Review: Nitro Pro 8 offers Adobe Acrobat XI a run for the money

And today inside this corner, the scrappy competitor: Nitro Pro 8, a PDF application which costs only $ 120. In the alternative corner hulks Adobe Acrobat XI Pro, the reigning champion of PDF. Many PDF applications have challenged the champion; is Nitro Pro 8 the 1 to pull off the upset? It depends about what the audience would like to see plus to pay for: If they’re trying to find an application which may receive nearly all of their PDF-related jobs performed without several extras, then Nitro Pro 8 is the 1 to root for.

Comparisons to Acrobat XI Pro

Nitro Pro 8 lacks a few of the latest qualities inside the $ 449 Acrobat XI Pro, that was introduced after Nitro Pro 8. While Nitro Pro 8 will create plus edit PDF types, it has no system for creating Web-based types, because Acrobat XI Pro’s companion application, FormsCentral, does. (We might argue which we don’t want Acrobat XI Pro for which either; you are able to either download FormsCentral or utilize its webpage skip the PDF software completely.) Nitro Pro 8 refuses to yet have the ability to scan a PDF plus recommend shape fields, because Acrobat XI Pro does.

Nitro Pro 8′s appealing, simple interface puts many controls inside a ribbon bar.

Likewise, Nitro Pro 8′s digital signature qualities are simple PDF ones: You are able to add a “QuickSign,” that is an image of the signature to password-protect; or you are able to add a digital signature, that entails creating a digital ID, that is an encrypted, key-based file you are able to generate in the application with Windows’ aid. I think some people may get these 2 kinds confused, yet they’re very convenient to set up.

Nitro Pro 8 has no provision for sending out documents for signatures or for managing them, because the EchoSign website which is somewhat integrated into Acrobat XI Pro does. But, considering refuses to need which we utilize Acrobat XI Pro, we can utilize Nitro Pro 8 with it too—or we may employ Nitro Pro 8 with another digital signature url, like,, or

Editing For Content or Clarity

When typing text into a PDF utilizing Nitro Pro 8′s Type Text tool, you’ll today see helpful guides to aid we align the text with different elements—text or images—on the page. Outlined boxes appear because we move the mouse amidst ingredients, plus the cursor might snap to the edges of a few of the ingredients.

Importing an Excel spreadsheet into Nitro Pro 8 functions perfectly, with right formatting (however, no formulations, of course).

However, you must be aware of that modifying mode you’re using: If you’re striving to edit the text inside an existing document—for illustration, to change a person’s name—then you ought to go to the Edit menu, click Edit, double-click inside a paragraph, then change the text. If you like to add text—say, to complete a shape, where alignment is frequently difficult inside a PDF—you go to the Home menu, click on the Type Text menu, then visit the document, utilizing the unique guides to aid we line points up.

Nitro Pro 8′s functions inside modifying existing documents are not very because extensive because those of Acrobat XI Pro, however you are able to nonetheless employ it to do very substantive edits about documents. It could know the font, font size, plus spacing inside a document, plus it might allow you to edit which text because when it were inside word-processing program—with certain limits. You are able to move text plus image blocks about a page, resize them, plus change the vertical plus horizontal spacing inside text, nevertheless the controls aren’t very because fine because inside Acrobat XI Pro.

Exporting the spreadsheet back to Excel causes it to reduce several formatting plus to combine several cells which shouldn’t be combined, nevertheless at smallest today you are able to place different tables about different sheets in the workbook.

Neither Nitro Pro 8 neither Acrobat XI Pro provides any control over image wrapping, plus moving or resizing 1 element has no impact on different ingredients, thus should you resize an image, for illustration, you’ll need to move any interfering ingredients manually. At some point, you must choose whether it’s merely simpler to dig up the document selected to create the PDF plus utilize its application to create changes.

If we can’t discover the authentic document we utilized to create a PDF, you are able to try converting the PDF into another format; Nitro PDF supports exporting to Word or Excel (yet to not PowerPoint, because Acrobat XI could today do). You are able to today export a PDF which contains tables to either a single Excel spreadsheet or to a spreadsheet with numerous pages; inside Nitro Pro 7, individual tables might receive converted into separate worksheets.

Add a signature because a “Quick Signature” inside Nitro Pro 8 or create an encrypted digital signature.

I initially imported an Excel workbook intoNitro PDF 8, plus which conversion looked fine, though naturally, it didn’t include any Excel formulations. When I exported which PDF back to Excel because several sheets, every page appeared about a separate tab. The fonts were different, certain cells had been combined, plus all numbers were stored because text instead of because numbers, yet these issues were easy to fix.

One of Nitro Pro 8′s minor hot attributes is the fact that automatically saves a open documents each 10 minutes (you are able to change the length, in the event you like). Needless to say, that’s just for documents inside Nitro Pro 8; when you’ve employed the system to convert to different application kinds, then you’ll need to depend about those applications’ auto-save functions. Nitro claims which the application creates small files than Nitro Pro 7 does, nevertheless I couldn’t test which claim.

If you’re struggling to incorporate several text to a document inside Nitro Pro 8, the application today shows we subtle guides (shown here by the dotted lines plus “ABC”) to aid we line factors up.

Nitro Pro 8 today involves optical character recognition (OCR) capability from I.R.I.S. at no additional charge; last year, it became a $ 20 choice. That’s a wise move, I think, considering which enables you to scan documents plus receive editable text plus pictures you are able to move about, delete, or substitute. Without OCR, all we receive is a single image file which can’t be edited.

Acrobatic Maneuvers

Nitro Pro 8 lacks most many innovative attributes which Acrobat XI Pro has, whether or not we don’t consider elements like online digital signature administration plus Web-based types creation, that are qualities you are able to access whether we have either application (or neither of them). But for a basic PDF application, Nitro Pro 8 does numerous details effectively, plus it does them at a fair cost.

Note: The Download switch found on the Product Information page takes we to the vendor’s website, where you are able to download the newest variation of the program.