23 Feb 2010

Nuance PDF Reader

Posted by khk


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Nuance (the people behind OmniPage and Dragon Naturally Speaking and a bunch of other things) release a competitor to the free Adobe Reader – the free Nuance PDF Reader (http://www.nuance.com/imaging/products/pdf-reader.asp). The feature list looks very promising:

  • Fill and save PDF forms
  • Annotate PDFs
  • Convert PDF files to Word Excel or RTF
  • Can disable JavaScript
  • 100% compatibility with Adobe Acrobat (we have to wait to see how compatible it really is)
  • Supports PDF Portfolios

Now to the things that it does not do:

  • No support for Mac OS X or Linux
  • No participation in online document reviews

I’ve not spent enough time with it yet to offer a detailed review, but it’s certainly a good alternative to the Adobe Reader. Competition is a good thing, maybe Adobe will take a few cues from Nuance for their next release of Reader.

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