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  • 5.0 stars

    "Really Outstanding !"

    December 21, 2012  |   By tonester59

    Pros

    - True 64 bit architecture; awesome feature set; I find the interface to be very intuitive ( and mouse hoovers are very quick when you want to know what a specific icon does); and, judging from previous reviews, the company seems to be genuinely interested in supporting the program with updates as needed.( I don't think I ever once got an update when I was using Foxit.)

    Cons

    - I did have a bit of a glitch when downloading it when my AnVir Task Manager blocked it awaiting permission to add it to my Start Menu (that thing guards my Start Menu like it was the Crown Jewels), but after that it downloaded seamlessly. Also, if you're looking for a PDF viewer that takes up less disk space than your 100MB Adobe, you're probably better off with a Foxit or Sumatra, as Nitro sits at 130MB in my system - I haven't used it long enough to tell what kind of hit hit it puts on system resources, but to be honest, I really don't care - this thing is that good.

    Summary

    Well, nobody wants to be the 1st to write a glowing review of a new product version, lest others think you're a company shill - I can assure you that I'm not. (like I really care) But after using 3 versions of the Adobe Reader, and then switching to Foxit for some time, I can honestly say I never really liked any of them (although Adobe 9 wasn't bad). As a non-techie, Nitro is the first PDF reader that not only does everything I want it to (and then some), but does it effortlessly - I never feel like I'm fighting it, as with some others, it just feels "right". The fact that it's 64 bit is a real added bonus, as 64 bit programs always seem to run better on my WIN7 x64 SP1 system. I was actually looking for something smaller than Adobe that could still create PDF's when I can across the review for Nitro and decided to try it, only to find that this is the PDF program I've been looking for all along. I guess we all get lucky sometimes, and my thanks go out to CNET and Nitro for this wonderful piece of software. Business users may want to check out the paid version,(I haven't), as a home user I will be telling anyone who'll listen that this is the one to get & will probably be the last one you'll ever need . PS: Happy Holidays to All !

    Updated on Dec 30, 2012

    One correction I'd like to make is that I noticed that it installed in my Programs(x86) folder, which tells me that it's actually a 32 bit program adapted for 64 bit systems. It does however run as smoothly as a true 64 bit program. My apologies for the error.

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