ARTS PDF Challenges Acrobat With Nitro PDF Desktop

PDF experts say the $99 application trails Adobe's product in capabilities for accessibility and commercial printing.

Software developer ARTS PDF last week announced Nitro PDF Desktop, a PDF creation and editing tool that gives users full PDF control features including commenting, form-filling and authoring, digital signatures and text editing.

The tool, announced at the recent Adobe Acrobat & PDF Conference, gives users a wide range of PDF functionality at a lower cost than Adobe Systems Inc.s Acrobat, according to ARTS PDF.

"Very few people or organizations have been able to realize the full potential of PDF due to the cost of PDF software," said Sam Chandler, chief operating officer at Pleasanton, Calif.-based ARTS PDF, which is a subsidiary of BinaryThing Pty. Ltd. "Until now, there has been no product with the full PDF production features of Acrobat, including editing and manipulation tools, available. This release represents a true alternative to Acrobat.

"You cant have a real collaborative effort unless the tool is available to everyone in your organization," Chandler said. "If just a few people at the uppermost level have the full functionality of the PDF tool, then the rest in essence are essentially viewers, not collaborators. This product changes that by making it affordable for everyone to collaborate. We plan on being very competitive in the licensing model for this release."

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