Nitro Pro 8 for Windows review: The worthy alternative to Adobe Acrobat

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MSRP: $119.00

Nitro Pro 8

(Part #: CNET-Nitro-Pro-8)

$119

4.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars 2 user reviews

The Good Nitro Pro 8 is heavy on features, has impressive performance, and is easy to use.

The Bad Cannot add multimedia elements such as audio and video clips to PDF files.

The Bottom Line Nitro Pro 8 is a feature-packed PDF program with impressive performance and a dead-simple interface. And with its slim price tag, it is a fantastic option, even over the popular Adobe Acrobat.

9.0 Overall
  • Installation and Setup 10.0
  • Features and Support 9.0
  • Interface 9.0
  • Performance 10.0

With its ribbon-style navigation, similar to Microsoft Office's, Nitro Pro 8's interface should feel familiar and intuitive. The top-level tabs include File, Home, Edit, Review, Forms, Protect, and Help. Click on any of these to reveal a row of buttons immediately below. Large icons along the toolbars make it easy to identify functions, so the program is straightforward, even for beginners.

As for the guts of the program, Nitro Pro offers all of the functionality you would expect from a complete PDF package. It makes it incredibly easy to create, convert, insert, edit, review, secure, sign, and even add redactions to PDF files. Recent updates to Nitro added even more conveniences, like expanded Asian language support, more streamlined conversions to Office formats, and expanded support for third-party applications like Evernote.

Nitro's convert function is a huge selling point for the program. It works in just a few clicks, and allows you to convert batches of PDFs to Word or Excel files, images, or even plain text. If you're working with scanned images, Nitro can easily detect them, apply its OCR (optical character recognition) powers, and convert your images into searchable, fully editable Word or Excel documents. And if you're converting PDF tables to Excel, Nitro lets you choose to export to a single worksheet or multiple worksheets, which is an improvement over previous versions.

With the latest patch to version 8.5 (included with a purchase of version 8), Nitro incorporated a nifty PDF-to-PowerPoint feature. For anyone who works with presentations often, this one-click converter is a godsend. The flexibility that Nitro offers in converting PDFs to different file formats and back is unequaled and undoubtedly one of my favorite things about the program.

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