Nitro Reader

Nitro Reader

Reviewed by Chad Faith

"Start working with PDF files the way you want"

Winner Best software in 2014 - PDF.


The most comfortable solution for opening PDF files may be Adobe Reader but you should know that there are better alternatives out there for a lot of users. In this broader horizon, Nitro PDF Reader represents a worthwhile option that you should certainly take into consideration.

Despite its humble name, Nitro PDF isn’t just a simple PDF reader, as it packs a vast number of features that transform into an excellent PDF tool. Various file formats can be converted to PDF and you can add text, sign or annotate them and even create PDF files. Let’s take a closer look at this very useful utility as we analyze its features in this review.


A simple to install tool boasting a fast installation process, Nitro PDF Reader has a setup kit of around 25MB. After you download it, the installation wizard pops up and you’re required to choose whether you want to contribute data usage and whether the upgrade to the Pro version button should be seen in the tool’s ribbon-like interface after startup. You should be happy to find out that Nitro PDF Reader doesn’t come with adware/spyware or other installed programs and it supports all of the available versions of the Windows operating system.


Functionality and a great design are the key concepts behind the interface of this utility. The ribbon in Office’ style is the default interface as the program provides straightforward functionality with the Home, File and Help tabs. A customizable toolbar that gives you quick access to functions is present above these tabs. Keep in mind that if the default ribbon isn’t to your liking, it can be minimized and you can free up document space by placing your favorite commands on the Quick-Access Toolbar. What is more, PDF viewing coupled with tabs is also supported.


Nitro PDF Reader offers a large number of features and at the same time provides its users with an unmatched accessibility and ease of use. Markup text and sticky notes can be added as well as new text. Located horizontally across the document pane’s foot, the comment pane is highly effective in terms of screen space on widescreen monitors. PDF creation is one of the key features of Nitro PDF Reader and it provides three ways through which you can accomplish such a task.

You can use the Nitro PDF Reader desktop icon and drag and drop files. Printing to Nitro PDF Creator from the initial application, or use the ribbon UI and its Create and Convert feature is another solution. The creation engine of PDFs allows for a fast and accurate conversion. Other features of Nitro PDF Reader include integration to web browsers, zooming controls, emailing and printing as well as the ability to fill in and sign PDF forms.


Unfortunately, only Windows users can enjoy the benefits of Nitro PDF Reader. Other platforms are not supported.


Alternatives to Nitro PDF Reader include the following tools: Foxit Reader, Sumatra PDF, Adobe Reader, PDFCreator and more.


More than a simple PDF viewer, Nitro PDF Reader offers plenty of features and functionality that make it a strong contender of the more popular Adobe Reader.

Winner Best software in 2014 - PDF.

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