NitroPDF

Nitro PDF 9.0 review

Nitro PDF is a full-featured PDF reader and editor for Windows, upgraded to meet your needs at home and in the cloud.

Pros

Clean, fast design: Nitro has been redesigned to match modern UIs and fits comfortably with Microsoft's flagship Office suite. In many ways, Nitro is impressively designed, trumping many PDF tools with clear, vibrant icons, intuitive placement of tools, and subtle but intelligent use of color to make important features stand out.

Good value, plus cloud support: Nitro PDF is a robust application in both free and premium editions. Standard actions include the ability to mark up … Read more

Adobe competitors pounce after subscription backlash

Adobe Systems' competitors smell blood in the water.

Having seen the torrent of criticism that greeted the company's move last month exclusively to subscription sales for most of its software, many are launching promotions and otherwise scrambling to win over the disaffected.

"We've put in place our outreach program to users, saying, 'Hey, come and try us,'" said Nick Davies, general manager of Corel's digital media and productivity software group. Corel launched a promotion that lets Adobe CS4, CS5, and CS6 users buy Corel software for the upgrade price rather than the full price.

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Nitro PDF Reader jumps to 2.0

Nitro PDF Reader, recipient of a 2010 CNET Editors' Choice Award, has officially jumped to version 2.0. After spending 12 months in beta, Nitro PDF Reader 2.0 comes to us with a host of big-time features, several bug fixes, and other minor enhancements. Some of the most important additions to 2.0 include:

Web browser integration Now you can preview PDF files from within Firefox, Chrome, and IE.

Nitro PDF Creator 2 As if the original built-in PDF creator wasn't enough, now you can pump out PDFs at four times the speed and with a 50 percent … Read more

Nitro reads PDFs right, earns Editors' Choice

Alternative free PDF readers have become something of a cottage industry in software, and Nitro just rewrote the instruction manual. A company known for its trialware-only versions of PDF readers, the new Nitro PDF Reader (32-bit | 64-bit) does just about everything the consumer could want in a free reader.

The company not only includes essential PDF reading and editing features at no cost to users, but there are no hidden tricks. There's no watermarking, no toolbars to install to get added functionality, no restricted saving. Combine the lack of limitations with Nitro's smart interface and smooth performance, and … Read more

Firewall freebie, 64-bit 'Fox

All you owners of 64-bit Windows computers will be pleased to know that Mozilla is finally throwing your Windows PC a bone. On Friday, Mozilla announced an early-stage version of a Firefox browser compatible with 64-bit processors. The experimental build is available to anyone brave enough to test an unstable, in-development browser, though we recommend taking caution if you do. Otherwise, patience should get you a stable version of Firefox 4 with support for 64-bit PCs around November.

It's been a long time since we've seen significant change to ZoneAlarm's Firewall, but a new version of the … Read more

Free PDF reader boasts advanced features (podcast)

There are plenty of free PDF readers available for download including the ubiquitous Adobe Reader from the company that created PDFs in 1993. But Nitro PDF, which publishes the $99.99 Nitro Professional PDF creation tool, is now offering a free PDF reader. Features include include the ability to write comments that can be read by any other PDF reader. Users can also enter text in a static PDF document and insert a graphic, such as a scanned signature. The reader can also be used to create PDFs, though it lacks many of the advanced features available in the professional … Read more

Nitro is rocket fuel for your PDF

Nitro's new free PDF reader takes the key features that you want in a PDF reader, a familiar interface, and smooth functionality and combines them into an eminently usable program that doesn't get in between you and your documents. Nitro has turned the free PDF alternative business model on its ear by providing you with a smart selection of watermark-free editing, drag-and-drop PDF creation, and tabbed PDF reading.

To put it mildly, the feature set is robust. Users can comment on PDFs using notes and text markup, fill out forms, print to PDF, or create one by dragging … Read more

PrimoPDF makeover small but useful

There's little that's sexy or even slightly interesting about PDF creation, which is why PrimoPDF has become one of the better PDF-creation programs. In the past, it's done the job of casual PDF creation right the first time you use it, and with a minimum of fuss. It hasn't been without its drawbacks, but the latest version--PrimoPDF 5--addresses most of those.

If you're unfamiliar with the program, it installs itself as a "PDF printer" so that you can use any program's print function to convert the document into a PDF. Version 5 … Read more

Nitro's a better bet than before

PDF conversion is an essential part of business. A program that quickly and easily does the job is always in demand. Unfortunately, Nitro PDF Professional still doesn't live up to these high expectations, but it has improved.

Nitro looks like the real deal. It has a start-up wizard that offers to answer any questions and walk users through the process of converting files to PDF, or vice versa. The program's interface has been refurbished to make it look more like Office 2007, offering a layout that mimics Microsoft's button design and layout. Create and Convert, Insert and … Read more

Insufficient PDF converter

PDF conversion is an essential part of business. A program that quickly and easily does the job is always in demand. Unfortunately, Nitro PDF Professional doesn't live up to these high expectations.

Nitro begins very promisingly. It has a start-up wizard that offers to answer any questions and walk users through the process of converting files to PDF, or vice versa. The program's interface is also fairly simple. It looks a great deal like Adobe's PDF viewer, with similar buttons along the top for key commands and formatting options. The most prominent commands are those that convert … Read more