Nuance upgrades its affordable PDF editor

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Nuance upgrades its affordable PDF editor

Power PDF 2 gets a facelift, Windows 10 touchscreen support and a host of other improvements.

Although Adobe pioneered the PDF format, there are several alternative PDF converters and editors that are fraction of the price of Adobe Acrobat Pro. We've previously reported on Nitro (including the way it's used at an Adelaide-based business).

Nuance – the company that makes OmniPage optical character recognition (OCR) software – also has an affordable tool for creating, converting, editing and assembling PDF files.

The latest version, Power PDF 2, has just arrived, featuring a Microsoft Office style user interface and support for Windows 10's touch capabilities.

The new version also takes advantage of Microsoft Active Directory Rights Management Services to secure documents without passwords, makes it easier to produce documents that work optimally with assistive technologies such as screen readers, reveals suspected errors in the OCR process that makes scanned documents searchable, and handles all types of PDF forms, including complex forms created by Adobe's software.

It also simplifies the creation of PDF files from Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Chrome and Firefox, and integrates with Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive.

The standard edition costs $149.99. Power PDF Advanced 2 costs $225 and includes features such as redaction, connectivity with document management systems, and automatic PDF creation when files are added to a watched folder.

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