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Nuance Power PDF Standard: An affordable Acrobat alternative with minor flaws

Jon L. Jacobi | April 3, 2014
When it comes to creating and editing PDF files, it doesn't get much better than Nuance's new Power PDF Standard. And with 95 percent of the features of Acrobat at only one-third the cost ($90), it's a bargain. That said, the interface, while easy to use, needs a tad more work.

Gripes aside, before you plop down $300 for, or subscribe to, Acrobat XI, you should without a doubt check out Power PDF. My quibbles are minor and the feature set covers everything the average user is likely to need. It's not quite as good at reproducing complex documents via OCR as Acrobat XI is, but in every other aspect it's every bit as powerful, as well as easier to use.

Note: Power PDF is also available in an Advanced version for $150, which has the Word output I tested. Other Advanced features are Citrix compatibility and enhanced accessibility checking.


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