TopTenREVIEWS - Bronze Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

Nitro Pro has excellent software design and capabilities and is our Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award winner in convert PDF software. Nitro Pro offers excellent plans for small businesses as well as large corporations. This application is one of the most user-friendly applications we reviewed. It is rich with features and tools but remains easy to use.

Nitro Pro lacks the capability to embed audio and video files into your documents. Competing conversion software can include these file types in new PDFs. You can attach external files to documents with Nitro Pro and, of course, images.

Editing
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Nitro Pro lets you edit documents quickly using the Edit tool on the Insert and Edit tab. It works much like any word processor would. Nitro Pro provides excellent tools that allow you to edit objects and links from the same tab. You can also add images and watermarks, or add, remove and replace pages from your PDF documents.

Nitro Pro includes enhanced text-editing capabilities that are easily accessible from its button-based toolbar. You can import text in seconds from many formats. You can drag and drop sections of text, which makes designing your page simpler than ever. Automatic text reflow technology makes designing documents even simpler. This text feature is part of a new paragraph recognition engine.

You can use the Combine Files button on the new toolbar to create a portfolio by merging PDFs and other files. You can also insert images and Bates numbers (good for legal binders), attach different file types or manage bookmarks and links. For collaborating, you can add comments or sticky notes and timestamps. You can also use the QuickSign tool to add your own signature to any document. It's easy to change the size and position of your signature, but it's more than just an image file. Instead, the signature won't cover underlying lines or text.

When you're ready to share, you can upload your documents to a network folder or a management system such as Microsoft SharePoint. From the Protect tab and toolbar, you can make your document more secure by adding 128-bit password encryption. You can also make redactions and remove sensitive data from this tab.

Instead of simply covering the data you want hidden, this software completely removes the information from the underlying code of your document. You can search a document for all the instances of a figure or phrase to make multiple redactions in one click. When you save your redacted version, the application automatically creates a new file so you don't lose the information from your original document.

The most recent version of Nitro Pro offers the option digitize hard-copy archives with a scanner, and Nitro Pro's Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. This makes your documents searchable and editable.

A rendering engine is one of the best features in Nitro Pro. This technology, which draws and displays documents in the content screen, is much faster than before and makes documents easier to read. This becomes apparent in zooming in and out, in navigating and in displaying complex graphics like CAD drawings. The rendering engine also plays a part in layering, which is new to the most recent version of this convert PDF software. This new functionality is ideal for engineers, drafters and other professionals who use complicated drawings on a regular basis.

Multimedia
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Nitro Pro allows you to create and fill out forms digitally. Furthermore, you can add form controls. Creating forms is also possible, but the task is time consuming because this software doesn't have a form wizard, as do its top competitors. Nevertheless, if you create a form using an outside document, Nitro Pro automatically detects the blank fields. Adding these blank fields to documents created outside the Form tab requires trial and error. Nitro Pro now offers Smart Alignment. This feature identifies signature fields and form fields so that users can fill them in with their information.

You can attach different file types to your PDF document in Nitro Pro, such as images and clip art. You can add web links to your document, and there is an Auto Link Generating feature that finds web addresses in your text and makes them clickable hyperlinks. However, this PDF falls behind the competition in its multimedia capabilities. You can't include video or audio files, as you can in competing PDF converter products. It also offers auto-save, which will save your documents at times you have specified. This is a great option to have in cases of computer crashes.

Printing
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In addition to basic printing, Nitro Pro has advanced printing options that support color matching, embedded fonts and font subsets. There's also a Prepare function to optimize your document for the web or high-quality printing. The Save As function is limited to the PDF file type. To get other output options, you can use the Convert File tool to convert your PDF to MS Word or Excel format, or to a text or image file.

Ease of Use
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Ease of use is the strength of Nitro Pro. The menus and new toolbars are easy to understand, and if your cursor hovers over any element, you get clear, concise descriptions in pop-up windows. The Create and Convert buttons in the Home tab toolbar are particularly useful. You can also use the Welcome screen's interactive one-click panes to perform functions without ever using a menu or toolbar.

Help & Support
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F1 help is available as well as a printed and electronic user guide. Nitro Pro's website is also a useful support tool. There, you will find information about the product in a one-page product overview. The site also includes the user manual and a knowledge base of articles on popular topics. If you want to get involved with future updates, you can join the Improvement Program, submit bugs or suggest ideas directly from the Help tab in the application's interface. If none of these options work for you, you can pay for support.

Nitro Pro Summary:
9/10

Nitro Pro is a top-notch convert PDF software solution that's priced right and easier to use than ever. Its speed, performance and high-quality results offset the lack of support for multimedia embedding. You get the majority of the features and tools available in more-expensive applications, but Nitro Pro is easy on your wallet. Because it uses less hard drive space and RAM than competing products do, it's easier on your computer too.

 
 
 

Nitro Pro 9

Pros
This convert PDF software works quickly, makes editing easy and includes ideal security options.

Cons
Nitro Pro doesn't offer a way to embed audio and video files.

The Verdict
: 9.03/10

You can create and convert PDF documents easily with Nitro Pro and its array of valuable features.