaded with the first command
It should perhaps be noted that the 1.1 version of FoxitReader, which is the one for which 32-bit binaries are available (June 2011), does not have the annotation features of the current Windows version which is version 5.0. You are limited to viewing the pdf, copying text and making an image of the pdf which you can do with other native Linux pdf readers.
Another advanced PDF application
PDFedit is also a popular advanced PDF program.