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Big Business Supports Aussie Tech but Fails to Give Start-Ups a Fair Go

Appeared in ARN on December 30th, 2016

Research from Nitro reveals the hesitancy of Australian business to buy from start-ups. Director of APAC Adam Nowiski explains this could be a result of widespread lack of clarity on what being a "start-up" encompasses.

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Coworking Tips to Increase Your Productivity and Privacy

Appeared in CIO.com on December 7th, 2016

CIO's Paul Mah shares tips for working more securely and productively in co-working spaces.

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What Millennials Want from the Future of Work

Appeared in the Australian Financial Review on November 29th, 2016

Nitro's Adam Nowiski comments on the opportunity for Australian startups to send employees abroad to global offices.

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4 Ways to Achieve Your Productivity Goals in 2017

Appeared in CMSWire on November 16th, 2016

Gina O'Reilly, COO at Nitro, shares different ways to optimize document workflows and drive greater productivity across the entire organization.

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Five Ways to Recruit Top Tech Talent for Your Startup

Appeared in StartupSmart on October 18th, 2016

The first thing to remember about attracting top tech talent is that it's not all about large salaries and plentiful perks, according to Erica Johnson, Director of Employee Experience at Nitro.

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How Modern Information Management Can Lead to Happier Customers

Appeared in CMSWire on October 3rd, 2016

In order to achieve the cohesion necessary to enhance customer experience and satisfaction, we must lay the groundwork for effective information management and document collaboration, writes Nitro COO Gina O'Reilly.

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The Outdated Business Practice That's Sabatoging Your IT Budget

Appeared in BetaNews on September 13th, 2016

In today’s world, paper is one of the most prevalent, inefficient, and needlessly expensive factors to plague enterprises. Yet most companies are unaware of the costs created from printing processes.

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Three Ways to Modernize Your Document Processes & Improve ROI

Appeared in CMSWire on August 25th, 2016

In today's metrics-driven digital landscape, it's worthwhile to evaluate if antiquated document processes are hindering you from maximizing your productivity, effectiveness, and overall success.

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Milennials Skeptical of Security and Less Savvy than Baby Boomers, Says Survey

Appeared in CIO on August 22nd, 2016

Feeling unable to improve their own security and privacy, many seem to just accept the situation, and rarely bother with the hassles of changing their behavior.

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Improve Employee Morale and Save Money by Going Green

Appeared in Entrepreneur on July 25th, 2016

The topic of the paperless office still elicits many eye rolls and is treated as something unattainable - dismissible, even - when in fact, corporate sustainability has emerged as a fundamental part of 21st century business strategy.

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What is the Future of the CIO?

Appeared in Australian Anthill on June 28th, 2015

From an IT perspective, powerful notions like 'innovate,' 'disrupt,' and 'transform' can sound like a huge undertaking, carry with them exorbitantly expensive connotations, and lack a definitive set of actions. So, then, how does an organization approach digital transformation?

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Why Digital Transformation Won't Kill Your Paper Problem, and Three Things You Can Do About It

Appeared in ITProPortal on June 25th, 2016

Digital transformation isn't just a fancy way to say "go paperless," but rather a core strategy through which businesses achieve significantly improved customer experience, speed, and insight by digitizing information and processes.

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You Really Can Have a Global Business and Tight-Knit Team

Appeared in Shorpress on June 8th, 2016

It might be possible to start a venture with staff who are based all over the world, but can your employees really pull together effectively when they're separated by thousands of kilometers?

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The Digital Transformation Paper Trail

Appeared in Diginomica on June 2nd, 2016

Diginomica's Barb Mosher Zinck shares her chat with Nitro about their research on document-based inefficiencies.

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An Australian Startup Coach Shares His Advice to Creating a High Performance Team

Appeared in Business Insider Australia on May 23rd, 2016

Mark Bragg, Nitro's new Performance and Leadership Coach, discusses his appointment and why other startups should consider making similar roles available.

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Aussie Start-Up Nitro Sees Opportunities in Singapore

Appeared in ARN on May 12th, 2016

Aussie start-up Nitro, has jumped at the chance to expand its business into Singapore.

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Are Paper Documents Killing Small Business Collaboration?

Appeared in Small Business Computing on March 10, 2016

Physical, paper-based processes are comparatively slow and can incur high costs in terms of supplies and lost productivity. Essentially, they are "subject to the friction of the physical world," says Sam Thorpe, Director of Product Strategy at Nitro.

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What Dublin Needs to Do to Make Itself More Attractive to Tech Companies Like Ours

Appeared in the Irish Independent on March 3, 2016

In 2015 'Forbes' magazine rated Ireland as the fourth best country in the world in which to do business. But while Ireland has made great strides, Dublin still has some way to go before it can truly compete on the global stage.

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PDF Software Provides a Blueprint for for Success

Appeared in CIO Insight on February 25, 2016

“We can’t imagine a world without Nitro in our business—we wouldn’t be able to do any of the things we need to get done with PDF documents,” said Nitro customer John Plecki of Stock Development.

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Why Nitro Ditched HR for the Employee Experience

Appeared in Inside HR on February 23, 2016

Commercial software development company Nitro has dispensed with traditional HR and embraced a new model around the employee experience in a bid to drive better business results, according to its COO, Gina O’Reilly.

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IT Trends for 2016? Data Management, That's the Main One [infographic]

Appeared in Silicon Republic on February 22, 2016

A new report from Nitro points towards security and cloud computing as two primary targets for businesses’ IT departments this year, with data management, of course, a priority.

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Improving Business Productivity Through PDF Technology

Appeared in IT Business Edge on February 8, 2016

PDFs have the second largest install-base in the world, second only to browsers. This pervasiveness brings with it some common misconceptions.

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An award-winning Silicon Valley CFO on when your startup should go public and why it’s a stepping stone not a finish line

Appeared in Startup Smart on February 2, 2016

IPO is one step along the road to being a successful company," says Peter Bardwick, Nitro's CFO. "You're just starting off on your journey.

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What Makes a Tech Hub?

Appeared in IT Pro Portal on January 22, 2016

Tech hub' is a term we hear bandied about often, but how is it actually defined?

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Capitalizing on Rapid Growth: One CTO's Strategy

Appeared in The Enterprisers Project on January 5, 2016

How can technology leaders cope with rapid business growth? In this interview, Nitro CTO Tiho Bajic explains his strategy.

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Is Your Business Ready for 2016?

Appeared in Business Review Europe and Middle East Magazine on January 4, 2016

This article explores what we see as the biggest priorities for businesses in 2016, and how next year leaders can improve practices and workflows in an efficient way.

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What are IT's Top Priorities for 2016?

Appeared in Compare the Cloud On December 15, 2015

In this article we'll talk about what we see as the top three priorities for businesses in 2016, with a particular focus on IT management, and how the management teams of next year can improve on their business practices.

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Startups to Watch: Bigcommerce, Canva, Nitro and more

Appeared in The Australian On December 10, 2015

“PDF in many organisations has become a place where documents go to die,” CEO Sam Chandler says. “Document productivity and workflow is totally broken in the modern enterprise. We have to reinvent it.”

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The Five-Minute CIO: Roland Tritsch, Nitro

Appeared in Silicon Republic On December 4, 2015

“At Nitro we are pushing some of the biggest trends in the industry to unleash the value behind them for our customers,” says Roland Tritsch, vice president of infrastructure engineering at Nitro.

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Nitro Doubles Down on Dublin as Tech Talent Hub, Boosts Engineering Team with Two Senior Hires

Appeared in Irish Tech News on November 23, 2015

In this new role based out of Nitro's growing Dublin office, Roland Tritsch, Nitro's new VP of Infrastructure Engineering, will lead the global infrastructure engineering function, which to date has been primarily located in the company's San Francisco headquarters.

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The 3 S's That Should Be Top of Every Organisation's Priorities

Appeared in IT Pro Portal on November 12, 2015

As we near the end of 2015, we are seeing a greater content sprawl than ever before, with more content being produced in the workplace in an ever-widening set of locations. The knock-on effect is that many businesses are having to deal with compromised security, poor sustainability practices and a decline in staff productivity.

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Nitro Acquires Marketing Technology Vendor doxIQ

Appeared in Fierce Content Management on October 28, 2015

Document-productivity vendor Nitro scooped up enterprise software company DoxIQ this month to keep its momentum going to become a cloud-based smart document services vendor. Nitro was founded in 2005 while DoxIQ has only been on the scene a scant 18 months.

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Over 60% Annoyed with Luddites at Work: What Type of Office Worker are You?

Appeared in Business Matters Magazine on October 26, 2015

Collaboration plays a key role in most team-based organisations, with teams working together on the same set of documents and sharing feedback via email or even on paper.

Here's six of the most common types of office collaborators: do you recognise your colleagues or even… yourself?

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Nitro Founder Sam Chandler is Bullish on Australia's Tech Startup Future

Appeared in Forbes Asia on October 23, 2015

Despite being headquartered in San Francisco, Sam Chandler, Founder and CEO of Nitro, still maintains close links back to his roots in Australia. For a long time, he has been a passionate advocate for change that would see Australia catapult itself to become one of the worlds most innovative and entrepreneurial countries. He argues those changes can't wait; otherwise the future will be bleak.

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Document Management Company Nitro Acquires Enterprise Software Company doxIQ

Appeared in the Silicon Valley Business Journal on October 23, 2015

Document management company Nitro acquired enterprise software company doxIQ on Thursday.
The San Francisco-based Nitro is currently transitioning into a cloud-based provider of smart document services. The company has raised $21.6 million in venture capital funding from firms like Battery Ventures and Starfish Ventures.

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What Type of Office Worker are You?

Appeared in The Telegraph on October 20, 2015

Workplaces are wonderful things, with people of all personality types forced to spend all day working in close proximity.

Some employers are placing more emphasis on ensuring they create teams of staff that work well together, with workplace personality testing estimated to be a $500m per year industry in the US.

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"Walking the Walk" - Julie Bishop Visits Aussie Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley

Appeared in Startup Smart on October 12, 2015

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has met with a group of Australian entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley to discuss the various challenges and opportunities that surround the startup ecosystem.

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Easier to Be More Diverse from the Start, says Nitro's Sam Chandler

Appeared in Startup Smart on October 8, 2015

The earlier you start thinking about diversity in your startup the easier it will be to naturally grow a diverse team in the long run, according to Nitro Founder Sam Chandler.

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Sandberg Continues to Lean In

Appeared in InnovationAus.com on October 6, 2015

When Facebook Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg, wrote in the Wall St Journal last week that it would take women 100 years to achieve gender equality in the C-suite unless corporates lift their game, she knew it would generate headlines.

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The Benefits of the Cloud for SMEs

Appeared in Think Big Grow Fast on October 2, 2015

The business buzzword for the past few years has undoubtedly been the cloud. It has been utilised by organisations of all size and across all industries in their pursuit to ensure flexibility, increased collaboration and security.

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Three Reasons Engineers are More Valuable to Aussie Startups Than Just Their Tech Skills

Appeared in Business Insider on September 30, 2015

It's no surprise Silicon Valley has retained its place as the startup capital of the world in the recently released Global Startup Ecosystem Report. While the potential to replicate this environment in Australia is strong, a lack of growth has caused Sydney and Melbourne's startup scenes drop down a few places in the report's global rankings.

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Interview: Sam Chandler, Founder of Nitro

Appeared on Lateline on September 29, 2015

I think talent that can and will work anywhere in the world wants to come here [Australia]. So we do have a unique opportunity in front of us and I do feel confident with the new administration that we're going to seize it.

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4 Leaders Talk About the Key Barriers to More Women Working in IT

Appeared in Women's Agenda on September 29, 2015

As you are probably aware, rhetoric around the number of women working in the Australian technology industry has heightened in recent months; however, recent ABS figures reveal that women still only represent 24 percent of the total technology industry workforce in Australia.

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Companies Failing to Harness Power of Document Collaboration

Appeared in Irish Tech News on September 28, 2015

A new survey carried out by document productivity company Nitro has found that one third of businesses waste time on document review and approval every day, clogging up colleagues' desks and leaving workers idle. In fact businesses are losing up to 21% of their productivity as a result of poor document management.

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The Greening of Silicon Valley

Appeared in the Sunday Independent on September 20, 2015

Business editor Nick Webb travelled to sunny California for Dreamforce 2015 – the biggest software conference on the planet – to meet some of the Irish people making waves in Silicon Valley.

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Top Applications to Install on Windows 10

Appeared in Boosh on September 15, 2015

If you haven't decided yet which applications to install on your Windows 10 device, below you'll find a list of suggestions, but we're pretty sure that you'll want to download them immediately.

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Productivity is More Than Just a Buzzword

Appeared in Business First Magazine on August 8, 2015

Despite the progress of the knowledge economy in the first world, businesses remain stuck on the concept of ‘productivity,' writes Sam Thorpe, Director of Product at Nitro.

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Business Showcase: Nitro

Appeared in Irish Tech News on August 5, 2015

Writer Simon Cocking interviews Nitro's new—and first ever—CFO, Peter Bardwick.

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Startup Grind with Nitro's Sam Chandler

Appeared on Startup Grind Sydney on August 5, 2015

Nitro's CEO, Sam Chandler, sat down with the host of Startup Grind Sydney to discuss Nitro's past, present, and future.

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Seven Ways to Curb Your Startup's Spending

Appeared in Startup Smart on July 22, 2015

Your startup needs to be free from unnecessary spending if it is ever going to thrive. It's not too late to get ahead in 2015 by prioritising costs that add real value and eliminating everything else!

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Nitro Appoints CFO with Two Billion-Dollar IPOs on His CV

Appeared in BRW on July 14, 2015

Chandler says an IPO has always been a long-term plan for Nitro and the appointment of Peter Bardwick, formerly CFO of Rocket Fuel, would help achieve that goal when the timing was right.

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How One Dodgy Product Update Almost Killed Adobe-Challenger Nitro

Appeared in BrisbaneTimes.com on on June 29, 2015

Making millions and employing hundreds of staff is still not enough to help Sam Chandler forget the many sleepless nights he spent desperately trying to find a way to save his company that didn't involve firing most of his team.

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The Paradigm Shift of Digital Transformation

Appeared in Technology Decisions on on June 29, 2015

Old business models and methods are tumbling as digital transformation changes the world.

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15 Years of eSignatures: Time to Toss Your Pen?

Appeared in CMSWire on on June 23, 2015

Get out the birthday candles. June 30 is National E-Sign Day and the 15th birthday of the US National E-Sign Act, which declared paper signatures and electronic signatures equal under federal law.

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Nitro Pro 10 [Review]

Appeared in BetaNews on June 14, 2015

Nitro Pro 10 continues to evolve at a steady pace, adding -- on the whole -- useful tools to its burgeoning feature set.

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Nitro Announces Release of Nitro Pro 10 and Pro+ 10

Appeared in Fierce Content Management on June 10, 2015

While each company brings different things to the table, Nitro's less-is-more approach is a highly viable alternative to enormous - and enormously expensive - options like Adobe and other vendors in the space.

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Nitro Pro 10.5.2.11: Powerful PDF Creation, Editing and Management Tool

Appeared in TechCentral.IE on June 9, 2015

In the past, actually editing a PDF document meant an expensive purchase, but now Nitro Pro brings all the advanced functionality you need within the reach of individuals and small businesses too.

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Nitro Pro 10 Arrives, Gains Batch Automation Tool, PDF Portfolio Creation

Appeared in BetaNews on June 9, 2015

More than 18 months since its last major release, Nitro has launched a major new version of its award-winning 'Acrobat alternative' tool for creating, editing and converting PDFs: Nitro Pro 10.

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Simple Lessons on E-Signatures [Infographic]

Appeared in CMSWire on April 30, 2015

In the past few months, we've heard a lot of speculation why e-signature software has been so slow to gain traction — from legal and security issues to worker resistance and misunderstandings about how to use them.

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eSignatures--Separating Fact from Fiction to Save Businesses Money

Appeared in Authenticity Rules on June 8, 2015

What if I told you that one crucial business process has remained unchanged for hundreds, if not thousands of years, and costs businesses worldwide millions?

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Why is Business Productivity Dragging?

Appeared in Cloud Computing Intelligence on June 5, 2015

In the era of cloud computing and laptop, smartphone, and tablet use, there is really no reason for workers in any business to continue adopting poor productivity practices.

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Desktop to SaaS

Appeared on Business 2 Community on June 3, 2015

With all the talk about cloud computing and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), It's easy to overlook the desktops that have served us so faithfully over the years. But make no mistake, there's plenty of innovation still happening on the desktop.

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Simple Lessons on E-Signatures [Infographic]

Appeared in CMSWire on April 30, 2015

In the past few months, we've heard a lot of speculation why e-signature software has been so slow to gain traction — from legal and security issues to worker resistance and misunderstandings about how to use them.

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Nitro's Explosion of Functionality Adds Up for Accounting Firm

Appeared in The Australian on June 2, 2015

Mackenzie Strategic opted for Nitro Pro, which is a secure, scalable and comprehensive PDF solution for businesses of any size.

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Is California the New Promised Land for Aussie Tech Startups?

Appeared in InTheBlack on June 1, 2015

Australian technology start-ups continue to set up shop in and around San Francisco in search of more lucrative markets, a deeper talent pool and a dynamic investment culture. But as expenses escalate, is the area losing its lustre?

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Fixing Engineering's Loyalty and Longevity Problem

Appeared in Firstround Review on May 19, 2015

As CTO of cloud document productivity company Nitro, Tiho Bajic has learned that the most effective engineering culture isn't about long hours and constant sprints — it's about striking a smart balance.

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Budget 2015: Opinion -- Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

Appeared in ARN on May 13, 2015

“While these proposed changes are great for small business, the package will have little impact on start-ups and little impact on job creation, economic growth and Australia's position on the global stage," said Nitro CEO Sam Chandler.

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Federal Budget 2015: Tax Changes Welcome...but Government Still Doesn't Get Startups

Appeared in AFR on May 13, 2015

Australian tech startups have welcomed a suite of employment and tax tweaks, but warned the Australian government is still failing to understand high-growth technology companies.

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Four Reasons Why Corporate Values are Codswallop

Appeared in AFR on May 8, 2015

Values statements are seen as so central to corporate culture that most of us--at least in theory--are hired, fired, promoted or rewarded depending on how we meet them. What a shame, then, that most are codswallop.

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Simple Lessons on E-Signatures [Infographic]

Appeared in CMSWire on April 30, 2015

In the past few months, we've heard a lot of speculation why e-signature software has been so slow to gain traction — from legal and security issues to worker resistance and misunderstandings about how to use them.

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Weighing the pros and cons of eSignatures

Appeared in Fierce Content Management on April 29, 2015

Besides efficient signature gathering, what else do e-signatures bring to the table? Plenty, says Nitro. They help companies meet customer and client demands for digital interactions and are also useful for mobile device-oriented interactions.

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How cloud computing has created a productivity software storm

Appeared in Cloud Computing Intelligence on April 23, 2015

Much of the excitement around cloud technology is based on the door it opens to the quick adoption of other business intelligence tools. It is clearly one of the main forces driving the explosive growth of productivity software.

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Spotlight: Nitro CEO is so over PDFs

Appeared in Fierce Content Management on March 25, 2015

Nitro CEO Sam Chandler says the technology behind document management software is finally at a point where PDFs can take a back seat to other collaboration tools.

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3 simple ways to improve document productivity

Appeared in Business Insider on March 22, 2015

A new survey by Nitro, a document productivity company, and PDF Association has revealed three ways in which individuals and businesses can simplify procedures and effectively leverage the proper tools to improve document efficiency and enhance workplace productivity.

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A decade of Nitro: Sam Chandler reflects on the dawn of Australia's startup ecosystem

Appeared in SmartCompany on March 22, 2015

Sam Chandler says the growing Australian ecosystem has made a night and day difference to launching a tech company, nearly a decade after he founded Nitro in May 2005.

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The Interview: Sam Chandler, Founder and CEO, Nitro

Appeared in Silicon Republic on March 19, 2015

“The way a lot of people still work with documents today is really, unfortunately, the way they worked with documents in the 1990s. Many of us are still sharing documents like it is 1999."

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From hard cash to dream vacations, here are tech firms' top referral bonuses and bounties

Appeared in SF Business Times on March 10, 2015

Companies are throwing out big perks and bounties to employees who can help them lasso fresh talent or poach it away from the competition.

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How I work: Sam Chandler, Founder and CEO of Nitro

Appeared in Lifehacker UK on March 6, 2015

The How I Work series finds out how leading figures from tech, commerce, industry, the public sector and not-for-profit groups get things done so you can be inspired, too.

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The explosive growth of Productivity Software

Appeared in Computer Business Review on March 5, 2015

Although we're still waiting on the exact growth figures, anecdotal evidence backs the predictions many people made in January of last year that productivity software was going to be one of 2014's major technology trends.

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Are You Managing Documents Like It's 1990? [Infographic]

Appeared in CMSWire on March 4, 2015

More than a third of us are working with documents and collaborating the old fashioned way, via email, printing and editing, hand signing and scanning — you get the idea. 

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Aussies know rugby, Uggs and Shiraz. But tech?

Appeared in CNBC on March 3, 2015

Australian tech companies with names like Atlassian, Nitro, 99designs and Invoice2go have been growing rapidly since opening shop in the San Francisco area and are luring big time venture capitalists eager to ride the wave.

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Nitro signs up AIB as 500,000th customer

Appeared in Business and Leadership on February 24, 2015

Document and workflow solutions provider Nitro has secured a contract with AIB to roll out a solution to over 1,000 employees, meaning it has reached the milestone of 500,000 customers globally.

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Nitro hires LinkedIn marketing chief in push to take down Adobe

Appeared in AFR on February 23, 2015

The Australian technology start-up Nitro, which is making a push to crack Adobe's dominance in document creation, has hired three marketing, sales and science veterans including LinkedIn's former marketing head, as it looks to grow its brand awareness.

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Nitro launches recruitment advertising drive in Dublin

Appeared in Business and Leadership on February 20, 2015

The Nitro culture is built on hard work and good times, indeed in a ‘happiness' study conducted of Dublin staff recently over 80pc of respondents used the word culture to explain why they love working for Nitro.

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The Influence of Engineering Culture on the Startup Economy

Appeared in WeWork on February 19, 2015

The reason for engineering culture's growing influence is very simple: the foundation of any successful technology company is a thriving development environment and infrastructure. 

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Here are 17 Australian startups that had a cracking 2014

Appeared in Business Insider Australia on February 5, 2015

2014 saw some great local startups thrive in the Australian marketplace, with many entrepreneurs reaping the rewards of developing a successful business.

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Nitro Pro 9 review: a great value PDF editor which gives Adobe Acrobat a run for its money

Appeared in PC Advisor on January 30, 2015

If you want a fully featured PDF editor that's easy to use and cheaper than Acrobat XI Pro, Nitro PDF is not to be missed. Here's our Nitro Pro 9 review.

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Five Facts you didn't know about PDF

Appeared in Business First on January 9, 2015

The PDF is a more powerful tool than many people realise, and is packed with an arsenal of built-in features to simplify digital document workflows.

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Nitro: From Down Under to Over $15m

Appeared in CMS Wire on November 5, 2014

Document productivity company Nitro… will beef up its San Francisco headquarters after raising $15M from Bay Area venture capitalists (VCs) in a bid to go after the big fish of document management, including Adobe and Citrix.

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Nitro turbocharges global expansion with $US15m funding

Appeared in The Age on November 5, 2014

"It's been quite a long process. We wanted to raise money from the right firm. We spent a significant amount of time this year talking to VCs and trying to decide who we wanted to work with - these decisions are very important to us, more so than the money decision."

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Innovation nation: Show us the money before it's too late

Appeared in Sydney Morning Herald Review on November 5, 2014

How can we turn Australia from a country that once rode on the sheep's back, and now rides a mining boom, into an innovation nation? Fresh from raising serious cash, Sam Chandler has some ideas.

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Nitro bags $US15m funding in aim to disrupt Adobe

Appeared in The Australian Financial Review on November 5, 2014

Nitro is tracking toward a turnover of $30 million this year and over 50 per cent of the Fortune 500 are using its software. Mr. Chandler said the funding from Battery Ventures would help the ¬company grow and innovate. "For the first time we can paint a very big exciting picture on a blank canvas, and that's pretty cool," he said.

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Govt 'competitiveness agenda' excludes mature startups: Nitro CEO

Appeared in ComputerWorld on November 5, 2014

Chandler disagreed with the line of thinking that employee share options are only needed as a hiring incentive for very young startups that have a higher risk of folding. "It does not reflect an understanding of how equity compensation works in international talent markets," he said. "Companies will choose to hire people where the tax treatment is fair and equitable and it makes commercial sense, and people will choose to go to those same places."

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Behind Nitro's $17m deal with Battery Ventures and why Sam Chandler took the VC route over the ASX

Appeared in BRW on November 5, 2014

"Battery Ventures has about a billion dollars under management so they've got plenty of depth when it comes to the investments they can make per company. Battery and Michael [Brown] have a lot of experience scaling companies from tens of million in revenue, which is where we are today, to hundreds of million in revenue."

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Nitro raises US$15M VC funding

Appeared in iTWire on November 5, 2014

Its latest funding round attracted US$15 million from Battery Ventures, which previously invested in companies such as Akamai, Blue Jeans, Freescale, Groupon, Nutanix, Skullcandy and Splunk, as well as less well-known names. Some Battery-backed companies have been acquired by top-tier enterprises such as Apple, Boeing, Cisco, IBM, Salesforce.com and Symantec.

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Australian firm Nitro closes $15 million funding round

Appeared in The Australian on November 5, 2014

"We've taken our time to think about doing this, and figure out how we wanted to it, and we've built up relationships with VCs over many years. And when we finally said 'you know what, this might be a really great idea and a great turbo-charger for the business', we were in a position to leverage those relationships."

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Nitro joins Battery Ventures stable, a firm with over 100 acquisitions and listings, as it looks towards an IPO

Appeared in Startup Daily on November 5, 2014

Chandler says, "We need to take all the good stuff from Silicon Valley and repurpose it locally. While there are a lot of cities aspiring to become Silicon Valley, very few have a genuine shot at replicating the magic of the Valley – and Australia is one of them." Nitro's Director of Operations, Gina O'Reilly, echoes a similar view: "We need to create an ecosystem of our own. We can take the good from other environments like Silicon Valley, but we have to create our own flavour of it."

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Nitro secures $15m from Battery Venture to Bring Smarter Documents to Everyone

Appeared in Irish Tech News on November 5, 2014

Michael Brown, General Partner at Battery, said: "Every business deals with documents and knows the pain points in effectively sharing them and using them to collaborate with others. Both offline and online, Nitro is helping to solve these universal problems. It's exciting to think that we've only just scratched the surface of this significant market opportunity and Battery is delighted to partner with the Nitro team to deliver on the company's vision of bringing smarter documents to everyone."

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Nitro Raises $15m to Smarten Documents

Appeared in Forbes on November 4, 2014

Tools like Nitro are absolutely a no-brainer for a modern, mobile, distributed and agile workforce. There's not much to say beyond that – Battery have made a wise choice.

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Nitro Gets $15 Million in Series B from Battery Ventures

Appeared in TechCrunch on November 4, 2014

"In terms of competing, we're carving out our own space, and we are already a profitable business so we know how to sustainably compete, but a bigger balance sheet always helps." says Chandler.

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Nitro Raises $15m from Battery Ventures

Appeared in Xconomy on November 4, 2014

"For sharing, collaborating, and signing, we have a unique offering with powerful features to help companies work smarter; and you can get all these features from one Nitro solution, rather than multiple vendors,” Nitro CEO Sam Chandler said in an e-mail to Xconomy. “We are proud to have what we believe are the easiest to use and easiest to deploy products in the market today."

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Nitro secures $15m from Battery Venture to Bring Smarter Documents to Everyone

Appeared in Bdaily on November 4, 2014

Sam Chandler, Nitro's Founder and CEO, said: "This investment allows us to bring our ‘Smart Documents' vision to life for organisations of all sizes. We want to help our customers close contracts faster, save money, collaborate more efficiently, modernise their document processes, and do it all more elegantly and securely than the old ways of paper and email. We're delighted to have a partner of Battery's caliber coming aboard."

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Nitro secures $15m for Dublin growth

Appeared in Business World on November 4, 2014

Nitro will use the funds to accelerate growth, drive innovation and adoption of its new Nitro Cloud offering, and continue its international expansion with a particular emphasis on developing the EMEA team in Dublin.

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Nitro's fresh funding good news for Ireland

Appeared in Silicon Republic on November 4, 2014

"With 30 employees and a new larger Dublin office on One Grand Parade now in place, the expansion in Europe has coincided with over 50pc growth in EMEA customers since opening the Dublin office at the Web Summit last year."

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Nitro to open multimillion euro data centre here

Appeared in Irish Times on November 4, 2014

Mr Gilmore said that Nitro was in “due diligence” to build the firm's first data centre outside the United States in Ireland. “We have the green-light from our board to do this. It will be a multimillion investment in a location to be decided,” Mr Gilmore said.

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Nitro + SF Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

Appeared in One City on October 13, 2014

“Nitro's donation of technology equipment will help us improve that integration and better bring technology into the education of our students.”

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3 reasons to be proactive about going reactive

Appeared in Venturebeat on October 8, 2014

Many companies have prioritized at least some of these architectural elements, but could benefit even more by going reactive from end to end. I believe there are three huge advantages to be gained from being proactive about reactive application engineering.

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Ireland's startup scene is Dublin its fortune, while ours Canberra-ly sustain itself

Appeared in Startup Smart on October 7, 2014

Chandler says as a member of the European Union, and because of the large number of successful startups based there, you can recruit 100 skilled people really quickly. Something Nitro is looking to do in Dublin over the next 12-18 months.

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Why a Chicago web engineer left Playboy for an Aussie company in Silicon Valley

Appeared in BRW on September 25, 2014

I think this work hard, play hard mantra – the ability to be driven and still have a laugh – is ultimately why I've chosen to work for an Aussie company in the Valley. It's challenging, it's exciting, it's rewarding…and it's all in good fun.

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A Return to Qualitative

Appeared in Talent Management on September 24, 2014

Gina O'Reilly, the San Francisco-based company's chief operations officer, said part of the goal with the 90-day contract is to establish a culture around constant performance measures and feedback in the minds of employees. The goal is to narrow the gap between what employees say they can achieve and what is actually delivered.

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The state of document security in a post-Snowden world

Appeared in techradar on September 18, 2014

In principle, different rights management products work similarly to encrypt and manage access to documents, allowing the sender to maintain control of source files at all times. They allow users to manage documents and users from anywhere, authenticate every open or print attempt, and delegate user and document access.

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17 Entrepreneurs Share Their Celebratory Rituals

Appeared in Huffington Post on September 17, 2014

As a rite of passage, each new Nitronaut is required to take a lap around the office pushing the beer cart, which is a great opportunity for them to meet the broader team while sharing a cold drink to kick off the weekend.

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VIDEO: CEO of Aesop Wins Southern Region EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Appeared in Business Review Australia on September 16, 2014

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Nitro blows up old HR model

Appeared in San Francisco Business Times on September 5, 2014

The philosophy is simple. If you take care of employees, they will take care of the company. “I care about everybody here,” said Johnson. “In addition, healthy, happy employees work better and, as a result, that helps the business. Happy employees help the bottom line.”

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Sam Chandler : Mid-Market CEO Rising Star

Appeared in BusinessFirst on August 28, 2014

The 2014 Rising Star award adds to a string of accolades for Nitro this year, with Chandler taking the top gong at the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Southern Region Awards in the emerging category last month. Nitro also recently claimed the #2 spot in the JobAdvisor list of Australia's Coolest Tech Companies, beating out competition from a pool of more than 300 businesses.

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Get rid of your old-school HR for a dynamic company culture

Appeared in WeWork on August 28, 2014

Most smart professionals care more about finding a good culture fit in a company that values operational harmony and facilitates productivity. In other words, a workplace that allows them to get things done. But how can companies avoid the bureaucratic traps that so often stifle this efficiency?

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Australia's Coolest Tech Companies in JobAdvisor competition

Appeared in News.com.au on August 26, 2014

What the judges said: “Competing against Adobe and gaining ground, mentoring approach to women, great corporate social responsibility program, and kitchen freebies!”

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Why We Replaced (In)Human Resources with 'Employee Experience'

Appeared in Entrepreneur on August 13, 2014

We don't have an HR department. We turned old-school HR on its head and instead created Employee Experience (EX), a global function whose sole responsibility is to help make Nitro the best possible place to work.

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These Victorians Are In The Running To Be Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year

Appeared in Business Insider Australia on July 18, 2014

What the judges said: “Nitro is an exciting business with enormous potential. Sam Chandler has already achieved significant wins, taking market share from more dominant and established global competitors. Sam leads the business with a clear vision and strong execution. He has also been able to attract top talent to Nitro, despite competition from some of the world's leading technology companies.”

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Why technology companies that employ women make more money

Appeared in BRW on June 10, 2014

I've never understood why women are so under-represented in this industry, especially when you consider what we bring to the table in terms of complementary skills, not to mention our tremendous purchasing power.

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The best advice from 26 successful Aussie entrepreneurs for small business owners

Appeared in Business Insider Australia on June 7, 2014

Decide whether you want to be a small business or a high-growth company. They are different things. It's not that one is better than the other — they are simply different. One key difference between the two types of business is your attitude to investment, says Sam Chandler.

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Startup Nitro partners with Microsoft to bump up digital document security

Appeared in StartupDaily on June 5, 2014

The internet has recently been abuzz with stories about security – or lack thereof. Nitro, provider of document productivity and collaboration solutions, has announced a new integration with Microsoft RMS (Rights Management Service), which will provide enhanced security for document workflows.

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Business tips: managing your workflow

Appeared in the Telegraph on May 27, 2014

Master your streams of work before they master you with these simple but vital strategies. Work streams often grind to a halt when a key document needs to be signed off, so it makes sense to handle them in the speediest, most efficient way possible, argues Mimi Hoang.

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When start-ups become grown-ups, where do they go for money?

Appeared in The Age on March 12, 2014

Australia's innovation funding environment is akin to having a great primary school system but no secondary schools or universities. Start-ups need a better go from the public and private sector, including superannuation funds, argues Sam Chandler.

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When start-ups become grown-ups, where do they go for money?

Appeared in The Age on March 12, 2014

Australia's innovation funding environment is akin to having a great primary school system but no secondary schools or universities. Start-ups need a better go from the public and private sector, including superannuation funds, argues Sam Chandler.

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Nitro Pro 9 Review—Windows PDF Productivity

Appeared in DocumentSnap on February 25, 2014

There are many good things about Microsoft Windows, but the ability to work with PDF documents is not one of them. You can view documents easily enough, but you need to look elsewhere if you want to actually do something useful with them. A while ago, awesome DocumentSnap reader Sherri-Lee Mathers from Balsam Way Bookkeeping turned me on to a program that she relies on for her paperless practice: Nitro Pro.

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Nitro CEO on Documents, Adobe, California, Oz and Beer

Appeared in IDG Connect on February 20, 2014

It's a pleasant surprise when I meet Sam Chandler clutching a glass of the amber nectar that's shortly to be replaced by another... and one for the thirsty interviewer. Chandler has earned his drop. He says he's midway through conducting 42 interviews for his document editing and sharing company, Nitro.

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5 cheaper alternatives to Acrobat for PDF editing

Appeared in PC World on February 13, 2014

Sure, you can edit that PDF—for $299, if you pay Adobe for Acrobat's Standard edition. I don't think so. And the Pro edition costs $449. Arguably the second-biggest name in PDF editing, Nitro is a venerable and mature editor with plenty to recommend. However, at $140, it's on the pricey side considering the many sub-$100 products in this field.

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Nitro CEO Sam Chandler: ‘We'll give Adobe a run for their money'

Appeared in Computing on February 10, 2014

Document sharing solution provider Nitro wants to give Adobe, the biggest player in PDF software, some stiff competition. So says Sam Chandler, CEO of the San Francisco headquartered firm that he started in Australia back in 2005 and which now has more than 500,000 business customers and eight million monthly users.

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Nitro weans Acrobat users off Adobe, into the cloud

Appeared in Diginomica on February 10, 2014

The key to Nitro's rapid growth is a determination to give businesses a tool to use PDF documents as a platform for enterprise-wide teamwork, Chandler told me: “Our view was the majority of people around the world were just viewing documents rather than collaborating with them.”

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Nitro set to double Irish workforce

Appeared in The Irish Times on February 8, 2014

Technology firm Nitro, which set up in Ireland last year, expects to at least double the number of jobs it initially hoped to create at its Dublin office. The company, which offers document productivity products to rival Adobe and DocuSign, said it planned to create more than 100 jobs at its European, Middle East and Africa headquarters in Ireland, with the potential to expand that up to 150 positions.

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Nitro Pro 9 and Nitro Cloud advance PDF editing once again

Appeared in CNET on November 27, 2013

Nitro has been leading the "Acrobat alternative" crowd for a long time now, with regular feature upgrades and offerings that keep setting it apart. With many great features available through its free product options, it's perfect for casual PDF makers while delivering the more advanced goods that make power users happy to pay to upgrade.

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