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The Free Nuance PDF Reader — Smaller, More Secure and First to Link PDF Desktop with Cloud-Based PDF Conversion Service
Thursday, 18 February 2010 00:00

Nuance Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: NUAN), a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions, today introduced the free Nuance PDF Reader, an alternative to Adobe® Reader that is smaller, more secure, and for the first time connects desktop PDF with cloud-based PDF-to-Microsoft Office conversion services. The free Nuance PDF Reader also enables PDF form save, annotations and Microsoft SharePoint features not available in alternatives.

PDF, or the portable document format, was invented by Adobe and is now an official International Standards Organization specification (ISO 32000-1), allowing Nuance to develop solutions and innovations that go beyond traditional PDF products — and provide features not tied to proprietary Adobe® technology. For example, the Nuance PDF Reader is fully compatible with Adobe Reader, but it does not include proprietary Adobe “extras,” such as Adobe AIR®, which can add to download and installation size. The Nuance PDF Reader is just 18MB to download and requires just 20 percent of installed disk space when compared to the Adobe Reader.

The Nuance PDF Reader provides unique interoperability with Microsoft Office, providing the first-ever ability to turn PDF files being viewed in the reader into fully-formatted Microsoft Word, Excel and Office XML documents through a cloud-based service hosted on NuancePDF.com. The Reader also provides a built-in SharePoint Connector that allows users to open and save PDF files directly into Microsoft SharePoint repositories.

“The Nuance PDF Reader provides a simple, but elegant, approach for converting PDFs to Microsoft Office documents, bringing cloud-based PDF conversion capabilities to the masses,” said Michael Orasin, research manager with International Data Corp. (IDC). “For organizations that use Microsoft Office and Windows 7, the software can deliver a big productivity boost by making it easier to work with and share PDF-based content across an organization.”

PDF files being viewed within the free Nuance PDF Reader can be encrypted and sent to the Nuance PDF Document Conversion Service, where the user can select a format and have the converted Microsoft Office document returned as a secure email attachment. The NuancePDF.com cloud service showcases the highly accurate PDF-to-Office conversion technology invented by Nuance in 2003 in collaboration with Microsoft.

Nuance PDF Reader also addresses a troubling PDF security issue found within some readers by giving users the option to prevent JavaScript installation — something the Adobe PDF viewer does not do. Preventing JavaScript installation creates a safer PDF environment for the end user and adds an additional safety net for IT professionals looking to safeguard their organizations. Hackers have used the PDF JavaScript vulnerability to gain control of a user’s computer — exposing users to system attacks and the transfer of personal information simply by viewing infected PDF files.

“Nuance PDF Converter Professional has become the number one alternative to Adobe Acrobat® because it delivers all the rich features users need in PDF, and implements useful features not available from alternatives,” said Robert Weideman, general manager and senior vice president of the Nuance Document Imaging Division. “Nuance is proud to be the first to deliver a free PDF reader that connects to cloud-based productivity software, in a reader that is smaller, safer and feature rich.”

 

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