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You don’t have to look far to find a PDF application these days, but separating the wheat from the chaff to find a competent and flexible tool is becoming tougher. A few years ago creating a genuine, correctly-formatted PDF would require an expensive license for Adobe Standard, but these days you can download free virtual printers and even generate PDFs from office suites.

However, these free or bundled tools usually only offer the bare bones. If you’re looking for an all-in-one PDF reader, creator and editor, the latest release of Nitro PDF should provide you with all of the features that you need without breaking your budget on a product from Adobe.

With Nitro Pro 7 you can create a PDF from one or more different file types, convert PDFs to other file types, extract key data from documents, edit documents and apply secure access requirements PDFs. In the next two week, we’re giving away 50 free copies of Nitro Pro 7 worth a whopping $6000 in total!

User Interface

The first launch of Nitro Pro 7 will display a “Getting Started” screen which highlights some of the application’s features. You can easily disable this via the Do not show at startup checkbox but it is worth spending a moment looking at the various tasks on offer.

The Nitro Pro 7 start screen

Everything is organized using the familiar ribbon menu that you might find in Windows Explorer or the different Microsoft Office applications and as such the features on offer are sensibly presented. For instance if you wish to convert a PDF to another format you will find the buttons on the Home tab; editing a PDF is possible via the Edit tab and adding passwords and redactions is via the controls available in the Protect menu.

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Meanwhile via the Forms tab you can create forms on your document that comprise of text fields, radio buttons and checkboxes, as well as export and import data to and from a form on a PDF.

Protecting Your PDF

As the PDF format has become more and more widely used so the requirements for protecting and validating the contents of such documents has become increasing paramount.

Accordingly, Nitro Pro 7 features effective password, certification and redaction tools that are suitable for use in all levels of business. Found on the Protect tab, the redaction tool can be used to highlight text that should be blocked out from unauthorized viewing, and removed completely using the Apply all Redactions option.

Using the redact tool in Nitro Pro 7

Meanwhile Digital IDs and Signatures can be applied to a document, useful for establishing trust between yourself and the recipient of a PDF document that you have created.

Elsewhere, the Password Security setting allows you to set various passwords and profiles for the document, each with different privileges; for instance you can set a PDF document as being read-only for a specific password and even block printing altogether.

Combining PDF Documents

It so happens that I have a pretty important PDF-related task which I need to resolve. I have three documents, all in PDF format but each with a different page format that I need to combine into a single document.

Can Nitro Pro 7 help me out?

As it happens, yes it can. Using the Combine button on the Create section of the Home menu, I was easily able to merge the three documents – plus a cover – into one.

Selecting files to combine

The process is simple, requiring you to first browse for the PDF files (or indeed any other file type) and add them.

Following that, all you need to do is save the combined document – with a meaningful file name, of course!

Combined PDF documents

The preview view above shows two of the combined files – you can see the differences in artwork between the strips. Note that you’re not restricted to PDF documents here as you can also combine other document types into a PDF. For instance, you might wish to combine a Word document with an Excel spreadsheet.

Editing a PDF

If you’ve ever found yourself having to recreate a PDF document from scratch because the source file was lost then you will know that this is often a long and drawn out process that pretty much requires you to type the document into a word processor and save or convert it to a PDF.

Editing text in a PDF thanks to OCR

PDF editing tools have been available in the past but they can prove to be difficult to use and expensive. Fortunately Nitro Pro 7 features an easy-to-use editing tool which delivers good results. Available via the Edit tab, you can begin editing text by selecting the Edit button which opens the Text Tools Format view. Using this you can select sentences, append or amend, add and remove images and even watermark the document. If you have problems editing an OCR tool is provided to convert the text so that it can be edited.

As pictured above, right-clicking a block of text and selecting Edit Text will also allow you to edit the document’s contents.

Note also that pages can be deleted and inserted or even rotated – useful if you have a page-sized image that would look better oriented in a different way.

Document Conversion

While PDF is a popular format, it isn’t the only one suitable for e-books. Sadly it isn’t possible to accurately convert a PDF document to all current e-book formats, but fortunately Nitro Pro 7 features the ability to convert PDFs into a format that is more flexible in this respect: Microsoft Word’s DOCX format. In fact, documents can be converted and exported into plain text and rich text formats, as well as images.

A Word document and the original PDF used to create it.

The results of a conversion to DOCX – performed via the Convert section of the Home tab – can be seen above. When in this state, the document can be reformatted and then converted into a variety of formats depending on your requirements.

Conclusion

Nitro 7 Pro is certainly as good an option as any of the Adobe PDF creation applications and certainly among the best of this type of software. As you can see from the screenshots above the results of my own PDF editing project were extremely favourable; this software has enabled me to perform a task that has for a long-time proved difficult and time-consuming.

Additional features that allow text editing and password protecting documents is similarly accomplished, resulting in a PDF solution that is every bit as good – if not better – than anything Adobe has ever released. Download a fully-functional trial now and take it for a spin.

As a special treat to MakeUseOf readers, we’re giving away 50 copies of Nitro Pro 7 worth $6000 in total over the next two weeks. Here’s how you can score a copy for yourself.

How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

Step 1: Join us on Facebook or Twitter

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Step 2: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. Click here if you can’t view the form.

The giveaway is over. Here are the winners:
  1. jplopez
  2. Barbara Brooke-Reese
  3. Barbara Brozek
  4. Perry Lowe
  5. Vijay Patel
  6. Virgil Marin
  7. Goran
  8. Bikas Vaibhav
  9. ermes colusso
  10. Steckling
  11. Trifu Andra Cristina
  12. Srikanth
  13. Richard Davis
  14. Kjell Inge Sandvik
  15. David Bevan
  16. Don Stott
  17. Jack White
  18. Ricardo Mendes
  19. Sieghard Lettner
  20. william brown
  21. Rusa
  22. N. Nitesh Kumar Jain
  23. Ion Popa
  24. Denis Bradley
  25. James Fong
  26. Ng
  27. Ted O’Connor
  28. Chuck Yocom
  29. Marco Marconi
  30. Annie Bracey
  31. James Victor
  32. Henry Van Gog
  33. Sheikh Yo-ass
  34. Emil Pricop
  35. Shashtii Appan
  36. tyler roumas
  37. Gonovski Aleksandar
  38. Adam Tabor
  39. Sharyl Addison
  40. Geezer
  41. Bartosz Chmura
  42. James Elson
  43. Jose R Cairo
  44. Shane Harris
  45. Richard Oliver
  46. John Knight
  47. Jim Smith
  48. Sonny Bass
  49. sueska
  50. Aravind

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This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, February 17th. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

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    February 23, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I've just received your mail. Thanks a lot! Congrats to all 49 co-winners!

  6. Monica Garcia M.
    February 17, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    hope i'm not late!!! good luck everyone!!!!

  7. Manny
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    February 17, 2012 at 1:21 am

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    February 15, 2012 at 10:56 pm

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    February 14, 2012 at 2:23 pm
  20. Hiacynt
    February 14, 2012 at 1:28 pm

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  21. Sunilkmadam
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  22. Anonymous
    February 14, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Thanks so much for this fabulous giveaway. I can't afford Nitro 7 but it is thumbs up for this great piece of PDF editor and much more. Looking forward to own one :)
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  23. Remsen
    February 14, 2012 at 7:23 am

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  24. Mayur
    February 14, 2012 at 4:24 am

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  25. Y2
    February 14, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Thank you for recognizing Nitro PDF. It has helped me streamline so many tasks and made my life much easier. I have Nitro PDF 6 so it would be great if I got upgraded to 7. I work with PDFs a lot and Nitro PDF has been a blessing. In levels of satisfaction, I would rank it above Microsoft Word.

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  49. Anthony
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  50. Guy in Victoria
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    • Jackson Chung
      February 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      Of course, the giveaway ends next week.

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    February 6, 2012 at 8:55 pm

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