[Review] Nitro – The PDF Solution for the Enterprise

In 2005, twelve years after PDF was created and became the most widely used business document format, Nitro Software, Inc. disrupted the industry by offering the first, and now leading, alternative to Adobe® Acrobat®. They created a simple-to-use enterprise-grade PDF editor that is as easy to install and update as Microsoft® Word.

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Nitro offers a toolset that could improve the productivity of any modern knowledge worker. The solution can merge individual PDFs into one combined file or create collections of documents that business users can effortlessly organize into the right order. Users can edit documents by manipulating text, changing fonts, customizing layouts, or inserting text fields, buttons, and checkboxes. Convert emails, attachments, and even entire email folders to PDF—or batch convert entire collections of PDF documents into Microsoft® Office or image files in one step. And Nitro creates ISO 19005-1 compliant PDF/A-1b documents to preserve electronic files for long-term storage. Nitro’s high-fidelity Optical Character Recognition (OCR) feature transforms document scans into searchable and editable PDFs that can recognize text in multiple languages. The Compare tool also easily reveals discrepancies between different versions of a file by displaying the documents side by side.

 

Nitro Pro 11's Easy to Use Interface - YDT Review
Nitro Pro 11’s Easy to Use Interface – YDT Review

 

One of Nitro’s most-used features is its conversion tool, which transforms PDF files into editable Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files—all while retaining the original fonts, images, and formatting. By using Nitro’s Microsoft® Office-like interface, users can quickly create interactive documents that open with impressive speed. From there, users can explore many interactive features, including adding active links or embedded files like Word documents, presentations, images, and more. Smart Tips offer helpful suggestions for different time-saving features tailored to a users’ workflow, and documents can be further customized with page numbers, headers and footers, dynamic stamps, watermarks, and bookmarks.

Nitro’s four newest cloud features–combine, convert, optimize and organize–allow users to work with their PDF documents from any web browser. Combined with eSigning, reviewing, and secure sharing, these work-from-anywhere features cater to business users’ adapting digital needs. Apply secure, legally-binding electronic signatures on a mobile device, and rest assured that recipients can do the same, even if they don’t have a Nitro account.

Nitro’s security features are as helpful as they are wide-ranging. Redaction enables users to find and permanently erase sensitive information like addresses, ID numbers, and names—including metadata. To help prevent unauthorized usage of a document, users can add secure passwords and set permissions to restrict PDF editing and printing privileges. Nitro secures PDFs with 256-bit encryption, and Microsoft® Rights Managed Services (RMS) 2.0 integration is standard. Nitro’s security team safeguards the confidentiality and authenticity of users’ data, ensuring documents are safe with digital audit trails, SSL AES encryption, and industry-standard cloud service facilities that meet PCI DSS, HIPAA, SSAE 16, and SOC requirements.

Along with the solution’s rich features focused on improving user productivity, Nitro is known for its enterprise Customer Success program that helps businesses achieve ROI for their software investment. Nitro’s team partners with its customers to create and implement customized change management plans for implementation, rollout, and user training—including access to 24/7 support services, a knowledge base of FAQs, community forums, product manuals, webinars, and training videos through Nitro University.

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Flexible deployment options enable IT to roll out the software in the way that’s best for their unique business environment, and simple licensing terms eliminate the headache of long, drawn-out negotiations and tricky renewals. Best of all, Nitro’s ease of use promotes quick user adoption without the need for extensive training, leading to fewer IT helpdesk tickets and more time for IT to do other things. In fact, half of surveyed customers said Nitro helped decrease the quantity of document-related helpdesk tickets in their organization by at least 25%.

Their 8-minute demo video, Getting Started with Nitro for Enterprise, is worth a watch to see the product in action.

Today’s PDF market presents a handful of competitors for Nitro, the most common and well-known being Adobe® Acrobat®. The product has a large footprint with a vast array of advanced features, some of which Nitro lacks, yet its hefty price tag and rigid approach to licensing have driven some organizations to seek out Nitro’s alternate solution.

Nitro’s solution is lightweight and flexible, offering a more economical pricing model that enables IT teams to offer PDF productivity software in their standard operating environment, rather than tracking and managing different versions of Acrobat® for a handful of users.

As a review from BetaNews points out, “a brand new license of Nitro Pro, which gives users a lifetime’s use of the product, still costs less than a single year’s subscription to Acrobat®.” Another competitor of Nitro’s, Foxit® PhantomPDF, offers a similar price and feature set, but many of their tools, like security and cloud connectivity, must be purchased as separate products. It’s clear that Nitro emerges as the only enterprise-grade PDF productivity solution that is all-encompassing, providing everything from easy deployment to top-notch support and security features.

The company has experienced significant growth in the mid-market and enterprise sector over the past 18 months, establishing strategic partnerships with organizations like Continental, SwissRe, and Toyota Financial Services. Their customer base extends to over 600,000 businesses worldwide. Nitro touts a 97% customer satisfaction rating, counts JLL, Cleveland Clinic, and GE among their many Fortune 500 customers, and has been on many lists of top products, most recently G2 Crowd’s.

Go to Nitro’s site to sign up for a free 14-day trial, or to speak with a sales representative about pricing (including volume discounts for 11 or more users), complete their inquiry form.


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Kelsey Leljedal

Kelsey Leljedal is a web strategist from Philadelphia. She has enjoyed learning about changes in technology since her first web job in 2012. When she isn’t doing research she takes classes, creates art, reads, travels, and takes in the food and culture in the City of Brotherly Love. Contact Kelsey at [email protected]