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Invest in the Smarter Partnership with the #1 Adobe® Acrobat® Alternative

From significantly reducing your costs to offering a partnership through every step of implementation and daily use, Nitro Pro is the first and leading Adobe Acrobat alternative for a long list of reasons.

The Problem

Prioritizing profits, not partnership

Having been the leading Adobe Acrobat alternative for over 13 years, we have helped hundreds of thousands of businesses make the switch from Adobe. In fact, most of our customers come to Nitro to replace some—or, in many cases, all their Adobe Acrobat licenses. When talking with our customers, we listen to their experience with Adobe as a company and Adobe Acrobat as a product, offering helpful solutions and differentiated services to fulfill each organization’s needs.

As experts in helping companies switch from Adobe, we have developed partner-driven solutions that empower our customers to overcome common difficulties with their Adobe Acrobat deployments. We don’t know your experience with Adobe—but if you’ve ever felt frustrated with any of the below issues, we’re here to help.

Price point

Has Adobe Acrobat’s price tag prohibited you from equipping more users or consumed an unnecessarily large portion of your IT budget?

Customer service

Have you ever felt like just a transaction to Adobe? Or perhaps had difficulty receiving customer support for your Adobe Acrobat deployment?


Have you ever worried about the prospect of software compliance audits and their impact on your budget and workforce?


Have you ever been frustrated by Adobe Acrobat’s licensing structure and wished you could have more flexibility?

The Adobe tools are very expensive tools, with many overloaded features our users aren’t using.”

Tobias Hendrich
IT Contract & License Manager

The Nitro Solution

A partnership that’s built to last

Our first priority will always be our customers’ success—a philosophy that trickles down to every decision we make as a company and as a team. On your quest for a smarter Adobe Acrobat alternative, consider the benefits of switching to the Nitro Productivity Suite:

The ability to equip more users

Nitro’s affordable price point makes it realistic to equip every knowledge worker with tools for PDF productivity and unlimited electronic signatures.

Nitro was a huge win for us in terms of our IT centralization initiatives, having made it possible to standardize on a single PDF solution for more than 2,200 of our users across multiple sites. If only we could do this with more tools.”

Walter Wilinsky
Leonardo DRS

Complete feature set

Offering powerful tools to create, convert, edit, and share PDFs, Nitro Pro equips users with the functionality they use most in Adobe Acrobat—and none of the features they don’t—for lightweight software that both end users and IT will love.

We were searching for an alternative product to Adobe Acrobat, and we found that Nitro was the best product...and offered the same functionality as what we had in the past.”

Franz Glashüttner
Contract & License Manager
T-Mobile Austria

Better value

By switching from Adobe Acrobat to Nitro Pro, our customers typically cut costs by at least 50%.

Nitro has the perfect balance of features and cost.”

Brian Florek
Network Administrator
Jaeb Center for Health Research

Easy to use

With Nitro Pro, the intuitive Microsoft Office–style interface eliminates the learning curve so that even first-time users can accomplish their document workflows quickly and easily.

We’ve started using Nitro within our organization and have been blown away by how much faster, more functional and cost effective it is compared to what we used before.”

Enda Quain
Head of Technology Integration and Assurance, AIB

Simple to deploy

Nitro’s lightweight software and skilled implementation experts make deployment simple and customizable for a wide range of desktop and server environments.

Nitro delivered better value and ease of deployment, which consequently enabled organization-wide use and synchronization of processes.”

John Wussah
Financial Controller

Industry-leading customer support

Nitro’s seasoned customer success and support team is committed to helping customers make the most of their Nitro investment. A rating that measures the willingness of customers to recommend a company’s products or services, our NPS (Net Promoter Score) is 72—a clear improvement over Adobe’s NPS of 25.1

1 “Adobe Net Promoter Score 2018 Benchmarks.” Customer Guru.

Dealing with Nitro is a pleasure—they are not a faceless corporate entity, but engage with us proactively.”

Aiden Curran
IT Service Delivery Manager

Flexible licensing terms

We work with our customers to create easy-to-understand, mutually beneficial agreements that fulfill each company’s unique business priorities.

We believe Nitro provides a richer feature set than Adobe with a licensing model that is more appealing. Support of an Enterprise licensing model strongly played into our decision to invest in Nitro.”

Jim Maza
IT Vice President

No audits

Unlike other software companies, including Adobe, Nitro has never audited a single customer—one of the many byproducts of treating every customer relationship like a partnership, not just a transaction.

Administration of the product has been easy, deployment has been pain-free, and contract negotiations/licensing have been simple.”

Andrew Clowes
CIO Australia and New Zealand
JLL Australia

Trusted security

Always committed to protecting our customers’ data, Nitro follows Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and NIST SP 800-53 standards. We are compliant with U.S. and EU eSignature regulations, and have secured SOC 2 Type 2, HIPAA, and Privacy Shield certifications for Nitro Cloud.

From reviewing Nitro as a company, it was apparent that they are focused solely on PDF and document productivity solutions and indeed own their IP, so this makes security releases and development key to their business support practices.”

Aiden Curran
IT Service Delivery Manager

Nitro Productivity Suite vs. Adobe Acrobat Standard DC

Whether your users need basic PDF productivity features like creation, conversion, and editing or more advanced tools like batch processing and electronic signature workflows, the Nitro Productivity Suite is the best alternative to Adobe Acrobat Standard DC.

Adobe Acrobat® Standard DC Nitro Pro 12

User interface

NEW Print-reduction suggestions
User-friendly Microsoft Office® 2016–style ribbon UI
Smart Tips provide contextual help
Add Tools feature enables customization of Home tab
Multi-window management enables many windows to be created
Drag-and-drop individual pages between open documents in different windows
Drag-and-drop tabs to view documents in a new window
Product Tour for faster user onboarding
Tab-based file handling
Microsoft Outlook® plugin to create PDFs from email
Floating toolbar for easier access to editing and revision tools
Batch processing: Print, secure, and convert hundreds of documents at a time

PDF and form creation

Create PDFs from 300+ file types (with source application installed)
One-click drag-and-drop creation (desktop or application window)
Drag-and-drop a combination of multiple file types into one PDF
PDF form creation and editing
Batch create PDF files

Convert and export

IMPROVED Convert PDFs to and from Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as image formats
CAD support enables high-quality rendering of computer-aided design (CAD) drawings
PostScript-based document conversion to optimize PDF output quality
Extract text and images
Convert any PDF file to PDF/A 1 & 2 for long-term archiving

Edit text and images

Insert and edit text, including font, size, color, and more
Edit images and pages
Edit image properties, including brightness, contrast, colors, and more
Insert and edit Bates numbering/stamping
Optimize, shrink, and repair PDF files
Measure distance, area, and perimeter

Print, scan, and OCR

Customizable layout and printing options, including Booklet and Multiple Pages
Large-format printing support for large page sizes
High-fidelity OCR for better accuracy in document layout and design
Create searchable, editable PDFs from scanned image text
Scanned image detection

Review and markup

Highlight, cross out, and underline text annotations
Attach files as annotations
Sort, manage, filter, and summarize comments
Apply Dynamic Stamp annotations, including auto-populating author, date, time, and more
Spell check
Compare PDF files to easily identify visual and content differences


IMPROVED Digitally sign, certify, and QuickSign® PDF files
Mobile signing experience
Create Digital Signature Profiles for one-step application of digital signatures
Capture signatures with webcam

Cloud connectivity

NEW Sharepoint 365 and OneDrive for Business connectors
IMPROVED Add custom company branding to automated activity and signature request emails
IMPROVED Integration with Worksite document management system Requires plugin
Convert, compress, and combine PDFs in any web browser
Save and store documents online to Google Drive, DropBox, and Box Not Google Drive
Request and receive secure, legally binding electronic signatures (eSignatures) Requires subscription add-on
Invite others to review and mark up online
Share documents securely with others online

Document security

NEW Chain of Trust support for digital signatures
Microsoft RMS 2.0 support to secure CAD drawings
Microsoft RMS 2.0 support for protected PDF and PPDF files
Add password protection and permissions to PDF files
Redact content and document metadata from PDF files
Support for 64-, 128-, and 256-bit (with R6 Support) encryption
Batch security: Specify and execute a set of security commands to multiple files at once


Windows devices
Mac & iOS devices
Install within thin environments (Terminal Server)
Install within virtualized environments (Microsoft App-V and VMware® ThinApp®)
Install size less than 450MB > 4.5 GB

Additional Resources

If you're contemplating an alternative to Adobe Acrobat, make sure you strategically select the right solution for your organization. Here are a few resources to help.

9 Questions to Ask When Evaluating Document Productivity Software

Use this checklist during your search to ensure you choose the best software vendor to satisfy your needs.

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7 Reasons Why the Fortune 500 Choose Nitro

Discover why other organizations selected Nitro as their PDF productivity partner.

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