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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.

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 Edit, Review, Forms, Secure and Sign, View, and Help are the tabbed options. As in Office 2007, click one to open a row of buttons below it. These controls are where the majority of your actions reside, so using the program is largely a visual experience.

Despite the more user-friendly layout, Nitro PDF Pro's was hit-and-miss. The first time we tried batch conversion from PDF to Word the program froze and crashed on the second document. The second time, it worked fine. Other conversions went well, but commands such as Open Folder or Open File after conversion tended to result in inconsistent behavior. Single-shot conversions, whether initiated via the file browser or from drag-and-drop, were flawless. The trial is 14 days, but the program is otherwise unencumbered so it's possible to get a good feel for it. Because of the hiccups we encountered, we'd recommend not purchasing it immediately until you've ascertained that Nitro PDF Pro does precisely what you need it to.

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