PrimoPDF

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 1734 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.0.0.19
  • Total Downloads:
    33,238,995
  • Date Added:
    October 08, 2009
  • File Size:
    7.2MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    37,201
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    4.0

    out of 166 votes

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  • 5 stars

    "works great! will tell friends"

    October 20, 2014   |   By KaupStelzer

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    very good, i'm satisfied !!!

    Cons

    I have no cons on this program

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  • 5 stars

    "It's a pretty good product"

    October 09, 2014   |   By MarkusMarte

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    This is by far the best

    Cons

    I have no cons on this program

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  • 1 stars

    "Looks promising but..."

    October 07, 2014   |   By TheFarnz65

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    Free no apparent adware

    Cons

    Very limited selection of document sizes. No Architectural sizes and the custom Post Script size doesn't save for reuse. Printing from Power Point onto Arch E (48x36) causes the paper to rotate to portrait with a reduced document in the middle of sheet. Switching between portrait and landscape has no effect.

    Summary

    Might be okay for some uses but if you are looking to print to large format documents use CutePDF.

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  • 5 stars

    "easy and effective product"

    September 27, 2014   |   By MendivilAgent

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    very nice easy to use

    Cons

    all good, no complaints

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  • 5 stars

    "Great tool, no nagging appearance."

    September 25, 2014   |   By TrilloNieman

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    Great tool, no nagging appearance.

    Cons

    None I can think of.

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  • 3 stars

    "Not bad! Not great either!"

    June 14, 2014   |   By pickycustomer

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    Simple easy to use.

    Cons

    Comes with "Open Candy" malware.
    Scan with MalwareBytes Free to
    remove "Open Candy" adware/malware.

    Summary

    Converts documents to PDF quickly and easily.
    As I stated above Primo PDF Converter comes with
    "Open Candy" malware which MalwareBytes Free
    will remove.

    LibreOffice and Kingsoft Office Free will export a
    document to PDF, as do other office suites. So the need for a "converter" is greatly reduced.

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  • 5 stars

    "Simple programme."

    June 13, 2014   |   By GenevieveRance

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    Simple programme.

    Summary

    I have had it installed for a few years without any issues.

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  • 5 stars

    "Simple programme."

    June 13, 2014   |   By GenevieveRance

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    Simple programme.

    Summary

    I have had it installed for a few years without any issues.

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  • 4 stars

    "Solid piece of software"

    June 11, 2014   |   By CRamirez_75

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    None that I can think fo

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  • 5 stars

    "Quick and easy to use"

    June 10, 2014   |   By IsabelRupert

    Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

    Pros

    I use Primo all the time and couldn't live without it.

    Cons

    I either wait a week for my request to get processed or I download Primo.

    Summary

    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.

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    Full Specifications

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    What's new in version 5.0.0.19
    Version 5.0.0.19 adds drag and drop conversion functionality; improves 'Save As' feature.
    General
    Publisher Nitro PDF Software
    Publisher web site http://www.nitropdf.com
    Release Date October 08, 2009
    Date Added October 08, 2009
    Version 5.0.0.19
    Category
    Category Graphic Design Software
    Subcategory PDF Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 98, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows Me, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 7.2MB
    File Name InternationalPrimoPDF.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 33,238,995
    Downloads Last Week 37,201
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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