Ni­tro Pro 12: A bet­ter doc­u­ment work­flow

With full Ni­tro Cloud in­te­gra­tion, Ni­tro Pro makes it eas­ier to pre­pare PDFS and get them signed.

PCWorld (USA) - - Reviews - BY MICHAEL ANSALDO

As Adobe Acro­bat al­ter­na­tives go, Ni­tro Pro sits near the top of the heap. It’s used by tens of mil­lions of con­sumers and over 650,000 busi­nesses—in­clud­ing more than half of the For­tune 500—ac­cord­ing to the com­pany’s chief prod­uct of­fi­cer, Jeff Kreutz. With ver­sion 12, Ni­tro isn’t re­lax­ing its ef­forts to help peo­ple and or­ga­ni­za­tions im­prove their dig­i­tized work­flows.

The fea­tures that make Ni­tro Pro beloved by in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses alike are all still here. You get a com­plete set of con­tent edit­ing tools; re­view and markup fea­tures for ef­fi­cient col­lab­o­ra­tion; form fill and sign­ing ca­pa­bil­ity; and mul­ti­ple se­cu­rity op­tions for sen­si­tive doc­u­ments in­clud­ing per­mis­sions, pass­word

pro­tec­tion, and data redac­tion. All of these must-have fea­tures are in­tu­itively or­ga­nized in a Microsoft Of­fice–style ribbon in­ter­face that groups them into task-based tabs.

Cre­at­ing and con­vert­ing PDFS is eas­ily the most pop­u­lar use for PDF edi­tors, and Ni­tro Pro has long ex­celled at both: It can cre­ate PDFS from over 300 dif­fer­ent file for­mats, as well as ex­port them to Word, Ex­cel, and Powerpoint files.

Where Ni­tro saw the big­gest op­por­tu­nity for im­prove­ment was around sig­na­tures—the com­pany found that more than 50 per­cent of paper us­age was tied to users print­ing a doc­u­ment to sign it. To ad­dress this, ver­sion 12 of Ni­tro Pro is now fully in­te­grated with Ni­tro Cloud, mak­ing it eas­ier than ever to cre­ate a doc­u­ment, share it, and get it signed. With a sim­ple click of the “re­quest sig­na­ture” but­ton on the home tab, for ex­am­ple, you can send a pre­pared doc­u­ment with a per­sonal mes­sage to a col­league. The re­cip­i­ent can then open and sign the doc­u­ment right in Ni­tro Cloud, even if they don’t have an ac­count, us­ing a se­lec­tion of drag-and-drop fields, in­clud­ing the date and their sig­na­ture or ini­tials and job ti­tle.

Other pro­duc­tiv­ity fea­tures have also been ported to Ni­tro Cloud, al­low­ing users to per­form tasks in the browser they could pre­vi­ously only do in the desk­top pro­gram, in­clud­ing com­mon func­tions like comb­ing

and or­ga­niz­ing doc­u­ments. As a whole, doc­u­ment work­flows just feel sim­pler and more seam­less.

Other en­hance­ments—doc­u­ment con­ver­sion im­prove­ments, more ad­vanced dig­i­tal sig­na­ture func­tion­al­ity, bet­ter search­ing—feel less dra­matic, but un­doubt­edly im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity.

You can pur­chase Ni­tro Pro­duc­tiv­ity Suite—a per­pet­ual li­cense of Ni­tro Pro 12, plus a one-year sub­scrip­tion to Ni­tro Cloud— on­line for $159. You can add Ni­tro VIP Ac­cess, an an­nual sub­scrip­tion that in­cludes un­lim­ited prod­uct up­dates and pre­mium sup­port, for $49.99 at time of pur­chase.

Busi­ness sub­scrip­tions are avail­able for cus­tomers pur­chas­ing 11 or more li­censes but must be pur­chased through the Ni­tro sales team.

BOT­TOM LINE

With its tighter ties to Ni­tro Cloud, Ni­tro Pro 12 feels like more of a le­git challenger to Adobe Acro­bat DC than any pre­vi­ous ver­sion. If you’re shop­ping around for an Acro­bat re­place­ment, start here.

Ni­tro Pro 12 users can sign doc­u­ments di­rectly in Ni­tro Cloud us­ing drag-and-drop fields.

Ni­tro Pro­duc­tiv­ity Suite in­cludes an­a­lyt­ics to help en­ter­prise busi­nesses op­ti­mize dig­i­tal work­flows.

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