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Nitro PDF Reader (64-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:

    4.1 stars

    out of 95 votes

    • 5 star: 51
    • 4 star: 22
    • 3 star: 11
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 10
  • Current version:

    4.1 stars

    out of 8 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great product"

    December 13, 2011  |   By lesliejaneen

    Version: Nitro PDF Reader (64-bit) 2.0.1.11

    Pros

    I downloaded this the older version program about a year ago and recently upgraded. This software is amazing and outperforms some of the paid software we use in the office. I could only imagine what the full prices Pro-Version offers.

    Cons

    I notice the program gets a little glitchy if I've had it open for too long, but simply shutting down the software and reopening easily corrects the problem.

    Summary

    I have recommended this to other coworkers in the office.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent product. Easy to use"

    December 6, 2011  |   By bobkaren76

    Version: Nitro PDF Reader (64-bit) 2.0.1.11

    Pros

    Slick interface, Ribbon toolbar familiar and intuitive. Smooth operation, Includes separate free PDF reader if you want

    Cons

    A little pricey at $119 but can't beat it. Best PDF maker out there in this price range.

    Summary



    Updated on Dec 6, 2011

    Sorry, I thought I was reviewing the Nitro PDF Editor, not the reader. Reader is cool too, but comments I made for the PDF Editor are still valid.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does what it should"

    November 25, 2011  |   By bciocco

    Version: Nitro PDF Reader (64-bit) 2.0.1.11

    Pros

    More features than standard readers
    Fast loading
    Writes/creates PDF files

    Cons

    None that I can see

    Summary

    Great replacement for bloated readers that don't do anything except read PDFs.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Not really 64-bit"

    November 18, 2011  |   By Candyman_JAC

    Version: Nitro PDF Reader (64-bit) 2.0.1.11

    Pros

    Opened a large PF file. More than 9000 pages

    Cons

    Bogs down at same point as other 32-bit readers

    Summary

    Still bogs when loading extremely large pdf files. Runs in 32-bit address space, not 64-bit as implied by the name

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works well, and gets you away from Adobe!"

    November 16, 2011  |   By TJayz03

    Version: Nitro PDF Reader (64-bit) 2.0.1.11

    Pros

    All the features you could ask for in a PDF reader.

    Cons

    None known, but I also am now using a portable PDF reader now(Sumatra), but I liked this one. Very user friendly.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great little program packing a punch!"

    November 12, 2011  |   By moodlebrook

    Version: Nitro PDF Reader (64-bit) 2.0.1.11

    Pros

    It fulfills most immediate needs without hogging disk space. The ability to open multiple tabs is a great bonus if you have to work with multiple pdfs simultaneously. That alone makes it my favorite pdf reader. Also, it is neither cluttered nor pretentious as certain other, popular free pdf readers. Start-up and response times are fast; another big plus, especially if Nitro is used for presentations.

    Cons

    The ribbon at the top is too broad and uses up too much display space especially if used with a widescreen; a real bother - there must be a way to make the ribbon narrower. Nitro is also still somewhat glitchy when exitted other than over the file menu - a minor inconvenience.

    Summary

    A great program with the potential to be turned into a stand-alone pdf program if some more editing, e.g. page extraction/deleting are added. Certainly my preferred pdf reader by far.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great for school papers/forms."

    November 7, 2011  |   By BlackGarnet

    Version: Nitro PDF Reader (64-bit) 2.0.1.11

    Pros

    I use this for my sons' school forms I'm constantly filling out. Several times I've found myself redoing them and it was time consuming. This is a great program. I just turn the paper or emailed file into a PDF, save it, and then can change it and either email it or print it. Also, this way I've found I rarely loose all those loose-leaf sheets of paper that were hogging up my desk and filing cabinet. The files it creates work well in Evernote as well. Another thing I've used it for is copying text or pictures from my college text books and making neat notes and highlights, and then transferring to Evernote.

    Cons

    The only con that I can think of are the emails I get occasionally. They are reminding me that if I buy the Pro I'll have more capabilities.

    Summary

    This is a great tool. I only wish I had found it sooner.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does the job"

    October 25, 2011  |   By spielmanjr

    Version: Nitro PDF Reader (64-bit) 2.0.1.11

    Pros

    Its free. It converts files to pdf.

    Cons

    None that I can find

    Summary

    A good little free program.

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