Nitro PDF is Best for its Price
July 25, 2018

Nitro PDF is Best for its Price

Benjamin E. Jerew | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Nitro Productivity Suite

As a freelance automotive writer, most of my research and writing is done in Microsoft Office, but sometimes I need to interact with PDF files beyond simply reading them. I use Nitro PDF Pro to extract and remix PDFs, as well as publish eBooks and documents I don't want others to edit. Nitro PDF integrates well with Office as an export plugin, and also supports PDF conversion to Excel and Word formats.


  • MS Word Export-to-PDF Plugin can export one page or a hundred pages flawlessly.
  • One-Time Purchase is better for my business' bottom line.
  • Complete PDF suite allows me to do everything I need with PDF files.
  • Buying current version included next major upgrade (When Nitro PDF 11 went to Nitro PDF 12)
  • Familiar MS Office-style UI.


  • OCR doesn't work very well (honestly, does ANY optical character recognition work?)
  • Conversion sometimes results in artifacts and corrupted sections, but on the whole is pretty good.
  • Nitro PDF 11 wasn't very stable, but that seems to have been fixed with Nitro PDF 12
  • Being able to publish beautiful PDF eBooks has given my freelance automotive writing business the edge needed to stand out from the competition.
  • Currently, Nitro is a one-time-purchase software package, better for my business needs than subscription models offered by the competition.
I downloaded the trial versions of both Acrobat DC and Nitro PDF, and found Nitro to be superior in price, while Acrobat was superior in software features and user-friendliness. I knew I would be using Nitro for basic publishing and editing of PDFs, which both programs do well, but I couldn't justify the extra expense for Acrobat for features I wouldn't use and a slight increase in user-friendliness.
Microsoft Office 2016, Upwork, Toggl, Google Drive, Todoist, QuickBooks Self-Employed, Skype, Slack, UberConference, Wix, Skyword,, Apache OpenOffice, Microsoft Access
If you only need to publish PDFs, MS Office does it well enough, but a PDF plugin is better. If you only need to read PDFs, you don't need anything more than MS Word or maybe Adobe Acrobat. On the other hand, if you need to extract pages, convert PDFs, or remix PDFs, then you need the features Nitro PDF provides. Nitro works well for my one-man-army, and could be implemented easily into small companies, too. The full Nitro Productivity Suite offers document management across multiple users where collaboration is required.


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