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Nitro PDF review: A top Acrobat alternative

Updated: Mar 28

As Adobe Acrobat alternatives go, Nitro PDF Pro sits near the top of the heap. The multi-platform editor is rich with advanced tools and business-ready features but intuitive enough for even beginners to use. All that power comes at a premium, though, making Nitro PDF Pro one of the pricier PDF editors in our roundup.

The features that have long made Nitro beloved by users are all still here in the latest version. You get a complete set of content editing tools; review and markup features; form fill and signing capability; and multiple security options for sensitive documents including permissions, password protection, and data redaction. It’s easy to add interactive elements like hyperlinks, images, or document files to your PDFs. You can also add, remove, and edit bates numbering to legal documents.

Creating and converting PDFs is one of the most popular uses for PDF editors. Nitro PDF Pro excels at both, quickly transforming files while faithfully preserving their formatting. The editor can create PDFs from over 300 different file formats, as well as export them to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. It also supports OCR, allowing you to create searchable PDFs directly from your scanner or save documents to PDF from any print-enabled application. Documents can be saved as PDF/A files for long-term archiving and file storage.

One of Nitro’s strengths is its Microsoft Office-style ribbon interface that groups features into task-based tabs. With clear labelling such as Convert, Review, Page Layout, Forms, Share, and so on, every tool is exactly where you would expect it to be. Because of this, document workflows feel simpler and more seamless than in many other editors.

As mentioned, Nitro PDF Pro isn’t cheap. For both Windows and Mac versions, a one-time license costs $179.99 per user.but these are different for each platform.

Final thoughts

Nitro PDF Pro provides everything you need to work with PDFs whether you need to make some simple modifications to a file or are creating documents from scratch. It’s simply one of the most advanced PDF editors available and the strongest contender to Adobe Acrobat DC right now. It makes sense, then, to put it at the top of your shopping list of Acrobat alternatives.

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