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New PDF tools seek to undercut Acrobat

Programmes far cheaper than Adobe's

Zeroing in on the specific needs of business users, Arts PDF and ScanSoft are introducing PDF creation and editing tools designed to offer more functionality at a lower price point than Adobe’s Acrobat products.

ScanSoft this week unveils PDF Converter Professional 3.0, a PDF creation, conversion, editing and form-filling application for business users. The product gives business users a way to create and edit PDF files and forms simply at a low enough price point that it can be deployed across all of an organisation’s desktops.

PDF Converter Professional 3.0 offers features that Acrobat does not provide, including faster PDF creation functionality, a Scansoft spokesperson said.

Features in Version 3.0 include: the ability to edit PDF text and graphics; a FormTyper feature that turns any PDF form into a fillable form; and a conversion tool that retains formatting between PDF and Office documents.

Adobe Acrobat Professional, which includes tools for graphic design professionals, is priced at £449, compared to £59 for ScanSoft’s PDF Converter Professional.

Arts PDF last week shipped its Nitro PDF, a PDF creation and editing product priced similarly to Scansoft’s product. Nitro PDF gives users full control of PDF documents, including commenting, form filling, text editing, and one-click creation from Office documents.


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