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Nuance, a leading player in document imaging and conversion (OmniPage and eCopy) and voice recognition (Dragon), has released a free downloadable PDF reader and converter.
The most outstanding feature is speed. It takes next to no time to open up a PDF file. It’s a good deal faster than the Adobe Acrobat running on my desktop. Opening big PDF files in Acrobat on my somewhat memory-deprived and creaky old Windows XP system has always signaled a trip to the coffee machine, but the same files open instantaneously in the Nuance reader on the same hardware.
The most notable feature is the ability to convert PDF files into fully-formatted Microsoft Word, Excel and Office XML documents. It does this through a cloud-based application hosted at NuancePDF.com. In essence, you upload the PDF to be converted and download the converted file. The files uploaded can be encrypted, and the converted file gets returned as a secure email attachment. This is a great feature (not available from Adobe) that is also free. My initial tests came up with great results, all within a minute or so.
This is an app that’s definitely worth trying out. While you are at it, you may want to check out the company’s PDF converters, though they are not free.