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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.9 stars

    out of 202 votes

    • 5 star: 108
    • 4 star: 37
    • 3 star: 18
    • 2 star: 13
    • 1 star: 26
  • Current version:

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    • 5 star: 18
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 0
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great alternative to Adobe~!"

    October 16, 2012  |   By ritzyrocky

    Version: Nitro PDF Reader (32-bit) 3.0.4.4

    Pros

    Easy conversion of files to PDF.
    All open PDFs in one window.
    Easy to ad annotations to PDFs to quickly pass things around and fill in forms

    Cons

    Takes some time to load on my old laptop - but that may just be my problem ;)

    Summary

    Great product! Get it!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "fantastic product that does as it purports to do"

    October 16, 2012  |   By anne-ology

    Version: Nitro PDF Reader (32-bit) 3.0.4.4

    Pros

    fully compatible with other computer users;
    compact yet powerful piece of software.

    Cons

    none so far.

    Summary

    may you continue to enhance this wonderful product.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "For a free PDF reader this is a truly powerful product!"

    October 15, 2012  |   By shashankgarg100

    Version: Nitro PDF Reader (32-bit) 3.0.4.4

    Pros

    The Nitro PDF Reader 3.x incorporates so much functionality you would typically find in a PRO product. I should know because I use Nitro PRO 8.x which is itself an amazing product. I like the ability to "quick sign" a document, mark-up text, add notes, create pdfs from other formats and many other features in a small foot-print package. The menus are very easy to navigate and very logically organized. This beats acquiring a PRO version for most document management tasks.

    Cons

    Quite simply, I can't think of any.

    Summary

    The Nitro PDF Reader 3.x is a solid product that offers so much functionality in a free reader and far exceeds the functionality offered by other competing products hands down. This is a "must have" product in my portfolio of software on my laptop. I would like to see it available on my Android Tablet too.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best PDF reader out there . . ."

    October 15, 2012  |   By Clete_J

    Version: Nitro PDF Reader (32-bit) 3.0.4.4

    Pros

    More funtionabliity than Adobe
    More intuitive than Adobe
    I recommend to all my friends that do not have Nitro Professional

    Cons

    No Cons!!!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Finally a GREAT alternative to Acrobat"

    October 15, 2012  |   By Sam_SysAdmin

    Version: Nitro PDF Reader (32-bit) 3.0.4.4

    Pros

    Easy MSI deployment. Combustible deployment options. Fast load times. Updates are a breeze. Great, prompt support team.

    Cons

    Only thing I could possibly think of is some Group Policy integration. But that's hard to come by in non MS Products.

    Summary

    For years I've been wanting a Acrobat Standard replacement for our business. And Nitro PDF fits the bill. I use both Nitro Reader (Free), and their Nitro Pro ($) for our company. Not only did it alleviate all the issues with Adobe (Size, updates, security, etc), BUT my users LOVE it as well. They can find the commands they frequently use much easier. The interface is great. The footprint is small too which makes it really quite to load. I recommend this product for ANY business or consumer.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "My number 1 PDF read/create/convert program"

    October 15, 2012  |   By tru nick

    Version: Nitro PDF Reader (32-bit) 3.0.4.4

    Pros

    I have been using Nitro reader since I have discovered it and I cannot use anything else, it's the sole PDF reader on my PCs
    Amazing product :-D

    Cons

    I want to add bookmarks :'-(

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome tool"

    October 15, 2012  |   By loucampbell

    Version: Nitro PDF Reader (32-bit) 3.0.4.4

    Pros

    Whether you use it at home or at the office, you are going to be impressed with the speed and completeness of the tools. I have used Adobe Reader for years and cannot believe what this package can do for free. You have to have it. And did I mention it is free!!

    Cons

    I can't find anything to fault at this time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Nitro PDF Reader v3 is an outstanding product."

    October 15, 2012  |   By hamae

    Version: Nitro PDF Reader (32-bit) 3.0.4.4

    Pros

    Everything someone needs right away is already on their fingertips at the Reader's [Home]tab. The programmers really did an excellent design job as well. Whether it's the quick page size selection, rotating the view, or selecting text for quick copy and paste. It's all there without much clicking through different tabs.

    Adding notes, highlighting text and the text tool itself is already waiting for a convenient 'workflow'.
    Especially the 'QuickSign' option is a blessing that saves even a small business, let alone a larger company, hours that cumulate during a months for just signing a document. Gone are the days of printing, signing, and then scanning it in again. Signing a document is now just a click away.
    Congratulations guys, you did an excellent job!

    Cons

    There are no cons about this software.

    Summary

    Nitro PDF Reader is the perfect tool for quick and fast operation in a business world. Especially nowadays, where everything is so often under time pressure and need to be done right away and efficient.
    As for efficiency, that's exactly where Nitro PDF Reader shines. That sleek tool means business. No fussing around, just everything at hand thanks to an excellent design and layout. Finally a tool that is created for an effective business / office workflow.
    It's a perfect tool for any size of company, regardless of its size and number of employees. Freelancers will love it too.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great product. I like the improvements."

    October 15, 2012  |   By rsachlis

    Version: Nitro PDF Reader (32-bit) 3.0.4.4

    Pros

    Biggest pus for me, creating PDF files from other formats.
    I also like the improved text and highlighting capabilities.

    Cons

    Would like to be able to combine and split existing PDF files into new ones.

    Summary

    I will never to back to Adobe Reader.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best Deal Available"

    October 15, 2012  |   By glipp

    Version: Nitro PDF Reader (32-bit) 3.0.4.4

    Pros

    Low resource usage
    Quick
    Free
    Gives you a lot more than just a reader

    Cons

    Not always 100% compatible with all PDF files

    Summary

    Overall, the Nitro PDF Reader is a solid product. The full Nitro PDF product is also solid, and much less than Acrobat.

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