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  • 2.0 stars

    "Disappointing"

    January 7, 2011  |   By humpty

    Version: Nuance PDF Reader 6.0

    Pros

    Nice looks. It's free.

    Cons

    Seven day Nag, asking for registration or upgrade.
    Horrible bloaty MSI installation. Not sure what it done to my registry.
    It's a S-L-O-W loader. All the other free pdf viewers load much faster.

    Summary

    Avoid if possible.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "So far, so good"

    November 11, 2010  |   By Charles Bender

    Version: Nuance PDF Reader 6.0

    Pros

    Appears to be light on the system,and works well within my Firefox browser.Although the Set feature was a little confusing, at first, I liked its capability of capturing images from a PDF document, similar to the "Snipping" feature in Vista and Win7.

    Cons

    Not being a high demand PDF user, I can't find anything about the Nuance reader I dislike. Of course, it only took me about five years to find a problem with Foxit. I haven't tried Nuance with the proprietary Adobe forms, yet.

    Summary

    My reason for switching from the Foxit reader was the crashes it caused in my Firefox browser. I started searching for a new PDF reader, and found Nuance, so I tried it. Overall, I like the Foxit and Nuance readers more than the resource hungry Adobe reader. I was just noticing in my event log, the Foxit reader would occasionally crash my Firefox browser. When that would happen, I would just download the document and open it outside the browser. So far, the Nuance reader has worked well within my browser. I'm a big believer in having a choice, and I hope that Foxit hangs around and makes improvements, in case I need to go back to their product.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Better than Adobe for a reader, conversion not the best"

    August 8, 2010  |   By SAClairman

    Version: Nuance PDF Reader 6.0

    Pros

    Very good reader; used it for months with no problems. If you're not in a hurry, conversion through the Nuance website is OK. I use a Omnipage ($$ from Nuance) if I really want to convert a PDF. Older versions of OP may work and are not as dear.

    Cons

    It's advertised as a converter and it's not. You end up going to on-line service and have to wait for a response.

    Summary

    It's a good reader and it's free. I prefer it to Adobe, and there aren't a million updates and problems. I wouldn't get it for conversion unless you only need it infrequently and are not in a hurry.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Convert option didn't work a all for me"

    July 30, 2010  |   By karenmi555

    Version: Nuance PDF Reader 6.0

    Pros

    Looksl like there is some decent functionality there - but I didn't try it as I had downloaded this for its conversion capabilities.

    Cons

    I realy needed thsi to convert a pdf to word. The convert pdf button simply took me to th nuance website with a link to download pdf reader. I already had pdf reader - I could never find a link to the conversion capability on the website.

    Summary

    Didn't do what I needed it to do. Frustrating, as it appears it had for others. No support option - just a link to user guides.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Nice, but not there yet."

    July 27, 2010  |   By Quiet_Type

    Version: Nuance PDF Reader 6.0

    Pros

    Opened all my PDFs with no problems. Has some good features.

    Cons

    Cluttered interface. Slower start up, and a little slow opening documents.

    Summary

    Although the program is basically sound, there is nothing that sets it uniquely apart from other readers. It isn't small and fast, like Foxit Reader, yet it doesn't have the features and polish of Nitro PDF Reader. Nitro sort of makes you go, "Wow!" Nuance just doesn't have that quality to it.

    I ran into one minor glitch: specifying Nuance as the default PDF reader did not apply the Nuance icon to PDFs (remained Foxit icon). I had to manually associate the PDF with Nuance in Windows to get the icon to change. This happened in both XP and 7. Not a big deal, but an extra step that shouldn't be required.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Waiting a day renders it useless to me"

    July 19, 2010  |   By GERRY RAINS

    Version: Nuance PDF Reader 6.0

    Pros

    Nothing at all

    Cons

    I used this once. When the CNET reviewer wrote that one has to use the Internet to get the translation, I thought he meant seconds or a few minutes. Instead one has to wait for a day. The rest of it doesn't seem to match Foxit Reader.

    Summary

    It's better than Adobe Reader. Ta Taa

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  • 3.0 stars

    "A good product but needs improvement."

    May 12, 2010  |   By Frans M. Hartanto

    Version: Nuance PDF Reader 6.0

    Pros

    Wasy to use

    Cons

    Not better than similar systems.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "A good enough PDF reader, as far as that goes"

    April 15, 2010  |  

    Version: Nuance PDF Reader 6.0

    Pros

    Nothing spectacular, but it works

    Cons

    No particular cons

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A fast install and it works well"

    April 2, 2010  |   By 22starview

    Version: Nuance PDF Reader 6.0

    Pros

    A fast install and it works well

    Cons

    None at this time

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does not work for OpenOffice.org writer"

    March 26, 2010  |   By technickel5

    Version: Nuance PDF Reader 6.0

    Pros

    Great idea. Saves added content to PDFs that already allow entry.

    Cons

    Does not allow entry into PDFs not created for data entry.

    Summary

    I attempted to convert a very simple PDF into doc format, but nuance only allows for docx and other xml types of documents. I have the latest version of OpenOffice.org writer and got a very poorly rendered version of the original document. Since I had downloaded the free version, there was absolutely no way to contact Nuance tech support. The addresses they gave on the "converted document reply" only ended up as Postmaster Returned Mail. I tried support@nuancepdf.com as well as a couple of others. No luck. I wouldn't recommend buying this product. It's a good idea, but doesn't support the nuances of non-Microsoft products. BTW, I also tried to download the document as a DOCX, but for whatever reason, the document could only be saved as a DOC on my PC. A little tech support from Nuance would go a long way here, in case it was my fault.

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