NUANCE POWER PDF ADVANCED
£140 inc VAT • nuance.com
Nuance Power PDF Advanced is one of the considerable number of packages offering facilities for creating, editing and managing PDF files. More specifically, it’s aimed at the professional business user, so it provides several features that really only apply the needs of businesses. As such, it’s not exactly a cheap package, and if you don’t need the professional features, as most home users probably won’t, then you can buy a PDF editor for much less. However, if you do consider yourself a power user, it is well under half the price of the flagship Adobe Acrobat XI Pro.
First impressions are favourable, with Power PDF Advanced offering the now familiar ribbon interface popularised by Microsoft Office, and which many users will prefer as it avoids having to work down through several levels of menus. This isn’t universal among PDF editors, with Acrobat the most obvious alternative to have stuck with the more conventional menu-based interface.
This is just the icing on the cake, though, and Power PDF offers features which, at first sight, are exactly what you’d expect of a business-oriented PDF editor. In particular, you can create PDFs, either using a pseudo printer driver from any Windows software or you can use the toolbars provided in Office applications. You also have full facilities for editing PDFs although there are certain restrictions, as a result of the format of PDF files. Accordingly, the scope for editing will always be limited compared to the facilities offered in the software used to create the original document.
More professionally oriented features in Nuance Power PDF Advanced include digital signatures and ID certificates for security purposes, tools for collaborative review, the ability to create forms that can be filled in later, batch processing for converting several PDFs without continual human supervision, and provision for embedding multimedia content.
In operation, we found the software to be intuitive and easy to use. We have little doubt that most users will soon be up and running. The reviewing features are particularly comprehensive, proving means of commenting, marking text in various ways and drawing, although there’s surely a limit to how many different ways you need to draw attention to the different parts of a document.
VERDICT: This isn’t the cheapest business-oriented PDF editor but it isn’t the most expensive either, and by a considerable margin. If going for a cheap alternative leaves you uneasy – and if your business depends on it, we can understand such concern – Nuance Power PDF Advanced provides a lot of software for the money.