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PrimoPDF

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Nitro PDF's PrimoPDF is a free tool that converts all kinds of files into PDFs that you can open, edit, and manage with your usual PDF application (Nitro has a free reader, too, if you don't already have one). Some free PDF converters are more like print drivers and only create documents from the Print command. But PrimoPDF also has a handy desktop icon you can drag and drop files into for rapid automatic conversion. Whichever method you prefer, PrimoPDF gives you the choice.

Clicking PrimoPDF's Drop Files icon opens the main interface, which is where you configure the program's settings and options. This compact console is simple enough, though not the most intuitive in its layout or design, though you only need to access it when you want to change your settings. Clicking the blue info button opened a pop-up linking to an online manual, or so we hoped, though what we got was a 404 page, and the Web site wasn't much better. PrimoPDF isn't challenging to learn or use, though, and we had no trouble setting the program's options, including Document Properties and PDF Security (which includes password protection). PrimoPDF can generate PDFs optimized for various displays: Screen, eBook, Print, Prepress, and Custom. The program offers three Post Process options, too: Open PDF, Email PDF, and Do Nothing. You can even designate a specific PDF reader to open documents created with PrimoPDF, or use your default reader. To create PDFs from the Print command, simply press your app or document's Print button and choose PrimoPDF from the Printer list, just like you were printing a page.

If you regularly convert documents into PDFs for a specific use, it's hard to imagine an easier solution than PrimoPDF's drag-and-drop feature, which automatically creates PDFs to your specifications and (optionally) displays them in your usual PDF viewer with one motion. We converted files using both the drop box and print tool, including text, rich text, and image files. PrimoPDF takes care of business without taking a bite out of your bottom line, whether it's your main PDF app or a handy auxiliary.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 1,721 votes

    • 5 star: 808
    • 4 star: 554
    • 3 star: 116
    • 2 star: 70
    • 1 star: 173
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

    out of 225 votes

    • 5 star: 90
    • 4 star: 64
    • 3 star: 20
    • 2 star: 13
    • 1 star: 38
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  • 1.0 stars

    "CAN NOT EDIT PDF"

    March 26, 2014  |   By carrotlol

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    basic PDF printing software

    I prefer to use CUTE PDF Writer (Printer)

    Cons

    Can not EDIT pdf like in summary.......

    Summary

    Just another pdf printer

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Quick and easy to use"

    March 4, 2014  |   By ajmaattuff

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    Straight forward

    Cons

    none found yet

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Didn't work for me"

    February 23, 2014  |   By TisSinFul

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    Wasn't able to use ... so didn't find any

    Cons

    Just kept trying to reinstall

    Summary

    This app didn't work for me. It kept re-installing every time I'd try and use it if I tried to open it with a file. If I just open it without a file the menu looked like it was lacking the features I need. Maybe it didn't install correctly.. maybe it was an ID-10-T error, but I just moved onto another app which worked great.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "dont touch it with a bargepole! open gate to malware"

    February 22, 2014  |   By she11s

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    absolutely none at all!

    Cons

    i now have - for the first time - a screen riddled with popups. This is riddled with malware, bloatware. Worse thing I ever did - and now I have to clean up after it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome! (Need 2 more characters or can't post review)%"

    February 12, 2014  |   By matthewfunaro

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    I use Primo all the time and couldn't live without it. I'm a traveling consultant and it's not always easy to get set up with a client's printer nor do we wnat to print loads of docs anyways. Corporate on the other hand doesn't like to hand out the big software packages as standard issue. I either wait a week for my request to get processed or I download Primo.

    Between expense reports, using all types of software w/ crazy print mechanics, the one constant is converting everyting to a PDF and done.

    Cons

    I've used it so much that I'm used to it's mechanics. If I remember correctly, it took a bit to get use to it. But that's the way it is with all software.

    Summary

    It's easy, free, and such a useful tool.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works like a charm."

    January 21, 2014  |   By drjohn-nola

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    Forget paper. Print anything you want to share to the pdf file.

    Cons

    I tried it on an old XP computer and it would not work unless I specified a target folder beforehand.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great! I use it every day!"

    December 27, 2013  |   By KIKI556

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    Simple programme. I use it from Corel Draw. Have had no problems. In the beginning I had to tweak some of the settings so the files weren't so big etc, but it works great. I have had it installed for a few years without any issues.

    Cons

    None that I've found

    Summary

    If you are having problems with blurry text (as one poster said) adjust the settings - for print/screen etc.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Auto update->REBOOTS IMMEDIATELY WITH NO WARNING"

    December 9, 2013  |   By ballsbag

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    All good EXCEPT when you agree to auto updates, it installs a new pdf reader (nitro pdf?) then REBOOTS your computer IMMEDIATELY WITH NO WARNING

    Cons

    when you agree to auto updates, it installs a new pdf reader (nitro pdf?) then REBOOTS your computer IMMEDIATELY WITH NO WARNING

    Summary

    when you agree to auto updates, it installs a new pdf reader (nitro pdf?) then REBOOTS your computer IMMEDIATELY WITH NO WARNING

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  • 1.0 stars

    "dodge softwear!"

    November 24, 2013  |   By djaste7

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    dodge softwear!

    Cons

    Be ware people,,,,, they want us to upload our document to their website(server).
    ha ha u didnt success with me. People whi has done this should be worried as they could use those information to hack ur lifes.

    Summary

    Be ware people,,,,, they want us to upload our document to their website(server).
    ha ha..... u didnt success with me. People who has done this should be worried as they could use those information to hack ur lives.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great!"

    October 23, 2013  |   By Is_it_good

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    Does what it says it will do

    Cons

    None so far

    Summary

    Haven't had it too long but it has made PDF's of my Word Docs flawlessly & quickly. Also, they are not blurry at all....

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