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Nitro PDF Reader (32-bit)

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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 an existing document into Nitro, share and comment with others, and securely sign a document. This may sound like standard PDF boilerplate, but it's important to emphasize given that they're all free here, and they all work well. The search utility isn't bad, although it would be nice to see Windows 7-style federated in-document searching. The drag-and-drop took a few seconds to begin once initiated, but overall converting a four-page Word document took about 2 minutes. The highlight tool will switch automatically from box highlighting to character highlighting, depending on whether you start highlighting in an empty space or over some text. Nitro sports a ribbon-style interface borrowed from the previously released paid version of Nitro. This may still frustrate some users, but it feels slick and connected to Microsoft Office. If you don't like or need the ribbon, you can hide it with an arrow that lives to the left of the search engine. You can also customize the ribbon, placing your most commonly accessed tools where you need them.

In testing, Nitro's functionality kept pace with its comprehensive toolset. When you install it, it will ask if you want to contribute anonymous usage data. Users are opted in automatically, so if you don't like contributing don't install on autopilot. Nitro PDF Reader Free does more by default than any free PDF reader currently available, does precisely what it advertises, and does it unobtrusively, rocketing it to the top of the PDF pack.

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5 stars

"Very simple to use while full of features needed"

September 06, 2012  |  By ekaric

 |  Version: Nitro PDF Reader (32-bit)


Have not done much with it but right from installation to opening and exploring I can tell that it's just what I need to be able to sign pdf doc. email them and make my life easier. It has just right amount of great features not to be confusing but very useful.


none so far.

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5 stars

"Terrific program"

August 24, 2012  |  By cosmic52

 |  Version: Nitro PDF Reader (32-bit)


It does more than Adobe and doesn't spy on you in the process. Simple, intuitive, small footprint (82MB). And it's free. No ads and so far no nagware. It's a keeper!


None that I've found so far.


So far I've opened several pdf files, printed, and converted a couple of saved web pages and doc files to pdf, all without a hitch and without having to think about it - it's that easy to use. When I made the mistake of updating Adobe Reader to X version I had all kinds of problems, and had to roll it back to previous version. No problems with either Firefox 12 or Chrome. I like it so much I'm going to install the 64-bit version on my laptop. I might even buy the upgrade eventually, and I'm definitely thinking about contributing to the Improvement Program. I have a basic dislike of any program that makes you jump through hoops to protect your privacy (you know what I'm talking about). So far I'm really liking Nitro.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version
Version includes general stability improvements across various product features.
Publisher Nitro PDF Software
Publisher web site http://www.nitropdf.com
Release Date August 23, 2012
Date Added August 23, 2012
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/Server 2008/7/Server 2003 x86 R2
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 or above
Download Information
File Size 1.6MB
File Name nitro_pdf_reader_32_dlm.exe
Total Downloads 604,516
Downloads Last Week 2,815
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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