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Editors' Review

Nitro PDF Reader bills itself as the only free PDF reader that also creates and converts PDFs. Its compact, attractive user interface borrows from Office, including a Ribbon-style toolbar. A packed Help tab offers a User Guide, Learning Center, Knowledge Base, and more -- you can even share ideas for improving Nitro Reader. Specific downloads are available for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows; we tried Nitro PDF Reader 32-bit.


Create PDFs: The ability to create and convert PDFs clearly sets Nitro Reader apart from other free readers. Even if the competition starts offering similar capabilities, Nitro Reader has a substantial head start.

Collaborate: Nitro Reader's collaboration tools include sticky notes, text markups with comments, and the ability to summarize and sort comments.

Signature profiles: You can create multiple password-protected digital signatures for specific needs.

QuickSign: A single click of Nitro Reader's QuickSign feature will stamp documents with your handwritten signature and return them to sender.


Competition: Nitro faces stiff competition from other popular PDF readers, offering their own combination of features and advantages. Some free tools will match Nitro feature-for-feature in future releases.

Bottom Line

Nitro Reader is free, installs in one go, and does more than similar freeware, starting with the biggie -- creating PDFs. That gives it a long leg up, not only on other free readers but also ad-hoc collections of PDF freeware that manage to do the same basic job as Nitro Reader, but without any kind of software compatibility or interoperability.

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Version may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
Publisher Nitro PDF Software
Publisher web site
Release Date August 02, 2016
Date Added September 09, 2016
Category Business Software
Subcategory Document Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista/7/8/10
Additional Requirements Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0
Download Information
File Size 39.11MB
File Name nitro_reader5.exe
Total Downloads 903,562
Downloads Last Week 1,147
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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