Create AND Read PDFs for Free with Nitro

Nitro is at it again. Way back I reported on their great, free, PDF to Word conversion tool. If you find yourself in need of an application that can both read and write to PDF, then Nitro has you covered there too. Nitro PDF Reader is a free tool that allows you to create PDF files, comment and review those files, save PDF forms, extract text and images from PDFs into separate files, type text directly onto the page and even create a signature “stamp” to insert in your PDFs.

Nitro gives you a LOT for free.  The app utilizes a Microsoft Office-style Ribbon with tasks and tools separated into tabs, grouped by functionality, and represented graphically with easy-to-understand text labels. The interface is familiar, facilitating ease of use. The Quick Access Toolbar  promotes easy creation of an accessible group of shortcuts to your most frequently used tools. Nitro Reader incorporates navigation panes, including Pages, Bookmarks, Comments, Output, Signatures, and Attachments. You can navigate larger documents faster. Panes are context-intelligent, and appear or hide depending on the content within the file being opened — when you open a PDF file containing bookmarks, the Bookmarks pane automatically becomes visible.

Extended tooltips on mouse-overs provide fast help and learning for each tool and task in the app. PDF files with additional properties, like security restrictions, digital certificates, or form fields, result in immediate pop up notices. This option is switchable.

Tools include find, zoom in/out, rotate, undo/redo plus history, multiple PDF viewing, preview PDFs in email, PDF creation from over 300 file types, drag and drop creation of PDFs – simply drag any file onto the Nitro icon and get a PDF. Or create a PDF from the print dialog box. You can convert PDF files to plain text or use the Snapshot tool to grab an image or text to your clipboard. Add notes, markup text, and type text directly on the page or document anywhere. Fill in and save forms, even static forms.

This is not an exhaustive list of features. Hit the jump above to see for yourself. And then ask yourself: Why did I pay all that money for Adobe Acrobat? Go, Nitro Go!