Nitro Pro

Nitro Pro

The alternative to Adobe Acrobat Pro in the professional PDF production arena
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For various reasons, Nitro Pro makes you feel as if you were working on a PDF file inside a Microsoft Office application. With virtually all the functionality present in its main competitor, Adobe Acrobat X Pro, and a ribbon- and tab-based MS-like interface, this professional PDF production tool allows you to create, edit, re-design, export, convert, protect, and print PDF files following the highest standards of quality.

Faithfully resembling the ribbon-driven interfaces that we find in the new MS Office apps, though maybe not so neatly organized, Nitro Pro lets you work on a PDF file with the same flexibility as you would on a Word file. At first, finding your way around the various menu options is not as straightforward as one would desire, but I guess it’s just a matter of practice. As far as file management goes, you can open and work simultaneously on as many files as you wish, which will remain at hand in their corresponding tab for as long as needed.

All the functionality you would expect from a professional PDF editing tool is there. You can produce new PDF and PDF/A files using a scanner and the program’s OCR capabilities, converting into PDF existing files in other formats, or merging other PDF files or other documents into fully-compatible PDF files. This includes fill-in forms, complete with buttons, combo boxes, check boxes, lists, etc. You can also convert and export PDF into Office formats, images, etc. Editing text is just as straightforward as expected, and lines and paragraphs will be adjusted automatically as soon as you insert, replace, or remove some text. You can also add text on top of the existing one, as well as annotate, highlight, redact data, and add links and stamps to your PDF files easily. When it comes to protecting your PDFs, Nitro Pro allows you to encrypt (256-bit) and password-protect your files and define permissions for the various actions available either via a password or via using certificate-based security. E-signing is also supported via QuickSign. Finally, the program’s cloud support and its integration with Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Box, will let you share your documents and edit them online regardless of where you are.

All in all, Nitro Pro is an excellent alternative to the many professional PDF production tools available out there, including the one developed by the creators of the PDF standard, Adobe. In terms of functionality is up there with Acrobat Pro and well above most of its other competitors. Personally, I would redistribute the many features and functions scattered around the ribbon in a more intuitive and logical way – that would surely add value to an already top-notch tool.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Accessibility features (tagged PDFs).
  • OCR capabilities.
  • Support for fill-in forms and digital signatures.
  • PDF export and conversion.
  • True and professional text editing features.
  • Collaborative PDF review

Cons

  • Complex menu structure
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