I've been looking into alternative PDF creation software such as NitroPDF. It seems like a bargain at $99 a license compared to $300 for Acrobat.

The feature comparison page gives a list of things that Nitro does do, but I'd like to know if there are any features it is missing that Acrobat has.

EDIT: To be clear, I'm not looking for a list of alternatives, I'm specifically interested in knowing if there are any features from Acrobat that are not present in Nitro.

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From Nitro PDF Professional 6 Review

Adobe's Acrobat is a polished product with several features not offered by Nitro PDF Professional (including the ability to create and display collections of related PDF content in Portfolios, redaction tools to conceal sensitive material within PDFs, and multimedia and 3D support).


I know my favorite thing about Acrobat 9 is that you can drag and drop pages from one document into the other. I don't believe that this is possible in Nitro.

I believe that both products offer a 30day trail. Give them a spin and see what works for you.


In Acrobat 10:

  1. Enter key = Page Down; Shift+Enter = Page Up
  2. You can't assign own shortcuts
  3. You can use single-key shortcuts
  4. Every word's search begins from the current page
  5. Separated windows view only
  6. Case sensitivity in Cyrillic's letter search is customizable

In Nitro 7:

  1. Enter, Shift+Enter = Page Down
  2. You can assign own shortcuts, but customizing sc and also buttons is uncomfortable (the list of functions is incomplete and full of duplicates)
  3. You can't use single-key shortcuts – if you'll try, you won't be able to type that letter in a Search bar!
  4. Every word's search begins from the first page
  5. Tabbed view only
  6. Case sensitivity in Cyrillic's letter search is always enabled!

$99 is not a bargain when you consider the other alternatives.

I'd learn to use latex http://www.latex-project.org/ and get the texlive distribution http://www.tug.org/texlive/

Additionally, plenty of software has the ability to export to PDF (google docs, open office), and there are tools to merge pdfs together http://www.mergepdf.net/ (as well as command line utilities such as joinPDF)

  • I wasn't asking for other alternatives, I wanted to know if there were limitations of Nitro compared to Acrobat.
    – Soviut
    Commented Nov 5, 2010 at 16:00

For creation, free printer drivers for Windows abound:

www.freepdfcreator.org from Solid Documents

www.primopdf.com from Nitro


  • again, I'm aware of the plethora of alternatives, I'm looking for specific information on Nitro itself since it has all the merging, conversion to word, annotation and scanning features of Acrobat, but also has OCR and image editing. What I'm wondering is if there are features I'd miss from Acrobat if it got it.
    – Soviut
    Commented Nov 5, 2010 at 16:04

Computerworld just published this review of PDF editors


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