PrimoPDF

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.0
out of 1743 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1.0.2
  • Total Downloads:
    33,449,453
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 26, 2010
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    7.2MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    37,337
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:
    #1 in PDF Software

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

    3.7

    out of 147 votes

    • 5 star 56
    • 4 star 54
    • 3 star 7
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 26
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    out of 1743 votes

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    • 4 star 555
    • 3 star 118
    • 2 star 72
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1 stars

"Adware in program"

July 16, 2012  |  By SpiritualCramp

 |  Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

Pros

It was easy to use and made simple PDFs.

Cons

MSSE detected it as containing an adware program called OpenCandy. Apparently, the adware only tracks you to give you ads in the application itself that it feels are relevant to your interests. Still, it is intrusive. As soon as I found this out, I uninstalled. I will find another program.

Summary

Great for easy pdf making if you don't mind adware also being installed on your computer.

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1 stars

"As a long time user of Primo I'm VERY dissappointed"

March 16, 2011  |  By AntonyPlace

 |  Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

Pros

I've used Primo for years - without updating to latest version - always worked well BUT, since the latest release, I've been getting annoying messages limiting me to two prints before getting a nag screen (how this suddenly occurred I don't know)

Cons

This nag screen prevents any further printing until I reboot the computer!

Summary

Thought I'd update to the latest version but, having read all the latest bad reviews, I downloaded doPDF which performs much, much better (and allows larger page sizes for CAD drawings

Bye-bye Primo, your latest version sucks big time!

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3 stars

"when it works, it's great but tends to get backlogged"

March 16, 2011  |  By jennjoreilly

 |  Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

Pros

crisp, perfect pdfs of original work from MS software

Cons

I've needed to convert to pdf but Primo has responded with a message indicating heavy demand and projected a file conversion delivery up to 4 days out--and then STILL didn't get the file!

Summary

As previous, when it works, when it's available it's great. Communicating a multiple day delay for delivery is just abysmal but at least honest...when the file is is delivered. In my case, it was an out and out untruth!

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4 stars

"useful, simple, pdf creator"

March 16, 2011  |  By fetne

 |  Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

Pros

Simple to use as a normal printer.
It allows you to choose the final quality of the pdf (file size). Useful when you have documents with text and color images and want to mail them.

Cons

Advertises upgrade to paid versions, tries to convince you to register, and so on.

Summary

Free software, may need a little customization, but does what is intended for and allows for choosing the final resolution without overloading the user with confusing options.

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2 stars

"no use to me - limited paper size options."

March 15, 2011  |  By shaunakucera

 |  Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

Pros

seemed fine otherwise.

Cons

no large paper sizes

Summary

i uninstalled this program upon learning that the paper size options were limiting. i am an architect and need to be able to plot large drawings, such as 24x36".

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1 stars

"Adware detected in download prior to install"

March 15, 2011  |  By bjean01

 |  Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

Pros

none, will not try, don't like adware

Cons

contains adware, cnet is shouldn't allow such a thing. It will ruin their rep. I tell everyone to download from cnet cause it is tested for viruses and adware

Summary

Adware detected once it downloaded. Good thing It was caught before installation. will not try, don't like adware

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1 stars

"File won't download due to Adware"

March 14, 2011  |  By tiffanyaliano

 |  Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

Pros

The advertisement looked promising

Cons

Won't download due to having adware

Summary

This link includes adware, where I wasn't able to try the program out

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1 stars

"ADWARE : Don't download"

March 14, 2011  |  By ge_martin

 |  Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

Pros

It's free?!?

Cons

Adware:Win32/OpenCandy

Summary

Got alert from Trend Micro. Didn't install.

I thought downloading from CNET was safe, I was wrong.

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1 stars

"SPYWARE IN DOWNLOAD......GET IT FIXED CNET"

March 11, 2011  |  By Two_Labs

 |  Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

Pros

None -spyware in download

Cons

SPYWARE IN DOWNLOAD......GET IT FIXED CNET...SO MUCH FOR tested spyware free

Summary

SPYWARE IN DOWNLOAD......GET IT FIXED CNET...SO MUCH FOR tested spyware free

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1 stars

"Has a keylogger"

March 10, 2011  |  By iTemperence

 |  Version: PrimoPDF 5.1.0.2

Pros

The product itself works great - Just don't download from this source.

Cons

This download contains a keylogger which steals WoW accounts and passwords. It contains a virus identified as OpenCandy and should be pulled from Cnet immediately.

Summary

The PrimoPDF software is terrific and does what it is supposed to - just download it from another source this one is compromised.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.1.0.2
Version 5.1.0.2 includes support for additional languages: French, German, Spanish, Dutch, and Italian.
General
Publisher Nitro PDF Software
Publisher web site http://www.nitropdf.com
Release Date July 27, 2010
Date Added July 26, 2010
Version 5.1.0.2
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory PDF Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP, Windows NT, Windows 7, Windows 2000
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 7.2MB
File Name InternationalPrimoPDF.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 33,449,453
Downloads Last Week 37,337
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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